Shadow Animals


Directed by Jerry Carlsson



22 min








A young girl goes with her two dads to a party where she experiences assorted grown-up rituals. As the evening progresses she finds the adults’ behavior increasingly strange. Everyone tries to fit in, but not everyone succeeds.


Jury Special Prize and Canal + Award at Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival. Best Live-Action Short Over 15 Minutes at Palm Springs ShortFest.

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Featuring the Gothenburg Opera Dance company


I’m always inspired by human behaviour. In this film, I wanted to investigate humans as social herd animals, and our need to belong to a group in order to exist and survive. - Jerry Carlsson



  • Warsaw Film Festival
  • Uppsala International Short Film Festival • Audience Award
  • Stockholm International Film Festival


  • Festival Premiers Plans d'Angers | European Short Films Competition
  • San Francisco International Film Festival • Golden Gate Award Narrative Short
  • Palm Springs International Shortfest • Best Live-Action Short Over 15 Minutes
  • Nordisk Panorama Film Festival • Best Nordic Short Film

Cast & Crew

  • Cast:Ayla Turin, Cecilia Milocco, Peter Melin, Zana Penjweni, Danielle De Vries, Anthony Lomuljo
  • Script:Jerry Carlsson
  • Cinematographer:Marcus Dineen
  • Editor:Philip Bergström, Jerry Carlsson
  • Sound design & mix:Janna Johansson, Manne Kjellander
  • Producer:Frida Mårtensson
  • Production Company:Frida Mårtensson
  • Co-production Company:Film I Väst

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