EN - Tough schoolgirl Akkie is a bully who loves soccer but is scared of love. When she is diagnosed with leukaemia, she has to fight for her life and must embrace the very thing she is terrified of in order to survive.

FR - Akkie, une première de classe robuste, aime le football et peut être une vraie petite brute. L'amour est la seule chose qui l'effraie. Lorsqu'on lui diagnostique une leucémie, Akkie doit mener un combat pour la vie. Sur le point d'entrer en humanité, Akkie doit laisser l'amour entrer dans sa vie et, par la même occasion, avoir le courage d'accepter l'inévitable.


Title Cool Kids Don't Cry
Original title Achtste Groepers Huilen Niet
Original language Dutch
Status Completed
Production Minority Flemish
Category Features
Year 2011
World première / first public presentation 2012-02-15


Cast Hanna Obbeek, Nils Verkooijen, Eva Van der Gucht, Johanna Ter Steege, Loek Peters
Photography Gerd Schelfhout
Editing Philip Ravoet
Sound Herman Pieëte
Music Johan Hoogewijs
Executive producer Michiel Bartels

Technical specs

Running time film 90'
Release format ALEXA
Aspect ratio 1:1.85
Sound format Dolby Digital
Colour Colour


Main producer David Bijker, Harro van Staverden & Reinier Selen
Main production company Bijker TV, Rinkel Film
Supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), EO, NFF, DFW, i2i, BijkerTV, Tax Shelter


2012: TIFF Kids International Film Festival


2012: TIFF Kids International Film Festival: Best Feature Film


  • Slovenia: RTV (Free TV)
  • Mexico: Canal Once (Free TV)
  • Brasil: TV Globo (Free TV)
  • China: DDDream (VOD)
  • Poland: HBO Central Europe (Pay TV)
  • Germany: Capelight Pictures (DVD, VOD)
  • Turkey: Mars Productions Ltd (TV, DVD)
  • Israel: Yes DBS (Pay TV)
  • Croatia: HRT (Free TV)

VAF goes for young talent

The Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF) approved funding for 15 projects, of which 12 feature films, two feature-length documentaries and one animated short. The list includes a number of debut features supported by experienced production companies such as a.o. Minds Meet, Savage Films and Caviar.

Four projects received script support in this round: Lampedusa, Senne Dehandschutter’s feature debut, is the gripping story of a journalist travelling from Libya to Europe with a group of African refugees. Dehandschutter already received good press for his graduation short, FertilizeTack is the new feature project by Erik Lamens (S&M Judge) about the life of Sylvain Tack and his 70s pirate radio station Mi Amigo. Peter Krüger, who recently grabbed the Grand Prize at FIFA in Montreal with his doc Antwerp Central, received support forContinental Drift. Finally, Alex Stockman (Pulsar) can start working on his new feature, Electric Blue.

Published on Thursday 14 April 2011

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