Award of Merit – “Esprit Mortis” (USA)

Title: Esprit Mortis
Runtime: 6 min
Country: USA
Director: Kent Golden
Placement: Award of Merit
Competition: December, 2018

Synopsis: We follow a lonely grim reaper, as he reluctantly goes around the world collecting souls. He is frustrated by things he cannot change (being unable to save a child in a burning building, for example), but carries out the duties of his office. He accidentally falls in love with one of his clients (a potential murder victim) and makes a human choice to save her life instead of taking her soul.