The Walking Fish


The Walking Fish is a tragicomic short film about ambition, perfection and self-acceptance. The 19-minute film, directed by Thessa Meijer, tells the story of an ambitious sea-creature that pursues her dream to join the human world. But even as she transforms into a young woman, Mutsumi is not satisfied. On land, she’s faced with new ambitious pursuits; to become the prettiest, to secure a successful career, to be a dreamy girlfriend. Will she ever be content, able to enjoy her journey?

The Walking Fish was selected by an independent committee of Dutch film professionals to be given a qualifying run in the USA to be eligible for submission for the 2020 Academy Awards in the Short Film categories. The film has vowed juries globally and brought home multiple awards, including the Special Jury Prize at YDA in Cannes 2019 in addition to Gold in the Short Film category, the esteemed Grand Prix at Ciclope 2019 and the Gold Medal for ‘Brilliant Filmmaking’ at the 1.4 Awards to mention some.

Directed by Thessa Meijer
D.O.P. Myrthe Mosterman
Producers: Gijs Kerbosch & Christine Anderton, HALAL
Colorist: Joppo in De Grot

Shot on Arri Alexa Mini with Fujinon Cabrio LWZ 19-90