Queen of the South Sea

Trailer for a short film about a millenary multi-generational love story.

The Queen of the South Sea is an animated short of millenary love inspired by the ancient Javanese legend of the Queen of the South Sea. She is also known as Nyai Loro Kidul, and her mythical presence is still very much alive today in the Indonesian City of Jogjakarta. The legend explores the relationship between the mythical queen and the rulers of the Mataram Sultanate near the Southern Java Sea.

This animated short is part of the Merapi Project a project that explores the science, the life and the culture about the Merapi Volcano in Java, Indonesia. The interdisciplinary project has an educational orientation, and it uses traditional storytelling to explain technical concepts and explore some of Merapi’s mythical legends.

The Queen of the South Sea is an animated short directed by Isaac Kerlow.
Produced by the Earth Observatory of Singapore
Total running time: 6m 10s, color
Voice-Over: English, also available in Indonesian, Spanish, and Tamil
Subtitles available: English, German, Spanish, Indonesian, Tamil
Formats available: H264 or DCP
Aspect Ratio: Academy Format, 4:3
Film Completed: November 2018


Screenings and Awards

The Queen of the South Sea premiered at the 2019 Cambodia International Film Festival in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and it won a Silver REMI Award at the 2019 Worldfest Houston International Film Festival, Houston, Texas

December 2019
2019 Palm Springs International Animation Festival, Palm Springs, California

November 2019
Kansas International Film Festival, Overland Park, KS
Lanterna Mágica International Animation Festival, Goiânia, Brazil

October 2019
Santa Cruz Film Festival, Santa Cruz, California
Oaxaca FilmFest, Oaxaca, Mexico

September 2019
Bali International Film Festival (Balinale), Bali, Indonesia
Salento International Film Festival, Tricase, Italy
Mosaic World Film Fest, Rockford, Illinois
Children’s Day International Film Festival, Denver, Colorado

August 2019
Animaze – The Montreal International Animation Film Festival, Canada

July 2019
Woods Hole Film Festival, Woods Hole, Massachusetts
New Hope Film Festival, New Hope, Pennsylvania

June 2019
Little Big Shots International Film Festival For Kids, Melbourne, Australia

April 2019
Minneapolis St Paul International Film Festival, Minneapolis, Minnesota
WorldFest Houston, Silver REMI Award, Houston, Texas
The Louisiana International Film Festival, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

March 2019
Cambodia International Film Festival, World Premiere, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Columbus International Film & Animation Festival, Columbus, Ohio
Athens Animfest, Athens, Greece


Directed and Produced by Isaac Kerlow
Written by Isaac Kerlow and Jegannath Ramanujam
English Narration by Lok Meng Chue
Indonesian Narration by Nora Samosir
Tamil Narration by Harini V
Spanish Narration by Farnesio Bernal
Artwork and Animation: Jegannath Ramanujam
Music: Sergio Moure
Editing: Izzah Anati, Isaac Kerlow
Voice-Over Recording: Damian Wadell
Audio Remix: Gabriel Serrano
Production Coordination: Inet Jade, Jingqin Tioranu, Karen Lee
Special Thanks: Earth Observatory of Singapore, National Research Foundation, Ministry of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Ke Yi Xiao Productions, Soundsnap