EN - Mila, a rebellious 12-year-old, has a secret crush on her 40-year-old neighbour and coach, Sam. When Mila finds out that he's moving away to Italy for at least a year, she conceives a plan to go with him.

NL - Mila, een twaalfjarig rebels meisje, is heimelijk verliefd op haar veertigjarige buurman en coach, Sam. Wanneer ze verneemt dat hij voor minstens een jaar in Italië zal gaan wonen, smeedt ze een plan om met hem mee te gaan.

FR - Mila, une fillette rebelle de 12 ans aime en secret Sam, son vieux voisin et coach de 40 ans. Lorsque Mila découvre que Sam part vivre en Italie pour au moins un an, elle élabore un plan pour partir avec lui.


Title Early Birds
Original title Early Birds
Original language Dutch
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Shorts
Year 2012


Cast Szaga Lauwers, Tom Van Bauwel, Frank Vercruyssen, Jasper Provijn, Ezra Fieremans, Gert Winckelmans
Photography Rik Zang
Editing Karel van Bellingen
Sound Joeri Verspecht
Art director Miriam Matthys
Costume Fien Claerhout
Makeup Ala Pangracova
Music Chris Green

Technical specs

Running time film 21'20"
Release format ProRes
Aspect ratio 2.35 (scope)
Sound format Dolby SR
Colour Colour


Supported by The London Film School


- Palm Springs International Shortfest 2012
- San Francisco International Festival of Short Films 2012
- Cambridge Film Festival 2012
- Atlanta Shortfest 2012
- San Sebastian International Film Festival 2012
- BFI London Film Festival 2012
- Rencontres Henry Langlois Festival International Des Ecoles de Cinéma 2012
- London Short Film Festival 2013

Early Birds catches five fests

This September, Jeroen Bogaert’s Early Birds will screen at no less than four festivals. The short will visit San Francisco, Cambridge, Atlanta and finally San Sebastián, where Early Birds has been selected for the International Film students Meeting. To top it all off, the film has also been confirmed for the 56th BFI London Film Festival.

Early BirdsEarly Birds had its world premiere earlier this year at the Palm Springs International Shortfest. Some months after its screening in California, the short is still picking up invitations  worldwide. At the London Film Festival (10-21 October) Early Birds is one of six movies programmed in the Back To School: Student Film from London section.

Published on Monday 10 September 2012

Shorts quartet at Palm Springs

The Palm Springs International Shortfest has selected four Flemish short films from over 3,000 worldwide entries. Anke Blondé’s Dura Lex, VAF Wildcard winner Boris Sverlow’s Shattered Past, Jeroen Bogaert's Early Birds and Michael Palmaers’s Nuru were added to the fest’s line-up. Palm Springs promises to once again attract a Hollywood crowd with its star-studded shorts such as Pitch Black Heist with Michael Fassbender and The End with Charlotte Rampling.

Still from Michael Palmaers's NuruMichael Palmaers’s Nuru – described by the festival as a ‘dazzling, CG-enhanced story’ – is no stranger to the festival circuit. The film has already been selected for Fantasporto, Clermont-Ferrand, ANIMA and the Leuven international Short Film Festival. Nuru is inspired by The Explanation and The Empire of Light by surrealist painter René Magritte and was produced by Eric Goossens for Walking the Dog (A Monster in Paris).

Published on Wednesday 20 June 2012

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