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

    Dekel Berenson is originally from Israel and completed a mandatory
    three-year service in the Israeli Defense Forces. In 2001 he went
    abroad to pursue his education, eventually acquiring a Masters in
    International Relations from the Central European University in
    Budapest in 2006, receiving the Best Thesis Award and graduating first
    in his class. Moving forward, the next ten years of his work in
    writing, activism, and graphic design took him all over the world,
    where he explored more than sixty countries. Over the past three
    years, he has combined his two passions, making artistic films of high
    quality that bring to light real-world social and humanitarian issues.
    His 2nd film Ashmina won several prizes, including the Best Short Film
    award at the 59th Krakow Film Festival, allowing it to complete for a
    short Oscar. His 3rd film, Anna, premiered in competition at the 72nd
    Cannes Film Festival. He is currently working on his first feature.

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
    6th HEADLINE INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Canada)April 18, 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
    8th DADA SAHEB PHALKE FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, New Delhi, India)April 30, 2018
  • 13th ÉCU - THE EUROPEAN INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Paris, France)May 4, 2018
  • 3rd INCA IMPERIAL INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Lima, Peru)May 17, 2018
  • 4th LONGUE VUE SUR LE COURT - INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Montreal, Quebec, Canada)May 30, 2018
  • 15th RIVER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Padova, Italy)June 15, 2018
  • 6th SNAKE ALLEY FESTIVAL OF FILM (Official Selection, Burlington, IA, USA)June 20, 2018
  • 41st ELCHE INTERNATIONAL INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Elche, Alicante, Spain)July 13, 2018
  • 7th MADRID INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Madrid, Spain)July 20, 2018
  • 14th SEATTLE TRANSMEDIA & INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Seattle, WA, USA)July 26, 2018
  • 24th SAN ANTONIO FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, San Antonio, TX, USA)August 1, 2018
  • 2nd KEW GARDENS FESTIVAL OF CINEMA (Official Selection, Kew Gardens, NY, USA)August 3, 2018
  • 1st AMSTERDAM INT'L FILMMAKER FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Amsterdam, Netherlands)August 11, 2018
  • 14th ANNUAL FILM FESTIVAL AND WRITERS’ CELEBRATION (Official Selection, Las Vegas, NV, USA)August 16, 2018
    3rd NEW RENAISSANCE FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, London, UK)August 22, 2018
  • 21st CALIFORNIA INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Moraga and Orinda, USA)August 24, 2018
  • 15th ANNUAL SALENTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (International Short-Film Competition, Italy)September 1, 2018
  • 11th ARIZONA UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Tucson, AZ, USA)September 14, 2018
  • 13th MEXICO INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Mexico City, Mexico)September 5, 2018
  • 2nd FILMPLAYA (Official Selection, Playa del Rey, CA, United States)September 21, 2018
  • 8th CATALINA FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Los Angeles, USA)September 26, 2018
  • 3rd GO DEBUT EUROPEAN FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Klaipeda, Lithuania)September 26, 2018
  • 8th CRESTED BUTTE FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Crested Butte, USA)September 27, 2018
  • 7th DUBLING INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM AND MUSIC FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Dublin, Ireland)October 5, 2018
  • 4th MINIKINO FILM WEEK (Official Selection, Bali, Indonesia)October 6, 2018
  • 3rd ROYAL STARR FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Royal Oak, MI, USA)October 11, 2018
    3rd FISHEYE FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, High Wycombe, UK)October 11, 2018
  • 18th KANSAS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Overland Park, KS, USA)October 12, 2018
  • 5th SANFORD FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Sanford, USA)October 16, 2018
  • 4th DURHAM REGION INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Oshawa, ON, Canada)October 17, 2018
  • 7th SOUTHHAMPTON INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Southhampton, UK)October 17, 2018
  • 5th SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL NEW CONCEPT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, San Bruno, CA, USA)November 1, 2018
  • 6th CINEMA AT THE EDGE (CATE) FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Santa Monica, CA, USA)November 2, 2018
    4th CHICAGO AMARCORD ARTHOUSE TELEVISION AWARDS (Official Selection, Chicago, USA)November 19, 2018
  • 5th TAMPA BAY UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Tampa, FL, USA)December 6, 2018
  • 7th MONARCH FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Pacific Grove, CA, USA)December 7, 2018
    BEYOND EARTH FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Kolkata, India)December 22, 2018
    3rd CHANDLER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Chandler, AZ, USA)January 17, 2019
  • 6th TALLY SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Tallahassee, FL, USA)January 25, 2019
  • 10th World Music & Independent Film Festival (Official Selection, Jeffersonton, Virginia, USA)February 9, 2019
    2nd THINKING HAT FICTION CHALLENGE SEASON 1 (Official Selection, Kolkata, West Bengal, India)February 10, 2019
  • PIMPRI-CHINCHWAD INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Pune, India)March 16, 2019
  • SHORT FILM SHOWCASE DEDICATED TO WOMEN'S DAY (Official Selection, Tula, Russia)March 9, 2019
  • 9th THE FORT MYERS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Fort Myers, FL, USA)April 1, 2019
  • 3rd ANNUAL JIM THORPE INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Jim Thorpe, PA, USA)April 25, 2019
  • 11th FASTNET FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Cork, Ireland)May 22, 2019
  • 6th FORT WORTH INDIE FILM SHOWCASE (Official Selection, Fort Worth, TX, USA)June 25, 2019
  • 7th ARIANO INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Ariano, Italy)July 28, 2019
  • 5th GREENWICH VILLAGE FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, New York, NY, USA)October 21, 2019



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