London-based filmmaker Eva Lanska’s award-winning drama short Little French Fish held its European premiere on leading short movie entertainment network ShortsTV on Sept. 19. The film first premiered on ShortsTV in North America on Sept. 9 on DirecTV, AT&T U-Verse, Google Fiber, Frontier Communications and Hotwire.

Little French Fish draws attention to the global stigma against interracial marriages by exploring the relationship of an Orthodox Jewish woman and a Muslim man. Starring British actors Jonas Khan and Devora Wilde, the film follows an intercultural couple falling in love while feeling the pressure of traditional conflicts and strict social orders.

The short debuted on ShortsTV in EMEA in the Netherlands on Amazon Prime Video, Ziggo, T-Mobile and others, United Kingdom, Italy and Spain on Amazon Prime Video, Belgium on Telenet, Serbia on SBB, and Slovenia, Montenegro and Bosnia & Herzegovina on Telemach.

Trailer Little French Fish:

“I’m extremely honored that ShortsTV has selected my film for its networks in both North America and Europe,” comments Lanska. “The film explores the universal theme about the love between people from two different worlds.  Little French Fish is a story about a Jewish woman and a Muslim man, and the conflict between their feelings and passions and traditions and social order. The film asks the question, ‘How does a person who finds his or herself in such a situation solve this internal conflict?’ ”

Little French Fish was named an official selection of the Washington Jewish Film Festival, one of the world’s oldest and largest Jewish festivals, as well as Chelsea Film Festival, Beverly Hills Film Festival, Hollywood Women’s Film Festival, MELECH Tel-Aviv International Film Festival, Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards, Cannes International Independent Film Festival, New York World Film Festival and French Riviera Film Festival.

Lanska’s first short Okay, Mum was also acquired for North American and EMEA distribution and will premiere soon on the popular channel. The film won the Best Picture Award at the Los Angeles Film Festival and was selected for the Short Film Corner at the Cannes Film Festival in 2017.

Lanska recently directed her first short documentary titled The Abraham Accords Change History: Women in the Middle East. Currently in post-production, the film captures the importance of women’s contributions to creating a prosperous life in the region. The film draws attention to the achievements made by women, who count for half of the indigenous population in the United Arab Emirates, and their interaction with women’s professional associations in Israel.

Lanska’s remarkable success in the short film realm have made the filmmaker poised to tackle her recently announced first feature film, I Am Not an Actress, based on the philosophies of French screen icon Brigitte Bardot.

About Eva Lanska: After graduating from the London Film Academy, Lanska focused on producing documentary and feature films. She has directed several award-winning films recognized throughout Europe and America. Art, literature, French cinematography, and the Parisian ambiance have been significant influences and inspiration sources throughout her work.

Throughout her films, Lanska studies the ideal notion of acceptance and love in conflicting circumstances. She poses pressing questions to direct her audience to reflect on the choices and ultimately decide what the main characters should do. Lanska is dedicated to child protection movements and continues to bring awareness to alarming social issues through her films.

She is actively involved in the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra Foundation, Women for Women International, The British Friends of the Art Museums of Israel and Anatevka Jewish Refugee Community Foundation and Tel Aviv Museum of Art.


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Photos Courtesy of Eva Lanska.

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