Ahhh I see
Maybe you could lower all your settings and just render out a temp version to make the deadline? You know like…do a scanline render, turn off all GI and raytracing etc. Would really hate to see all the work you put into your short wasted now! (well, it wouldn’t be a waste…but it would be a shame to miss the deadline. Even if the rendering were sub-par, we could still appreciate the hard work you put into the animation and story.