The Walking Fish (Short)


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?

Directed by Thessa Meijer
Produced by HALAL
Colorist: Joppo in De Grot

*Special Jury Prize + Gold, Young Directors Award*
*Grand Prix, Ciclope*
*Talent Award, Venice TV Award*
*Gold Medal, 1.4 Awards*
*Special mention, Go Short*
*Special mention, Brisbane International Film Festival*
*Best Short Film, Noordelijk Film Festival*
*Special Mention, Kort Film Festival Leuven*
*Best Narrative Short, Filmination*
*Vimeo Staff Pick*
*Short of the Week*
*Best short Dutch Directors Guild*

Nominated at Netherlands Film Festival, Imagine Film Festival, Aichi International Women’s Film Festival, New Vision Film Festival, Kaohsiung Film Festival, Uppsala International Short Film Festival, Off-Courts and International Short Film Festival Leuven

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