In Dog Years I’m Dead

A Film by Kenji Ouellet


Young ballet dancers – not necessarily the typical poster children of ballet school – comment their training with quotes from known personalities ranging from Kim Kardashian or Therese of Avila to Mikhail Baryschnikov. Taking the body politics and the fate of children in ballet as a starting point, the film raises issues going beyond the dance world.


  • Picture of Kenji Ouellet © Barbara Grayson

    Kenji Ouellet

    Born in Québec and based in Berlin, director Kenji Ouellet is also a pianist (MA Piano Performance, CUNY), graduated in Digital Art (University for Applied Arts, Vienna) and in Experimental Media Design (Film, University of the Arts, Berlin). His work consists mostly of films/videos and performances for the touch sense and has been shown internationally, including at the Media Forum (Moscow International Film Festival), the Zendai Museum of Modern Art (Shanghai), the Weserburg Museum of Modern Art (Bremen), Videologia (Volgograd), the Cologne Art Film Biennial, the Strange Screen Festival (Thessaloniki), Le Havre Biennial, Media Art Friesland (NL), the European Media Art Festival (Osnabrück), Videoex (Zürich) and at the Mois Multi (Québec).

Awards + Festivals

  • 4th BAYAMON INT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Bayamón, Puerto Rico)January 30, 2019
  • 4th RAPIDLION - THE SOUTH AFRICAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Johannesburg, South Africa)March 1, 2019
  • 3rd VISIONÄR FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Berlin, Germany)April 3, 2019
  • DAYS OF GERMAN & RUSSIAN SHORT FILMS «VKRATZE!» 2019 (Official Selection, Volgograd, Russia)April 9, 2019
  • 2nd TAOBA INTERNATIONAL YOUTH FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Tbilisi, Georgia)April 11, 2019
  • 20th CELLU L’ART KURZFILMFESTIVAL (International Competition, Jena, Germany)April 23, 2019
  • 9th PHILOSOPHICAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Skopje, Macedonia)May 9, 2019
    4th INCA IMPERIAL INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Lima, Peru)May 16, 2019
  • OLBIA FILM NETWORK (Film Market Professional Video Library, Olbia, Italy)June 19, 2019
  • 17th INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL SIGNS OF THE NIGHT (Official Selection, Bangkok, Thailand)June 22, 2019
  • 19th GIMLI FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Gimli, Canada)June 24, 2019
  • 20th SHORTS INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Trieste, Italy)June 28, 2019
    8th ON ART FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Warsaw, Poland)July 5, 2019
  • 20th LUCANIA FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Pisticci, Italy)August 7, 2019
  • 5th BUCHAREST INTERNATIONAL DANCE FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Bucharest, Romania)September 4, 2019
  • 5th FILMFEST BREMEN (Offiical Selection, Bremen, Germany)September 19, 2019
  • 8th WASTELAND FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Outside of California City, CA, USA)September 26, 2019
  • 19th FESTIVAL C'EST TROP COURT (Compétition EUROPEENNE, Nice, France)October 11, 2019
  • 4th ADIRONDACK FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Glens Falls, New York, USA)October 17, 2019
  • 17th CATACUMBA FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Godella, Valencia, Spain)October 26, 2019
  • SHORT LONG WORLD FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Corrientes, Argentina)November 7, 2019
  • 25th ANNUAL CUCALORUS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Wilmington, NC, USA)November 13, 2019
  • 5th SAN JOSE INTERNATIONAL FILM AWARDS (Official Selection, San José, Costa Rica)November 20, 2019
  • 4th BELGAUM INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Belgaum, India)December 21, 2019
  • 5th CHHATRAPATI SHIVAJI FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Pune, India)December 29, 2019
  • 2nd REVOLUTIONS PER MINUTE FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Boston, USA)February 1, 2020
  • 16th KINOFILM - MANCHESTER INT'L SHORT FILM & ANIMATION FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Manchester, UK)February 25, 2020


Kenji Ouellet
Kenji Ouellet
Kenji Ouellet
Director of Photography
Vlad Margulis
Art Direction
Nikola Schrenk
Makis Asimakopoulos
Kenji Ouellet
Sound Design
Kenji Ouellet
Kenton Oueler


Anastasia Aust
Samantha Bütow
Lena Fischer Anna
Shirin Habedank
Hawa Kaba


Running Time
13:11 min
Shooting Format
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio



Markus Kaatsch
aug&ohr medien
Riemannstr. 21
10961 Berlin, Germany

+49 (0)30 61620068


Kenji Ouellet
Gleditschstrasse 69
10781 Berlin, Germany