The Little Fish and the Crocodile

A Film by Stefanie Plattner


Tales of Us: “The little Fish and the Crocodile” is a fable from the rainforest in the Odzala National Park in the Republic of Congo told by the children of the Sanza Mobimba Kindergarden. In cooperation with the SPAC foundation and their teaching methodology, Tales of Us has journeyed to the Congo several times over the last two years with an interdisciplinary team of teaching experts and creative professionals. Together we have worked with local teachers, developing children’s creativity and fostering a deep understanding of the joy essential to the art of storytelling. Encouraging local kids to draw from the elements of nature, they have created interesting characters with which to tell their stories.
Over the course of the workshops, the children progressed from initial character creation, to storytelling and development. All creative content, including art direction and stage design, has come from the children themselves. Adorned in costumes made from the natural elements of their home, the children are also the proud actors in their own adaptation of this traditional Congolese story.


  • Picture of Stefanie Plattner © Stefanie Plattner

    Stefanie Plattner

    Stefanie Plattner is a German producer and actress.
    She studied Acting in Berlin, graduated 2007, and was involved in several works as an actress (e.g. Nibelungenfestspiele Worms, Theater der Altmark, ZDF Fernsehfilm and several short films).
    She then developed and produced her own shows and, amongst others, produced and directed a theatre show with children in the Evita se Perron theatre of Pieter Dirk Uys in "Darling" South Africa.
    In 2011 Stefanie Plattner decided to venture into filmproducing, to be able to implement her own ideas and create a platform for others to do so too. She founded the production company “Storming Donkey Productions GmbH & Co. KG” and produced her first feature film “Hördur – Zwischen den Welten" which has been released in German cinema in October 2015 and won the German Film Critics Award for Best Children’s Movie.
    With the short film “The little Fish and the Crocodile” she now took on the role as a film director for the very first time, implementing her experienced skills in theatre work with children and storytelling.

Awards + Festivals

    35th CHICAGO INT'L CHILDREN'S FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Chicago, Chicago)September 1, 2018
  • * 7th VISIONI CORTE INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Miturno, Italy)September 10, 2018
  • * 27th MADRID FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Madrid, Spain)October 11, 2018
  • * 15th SEDICICORTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Forli, Italy)October 12, 2018
  • 33rd INDEPENDENT FILMFEST OSNABRÜCK (Official Selection, Osnabrück, Germany)October 17, 2018
  • 4th DURHAM REGION INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Oshawa, ON, Canada)October 17, 2018
  • 9th FICAIJ FESTIVAL AUDIOVISUAL INFANTIL Y JUVENIL (Official Selection, Mérida, Venezuela)October 21, 2018
    INTERNATIONAL FILMFESTIVAL FOR AUDIENCES FILEM'ON (Official Selection, Brussels, Belgium)October 24, 2018
  • 20th SORIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Soria, Spain)November 11, 2018
  • KINOFILM - MANCHESTER INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM & ANIMATION FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Manchester, United Kingdom)November 26, 2018
  • 8th EINDHOVEN FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Eindhoven, The Netherlands)November 29, 2018
    BEYOND EARTH FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Kolkata, India)December 22, 2018
    3rd CHHATRAPATI SHIVAJI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Pune, India)December 29, 2018
  • 2nd PRAGUE FILM AWARDS (Official Selection, Prague, Czech Republic)January 11, 2019
  • 14th CHILDREN’S FILM FESTIVAL SEATTLE (Official Selection, Seattle, WA, USA)January 24, 2019
  • 41st CLERMONT-FERRAND INT’L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Young Audience Competition, France)February 1, 2019
  • 9th QUEENS WORLD FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, New York, USA)February 14, 2019
  • 4th INDIE-LINCS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Lincolnshire, UK)February 14, 2019
    5th FINDECOIN - INDEPENDENT INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Puerto la Cruz, Venezuela)February 25, 2019
  • 4th THE EARTH DAY FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Los Angeles, CA, USA)March 1, 2019
  • 35th EUROPEAN FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Lille, France)March 8, 2019
  • 13th CHILDREN'S FILM FESTIVAL SEATTLE (Official Selection, Bellingham, Washington, USA)March 8, 2019
  • 11th INT'L FILMFESTIVAL OF LARISSA (Official Selection, Larissa, Greece)March 12, 2019
  • 15th LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Los Angeles, CA, USA)March 29, 2019
  • 11th CMS INT'L CHILDREN'S FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Lucknow, India)April 4, 2019
  • 20th RIVERRUN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Winston-Salem, NC, USA)April 4, 2019
  • 7th CLUJSHORTS INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Cluj-Napoca, Romania)April 5, 2019
  • 19th INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL LANDAU LA.MEKO (Official Selection, Landau, Germany)April 7, 2019
  • 46th ATHENS INTERNATIONAL FILM AND VIDEO FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Athens, Ohio, USA)April 8, 2019
  • 2nd TAOBA INTERNATIONAL YOUTH FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Tbilisi, Georgia)April 11, 2019
  • 36th BUSAN INT'L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Busan, Korea)April 24, 2019
  • 12th ECOZINE FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Zaragoza, Spain)May 3, 2019
  • 1st SOUTH EUROPE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL - FUSION ISFF (Official Selection, Valencia, Spain)May 4, 2019
  • 5th INTERNATIONAL MOTION FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Nicosia, Cyprus)May 6, 2019
  • 14th HARLEM INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, New York, NY, USA)May 16, 2019
  • 21st MO&FRIESE HAMBURG CHILDREN'S SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Hamburg, Germany)June 2, 2019
  • 14th LITTLE BIG SHOTS 2019 FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia)June 5, 2019
  • 4th KLEINKAAP SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Centurion, South Africa)August 4, 2019
  • 3rd INT'L KIDS FILM FESTIVAL (IKFF) (Official Selection, Several cities across India)November 1, 2019
  • 13th KURZFILMFESTIVAL KÖLN (Official Selection, Köln, Germany)November 13, 2019


Stefanie Plattner
Dorothea Nölle
Stefanie Plattner, Eva Vonk
Director of Photography
Eric Ferranti
Costume Design
Carmen Schabracq
Veit Norek
Sabine Brose
Sound Design
Lajos Wienkamp-Marques
Jasmin Reuter


Running Time
Shooting Format
Digital/Video HD
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
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