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The 100-time Award-Winning short film "Job Life"

Film: "Job Life"

Director: Roberto I. Ercolalo Duration: 19 minutes / Year: 2018

Country: Argentina / Awards: 103


An average employee burdened by depression and loneliness, caused by the job demands of his boss and the eternal routine in which his life is imprisoned. Desperate, he allows himself to dream with an iota of freedom. Trapped to break with oppression and, with it, his existential emptiness.



Awards: Best Experimental Short Film; Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best First Time Director of the Year (Special Jury Award)

"This Argentinian film, narrated between metaphors, is a message. It is the symbol of work oppression and the empty routines that enslave most people in this era."

With these laurels obtained in our competition, the renowned short film surpassed 100 awards worldwide, obtaining the world record within its genre, during the distribution period of 2 years: "The most awarded experimental short film in the world" (2018-2020).

You can see the list of awards obtained on the director's official website:

"Job Life" is a black and white short film recognized in the USA, Poland, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Canada, Romania, India, Chile, South Africa, United Kingdom, Russia, Israel, Lebanon, among others. Winner of 8 official IMDb festivals and 9 nominations, selected in more than 50 international film festivals and screened in 18 countries. (

This short film is the first work of the Italian-Argentine director Roberto I. Ercolalo, and has also participated in multiple individual categories, of which it has obtained several awards: Best First Director, Best Director, Best Soundtrack, Best Actor, Best Screenplay, and Best Editing.

In addition, Job Life has been awarded with 4 certificates of excellence, a special Jury Award for Best Message, and another (awarded by the TCFF itself) for Best First Time Director of the Year.

Watch the trailer:

Dir. Roberto I. Ercolalo

Director statement: - "Why Black and White?

The choice of black and white is related to the protagonist’s introspective and it was meant to reflect his anguish and depression. Like all things, when used, they tend to lose their brightness or color: ‘Javier’ as he loses the essential values of the human being, due to labor oppression, he begins to see his surroundings on a grayscale; trapped there, we see the landscapes in depressing tones in which he lives.

Understanding white and black as beginning and end respectively, the film shows the protagonist debating with himself such cycle. Longing to get out of that tepid scale, he looks for something defined: the end. Black and White were used as another character in the story, its choice was of great importance to the plot."

A few months ago we had the pleasure of talking with him, if you want to read the note:

You will also be able to see the exclusive interview conducted by colleagues from Prisma Awards (Italy) with Peter Halmi:

Thanks for reading and supporting our beloved industry!

Review by James M. Parker

The Continental Film Festival I Press Team New York, USA.


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