As the war starts in Ukraine, six years old Nina is sent to her grandma’s remote village. In the shack outside, Nina discovers a badly wounded Russian soldier.

  • D. Mitry
    My True Fairytale, Shade of Music
  • D. Mitry
    My True Fairytale, Shade of Muisic
  • Citlalli A. Ruiz
    My True Fairytale
  • Glen Reynolds
    Conversations with Other Women, Blood and Bone, Untold
  • Dave Messick
    Reggie's Forest
  • Emma Pearson
    Key Cast
  • Elina Golde
    Key Cast
  • Vladimir Varakossov
    Key Cast
  • Nadia Lupiwok
    Key Cast
  • Mark David
    American Cowslip, The Comeback Trail, The Great Alaskan Race, Texas Heart
  • Chris Witt
    Breaking("892"), Finding You, The Hyperions, In the Shadows
  • Ali Helnwein
    Mr. Church, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, Touch of Evil
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  • Runtime:
    17 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    August 11, 2022
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    Russian, Ukrainian
  • Shooting Format:
    URSA Mini Pro - KOWA Anamorphics
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  • Sedona International Film Festival
    Sedona, AZ
    United States
    February 19, 2023
    Official Selection
  • Ocean City Film Festival
    Ocean City, Maryland
    United States
    March 2, 2023
    Best Of The Fest; Audience Choice Award
  • Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF47)
    Cleveland, Ohio
    United States
    March 22, 2023
    Official Selection
  • Kansas City FilmFest International
    Kansas City, MO
    March 26, 2023
    Official Selection
  • Northeast Pennsylvania Film Festival
    Scranton, PA
    United States
    April 15, 2023
    Official Selection
  • Arizona International Film Festival
    Tucson, Arizona
    United States
    April 19, 2023
    Official Selection
  • Palm Beach International Film Festival (PBIFF)
    Palm Beach, Florida
    United States
    April 21, 2023
    Official Selection
  • 17th West Chester International Short Film Festival
    West Chester, PA
    United States
    April 28, 2023
    Official Selection
  • Julien Dubuque International Film Festival (JDIFF)
    Dubuque, Iowa
    United States
    April 30, 2023
    Nominee Best Short
    May 19, 2023
    Nominated for the Dunas de Liencres Award (Best Short Film)
  • New Jersey International Film Festival
    New Brunswick, New Jersey
    United States
    June 11, 2023
    Official Selection
  • L'HIFF - Barcelona
    September 15, 2023
    Official Selection
Director Biography - D. Mitry

Born in the former Soviet Union, D. Mitry launched his dream of filmmaking in 2015. Since 2016, several of his short films have won numerous awards at international film festivals. His short “Shade of Music” was acquired by PBS in 2016. In February 2020, D. Mitry completed his first feature film dedicated to his late daughter Alyssa, “My True Fairytale.” He wrote, directed, and produced the film that was acquired for world-wide distribution by Gravitas Ventures. It received Theatrical and On-Demand release in April 2021. The World Premiere of “My True Fairytale” was held at the Cinequest in March 2021.

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Director Statement

"Hedgehog" was made by a lot of people with different ethnic backgrounds and nationalities including: Egyptians, Romanians, Mexicans, Finish, Spanish, Austrians and former residents of USSR, Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Belarus. I am incredibly thankful and amazed that people of so many nationalities got together to support Ukraine and to tell this beautiful story about the responsibility of being human to each other, especially during tough war time like this.