ATOMIC TALES & PERIODIC FABLES
A GLOBAL SHORT FILM SERIES EXPLORING OUR LIVES
THROUGH THE LENS OF THE ELEMENTS FROM THE PERIODIC TABLE
The stories of the elements are intimately connected to our own. Our bodies are made up of them, our survival depends on them and they are all that surrounds us. From our daily routines to the patterns of our economies, they affect us in countless ways, yet often remain invisible. They are the untold stories behind our physical existence.
ELEMENTAL: Atomic Tales & Periodic Fables is a playful collection of short documentary films, each one exploring our lives through the lens of a different element from the periodic table. The diverse individual films combine to create an engaging experience about our relationships with the elements while celebrating the art and craft of documentary filmmaking.
ELEMENTAL allows creative freedom to award-winning directors and upcoming talent from around the world. Each filmmaker tells a human story about the way one element is used in a 10 - 20 minute film directed in their unique voice and style. There are as many stories about how the elements touch our lives as there are creative ways to portray them, and the collection will feature films ranging from personal to political, artsy to animated, and investigative to contemplative.
With the support of Sandbox Films, we have completed four new films from Serbia (SILVER by Mila Turajlić ), Kenya (HELIUM by Sam Soko), USA (CHLORINE by Elizabeth Lo) and Argentina (IRON by Martín Benchimol), and we have just greenlit five new films for production in 2024 - subscribe below for updates!
The goal is to provide a timely, thought-provoking and creative exploration of the unique properties and chemistry of the elements that drive our modern world, motivated by the alarming rate at which we are using many of them up.
ELEMENTAL is produced by Mike Paterson and Heidi Fleisher.