EN - Seven-year-old Mia tries to liberate her stressed out mother from the grasp of an overpopulated metropolis. In her quest, she unlocks the secrets hidden behind the city's facades.

FR - Mia, sept ans, essaie de libérer sa mère surchargée de travail de l’emprise d’une métropole surpeuplée. Dans sa quête, elle dévoile les secrets cachés qui font tourner le monde...


Title Mia
Original title Mia
Original language no dialogue
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Shorts , Animation
Genre drama
Year 2013
World première / first public presentation 2013-06-17


Cast Janne Maeseele, Veerle Dobbelaere
Music Piet De Ridder

Technical specs

Running time film 9'
Release format DCP, ProRes HD
Aspect ratio 16/9
Sound format 5.1 Surround
Colour Colour
Available in 2D


Supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Netherlands Film Fund
Production partners il Luster Films
Tax shelter partners uFilm, Baya


  • France: Canal+ (TV)
  • Portugal: Projectos Paralelos (All rights)
  • The Netherlands: Dalton Distribution (All rights)

Mia hits 20

Wouter Bongaerts’ short film Mia has been confirmed for the Little Big Shots International Film Festival in Australia. It’s the 20th festival selection for the animation short that was internationally released six months ago.

MiaThis March, Mia is to be seen at the Omaha Film Festival in Nebraska, the Holland Animation Film Festival and the Oscar-qualifying Cleveland International Short Film Festival. April proves to be busy too with festival screenings already scheduled in Taiwan, the Netherlands and the United States, bringing the total number to 20 so far.

Published on Thursday 6 March 2014

Mia nabs Canal+ Award in Clermont-Ferrand

Wouter Bongaerts’ animated short film Mia has received the Canal+ Family ‘Coup de Coeur’ Award at the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival (31 January-8 February), a new initiative between the festival and Canal+ Family which awards the best short film of the Young Audience Programme.

MiaA special jury of 18 pupils of the Saint-Gervais-d’Auvergne College and a representative of French television chain Canal+ Family awarded the Canal+ Family ‘Coup de Coeur’ Award to Wouter Bongaerts’ Mia, lauding it as the best short film of the 50 or so films that were part of the Young Audience Programme this year.

Published on Monday 10 February 2014

7-year-old Mia wins over audiences in Austin

Wouter Bongaerts’ short film Mia has won the Audience Award for Animated Short at the Austin Film Festival in Texas. It’s the first international award for the recently released animation short, kick-starting little Mia’s international career.

MiaFollowing his graduation project Mouse for Sale, which travelled to festivals worldwide, Wouter Bongaerts now created a story about seven-year-old Mia who tries to liberate her overworked mother from the clutches of an overpopulated metropolis.

Published on Thursday 7 November 2013

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Short info

Director Wouter Bongaerts
Producers Viviane Vanfleteren
Writers Wouter Bongaerts, Bert Vandecasteele

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