Joeri Christiaen’s animated short film 850 Meters has recently captured the hearts of audiences at the Mundos Digitales International Animation Festival in Coruña, Spain (4-9 July) and was awarded the fest’s Audience Award, making it the film’s first international award. The film is set to tour various other festivals including Brazil and Rio de Janeiro.
The 11th edition of Mundos Digitales took place in Coruña this year while the festival’s main subject focused on 3D Animation, Visual Effects, Videogames and Architectural Visualization. Besides the official competition, the festival hosts a professional forum organising several conferences. Professionals from major international companies related to these fields of animation present the most interesting projects of the year at the forum.
Directed by Joeri Christiaen 850 Meters tells the tale of a not-so-brave knight, who is on a quest for fame and fortune. To reach his goal, the knight is prepared to go the distance. Maybe even as far as 850 meters. Joeri Christiaen and Perrine Gauthier wrote the film’s screenplay and produced the film for Thuristar (Plankton Invasion), in coproduction with Annemie Degryse for Lunanime (A Cat in Paris).
The film’s festival career kicked off as the film is now selected for a number of film festivals such as the International Animation Festival Supertoon in Šibenik, Croatia, where the film will compete in the International Competition for Children and Youth at the end of July. Further selections include an invitation for the competition of the Anima Mundi Animation Festival in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo and a selection for the Rabbitfest Animation Film Festival in Italy among others. Furthermore, special mention goes to one of the film’s animated characters, Roger Flambé, who started his own ‘career’ as an animated actor.
Flemish public broadcaster VRT, who will also coproduce the short’s spin-off series, My Knight and Me, has acquired TV rights for 850 Meters. The animation short was made possible with the support of the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Joke Schauvliege.