Honorable Mention – “Retail” (UK)

Title: Retail
Runtime: 15 min
Country: UK
Director: Jonathan Lloyd James
Placement: Honorable Mention
Competition: September 30, 2018

Synopsis: The retirement of Abigail’s manager leaves her as the last human employee in one of the oldest branches in the country. Forresters is the largest chain of retail stores on the planet and it’s heavy push towards mechanisation has left most of its human employees hanging by a thread.

Alongside her fellow high tech machine employee ‘Bertie’, Abigail embarks on attempting to make her role relevant in an industry where humans are now becoming surplus to requirements whilst fighting to maintain her own sanity. That said, in a world where everything and everyone is easily replaced, who at Forresters really is safe?