Award of Excellence – Death and Faxes (UK)

Title: Death and Faxes
Runtime: 12 min
Country: UK
Director: Erbil Shaban
Placement: Award of Excellence
Competition: December, 2022

Synopsis: Jim Schafer wakes up in a mysterious waiting room with no memory of how he got there. Upon discovering that he can’t leave, he is called into an office to discover that he is dead, and now has to go through a bureaucratic process to determine how he will spend his afterlife.

On the other side of the desk is his Demise Consultant, Stanley Woland, who is one case away from his retirement. But this is quickly proven to be the most difficult case of his career.

We witness the stalemate between these two: one declines to cooperate out of shear stubbornness; while the other refuses to pander out of selfish pragmatism.

Unable to comprehend how it’s all over, and how his whole existence was inconsequential, Jim is forced to recount his life’s biggest regrets.

Stanley, having performed his role for longer than it even matters, and completely numbed to the idea of death, has to be reminded what it is to be human.