Conversations with a Whale

In this love letter to artists, their art and its audience, a filmmaker is confronted with rejection after rejection until, at last a beautiful fig tree bears sweet fruits. “Conversations with a Whale” was created directly under the camera lens, using various analogue animation techniques.

"Anna Samo, or her animated alter ego in Conversations With A Whale has a charming appearance that evokes memories of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s novella “The Little Prince”: the crown, the cape, the essential questions surrounding one’s own existence and a wee plant that is taken care of with lots of love are there. Not a rose though, but the tree of encouragement, as it turns out."
Marina D. Richter / UBIQUARIAN  

Animated Short | Germany/US 2020 | 1:1,85 | 8.45 min | DCP | ProRes 422 HQ | H264 | Dolby Digital 7.1


art, direction and animation by Anna Samo

music and sound design Merche Blasco
with the voices of Lisa Labracio, Merche Blasco Jason Patience, Biljana Labovich Jeremiah Dickey, Abdallah Ewis Bethany Cutmore-Scott

sound re-recording mixer Benjamin Beladi
additional sound design, foley and mix David Jalbert
STAMP executive producers Carl Vaudrin, Powys Dewhurst, Benjamin Beladi

colorist Will Cox online editor Kevin Caby
post production services Final Frame

produced by Tom Bergmann
a production by Tiger Unterwegs Filmproduktion

Special Mention
Etiuda&Anima – Krakow, Poland 202

Best Animation Short at Walla Walla Movie Crush
Walla Walla, US, competition, 2021

Best German Animation
Festival of Animation Berlin, 2021 

Best Narrative Short Animation
ANIMA – Cordoba 2021 

Best Animation
Woodstock Film Festival, 2021



PÖFF Shorts (Black Nights Film Festival) - Tallinn, Estonia
International competition, November 2020

Etiuda&Anima – Krakow, Poland
International competition, November 2020 – special jury mention

KABOOM Animation Festival – Amsterdam, Netherlands
Short docs competition, March 2021

Mecal Pro: Int. Short and Animation Film Festival - Barcelona, Spain
Animation competition, March 2021

Tampere Film Festival – Tampere, Finnland
International competition, March 2021

Seattle International Film Festival – Seattle, US
Short films competition, April 2021

Go Short – International Short Film Festival Nijmegen Nijmegen, Netherlands
International competition, April 2021

Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film (ITFS) – Stuttgart, Germany
International competition, May 2021

Annecy International Animation Festival – Annecy, France
International competition, June 2021