Award of Merit – “Three Little Hearts” (UK)

Title: Three Little Hearts
Runtime: 7 min
Country: UK 
Director: Nina Kojima
Placement: Award of Merit
Competition: June, 2019


It doesn’t matter when we arrived on this planet or how. The truth is that throughout centuries, members of the right race have had better opportunities and more chances of success. Is the history repeating or things just never change? 

This short film will guide you to witness the quest of two groups of alien children; one white and the other coloured, both of whom just arrived on Earth. In order to survive on this planet each of them need a heart, which can be given only by The Man, who has been acting as such custodian for the past two centuries. Now nearing the end of his mission, he has only three hearts left, but he is shocked to learn that there are two groups of aliens seeking him. Do aliens know each other? Can we guess which group will be rewarded? Do aliens know they need love to survive on this planet? 

There is a lot of symbolism in this short film. Can you find some of the symbols? Allow me to start with a few clues; less privileged girls are seeking equality in the world – can you see how this is reflected in their ‘uniform’ – once a symbol of the ideological system, many of which no longer exist. They suffer the same fate as many less privileged in our world, who are often victims of gun crimes and traffic accidents. A policeman wearing a 200 years old uniform persecutes the girls … so has anything changed on our planet?