EN - A short animated film about an introverted man whose wife is in a coma after a car accident.

NL - Een man waakt bij zijn vrouw, die in coma ligt.

FR - Un homme veille sur sa femme, qui est dans le coma.


Title The Wake
Original title De Wake
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Shorts , Animation
Genre drama
Year 2013
World première / first public presentation 2013-02-12


Editing Alain Dessauvage, Ewin Ryckaert
Sound Senjan Jansen
Art director Pieter Coudyzer

Technical specs

Running time film 20'
Release format 35mm
Other available formats DCP
Aspect ratio 16/9
Sound format Dolby SRD
Colour Colour
Available in 2D


Supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF)


2014: Ciné Privé Ghent (BE) / The Mecal International Short Film Festival (ES) / International Festival of Animated Film Stuttgart (DE) / Holland Animation Film Festival (NL)

2013: Anima Brussels (BE) / Offscreen Film Festival Brussels (BE) / Annecy (hors competition) (FR) / Festival de Cannes (Short Film Corner) (FR) / Anibar International Animation Festival (Kosovo) / Circuito Off Venice (IT) / China International Animation and Digital Arts Festival (CN) / Tofuzi (GE) / Un festival c'est trop court (FR) Valladolid International Film Festival (ES) / Banjaluka International Animated Film Festival (BA) LIAF, London International Animation Festival (UK) / KLIK! Amsterdam Animation Animation Festival (NL) / Interfilm International Short Film Festival Berlin (DE), Sommets d'animation Quebec (CA) / International Short Film Festival Leuven (BE)


2013: Anima Brussels - SABAM Award, National Competition (BE)

2013 :Tofuzi (Georgia) - Special Mention International Jury

Flemish animation present in Annecy

Pieter Coudyzer’s latest animation short Beast! has been selected for the Annecy International Animation Film Festival (13 – 18 June) in France. The programme also includes the absurdist comedy Three Little Ninjas Delivery Service; student film Mahonie; and A Town Called Panic: Back to School, which was co-produced with Flanders.

BeastThe animated short Beast! by Pieter Coudyzer, a production by S.O.I.L., is part of the official Short Film Competition. The 20-minute film shows how the lonely existence of a scruffy homeless man is transformed by the arrival of a very unexpected visitor. It’s not the first time that Coudyzer has been to Annecy: his last short The Wake screened there in 2013.

Published on Friday 18 March 2016

Flanders six at Interfilm Berlin

Shorts by six Flemish filmmakers have been invited to interfilm, the International Short Film Festival in Berlin. Among the selectees is Sahim Omar Kalifa’s festival favourite Baghdad Messi. Not only one of the longest running German short film festivals after Oberhausen, interfilm Berlin is also a prime European short film festival and runs from 12 till 17 November.

Name of the FathersThe competition programmes of the Confrontations section not only see Kalifa’s Baghdad Messi but also screen This is Ronald by Jules Comes and Timothy Wennekes’ short Name of the fathers.

Published on Wednesday 23 October 2013

Marina, I’m the same… and 82 Days in April to Valladolid

There's a strong Flemish presence at this year's Valladolid International Film Festival in Spain (19-26 October), where Stijn Coninx’ feature film Marina and Caroline Strubbe’s I’m the same I’m an other screen in the Official Competition and Bart Van den Bempt’s debut feature 82 Days in April is in the fest’s Meeting Point programme. Bülent Öztürk’s short film Houses With Small Windows and Pieter Coudyzer’sThe Wake complete the Flemish line-up.

I'm the same I'm an otherAs part of the Official Competition, both Marina and I’m the same I’m an other are vying for the Golden and Silver Spike with cash awards worth €60,000 and €20,000, respectively, to support a Spanish release of the film.

Published on Friday 18 October 2013

Annecy invites Flemish animators

Robbe Vervaeke’s animated short Norman has been selected for Official Competition at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival (10-15 June). Also competing are television series Picnic With Cake, a Flemish co-production, and several shorts co-produced with Flanders. Pieter Coudyzer’s The Wake is presented out of competition. The Annecy Film Fest is globally considered the number one festival when it comes to animation.

Robbe Vervaeke's NormanCompeting in the Short Film category, Robbe Vervaeke’s animated short is in the running for up to six awards, including the Audience Award, the Special Jury Award and the Annecy Cristal.

Published on Friday 29 March 2013

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Short info

Director Pieter Coudyzer
Producers Geert Van Goethem, Linda Sterckx
Writers Geert Van Goethem, Pieter Coudyzer

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