The winner of the Narrative Feature Competition is selected by a jury.
Being a teenager and figuring out one’s purpose is difficult enough, but Davina is faced every day with the challenge of being responsible for her disabled mother‘s care. There’s not much joy in her existence, so her fantasy world, fueled by her vivid imagination, is her only means of escape. That is, until an older boy named Sterling enters her life, and Davina loses herself in the sudden fairytale-come-true of her first romance. Ultimately, however, she cannot continue to ignore the dangerous reality of her boyfriend’s explosive and abusive nature. The situation is pushed to the limit, forcing her to make the hardest decision of her young life. With involving performances and a striking production design, Leah Meyerhoff’s I BELIEVE IN UNICORNS takes an oft-times uncomfortable yet intensely compelling route in Davina’s journey towards adulthood.
-- Bridgette Poe