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The Short Film

Feedback for Whales the shortfilm by the Filmfestival TMFF 2018 Critic Andrei Serban

E Even though we are talking about a short film, the epic and emotional dimension of the script underlying this project is extremely complex. Thus, the technical, visual and, to a great extent, literary intuition of writer director Nora Jaenicke manages to create through this project an intense and complex cinematic exercise that oscillates between drama and mystery, adopting an equidistant perspective on characters.

This impartial attitude that objectively explores the trauma of a family who prefers to hide a tragic event instead of endangering its social status is extremely effective, all the more so as the general tendency of filmmakers who could adopt such a screenplay is to moralise and condemn a monstrous behaviour which, unfortunately, is a real problem of the modern world.

Whales is an implosive, touching and dramatic short film that impresses with a very good visual grammar, but also with the psychological premises of relatively unpredictable and extremely authentic characters.

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An award winning short film

The Short Film’s Premiere and First Screening at Harvard University, MIT and Massachussets College of Art and Design and submission to International Festivals all over the world.

Calcutta International Cult Film Festival 2018

Winner

Outstanding Achievement Award

Oustanding Achievement Award

European Cinematography Awards (ECA) 2018

Winner

April Award

Best Short Film

Golden Movie Awards 2017

Winner

Golden Movie Awards

Best Art Direction

Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema 2018

Winner

Best Cinematography

Best Cinematography

Nominee

Best Cinematography

Best Cinematography

Nominee

Best Director

Best Director

Nominee

Best Supporting Actress

Andrea Rosaker

LA Shorts Awards 2018

Winner

Diamond Award

Best Short Film

Winner

Gold Award

Best Director

Largo Film Awards 2018

Winner

February Award

Best Screenplay

Los Angeles Film Awards 2018

Winner

LAFA February Award

Best Film

Nominee

LAFA February Award

Best Film

Best Drama

MedFF 2018

Winner

MedFF

Best Short

Mindfield Film Festival Los Angeles 2018

Winner

Diamond Award

Best Short Film

Mumbai Shorts International Film Festival 2018

Winner

Certificate of Excellence

Best Screenplay

Best Editing

Best Cinematography

New York Film Awards 2018

Winner

New York Film Award

Best Narrative Short

Nominee

New York Film Award

Best Picture

NYC Indie Film Awards 2018

Winner

Gold Award

Best Director

The Monthly Film Festival (TMFF) 2018

Winner

March Award

Cinematographer of the Month

Top Shorts Film Festival 2018

Winner

Festival Prize

Best Drama

Jaipur Film Festival

Nominee

Best Short Film

Best Short Film

OFFICIAL SELECTION

Soho Film Festival
Holly Shorts Monthly Festival
Kew Gardens Film Festival
Medina Film Festival
Gold Movie Awards
Jaipur International Film Festival
Katra Film Festival NYC
Los Angeles Shorts Awards
Roma Cinema Doc
New York Film Awards
Oniros Film Awards
Los Angeles Film Awards
Top Shorts
Indipendent Shorts Awards
Female Feedback Film Festival
Wild Sound Film Festival
Palena Film Festival
Asheville Film Festival
LA Underground Film Forum