EN - A random refugee wanders without purpose or direction 150 kilometre inside the arctic circle.

FR - Un réfugié venu de nulle part erre sans but ni direction 150 kilomètres au-dessus du cercle Arctique.


Original title ADRIFT
Original language Swahili
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Shorts , Docs
Genre creative documentary
Year 2012
World première / first public presentation 2013-03-06


Cast Sharman Simu
Photography Alvaro Ruiz Velasco, Frederik Jan Depickere
Editing Frederik Jan Depickere
Sound Frederik Jan Depickere

Technical specs

Running time film 9'
Release format HDCAM, Apple ProRes
Aspect ratio 16:9
Sound format Stereo
Colour Colour
Available in 2D


Production partners Corporación Fototropica


2014: Festival Internacional de Cine Hotel Migrante en Tijuana, Baja California (MX), Nofi World Festival of Student & Non-commercial Films (USA), Festival du Court Métrage de Clermont-Ferrand (FR) (outside competition), Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Montana (USA), FIFDH de Paris / Paris Human Rights International Film Festival (FR) / International Film Festival of Uruguay (UY) / The Human Rights Arts & Film Festival, Melbourne (AU)

2013: Tampere Film Festival 2013 (FI), RIFF - Rome Independent Film Festival (IT), Skepto International Film Festival (IT), Belgrade Documentary and Short Film Festival (Serbia), Hamburg International Short Film Festival (DE), VIS Vienna Independent Shorts Film Festival (AT), Concorto Film Festival (IT), Helsinki International Film Festival (FI), DocsDF, The International Documentary Film Festival of Mexico City (MX), Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival – Bristol (UK), Shnit International Shortfilmfestival / Schnit Documents (CH), Festival de cine El Espejo X, Bogota (CO), Vilnius Film Shorts (LT), Festival Internacional de Derechos Humanos y Cine (VE), El Samán Festicine Video Imagen Versión 3 (CO), Uppsala International  Short Film Festival (SE), Filmer à tout Prix documentary festival, Brussels (BE), Terra di Tutti Film Festival 2013 (IT), Short Film Festival RELATOS CORTOS (AR), Aarhus Filmfestival (DK), Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival (DE), International Television Festival Bar (Montenegro), interfilm - International Short Film Festival (DE), International Festival Signes de Nuit Paris (FR), San Francisco Immigrant Film Festival (US), Festival Internacional de Cine Cortos en Mercedes, Buenos Aires (AR), Ko & Digital / X Festival de Cine Solidario, Barcelona (ES), 25th Aguilar Short Film Festival (ES), Sleepwalkers Student and Short Film Festival, Tallinn (EE), Bath Film Festival 2013 (UK), Unframe Festival, La Rioja (AR), International Short Film Festival ŻUBROFFKA, Białystok (PL)


2014: Artistic Vision Award - Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Montana (USA)

2013: Best Docushort Film - Skepto International Film Festival (IT), Best Documentary Award - Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival – Bristol (UK), Best Documentary - Vilnius Film Shorts (LT), Golden Olive / Best Documentary - International Television Festival Bar 2013 (Montenegro), Best short documentary - Short Film Festival Relatos Cortos (AR)

Flanders Five to Hot Docs

Teodora Ana Mihai’s documentary Waiting for August and Frederik Jan Depickere’s short film Adrift are selected for this year’s Canadian International Documentary Film Festival, aka Hot Docs (24 April – 4 May). Three more films co-produced with Flanders,Before The Last Curtain FallsNe me quitte pas and See No Evil, made the bill in Toronto.

Waiting for AugustWaiting for August portrays the gripping story of 15-year-old Georgiana, the eldest daughter of the Halmac family. She lives with her six siblings in a social housing condo on the outskirts of Bacau, Romania. As their mother, who works as an economic migrant in Italy, won’t be back until summer, Georgiana is involuntarily catapulted to the role of new head of the family.

Published on Thursday 20 March 2014

Flanders six at Interfilm Berlin

Shorts by six Flemish filmmakers have been invited to interfilm, the International Short Film Festival in Berlin. Among the selectees is Sahim Omar Kalifa’s festival favourite Baghdad Messi. Not only one of the longest running German short film festivals after Oberhausen, interfilm Berlin is also a prime European short film festival and runs from 12 till 17 November.

Name of the FathersThe competition programmes of the Confrontations section not only see Kalifa’s Baghdad Messi but also screen This is Ronald by Jules Comes and Timothy Wennekes’ short Name of the fathers.

Published on Wednesday 23 October 2013

Hamburg takes them all

Several shorts from Flanders are set to screen at the Hamburg International Short Film Festival (4-10 June) this week. Jeff Otte’sFucking SuburbiaADRIFT by Frederik Jan Depickere and Nicolas Provost’s Tokyo Giants are selected for international competition. Anouk De Clercq’s experimental short Swan Song enters the No Budget competition. Also screening at the German fest are Perfect DrugRosa, Anna’s Lil’ SisMumbler and Stardust.

Fucking SuburbiaReceiving its world premiere in Hamburg is Jeff Otte’s short film Fucking Suburbia, starring Valentijn Dhaenens (The Misfortunates).

Published on Monday 3 June 2013

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Director Frederik Jan Depickere
Producers Daniël De Valck
Writers Frederik Jan Depickere

Cobra Films
Daniël De Valck
Emile Bockstaellaan 88
1020 Brussels
T +32 2 544 19 69


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