EN - One evening, 38-year-old Frank returns to his quiet residential house where his family have organised a surprise birthday party. Everybody is present: his wife, two children, brother, sister-in-law, his father… even the babysitter. Toasts are drunk, his favourite meal served and a birthday cake provided. But, amid the celebration, there are hints that things aren't really what they seem…

NL - Frank viert zijn 38ste verjaardag met zijn familie. Tijdens dit ogenschijnlijk onschuldige familiefeestje blijkt in werkelijkheid niets te zijn wat het aanvankelijk lijkt.


Title Homeful Bliss
Original title Het geluk
Original language Dutch
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Shorts
Genre drama
Year 2015
World première / first public presentation 2016-03-12


Cast Stijn Van Opstal, Joke De Bruyn, Kes Bakker, Adriana Bakker, Robbie Cleiren, Iris Van Cauwenbergh, François Beukelaers, Indra De Bruyn
Photography Richard van Oosterhout
Editing Jan Hameeuw
Sound Yves De Mey
Art director Merijn Sep
Costume Chris Snik
Makeup Hilde Vanhees
Music Nicolas Rombouts

Technical specs

Running time film 15'
Release format DCP, Blu-ray, HD digital file
Other available formats Quicktime HD, DVD Pal, online
Aspect ratio 1:2.35 (scope)
Sound format Dolby Digital
Colour Colour
Available in 2D


Supported by the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF)


2016: Narrative Shorts Competition - SXSW (US), European Competition - Go Short International Short Film Festival Nijmegen (NL)

2015: Film Festival Ostend (BE) - Leuven Short Film Festival (BE)

Homeful Bliss to SXSW

Jan Van Dyck’s short film Homeful Bliss has been invited to SXSW (South by Southwest) in Austin, Texas (11-19 March), where the film will have its North American premiere in the Narrative Shorts Competition. In addition, the video clip for Rudimental’s hit ‘I Will For Love’, directed by Brussels duo I Owe Youth, has been selected for the Music Video Competition.

Homeful BlissIn Homeful Bliss, 38-year-old Frank returns home to find his family have organised a surprise birthday party. Toasts are drunk, his favourite meal served and a birthday cake provided. But, amid the celebrations, there are hints that things aren't really what they seem.

Published on Thursday 18 February 2016

Short and Documentary Ensor nominations announced

Before the Last Curtain Falls, Twilight of a Life and Waiting for August are nominated for this year's Best Documentary Ensor Award. Nominations in the Best Short category went to Homeful Bliss, L'infini, The Pond, Oma, Paradise and Mechanical Waltz. The winners will be announced on at a gala closing the Ostend Film Festival on 19 September.

Trailer Twilight of a LifeBefore the Last Curtain Falls (Gardenia), Thomas Wallner portrays a group of ageing drag artists who set out, one last time, to relive their once glamorous lives by touring their play ‘Gardenia’ around Europe and Southeast Asia. Sylvain Biegeleisen's Twilight of a Life follows the final week's of his 94-year-old mother's life. It's a film about life, full of humour and emotion… In Waiting For August, Teodora Ana Mihai follows 15-year-old Georgiana Halmac who lives with her six siblings in a social housing block on the outskirts of Bacau, Romania. While their mother is away earning a living in Italy, Georgiana is catapulted into the role of head of the family and finds her adolescence cut brutally short.

Published on Monday 31 August 2015

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Director Jan Van Dyck
Producers Peter De Maegd
Writers Jan Van Dyck

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