EN - Hans is a 50-year-old businessman. He has a challenging job, a wonderful collection of ties and a pristine apartment. One day, when a crack appears in the wall of his home, Hans slowly starts losing control of his seemingly perfect life.


Title Allegory of the Jam Jar
Original title Allegory of the Jam Jar
Original language Dutch
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Shorts
Genre drama
Year 2015
World première / first public presentation 2015-11-26


Cast Peter De Graef, Louis Talpe, Maaike Cafmeyer
Photography Robrecht Heyvaert
Editing Kwinten Gernay
Sound Gedeon Depauw
Art director Stijn Verhoeven, Myrthe Douma
Costume Sofie Callaerts
Makeup Dorien Biesmans
Music Jens Bouttery

Technical specs

Running time film 17'30"
Release format Digital HD
Other available formats DCP
Aspect ratio 2:35
Sound format Stereo
Colour Colour
Available in 2D


Supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Flanders Image
Production partners Caviar


2016: Athens International Video + Film Festival (US), Cellu l’art International Short Film Festival (DE), Newport Beach Film Festival (US), Filmfest Emden-Norderney (DE), Brussels Short Film Festival (BE), Namur Film Festival (BE), Social Machinery Filmiest (IT), Aesthetica Short Film Festival (UK), Leiden International Short Film Experience (NL), Belgian Film Festival Utrecht (NL), Arlington International Film Festival (US), Shnit International Shortfilmfestival (INT), Thessaloniki International Short Film Festival (GR)

2015: International Short Film Festival Leuven (BE)


2016: Best Narrative Short - Athens International Video + Film Festival (US), Jury Winner - Leiden International Short Film Experience (NL), Audience Award - Belgian Film Festival Utrecht (NL)

2015: Humo Award, Jury Award & Audience Award - International Short Film Festival Leuven (BE)

Allegory of the Jam Jar wins in Athens, Ohio

The short film Allegory of the Jam Jar, directed by Boris Kuijpers and Ruth Mellaerts, received its international premiere at the Athens International Film + Video Festival (4-10 April) in the American state of Ohio, where it won the prize for Best Narrative Short. The short film has also been invited to a variety of film festivals across Europe and the US.

Allegory Of The Jam JarBoris Kuijpers and Ruth Mellaerts’ Allegory of the Jam Jar was presented in the Short Film Competition of the International Film + Video Festival in Ohio, launching its international festival career on US soil. The short won the Festival’s main prize for Best Narrative Short, its second Oscar-qualifying award to date.

Published on Monday 11 April 2016

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Last edited on 25 April 2017

Short info

Director Ruth Mellaerts, Boris Kuijpers
Producers Hendrik Verthé, Kobe Van Steenberghe
Writers Ruth Mellaerts, Boris Kuijpers

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