In a work-driven world where time is the ultimate dictator, a mysterious sandman spreads chaos and confusion. Even the best employees of the system get infected by his wondrous dream powder and lose sight of the once so dominating clock. Alex Deprins, future employee of the year, becomes one of those ‘victims’. In his dreams he comes into contact with a strange new world, where a lady in red captivates his heart. Once awake he has to make a difficult decision. Does he stay in his familiar, but deadly rule-bound world or does he seek the road to salvation in his dreams?


Title Dreamtime
Original title Droomtijd
Original language Dutch
Status Completed
Category Shorts
Year 2006


Cast Maarten Claeyssens, Maaike Neuville, Herwig Illegems, Jo Decaluwe, Miel Heirbaut
Photography Nicolas Karakatsanis
Editing Stijn Deconinck
Music Brian Clifton

Art Director: Gert Stas

Technical specs

Running time film 20'


Supported by

SABAM, CQN, Condor Postproductions, Studio L'Equipe


2007: beste cinematografie (Cyprus International Film Festival )

Under the influence: Tom Van Avermaet

Tom Van Avermaet was hooked early on by the fantastic stories cinema could tell. Now his fantasy film Death of a Shadow has been nominated this year in the live action shorts category of the Academy Awards.

Text Ian Mundell | Portrait Bart Dewaele

tomvanaThe first time I went to see a film in the cinema, it was to see Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,' he recalls. 'Even then I was fascinated by the effect that seeing a film in a movie theatre had on me.' This connected with his childhood urge to tell stories. 'From that moment on I became a little bit obsessed by the medium of film. I couldn't see myself telling stories in any other way.

Published on Thursday 23 May 2013

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