The White Whale



2020



Animated Short Film

Long years ago, a young man has lost his friends in an air attack on a big river. After 30 years, He is looking for their remains. A White Whale is the only sign he has.

Written and Directed by Amir Mehran
Animator: Jalal Naeimi
Concept and Background Designer: Naeim Azad
Character Designer: Abolfazl Boroumandi
Composer: Pejman Khalili
Sound Designer: Arash Ghasemi. Mohammad Ghasemi
VFX and 3d Compositor: Masoud T.Momeni
Compositor and Editor: Amir Mehran
Storyboard Artist: Amar Ghanbarzade
Color Grading: Hamidreza Fatourehchian. Borna Jamshidi
3D Modeler: Mohammad Shahrabi
Produced by Amir Mehran
In Association with Aduren Studio
Production Company: Documentary and Experimental Film Center (DEFC)
Animation, 10 Min, 2020

Festivals & Awards
- 36th Warsaw International Film Festival – Poland - Competition 1-2 Section- 9-18 Oct. 2020- Best Short Animated Award (Oscar Qualified)
- ANIMA2021, XI Córdoba International Animation Festival -  Argentina October 4 - 6, 2021 - Special Jury Mention
- 55th Humboldt Int’l Film Festival the USA - April 2022 - Animation Best of Fest
- The Clapperboard Golden Festival, Brazil - March 14-18, 2022 - Winner of Best Animated Film
- Blackboard International Film Festiva - Kerala (India) - January 2022 - Winner of Best Animated Film
- 18th Frames film festival - India- April 2021- Competition Section - Winner of Best Animation Films Award
- 14th Razavi National Film Festival (Iran) 2021- Second Place Award

- Nominated for Best Animation Award at 7th Gbeck future film festival 2021- Canada (not screened)
- Nominated for Best Animation Award at 37th Tehran International Film Festival (Iran) 2020
- One Earth Awards, June 2022, India
- 18th Athens Digital Arts Festival | FutuRetro – May 2022, Greece
- Changing Face International Film Festival, March 2022, Australia (Finalist)
- AnimMate, Australia Animation Film Festival, March 2022 - Short Animation Finalist
- Tayf International Short Film Festival - Turkey 24-27 Oct. 2022 - Animation Section Finalist
- The Vaughan International Film Festival, Canada - June 20-23, 2022 - Competition Section
- 16th International Short & Independent Film Festival, Dhaka 2022. 25th February to 4th March - Competition Section
- 15th International Children's Film Festival Bangladesh 2022 - March 5-11 - Competition Section
- Iranian film Festival Washington-Museum of Asian Art Smithsonian - USA- Feb. 2022
- 5th Slemani International Film Festival- Kurdistan (Iraq) – 17-23 Dec. 2021 - Competition Section
- 15th Kunturnawi Ecuadorian Film Festival – (Ecuador) - 4-26 Nov. 2021 - Competition Section
- 4th Russian Indie Film Festival (RUIFF)- (Russia- Saint Petersburg)- 5-7 Nov. 2021 - Competition Section
- 4th Flor Azul International Short Film Festival- (Argentina)- 25 Sept.-16 Oct. 2021 - Competition Section
- 20th Imagineindia International Film Festival- (Spain- Madrid) 24th Sept- 9 Oct. 2021 - Competition Section
- 5th Chaniartoon 2021 - International Comic & Animation Festival - Greece - 13-28 Sept. 2021- Competition Section
- 51st USA film festival - USA- 21-25 April 2021- Competition Section
- 24th Shanghai International Film Festival(SIFF)- China- 11-20 June 2021- International Screening
- 37th Cartoon Club International Festival of Animation Cinema, Comics, and Games- Italy -12-18 July 2021- Competition Section
- 15th River Film Festival- Padua (Italy) - 1-25 July 2021- Competition Section
- 9th The International Animated Film Festival "Constantine’s gold coin"- Serbia – 12-16 July 2021- Competition Section
- 6th Zabut International Animated Short Film Festival- (Italy)- 22-25 July 2021- Competition
- 15th ANIMART Festival - Greece JULY 20 - 25, 2021- Competition Section