Fantastic Fest has awarded The Passage, Super Deluxe’s original modern-day silent comedy, with Best Picture in the Shorts with Legs category.

Super Deluxe’s original short film The Passage won Best Picture in the Shorts with Legs category at Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas on Tuesday, September 25. 

It is the fifth festival win for the modern-day silent comedy. The Passage has previously won the Grand Jury Prize at the Nashville Film FestivalBest Late-Night at SeriesFestBest Director for Comedy at the New York Television Festival, and Best Comedy at Aspen Shortsfest, making it an Oscar-qualifying live action short film.

The Passage follows Phil, a sweetly mysterious and childlike wanderer, as he adventures across a surreal multicultural landscape in order to escape the clutches of two bumbling pursuers – all without uttering a single word.

A Scene from: The Passage

Through a comedic lens, The Passage deals with resonant themes of immigration, the longing for human connection, and the tragedy of never being able to find peace. 

“Philip Burgers is one of a kind. He’s a true artist whose physical comedy not only reminds us of brilliant performers from another era, but also conveys genuine emotion. Making projects like this is what Super Deluxe was founded to do,” says Wolfgang Hammer, president of Super Deluxe. 

In its review of Super Deluxe’s The PassageNerdist describes the short as “an alluring showcase of humane comedic talent that pushes the boundary of what we laugh at.”

The Hollywood Reporter praises Burgers’ “physical comedy chops” and IndieWire writes that The Passage stands out because it’s so very different from anything else out there, but it’s still incredibly relatable, heartfelt, and very, very funny.”Filmmaker Magazine calls it “gripping” and The Aspen Times says it’s a “tour de force of visual storytelling.”

The Passage will screen at the Savannah Film Festival on October 27-November 3.

Super Deluxe will release The Passage on November 2 on its multi-platform channels.