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If you’re familiar with the work of filmmaking collective Factory Fifteen, then you’ll know they have already established their names as a extremely talented team that makes stunning computer generated visuals. Jonah, A Stray Bear Production in association with Jellyfish Pictures, is the new short film directed by a team’s member Kibwe Tavares. This film is a 21st century myth, set in Zanzibar and examines the effects tourism can have on a country from an economic and environmental perspective. A story that is based on the present, but features futuristic elements. A story with great narrative that explores the relation between two friends and “the world’s biggest jumping fish“. A visual feast, shot though with humour and warmth, it tells an old story in a completely new way. It comes as no surprise that Factory Fifteen team delivered another amazing short film.

Mbwana and his best friend Juma are two young men with big dreams. These dreams become reality when they photograph a gigantic fish leaping out of the sea and their small town blossoms into a tourist hot-spot as a result. But for Mbwana, the reality isn’t what he dreamed – and when he meets the fish again, both of them forgotten, ruined and old, he decides only one of them can survive. Jonah is a big fish story about the old and the new, and the links and the distances between them.

Factory Fifteen is a creative studio specialising in film, animation and architectural representation. The members of the team, Paul Nicholls, Dan Tassell, Kibwe Tavares, Chris Lees, Rich Young and Jonathan Gales, believe in a multi-disciplinary approach to film making, combining various techniques. They direct and produce all of their projects in house, while their backgrounds range from architecture and architectural visualisation to engineering, animation, film making, and photography.

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