EN - Hanging a painting on the wall, building a house of cards, doing the laundry, and watching TV: completely innocent and harmless activities in the daily lives of four ordinary people. But of all the bad luck, these people had to live next to each other.


Title Flatlife
Original title Flatlife
Original language no dialogues
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Shorts , Animation
Year 2004


Editing Jonas Geirnaert
Music Jonas Geirnaert, Ward Seyssens

Technical specs

Running time film 10’33”
Release format 35mm / Beta SP
Aspect ratio 1:1.85
Sound format Dolby SR
Colour Colour



2007: Grand Prize, Audience Award (New York International Children’s Film Festival ) / 2006: Best Screenplay Jury Award / Audience Award (anima mundi) / 2006: Audience Award (Festival du Cinéma d’Animation de Neufchâteau ) / 2004: Jury Prize - Short Film (Cannes International Film Festival ) / 2004: Best Animated Film (Festival (Inter)national Du Film Independent) / 2004: European Audience Award (Festival Du film Court De Villeurbanne) / 2004: Young Prize For Best Short Film (Gijon International Film Festival For Young People) / 2004: Second Prize Student Competition (Holland Animation Film Festival) / 2004: Avid Audience award Best Flemish animated short (International Short Film Festival Leuven) / 2004: Jury Prize (Ismailia International Film Festival for Documentary and Short Films) / 2004: Special Prize (KROK International Animation Festival) / 2004: Motovun Online Award - Best Short Film (Motovun Film Festival) / 2004: Jury Prize Student Animation - second prize (Palm Spring International Festival Of Short Films)

Oh Willy and Crossroads to Premiers Plans

Marc James Roels and Emma De Swaef’s award winning animated short Oh Willy… has been selected for competition in both the European Short Films and European Animated Films sections of the European First Film Festival (18 -27 January) in Angers, France. Wouter Bouvijn’s short film Crossroads is also running in competition in the Student Film programme of the fest.

Still of Bouvijn's CrossroadsCrossroads could win the Grand Jury Prize, Audience Award or Students of Angers Award at the fest, all worth € 1,500. Oh Willy… also has a chance of winning the Grand Jury Prize in both the short film and animated film competition. Besides the titles in competition, Jonas Geirnaert’s short Flatlife is screening in the side bar ‘short films for children’ which features the best animated shorts of the festival’s past 25 years. In 2004 Flatlife won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

Published on Tuesday 22 January 2013

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Last edited on 8 June 2015

Short info

Director Jonas Geirnaert
Producers Jean-Marie Demeyer
Writers Jonas Geirnaert

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