Sometimes your best friend can be found at work |

Sometimes your best friend can be found at work

The film "Work Mate" is one of several comedic shorts that will come to the Breckenridge Film Festival this year.
Special to the Weekender |

“Work Mate” — a short comedic film from Australia accepted into the Breckenridge Film Festival — generates chuckles while exploring workplace friendships. An introverted office worker with allergies and social anxieties must deal with the awkwardness of getting used to a new colleague with a vision impairment who has been assigned to share his cubicle. Most of that awkwardness is generated by his own fears, and the viewer begins to wonder which of the two men has the bigger disability.

When the visually-impaired colleague invites the introvert to go cycling together on a tandem bike, the introvert desperately tries to find a way out of it and ultimately fails. Eventually, the two men not only learn to ride together but develop a friendship that has unexpected and delightful results. It’s a smile-inducing, feel-good film about overcoming your weaknesses, whatever they are, with the help of a friend who you met at work.

Australian writer/director Genevieve Clay-Smith enjoys telling stories that uplift and inspire audiences through pathos and humor. Her work explores themes to do with societal perspectives, isolation, reconciliation, the family unit and disability.

This film is paired with a number of shorts titled “Office Space Shorts.” It’s a set of comedic and dramatic short films having to do with career choices and working situations, some with filmmakers in attendance. The lineup includes “Happy Hour,” “The Haircut,” “Starman,” “The Red House” and “Day One.”

Join the Breckenridge Film Festival on Sept. 17-20 to celebrate 35 years! Featuring 50+ films, chances to meet filmmakers, panel discussions, parties, mingling and more. Learn more at Email for information on supporting the Breckenridge Film Festival.

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