EN - The city boy Niilas (Daan Roofthooft) is sent, against his will, to stay with his mother in Swedish Lapland. The only one who manages to engage with him is his new sister Sunnà (Ayla Gáren Audhild P. Nutti). She takes him on a journey into the magical world of the woods where shy Niilas turns into a wild Cloudboy.

NL - De 12-jarige stadsjongen Niilas woont zolang hij zich kan herinneren bij zijn papa. Zijn Zweedse mama Katarina kent hij nauwelijks. Vader en zoon zijn al jaren op elkaar aangewezen en hebben een hechte band. Deze zomervakantie moet de verlegen Niilas – zeer tegen zijn zin – afreizen naar Lapland waar zijn moeder en haar nieuwe gezin bij de Sami, tussen de rendieren, wonen. De rendiertrek is volop aan de gang en ook Niilas moet een handje toesteken. Maar wat moet hij daar?

Ondanks de warme ontvangst, reageert Niilas zeer terughoudend. De enige die langzaamaan tot hem doordringt, is zijn nieuwe zus Sunnà. Wanneer een rendier vermist wordt, onderneemt hij een spannende zoektocht waarbij een indrukwekkende eland op de meest onverwachte momenten zijn pad kruist. Stilaan ontdekt hij zijn roots, die sterker blijken dan hij ooit had kunnen vermoeden. Tegen alle verwachtingen in beleeft Niilas de meest avontuurlijke zomer van zijn leven.


Title Cloudboy
Original title Cloudboy
Original language Dutch, Swedish, Sami
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Features
Genre family adventure
Year 2017


Cast Daan Roofthooft, Sara Sommerfeld, Ayla Gáren Audhild P. Nutti, Joakim Nils Tomas Trägårdh, Geert Van Rampelberg, Mikkel Gaup
Photography Christian Paulussen
Editing Hakan Karlsson
Sound Thierry De Vries
Art director Lars Tiller
Costume Charlotte Willems
Makeup Ingeborg Van Eetvelde
Music Helge Slikker
Line Producer Wim AH Goossens
Production Manager Dorien Onsea

Technical specs

Running time film 78'
Release format DCP
Aspect ratio 2.39:1
Sound format 5.1
Colour Colour
Available in 2D


Supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Nederlands Filmfonds, Creative Europe programma van de Europese Unie, Filmcamp, filmpool nord
Production partners Olle Wirenhed, Göta Film International (SE); Garry Cranner, FilmCamp (NO); Sabine Veenendaal, Submarine Film (NL)
Tax shelter partners BNP Paribas Fortis Film Finance


2017: TIFF Kids (CA); Zlin Film Festival (CZ); BUFF (SE); TIF (NO); Filmfest Munchen (DE); BFF (NO); Riga International Film Festival (LT); Chicago International Children's Film Festival (US); BFI (UK); Cinemagic (IR); CPH PIX (DK); Eurasia International Film Festival (KZ); Giffoni FF (IT); International Film Festival SCHLINGEL (DE); Kaohsiung Film Festival (TW); Tel Aviv International Children's Film Festival (IL); Zurich Film Festival (CH); Ensors - FFO (BE)


2017: ECFA award - BFF (NO)

2016: ACE Work in Progress Award - Flanders NeXT (BE)


  • Netherlands
  • Sweden
  • Belgium
  • Malaysia, Brunei Darussalam, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia, Thailand, Lao People's Democratic Republic
  • Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Côte D'ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea, Guinea-bissau, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Senegal, Togo, Tunisia, Andorra, France, Monaco, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Martinique, Mayotte, New Caledonia, Réunion, Saint Martin (french Part), Saint Pierre And Miquelon, Wallis And Futuna, French Polynesia, French Southern Territories, Saint Barthélemy, Gambia, Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles
  • Denmark
  • Albania, Bosnia And Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic Of, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia
  • China
  • Lithuania
  • United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa
  • Denmark
  • Turkey, Cyprus
  • Estonia
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Cambodia
  • Indonesia
  • Lao People's Democratic Republic
  • Malaysia
  • Myanmar
  • Philippines
  • Singapore
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam
  • Finland
  • Greece
  • Poland
  • Latvia

Flanders Image unveils CONNeXT’s full film line-up

Flanders Image has unveiled the full line-up of features to be presented — either in full, as a work in progress or as a pitch — at the second outing of its invitation-only networking event CONNeXT (8-11 October). Among the titles is new work from established filmmakers, including Oscar®-nominated directors Stijn Coninx, Dominique Deruddere and Michaël R. Roskam, as well as projects from a number of exciting up-and-coming filmmakers.

CONNeXT 17At CONNeXT, festival curators, sales agents and buyers are offered a chance to get a glimpse of what is coming up in 2018 and beyond.

Published on Monday 4 September 2017

Gilles Coulier’s Cargo in Competition at the London Film Festival

Gilles Coulier’s debut feature Cargo has been selected for the First Features Competition at the London Film Festival (4–15 October). Two further features and three shorts from Flanders have also been invited.

GenBCargo tells the raw story of how an Ostend fishing family is brought to the edge of destruction by a series of dramatic events. The lead roles are played by Sam Louwyck, Wim Willaert and Sebastien Dewaele. In London, Cargo is competing for the Sutherland Trophy, the main prize in the First Features Competition.

Published on Thursday 31 August 2017

CONNeXT confirms the first 15

The initial 15 titles are confirmed for the second outing of Flemish invitation-only networking event CONNeXT (formerly NeXT). The event, whose slogan is ‘Connect to what’s new and who’s next’, will run over an intense and hospitable three-and-a-half days of networking, pitching, screenings and keynote talks due to be held in Ghent from 8-11 October.

CONNeXT 17The latest completed Flemish films - plus (new in 2017) a selection of TV series - will be screened, while a selection of projects at various stages from development to post-production will be pitched to top professionals, including sales agents from Europe and North America and programmers from festivals such as Berlin, Karlovy Vary, Tribeca, Toronto and SXSW.

Published on Friday 19 May 2017

International take-off for Cloudboy at TIFF Kids

Cloudboy, Meikeminne Clinckspoor’s feature debut, is to receive its international première at this year’s TIFF Kids (7-23 April). The programme also contains Emiel Sandtke’s short Flying Rats, as well as two co-productions: The Day My Father Became a Bush and the animated feature Richard the Stork.

https://vimeo.com/200456500In Cloudboy, 12-year-old city boy Niilas has to travel - much against his will - to Lapland where his mother and her new family live amongst the Sami, an indigenous reindeer-herding people. A Belgian-Swedish-Norwegian-Dutch co-production, Cloudboy won last year’s Work-in-Progress Award at the inaugural edition of NeXT in Ghent.

Published on Monday 6 March 2017

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