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“Deep Water” by Anna Dudko won an award at the PIAFF, Paris International Animation Film Festival


The animation film “Deep Water” by Ukrainian director Anna Dudko, created with the support of the Ukrainian State Film Agency, won the prize of the Horizon Jury of the 14th Paris International Animation Festival (PIAFF).


A tale about a smooth and lonely Middle-aged Mermaid who lives at the bottom of a lake and has the magical ability to look through the water for thousands of miles. Her favourite pastime is spying on people through water pipes. One day, during such a spying, the mermaid falls in love with a man, and blinded by passion, comes to his apartment to satisfy her burning desires.

We were unanimous. We love how this film is about women’s desires and pleasures: with sensuality, poetry and lightness.

PIAFF journal

Anna Dudko was born in 1996 in the Zhytomyr region. In 2017, she received a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design at National Transport University, Kyiv. She studied animation at the studio Chervoniy Sobaka. Her previous film SAMA SOBI TUT was selected for the special programme Best of Stars of Students, Hiroshima 2020, and won the Grand Prix of the Kinoohliad Festival 2019 (Kyiv).

Other awards:

  • Molodist International Film Festival 2021 – Winner National Competition Special Jury Diploma
  • Kinosaray Positive Film Festival 2021 – Winner Grand Prix
  • BRUKIVKA International Film Festival 2021 – Anna Dudko, For an unexpectedly deep approach to love story

Free and open to all, the Animation Film Festival of Paris proposes to (re)discover the diversity and the richness of the independent, national and international animated creation, in short format. The festival presents a diverse exploration of the cinema of animation through projections, meetings and discovery workshops. The festival highlights the creators students, professionals and amateurs seeking to make themselves known and to obtain the opinion of the public.

Director and screenwriter – Anna Dudko, producers – Elena Golubeva and Ksenia Efanova (Animation Studio “Red Dog”). The film was created with the support of the Ukrainian State Film Agency.