Synopsis: On a remote Icelandic island, teenagers Birta and Selma rescue pufflings (young puffins) from imminent danger; as pufflings leave their nests for the first time, they often get lost in town, mistaking the harbour lights for the moon. Over the course of one night, we follow Birta and Selma as they take it upon themselves to counteract humanity’s damaging impact on nature; exchanging night-time parties for puffin rescues. A coming-of-age documentary about growing up and making choices, Puffling explores the delicate interplay between wildlife, the environment, and human life.
About the Filmmaker: Jessica Bishopp is an award-winning documentary filmmaker fascinated by subcultures and myth, exploring universal themes embedded in our daily lives. Her work has screened at festivals including Sheffield Doc/Fest, Aspen Shortsfest and AFI DOCS. Her artist film Lifespan was broadcast on Channel4, and her documentary films have featured on The Atlantic, NOWNESS and The Guardian Documentaries, receiving several Vimeo Staff Pick awards. She was selected from over 3,000 applications to represent the UK as a director at Berlinale Talents 2020. Recently her short documentary, Skyward, about two young bird watchers, premiered at the BFI London Film Festival 2022 and she has been awarded funding for a new film, Puffling, by the Rooftop Films Fund, IF/Then and Field of Vision. Puffling had its World Premiere in competition at SXSW 2023 and went on to win the Jury Award for Documentary at Oscar Qualifying Aspen Shortsfest 2023.
This film is showing in the Shorts for the Planet shorts screening at The Forum Auditorium on 18th November at 10:45.
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