EN - In a small isolated matriarchal community situated in the desert Mother, a manic and frustrated hag, reigns supreme. To keep her power over Candy Darling and Daddy Cane, she deliberately creates a psychological inferno. This ultimately drives all the protagonists to utter madness until total decay becomes inevitable.

FR - Dans une petite communauté matriarcale isolée dans le désert règne Mother, une vieille maniaque et frustrée. Pour conserver son pouvoir sur Candy Darling et Daddy Cane, elle crée volontairement un enfer psychologique. Cela conduit finalement tous les personnages à la folie et le déclin complet devient inévitable.


Title Candy Darling
Original title Candy Darling
Original language English
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Animation
Year 2008


Cast Ruth Van den Eeden, Christian Mergan, Daan Van den Eeden, Silvia Defrance.
Photography Steven Vanvolsem
Editing Silvia Defrance, Dries Desmet, Lieven Billiet.

Technical specs

Running time film 26'30"
Release format Beta Digit
Aspect ratio Widescreen (178) 16:9
Sound format Stereo
Colour Colour


Supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Provincie Oost-Vlaanderen, Stad Gent


2010: Ciné Privé 2010 (BE) / NexT International Short and Medium Length Film Festival (RO) / Open Air Filmfest Weiterstadt (DEU) / FreeNetWorld International Film Festival (SRB) / fIEXiff Film Festival (AUS) / Izmir International Short Film Festival (TUR) / City Of Women Festival (SVN) / Banjaluka International Animated Film Festival (BiH) / The Open Art Fair (FRA) / Oaxaca International Independent Film and Video Festival (MEX) 

2008: Short Film Corner (Cannes France) / Exposition:' ZONDER TITEL' / KASK-doctorandi at HISK, Hoger Instituut voor Schone Kunsten Ghent, Belgium, 2008 / 35e Flanders International Filmfestival (Ghent-Belgium), 2008 / 35e Festival International du Film Indépendant (Brussels-Belgium), 2008 / Out of Control (Expo Fine Art) in ‘Galer Y’ (Brussels-Belgium) 2008 / Cultural Centre in Dommelhof Neerpelt, Belgium, 2008 / Selected with 12 other Fine Art artists out of 70 candidates for an exposition on tour around different cultural centre in Belgium, this took place in the spring of 2009 / Selected for Anima 2009, Brussels / Selected for ‘The Festival Cinéma de Paris’, 2009 / Selected for ‘The New York Short Film Festival, USA, 2009. AWARDED in the category: Editing / AWARDED in the category: Best Experimental Film at The European Independent Film Festival (ÉCU) 2009 in Paris. / Expo: Cultural Centre Ter Dilft, Bornem March – April 2009 in Belgium / Screening and Lecture at Film-Plateau, Ghent 2009 in Belgium / Screening at Buda-Kortrijk March 2009 in Belgium / 2009 Mar del Plata Short Film Festival. AWARDED in the category: Art Direction,Argentina / The Movies European Week Eindhoven, 2009 The Netherlands / Included in the showcase: ‘Europe's Best Independent Films’, at Oskariada International Independent Film Festival April 2009 Poland / Selected for The Short Film Festival of Los Angeles, USA 2009, AWARDED in the category: Actress Performance, Silvia Defrance, United States. / Screening and presentation at Dies Natalis, Ghent 2009 in Belgium / Selected for ‘Message to Man IFF Festival’, St-Petersburg Russia, 2009 / Selected for ‘The San Francisco Short Film Festival’, USA 2009. AWARDED by the Jury of the San Francisco Short Film Festival in the category: Special Prize to the Best Short Film / Screening + guest: Nicolas Provost at KaskinKluis 2009 at ‘De oude Nationale Bank’ - Wijnaerts / Selected and AWARDED as Best Short Film at ‘The AVANCA’09 Film Festival’ 2009, Portugal. / Selected for the St. Petersburg International Youth Film Festival 2009, Russia. / Selected and received a Special Acknowledgement at the ''I’ve Seen Films'' International Short Film Festival organised by Rutger Hauer, Milan (Italy), 2009 / Festival de Cine Internacional de Barcelona 2009 / Selected for the Cinéma Nouvelle Génération 2009, Lyon, France./ CYIFF 2009, Cyprus - Greece / Selected for ‘The Chicago Short Film Festival’, AWARDED in the category: Direction USA 2009 / Selected for ‘Ciné Privé 2010’ Circa, Ghent, Belgium / NexT International Short and Medium Length Film Festival 4th edition-Bucharest 2010 / The 34th Open Air Filmfest Weiterstadt, Germany, 2010 / FLeXiff 2010 filmfestival Sydney – Australia / FreeNetWorld International filmfestival, Nis – Serbia / Anjaluka 2010, International Animated Film Festival, Banja Luka – Bosnïe-Herzegovina / The Filmfestival of Oaxaca, Juan Rubles in Mexico / ‘City of Women Festival’ in Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2010 / Access & PARADOX Open Art Fair in Paris, France, as part of ‘The NOMAD Project’ 2010 / 11th short film festival, IZMIR-Turkey 2010 / short film festival in Romania – Filmul de Piatra, January 2011


2009: Best Short Film, Avanca - International Meeting Of Cinema, TV, Video and Multimedia (PT); Direction Award, Chicago Short Film Festival (US); Best Experimental Film, European Independent Film Festival; Special Acknowledgement, I’ve Seen Films – International Film Festival (IT); Best Actress Performance - Silvia Defrance, Los Angeles Shorts Festival (US); Art Direction Award, Mar Del Plata International Film Festival/Instituto Nacional de Cine y Artes Audiovisuales (AR); Editing Award, NYC Shorts (US); Special Prize for Best Short Film, San Francisco (Short) International Festival of Short Films (US)

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