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Alum Awarded Best Short Short at Academy-Qualifying Festival

F&V Maria Abraham's (MFA '12) thesis film Girl With Child was awarded Best Short Short at the academy-qualifying 2013 Aspen Shortsfest.
The International Competition Jury called the film "A profound look at a deeply troubled mind." Abraham will receive an award statue and cash honorarium of $1,000. This award may also qualify the film for Academy Award® consideration.
Abraham made the film while on a Fulbright Scholarship in Ecuador. Part of her Fulbright work was teaching recovering victims of human trafficking. She hopes to return to Ecuador to produce & direct the feature length film based on the same characters in the short film.
Synopsis: A lonely teenage girl travels by bus with her toddler to visit her mother and the abusive home she left years before.