International Competition


Gabriela Cowperthwaite
Screening time  
24.02. / Monday, 14:00 - 16:00 Theatre 2  
25.02. / Tuesday, 12:00 - 14:00 Theatre 4  
27.02. / Thursday, 21:00 - 23:00 Theatre 1  
The story of Tilikum, a notoriously aggressive orca that killed three people while in captivity.

Blackfish tells the story of Tilikum, a performing killer whale that killed several people while in captivity. Along the way, director-producer Gabriela Cowperthwaite compiles shocking footage and emotional interviews to explore the creature’s extraordinary nature, the species’ cruel treatment in captivity, the lives and losses of the trainers and the pressures brought to bear by the multi-billion dollar sea-park industry. This emotionally wrenching, tautly structured story challenges us to consider our relationship to nature and reveals how little we humans have learned from these highly intelligent and enormously sentient fellow mammals.


Gabriela Cowperthwaite

Gabriela Cowperthwaite, born in 1975 in US, is a documentary filmmaker who for more than 12 years has directed, produced and written documentary programs for television networks including ESPN, National Geographic, Animal Planet, Discovery, and the History Channel. In 2010, Cowperthwaite completed the award-winning feature-length documentary, City LAX: An Urban Lacrosse Story.

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2013, 82', DCP

Directed by:
Gabriela Cowperthwaite

Screenplay by:
Gabriela Cowperthwaite, Eli Despres

Christopher Towey

Edited by:
Eli Despres

Jeff Beal

Manny Oteyza

Produced by:
Our Turn Productions

Festivals & Awards:

Sundance Film Festival 2013; Hot Docs 2013; True/False Film Fest 2013; Miami International Film Festival 2013; Green Film Festival in Seoul 2013; CinemAmbiente Environmental Film Festival 2013; Docville International Documentary Film Festival 2013; Sheffield Doc/Fest 2013;