EN - A young artist is working on a portrait when an unexpected moment of frustration and doubt shatters his inspiration. Distracted by his own curiosity, he suddenly finds himself engulfed by a grand parade. Unable to resist the charismatic pull of this vast and grotesque world, he joins in on an exploration through his own colourful ambitions. But when Pablo Picasso’s terrific charisma ends up threatening everything he holds dear, he learns to push back in order to rediscover his own voice.

NL - Een jonge kunstenaar werkt aan een portret wanneer een onverwacht moment van frustratie en twijfel zijn inspiratie verstoren. Afgeleid door zijn eigen nieuwsgierigheid wordt hij plots meegesleurd in een grote optocht. Zinderende personages uit de hedendaagse popcultuur en kunstgeschiedenis dagen op. De onweerstaanbare aantrekkingskracht van hun groteske wereld neemt hem mee op verkenningstocht doorheen zijn eigen kleurrijke ambities. Maar wanneer Pablo Picasso’s overweldigend charisma z'n hele wereld bedreigt, leert hij hoe hij z'n eigen stem kan terugvinden.


Title Fighting Pablo
Original title Fighting Pablo
Original language No dialogues
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Shorts , Animation
Year 2018
World première / first public presentation 2018-02-13


Editing Sarah D'hanens, Barend Weyens, Robbe Vervaeke
Sound Jef Aerts
Art director Robbe Vervaeke
Music Ruben De Gheselle
Animation assistants Dries Bastiaensen, Emily Lefebvre

Technical specs

Running time film 7'30''
Release format DCP
Other available formats ProRes HD
Aspect ratio 16:9
Sound format 5.1 Surround, Stereo
Colour Colour
Available in 2D


Supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF)


2019: Animafest Zagreb (HR); Anim'est – Bucharest International Animation Film Festival (RO); Athens Animfest (GR); Festivart Short Film Night (GR); Braunschweig International Film Festival (DE); CRAFT International Animation Festival (ID); International Film Festival Braunschweig (DE); International Short Film Festival Leuven (BE); La Guarimba International Film Festival (IT); Les Nuits Magiques (FR); Moscow Shorts (RU)

2018: Brussels International Animation Festival Anima (BE); Animax Skopje Fest - Macedonian International Animation Festival (MK); Bucheon International Animation Festival (KR); Cinanima - Festival Internacional de Cinema de Animação (BR); Cortoons Festival Gandia (ES)


2018: Honorable Mention World Cultures Program - Anim!arte – International Student Animation Festival of Brazil (BR); Honorable Mention Best Short Film - ReAnimania International Animation Film and Comics Art Festival of Yerevan (AM)

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Last edited by Cinnamon Entertainment on 1 October 2019

Short info

Director Robbe Vervaeke
Producers Barend Weyens, Sarah D'hanens
Writers Robbe Vervaeke, Barend Weyens

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