EN - The Heir tells the story of father Raf and his son Dominique and their passion for horse racing, a long-standing family tradition. Raf is 65 years old but is still a jockey whereas his son has been in a wheelchair since an accident. It is therefore impossible for him to be the ‘heir’ his father intended. As a result, the two men embrace religion.

FR – The Heir raconte l’histoire d’un père, Raf, de son fils Dominique, et de la relation qu’ils ont avec leur passion : les courses de chevaux, une tradition familiale. Raf a 65 ans mais est toujours jockey. Le fils aurait pu suivre la même carrière que son père, mais a eu un accident quand il était jeune. Depuis lors, il se déplace en chaise roulante. Il lui est dès lors impossible de devenir l’héritier que son père aurait voulu. En essayant de donner une réponse à cet accident dans leur vie quotidienne, ils sont devenus très religieux.


Title The Heir
Original title De opvolger
Original language Dutch
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Docs
Year 2011


Photography Jeremy De Ryckere
Editing Kwinten Gernay
Sound Jonathan Dock
Music Thomas van de Ven, Jeremy De Lombaerde

Technical specs

Running time film 19'
Release format Beta Digit, HDV
Aspect ratio 16:9
Colour Colour, Black & white



2011: IDFA - International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (NL), Docville (BE); Curt.doc (SP), International Short Film Festival Leuven (BE), Brussels Short Film Festival (BE)


2011: VAF Wildcard

A Flemish touch to Belgian festival bills

This week, the Open Doek Festival (20 – 29 April) kicked off in Turnhout, while Leuven is getting ready for the 8th edition of the International Documentary Festival DOCVILLE (27 April – 5 May). Both programs house a large selection of Flemish titles, ranging from Daniel Lambo’s Dry Branches of Iran to Berlinale attendees Anton Corbijn Inside Out andAsparragos.

Christoph Bohn's The Boy is GoneFor the eighth consecutive year, DOCVILLE highlights the best documentaries and awards prizes in various sections. This year, Flanders is well represented in its national competition with more than ten short and feature-length film titles.

Published on Wednesday 25 April 2012

VAF Wildcards 2011 announced

The Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF) has once again awarded five promising graduation filmmakers with a VAF Wildcard. This year’s winners are Kenneth Mercken’s The Letter and Adil El Arbi & Bilall Fallah’s Brothers in the fiction category, Kenneth Michiels’s Twenty-One + Seven and Jeremy De Ryckere’s The Heir for Documentary and Boris Sverlow’sShattered Past for Animation.

The VAF Wildcard winners of 2011The VAF Wildcards are aimed at giving young filmmaking talent a chance to embark on a first professional project by providing a (starting) budget of €40,000 or €60,000, plus a professional coach. Now in its seventh edition, the VAF Wildcards have quickly become the most important awards in Flanders.

Published on Thursday 8 December 2011

IDFA presents Flemish doc bonanza

A record-breaking haul of eleven documentaries and four docu projects from Flanders have been selected  for this year’s IDFA, the international Documentary Film Festival of Amsterdam (16-27 November). Works from Jeremy De Ryckere and Kristof Bilsen, who recently graduated from RITS and NFTS (UK) respectively,  are shown in the Student Documentary competition. The other entries feature in the Reflecting Images: Panorama, Paradocs section and IDFA pitching Forum.

Still from Jeremy De Ryckere's The HeirBoth Jeremy De Ryckere’s The Heir and Kristof Bilsen’s White Elephant compete for the IDFA Award for Best Student Documentary, worth €2,500. The Heir tells the story of a father, Raf, and a son, Dominique, and their relationship to their passion: horse racing, a long family tradition. White Elephant is a documentary about the Central Post Office and its employees in Kinshasa, DR Congo. This grandiose relic of a colonial past has trapped its employees in a frozen timewarp from which they are planning their escape. Last year the Award for Best Student Documentary went to the Flemish doc What’s in a Name by Eva Küpper.

Published on Thursday 27 October 2011

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Director Jeremy De Ryckere
Producers RITCS School of Arts
Writers Jeremy De Ryckere

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