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 selections so far.

Mia received its international premiere at the Warsaw Film Festival last October. Afterwards, it was selected for the Cinekid Festival in the Netherlands, the Mumbai Film Festival and the Irish fests of Cork and Foyle among others. Since its release, Bongaerts’ short also won several awards including the Audience Award at the festivals of Leuven and Austin. Plus, last month the film received the Canal+ Family Coup de Coeur Award at the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival.

Follwing his graduation short Mouse for Sale, Bongaerts created a story about seven-year-old Mia who tries to liberate her overworked mother from the clutches of the big city. During her quest, the little girl discovers the secrets that make the world turn.

Bongaerts and Bert Vandecasteele scripted Mia, which was created by Ghent-based animation studio Creative Conspiracy. Director Wouter Bongaerts supervised the animation process as production designer. Piet De Ridder (Deadline 14/10, Code 37) composed Mia’s soundtrack.

The animation short is a production of Viviane Vanfleteren of Vivi Film (High Heels, Low Tide, Brendan and the Secret of Kells), co-produced by il Luster Films, and could count on the support of a Wildcard worth €60,000 from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF) of Flemish Cultural Affairs minister Joke Schauvliege.

Published on Thursday 6 March 2014

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