Award of Merit – “Ugly Sweet” (USA)

Title: Ugly Sweet
Runtime: 11 min
Country: USA 
Director: Eda Benjakul
Placement: Award of Merit
Competition: June, 2021

Synopsis: Four high schoolers of different backgrounds spend a Saturday volunteering at a food bank, and learn about each other and themselves. An ode to ‘The Breakfast Club’ in the era of social media, Maddie’s (Liana Ramirez) followers are more interested in her life than her own parent; Avery (Brady Lindsey) is non-binary and accepts himself but not others; Grant (Wes Newman)  is a disciplined jock; and Lucas (Ethan Miller) is the gamer next door.