The Girls Were Doing Nothing

A Film by Dekel Berenson


The Girls Were Doing Nothing is a study into the conflicting nature of love and the human soul – our basic needs for stability, comfort and routine which clash with equally strong desires for novelty, variety and freedom. It subtly discusses gender roles, female oppression, the collapse of masculinity in modern society, the role of sexual fantasy and play and more.


  • Picture of Dekel Berenson © Dekel Berenson

    Dekel Berenson

    Passionate about writing and storytelling, Dekel has has been making short “films” since he was 8 years old, using a VHS camcorder and a VCR for editing. After completing a mandatory three years service in the Israeli Defence Forces, he left his home country and had since lived in Budapest, London and New York before embarking on a five years trip around the world, reaching far away places as the North Pole and Mount Everest. Returned to London in 2016 to complete a Master’s of Arts in Filmmaking at the London Film School but left the program after three months to write direct and produce his first short film The Girls Were Doing Nothing. The film is the first part of The Eros Cycle, an anthology feature film consisting of five segments.

Awards + Festivals

    5th INDIAN CINE FILM FESTIVAL 2017 (Official Selection, Mumbai, India)September 10, 2017
  • 16th GREAT LAKES INT'L SHORTS FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Erie, Pennsylvania, USA)September 21, 2017
  • 5th TORONTO SHORTS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Canada)September 21, 2017
  • 8th TWIN CITIES FILM FEST (Official Selection Minnesota, USA)October 18, 2017
  • 12th ORLANDO FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Orlando, Florida, USA)October 19, 2017
  • 14th INTERNATIONALES KURZFILMFESTIVAL „KURZ.FILM.SPIELE“ (Official Selection, Konstanz, Germany)October 21, 2017
  • 4th PIGRECOZEN FILMFEST (Official Selection, Ancona, Italy)October 24, 2017
  • 6th WINCHESTER SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Winchester, U.K.)November 3, 2017
  • THE LIVERPOOL INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL 2017 (Official Selection, Liverpool, U.K.)November 10, 2017
  • NORTH CAROLINA FILM AWARD (Competition, North Carolina, USA)November 16, 2017
  • 26th EUROSHORTS YOUNG FILMMAKERS FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Warsaw, Poland)November 27, 2017
  • 31st SCHWENNINGER KURZFILMFESTIVAL (Official Selection, Germany)November 27, 2017
  • 14th BAHAMAS INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Harbor Island, Bahamas)December 10, 2017
    6th MUMBAI SHORTS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2017 (Official Selection, Mumbai, India)December 10, 2017
  • 4th AUSTIN SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Austin, USA)December 13, 2017
  • 7th IRVINE INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Costa Mesa, CA, USA)January 25, 2018
  • 5th SNOWDANCE INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Landsberg am Lech, Germany)January 27, 2018
  • 11th BOOMTOWN FILM & MUSIC FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Victoria, USA)February 23, 2018
  • 3rd LAS CRUCES INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Las Cruces, NM, USA)March 7, 2018
  • 18th FIRSTGLANCE FILM FESTIVAL LA (Official Selection, Los Angeles, CA, USA)March 8, 2018
  • 15th CINEKINK (Official Selection, New York, USA)March 14, 2018
  • 20th MECAL, BARCELONA INTERNATIONAL SHORT AND ANIMATION FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Barcelona, Spain)March 15, 2018
    THE SOUTH FILM AND ARTS ACADEMY FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Chile)March 16, 2018
    2nd INDIAN WORLD FILM FESTIVAL 2018 (Official Selection, Hyderabad, India)March 18, 2018
  • 16th OAKLAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Oakland, CA, USA)April 3, 2018
  • 11th RINCON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Honorary Finalist, Puerto Rico)April 11, 2018
  • 3rd SILICON BEACH FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Los Angeles, USA)April 24, 2018
  • 19th NEWPORT BEACH FILM FESTIVAL 2018 (Official Selection, Newport Beach, California, USA)April 26, 2018
  • 13th ÉCU - THE EUROPEAN INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Paris, France)May 4, 2018
  • 15th RIVER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Padova, Italy)June 15, 2018



Dekel Berenson
Dekel Berenson
Executive Producer
Merlin Merton
Co-Executive Producer
Greer Ellison
Dekel Berenson
Director of Photography
Ruaraid Achilleos-Sarll
Art Direction
Jason Kelvin
Costume Design
Britt Seel
Philip Quinton
Fabrizio Gammardella
Sound Design
Rich Evans
Dekel Berenson


Running Time
17 mins
Shooting Format
RED 4k
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio
5.1 surround sound



aug&ohr medien
Markus Kaatsch
Riemannstraße 21
D-10961 Berlin, Germany
+49 30 61620068


168 Wardour FilmWorks
2 Macklin St, London, WC2B 5ND, UK


Blue Shadows Films


Dekel Berenson