Elin Grönblom and a friend had written a song called “Goldfish Love.” They liked it so much, they decided to adapt it into a short film. Since then the 14-minute piece has been winning over audiences at festivals worldwide, recently winning Best Comedy in the student shorts category at the International Family Film Festival.
Though she had already received a BA in Film and Television in her home country of Finland, Elin says she “wanted more hands-on experience in filmmaking.” A quick Google search led her to New York Film Academy’s MFA Filmmaking program. She finished her first year at the school’s New York City campus, and her second year at the Los Angeles campus. During her time at NYFA, she worked on what would become Goldfish Love. The film is about a goldfish named Gandhi who longs to swim in the ocean. His owner is a struggling musician who longs to make it big. The two develop a special friendship along the way.
The film has played the Toronto Short & Sweet Festival and H2K Festival, and was chosen as Official Selection at ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival, The Finnish Tampere Film Festival, HollyShorts Festival, The UK Film Festival, Providence Children’s Film Festival, and the prestigious Newport Beach Film Festival.
Since her graduation, Elin has been working in London, working on film sets and music videos, and doing a lot of writing. “If you can write, it’s a good way to stay busy and creative,” she says. “But do something that’s you, that you like, and that you can be proud of two years later.” Elin is currently working on a feature length black comedy she hopes to get made soon.
Check out Goldfish Love when it plays at the WMM Fest on Thursday, June 27, as part of the Hollywood Fringe Festival. Also check out the trailer below!