Lost for Words

An ode to libraries and the magic of storytelling, a lost little boy wanders into a fantastic forest filled with curious creatures … none more so than the little girl he befriends.

Creative team

Writer/director: Sean Wainsteim
Producer: John Nadalin

Filmmaker’s statement

Sean Wainsteim says:

“Often described as Labyrinth meets Pan’s Labyrinth, Lost for Words is my love-letter to a childhood spent in libraries and puppet theatres discovering fantastic new worlds. It was here that I began to comprehend the power of storytelling and the artist passion and innovations it can ignite in others.

It feels like the films that tapped into this spirit and inspired my generation have slipped away. I wanted to capture a taste of those worlds that still live in my mind and that I desperately miss seeing on screen. It was incredibly humbling to have so many talented artistic collaborators lend their time to this project.

Currently I’m developing a feature version of this short that explores specific personal experiences. It’s best described as autobiographical magic-realism.”

About Sean Wainsteim


The survivor of one art school and one airplane crash, writer/director Sean Wainsteim explores narrative projects in film, television, animation, music videos, commercials, docs and interactive sculptures.

He has created award-winning work around the world for personal projects and global brands.

In 2011 Sean won director of the year at the MuchMusic Video Awards.

Sean is currently developing feature narrative and documentary projects that explore the remembered and imagined past … and completely made up futures.

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