PUFFLING award-winning documentary short from The New Yorker and director Jessica Bishop

The Award-Winning Short Documentary Is Also Screening as Part of the DOC NYC Short List

On a Remote Icelandic Island, Teenagers Trade Late Night Parties for Nocturnal Rescues of Puffling (Young Puffins) In This Coming-Of-Age Story

(New York, N.Y., November 13, 2023)—The award-winning short documentary “Puffling” is now streaming worldwide on The New Yorker’s digital channels. Watch the full film now here.

“Puffling” is currently having its New York film festival première as part of DOC NYC’s Short List program, which features films that are considered to be among the years’ strongest contenders for awards season. The film’s director Jessica Bishop is in New York and available for interview.

This intimate and meditative film follows teenagers Birta and Selma, on a remote Icelandic island, as they take it upon themselves to counteract humanity’s damaging impact on nature and save pufflings (young puffins) from imminent danger; exchanging night-time parties for nocturnal puffin rescues. A coming-of-age documentary about growing up and making choices, Puffling explores the delicate interplay between wildlife, the environment, and human life.

“By paralleling the uncertain, often precarious experiences of both the teenagers and puffins, the film seeks to demonstrate the direct connections between humanity and the natural world,” Jessica Bishopp, the film’s director, said. “By exploring how younger generations are taking an active role in global issues, ‘Puffling’ offers an alternative perspective on climate change. I wanted to tell a creative and joyful story from the personal perspective of teenagers on the climate change frontline.”



“Puffling” had its World Première at SXSW, won the Jury Award for Documentary at Aspen Shortsfest, and is qualified for consideration for the 2024 Academy Awards. It has been selected for more than a dozen other leading festivals, including AFI Fest, Palm Springs International ShortFest, New Orleans Film Festival, and Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival.

“Puffling” is produced by Beehive Films in association with IF/Then Shorts, and is presented by Emergence Magazine as part of the award-winning New Yorker Documentary series, which showcases innovative short films from around the world. Produced by both emerging and renowned filmmakers, the films offer uncommon perspectives on issues that matter. The film is streaming now on The New Yorker’s digital platforms; you can view all the films in the New Yorker Documentary series at newyorker.com.

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