When Fish Fly

In this dialogue-less exploration of grief, a determined little girl goes on an unusual mission of love in order to let go and move forward after the sudden death of her mother.

Creative team

Writer/director/producer: Lisa Rose Snow
Producer: Lora Campbell

Filmmaker’s statement

When Fish Fly was made through the National Screen Institute’s Drama Prize program.

It has been an incredible journey exploring loss through the eyes of a nine-year-old. By entering a world with no dialogue, we are able to delve into a visual world of saturated colour rich with symbolism, as we consider the journey of letting go.

About Lisa Rose Snow

Lisa Rose Snow

Lisa Rose Snow is a filmmaker and performer from Halifax, Nova Scotia and recent graduate of the Canadian Film Centre’s writing lab (2014).

Her short, Two Penny Road Kill (2013), was created through the Atlantic Filmmakers Co-Op’s FILM 5 Program and won best Canadian short at the Silver Wave Film Festival and best juried short at the Parrsboro Film Festival. It participated in the 2014 CBC Short Film Face Off and continues to screen at festivals around the world.

Her most recent short, When Fish Fly (2014), was produced through the NSI Drama Prize course, had its world premiere at the CBC Shorts Gala at the Atlantic Film Festival and its international premiere at the San José Short Film Festival where it won audience choice for best of festival.

In 2013, Lisa won a Wave Award during the Women in Film & Television Atlantic’s ‘Women Making Waves Conference,’ the first time this award has ever been given to an emerging artist.

In 2013, she formed Organic Water Productions with producing partner Lora Campbell. They are currently in development on Lisa’s feature Little Louise which went through the Atlantic Film Festival’s script development program in 2013.

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