EN - Although 20-year-old Niko meet his personal trainer daily at the gym, their contact remains indifferent and silent. As Niko’s efforts yield results, a game of manipulation begins to unfold…

NL - De twintigjarige Niko slijt zijn dagen in de fitness, waar zijn wilskracht al snel wordt opgemerkt door een van de personal trainers. Hoewel de twee elkaar dagelijks zien, is er tussen de twee schijnbaar geen contact. Hoe meer vooruitgang Niko maakt, hoe meer de twee verstrikt raken in een machtsspel. Get Ripped toont het relaas van een jongen die verstikt in zijn zucht naar zelfbevestiging.

FR - Get Ripped met en relief une rencontre entre Niko, un jeune homme de 20 ans, et son coach sportif. Ils se croisent tous les jours à la salle de sport mais ils restent indifférents et silencieux l'un envers l'autre. Alors que les efforts sportifs de Niko commencent à produire des résultats, un jeu de manipulation commence entre eux. Get ripped expose le déclin mental d'un jeune homme entamant une transformation physique.


Title Get Ripped
Original title Get Ripped
Original language Dutch, French
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Shorts
Genre Drama
Year 2013
World première / first public presentation 2013-10-10


Cast Alessandro Cangelli, Benjamin Ramon, Helena Coppejans, Deben Van Dam, Max Pauwels
Photography Jonathan Wannyn
Editing Olivier Lambrechts
Sound Senjan Jansen
Makeup Annelies Tanghe
Music Epic Blue, Kill The Zodiac

Technical specs

Running time film 15'
Release format digital film file
Other available formats Quicktime HD, DCP, DVD Pal, online
Aspect ratio 1.85
Sound format Stereo
Colour Black-white
Available in 2D



2015: FEST - New Directors (PT)

2014: Outfest LA (US), International Short Film Festival Psarokokalo (GR), Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival (US), Netherlands Film Festival (NL), Chacun son court (FR), Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur (BE)

2013: International Short Film Festival Leuven (BE), Gent Film Fest (BE)


2015: Best Editing - Ciné Public (BE)

2014: Best International Experimental Short Film - Outfest LA (US)

Short Film Get Ripped lifts Outfest’s Grand Jury Prize

Get Ripped, a short film by Leonardo Van Dijl, has been awarded the Grand Jury Prize for Experimental Short Film at Los Angeles’s Outfest (10-20 July). It’s the first international award for the young director’s film, which premiered internationally in LA.

Get RippedIn its concluding report, the jury praised Get Ripped for the way the film explores the complexity of masculine obsessions with power and sexuality with stark and stunning visuals.

Published on Wednesday 23 July 2014

Flanders shorts well represented in Psarokokalo line-up

Nine short films from Flanders take part in the international competition of the International Short Film Festival Psarokokalo in Athens, Greece. Six live-action shorts, two animation films and one documentary project made the line-up. The eighth edition of the festival runs from 10 till 16 July and presents some 120 shorts, selected out of 4,200 submissions.

Vol au ventLeonardo Van Dijl’s black-and-white short Get Ripped exposes the mental deterioration of a young man determined to transform his body. In its home territory, the film already screened at the Leuven International Short Film Festival, while it has also been confirmed for Outfest LA, which kicks off on July 10. The film is to take part in the fest’s International Male section.

Published on Tuesday 10 June 2014

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Director Leonardo Van Dijl
Producers Leonardo Van Dijl
Writers Leonardo Van Dijl

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