The Walking Fish

Thessa Meijer

Thessa Meijer is a Dutch writer and director. Her work is characterised by dreamy magical realism with a humorous undertone. She graduated in 2015 from the HKU University of Arts and was awarded the Netherlands Film Festival’s Dioraphte Award and a Wildcard from the Netherlands Film Fund. What followed was a mid-length television film, ‘The Day My House Fell’, which screened at several international festivals and got selected for the Debut competition at the Netherlands Film Festival. Her music video ‘Mind Dear’ premiered on Nowness, was shown at SXSW Film Festival and got nominated for a 3FM Award Best Video. Her short film ‘The Walking Fish’, produced by HALAL, is a fantastical tale that wowed the 2019 Young Director’s Award jury and earned her the Special Jury Prize and a Gold Screen. The film is the 2020 Oscars submissions for the Netherlands in the Short Film category and also received a special mention at the Go Short festival. Her latest project, HEAT, is a two-minute romantic comedy horror featuring the acting debut of Dutch influencer and artist Famke Louise.


The Walking Fish

The Walking Fish

A tragicomic short film about ambition, perfection and self-acceptance. 2020 NL Oscars® submission. Winner of the YDA 2019 Special Jury Prize.