Honorable Mention – Glimpses of Existence (USA)

Title: Glimpses of Existence
Runtime: 8 min
Country: USA
Director: Francis DiClemente
Placement: Honorable Mention
Competition: September, 2021

Synopsis: Glimpses of Existence is an experimental/documentary short film in the form of video collage. Using poetry and scenes captured with an iPhone—both before and during the pandemic—the film attempts to find meaning in the mundane moments of our lives, seeking the extraordinary amid the ordinary.

The central focus of the film is the filmmaker’s son, Colin, who has been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Despite his condition, Colin finds joy in everyday activities, and through his eyes we recognize the importance of treasuring the tiny segments of life we are granted—minutes, seconds, hours—while being reminded about the transitory nature of existence.