Film - Program 7 Filmfest 2016


Directed by Adrienne Dowling


Director: Adrienne Dowling
Section: Program 7
Country: United Kingdom
Year: 2016
Language: without Dialogue
Version: Original version
18+ (no age rating)

Also in this program



Tootega is a witch who ekes out an isolated existence on an iceberg adrift in the ocean. It's a miserable lot, and in Tootega's case, misery hates company! Derek is a merman – more fish than man really – who spends his days joyously rollicking around the ocean, oblivious to the fact that his dreadful singing is the very reason he remains friendless. FISHWITCH is the story of what happens when these two unlikely characters come together, as Derek begins to unlock the painful secret Tootega has kept hidden for a long, long time…

  • Duration: 10 Min.

  • Film School: NFTS, National Film and Television School Beaconsfield

Meet the director


Adrienne Dowling

Hailing from County Wicklow in Ireland, Adrienne Dowling grew up with a love of fairytales, monsters and getting her hands dirty. She completed a BA in Modelmaking at Ireland’s National Film School in Dun Laoghaire, before realising that she could go one step further and bring her models to life through animation. She developed her skills working as an assistant animator on preschool children’s series, Igam Ogam, before enrolling at the National Film and Television School. Her graduation film, FISHWITCH, showcases her passion for fantasy storytelling, vibrant characters and rich, tactile visuals.


Screenplay: Jenna Jovi
Director of Photography: Simona Susnea
Film Editor: Andonis Trattos
Composer: Jessica Jones, Tim Morrish
Production Designer: Lizzie Osborne
Sound: Zoltan Juhasz
Producer: Hélène Sifre