EN - 1840. Roza, a young novice of the Black Sisters convent of Bruges, is elected to accompany the legendary Flemish priest De Smet to his missionary post in America. With a few fellow sisters she joins the infamous Oregon trail. Caught up in a flash flood, they are rescued by a clan of nomadic Lakota Sioux on their way to winter camp. Life in survival mode on the prairie gives a new sense of purpose to Roza. Awed by the procreative energy of nature, she becomes a mother. But then De Smet reappears to rescue her and bring her back to civilised society. Now she truly has to make a life-changing choice.


Title Canaan
Original title Canaan
Original language Dutch, Lakota
Status In development
Production Majority Flemish
Category Animation
Genre romantic drama, animation
Year 2019


Cast Eliza Stuyck, Hilde De Baerdemaeker, Tibo Vandenborre

Technical specs

Running time film 90'
Available in 3D


Supported by the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF)
Production partners Unité Centrale (CA)

Flanders on the Spotlight at Cartoon Movie

Flanders will be the guest of honour at this year’s edition of Cartoon Movie (8-10 March), Europe’s prime pitching and co-production platform for animated features. Some 10 animation producers from Flanders will present themselves during the event as the ‘Flandriens of Animation’. Three Flemish projects and five co-productions from Flanders will also be pitched at Cartoon Movie.

Flandriens of AnimationIn total, 55 European projects have been invited to Cartoon Movie, which is being held in the city of Bordeaux this year. The event puts the spotlight on a specific region for the first time, with Flanders being granted the honours for this inaugural edition. Over the years, Flemish animation producers have played an important role in international co-productions, contributing to Oscar-nominated films such as The Triplets of BellevilleThe Secret of Kells and A Cat in Paris. Flanders also has a strong record at Cartoon Movie, with companies like Grid Animation, Walking The Dog, nWave Pictures and Vivi Film all collecting Cartoon Movie Tributes as Producers of the Year.

Published on Thursday 9 March 2017

Flanders Animation in the spotlight in Annecy

Animation projects from Flanders will take centre stage during the first edition of the Flanders Animation Focus at this year’s International Animation Film Festival in Annecy. On 17 June, 11 Flemish producers will pitch their upcoming animation features and series to potential co-producers and buyers. The initiative reflects the ambition of the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF) to stimulate the production and international promotion of animation from Flanders.

Flanders Animation FocusThe Flanders region boasts a wide variety of high-end animation studios and creative talent, resulting over the past few years in various nominations and prizes abroad. During the Flanders Animation Focus, 11 projects, both animation features and series, will be presented to potential co-producers, co-financers, buyers and distributors.

Published on Wednesday 8 June 2016

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Director Jan Bultheel
Producers Arielle Sleutel
Writers Jan Bultheel

Arielle Sleutel
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