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Title: Circus Sam
Runtime: 31 min
Director: Rayner Wang
Placement: Award of Excellence, Best Actor (Steve Marshall), Best Editing (Kaitlin Hollingsworth), Best Visual Effects (Don Bluth)
Competition: March 31, 2020
Synopsis: Set in an American coastal town, Alice Featherston is having a hard time asking her crush, Dave, to be her high school prom date. That changes, however, when she meets a traveling circus clown, Sam. The two strike up a unique rapport. Alice discovers that Sam is mute and can only communicate through writing poetry. He also possesses the unique ability to create illustrations that come to life. With his help and guidance, Alice gains the courage to speak to Dave at school. Even when things don’t go quite according to plan, Sam helps navigate Alice through her disappointments. A coming-of-age story about a young girl finding her confidence, made only possible by the friendship with a magical, mystical but kind-hearted stranger.