Imagining Time

Imagining Time
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Jelena Sinik, film-maker, Australia
Inspired by The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock by T. S. Eliot, (1888 – 1965), USA/UK


Imagining Time expresses in filmic form the themes of isolation, introversion and passivity found in T. S. Eliot's poem, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock. A wordless visual adaption of the poem, it adopts a stylistic approach akin to magical realism and surrealism, to portray disruption in the everyday experience, at the same time tackling issues surrounding mental health and the notion of identity.

Jelena Sinik on the project

As with the poem it is inspired by, Imagining Time is a very human story with broad universal themes such as introversion and anxiety - issues which many of us can easily relate to regardless of where we're from. I've always loved the work of T. S. Eliot and the Prufrock poem especially reminded me of a friend who was the basis for the protagonist of this piece. I was really intrigued with the idea of how to make a film about who someone is, when they themselves don't know who they are. I felt like I was trying to solve a puzzle; it was a very challenging yet satisfying experience. (source)

Jelena Sinik
Jelena Sinik

T. S. Eliot
T. S. Eliot, 1934 (source)


- Official Winner, Best Animation, Willoughby Shorts Film Festival 2016, AUS.
- Official Winner, Best Animation, Freshflix Film Festival 2016, AUS.
- Official Winner, Best Animated Short Film, Toronto Arthouse Film Festival 2016, CA.
- Official Winner, Audience Choice Award, Unlesbarkeit Festival 2016, EUR.
- Official Nomination, Weimar Poetry Film Prize, Backup_festival Germany 2016, EUR.
- Official Finalist, Experimental Film, The Vision Feast 2016, NZ.
- Official Nomination, 2 Minute Short Film Award, Stuttgarter Filmwinter Festival for Expanded Media 2017, EUR.
- Official Nomination, In Silico Experimental Competition, Message to Man International Film Festival 2016, RU.
- Official Nomination, Best Animated Film & Best Student Film, Wimbledon International Short Fim Festival 2016, UK.
- Official Selection, No/Gloss Film Festival (Leeds Independent Film Festival) 2016, UK.
- Official Selection, Animation Program, Sydney Film Festival 2016, AUS.
- Official Selection, Australian Showcase, Melbourne International Animation Festival 2016, AUS.
- Official Selection, Australian Showcase Tour, Australian International Animation Festival 2016, AUS.
- Official Selection, Animated Film, Third Culture Film Festival Hong Kong 2017, CN.
- Official Nomination, Glocal Purpose Competition, Seoul International NewMedia Festival 2016, KR.
- Official Nomination, International Youth Media Festival YOUKI 2016, EUR.
- Official Selection, Animated Film, Bang International Awards Festival 2016, PT.
- Official Selection, Short Film, Wellington Underground Film Festival 2016, NZ.
- Official Selection, International University, ANIMASIVO Contemporary Animation Festival 2016, MX.
- Official Selection, Animated Short Film, Hong Kong Arthouse Film Festival Winter 2016, CN.
- Official Selection, Art Film, Altered Esthetics Film Festival 2016, US.
- Official Selection, Animation, Athens Animfest 2016, EUR.
- Official Selection, Short Film, The Moonrise Film Festival 2016, CA.
- Official Selection, Experimental Film, Cinevision Film Festival 2016, US.
- Official Selection, Animation, Regent Park Film Festival 2016, CA.
- Official Selection, Animation, RATMA International Film Festival 2016, UK.
- Official Selection, 2 Minute Film Festival, North Portland Film Festival 2016, US.
- Official Invitation, Poetry Film, Literature Festival Thuringia 2016, EUR.
- Official Selection, Australian Showcase Tour, Newcastle International Animation Festival 2016, AUS.

Affiliated Screenings:
- Ecstatic Cinematic, Freshflix Emerging Filmmakers' Conference @ Vivid Ideas 2017, AUS.
- Finalist, Best Tertiary Animation Award, SAE Atom Awards 2016, AUS.
- Nomination, Creative Media Social Justice Award, UTS Human Rights Awards 2016, AUS.


Jelena Sinik is an award-winning animated filmmaker from Sydney. She graduated a Master of Animation degree at the University of Technology, Sydney in 2018. She was awarded The School of the Arts and Media Prize 2014 for best performance in the University of New South Wales Bachelor of Media (Screen and Sound) degree, which she graduated with distinction in 2014. Jelena works as a freelance animator for clients in the public art, education and entertainment sectors. In 2018, she was commissioned by a Sydney studio as a 2D Character Animator for the award-winning Customs House projection show in VIVID 2018. Jelena has won several awards for her animated films and has been festival-screened internationally numerous times. In 2018 she won the ATOM Award for Best Tertiary Animation in Australia.

T. S. Eliot (Thomas Stearns Eliot, 1888 - 1965) was one of the 20th century's major poets. He was also an essayist, publisher, playwright, and literary and social critic. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, in the United States, to a prominent Boston Brahmin family, he moved to England in 1914 at the age of 25, settling, working, and marrying there. He became a British subject in 1927 at the age of 39, renouncing his American passport. Eliot attracted widespread attention for his poem The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock (1915), which was seen as a masterpiece of the Modernist movement. It was followed by some of the best-known poems in the English language. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948. (source)
For their contributions, advice and assistance, thanks to:
Alison Pridham, Aljaž Koprivnikar, Ari Raijas, Bill Mousoulis, Brendan Bonsack, Brian Short, Bronwen Manger, Caroline Rumley, Charles Olsen, Chris Luscri, Chris Windmill, Claudia Larose-Bell, Darko Duilo, Dave Bonta, David Quiles Guilló, Eduardo Yagüe, Fiona Tinwei Lam, Francesca Guiliani, Gemma Grist, Helen Dewbery, Ian Gibbins, Ivana Bojanić, Jackson, Jane Glennie, Jim Robson, Karen Dawson, Kathryn Darnell, James Meetze, Lino Mocerino, Liran Shachar, Lois P. Jones, Lori Ersolmaz, Lucia Sellars, Lucy English, Luigi Starace, Maria Vella, Marc Neys, Martin Kelly, Matt Hetherington, Matt Mullins, Mike Hoolboom, Nigel Wells, Pam Falkenberg, Paul Casey, R.W. Perkins, Sissy Doutsiou, Sylvia Toy St Louis, Vicky Mousoulis, the film-makers, writers and their collaborators.