AWI Short Film Competition


A recovering painter discovers a long forgotten stash of pills buried beneath her paintbrushes. Suddenly, she cannot shake visions of the alcohol and drugs that used to haunt her. Unable to escape them, reality blurs as temptation calls out to her.


Content heads up: substance use disorder, imagery of pills and alcohol

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Director: Samuel León

Samuel León is an award-winning writer-director whose experimental films have garnered coast-to-coast attention for their visual exploration of both addiction and derealization. Blending the gritty reality of substance use disorder with an intensely imaginative world, Samuel gives fresh voice to the complex group of souls struggling with addiction. “Art lets us know we are not alone,” he says. Samuel is currently studying film production at New York University.

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Mental Wellness

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Substance Use Disorder

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