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Berlin Int'l Film Festival (Berlinale) (2023) – Nominated: Crystal Bear: Generation 14plus – Best Short Film

Berlin Int'l Film Festival (Berlinale) (2023) – Nominated: Teddy: Best Short Film

Int'l Short Film Festival Oberhausen (2023) – Nominated: Children and youth film competition

African Premiere
SA Premiere
Screenings – CT
V&A SK7Tue 27 June 6pm+ Q&A
Screenings – JHB
BioSat 24 June 4pm


Ella Rocca





Running Time:

8 min


Swiss German, English

In this captivating short film, Ella Rocca explores the complexities of having a crush, examining the obsessive nature of infatuation. Through a mix of internet research, images, texts and sounds, Ella creates a layered representation of the intense contemplation that comes with having a crush. The film delves into the protagonist’s inner workings as they explore their own feelings towards different individuals, while also providing a sense of relatability by illustrating that these emotions are a normal experience for many people worldwide. The film captures the cyclical spiral of thoughts and emotions that comes with having a crush, while also emphasising the vulnerability and intimacy that can arise from these intense feelings.

The Survival, Sacrifice and Self-Awareness Shorts Block includes Push Comes to Shove – Stories of Obstetric Violence: Bongie’s Story, Ikinji’s Stories, Crushed

Courtesy of SWISS FILMS