EN - Seventeen-year-old Jasper lives in a small grey town in a family dominated by his dad, a singer called Lukkie Luk. Jasper finds it hard to come to terms with his father’s career and also struggles with the problems of adolescence.

NL - De 17-jarige Jasper groeit op in een braaf, grijs Vlaams dorp. In zijn eigen gezin kan hij niet echt zijn wie hij werkelijk is. Jaspers papa is charmezanger, genaamd Lukkie Luk, die er alles aan doet om een grote ster te worden. Alle aandacht binnen het gezin gaat daardoor naar zijn carrière en zo wordt er over niet veel anders gepraat. Jasper zoekt een manier om hiermee om te gaan en wordt geconfronteerd met de typische levensvragen van een adolescent. Vragen waarmee Jasper niet meteen thuis terecht kan.

FR - Jasper, 17 ans, vit dans une petite ville monotone et sans histoire. Dans sa famille, il ne peut être lui-même. Le père de Jasper est un chanteur surnommé Lukkie Luk. L’attention de toute la famille est tournée vers sa carrière. Jasper cherche un moyen de surmonter cette situation et se trouve confronté aux questions existentielles de l’adolescence. Des questions auxquelles il ne trouvera pas de réponse tant qu’il restera dans sa routine.


Title Kiss Me Softly
Original title Kus me zachtjes
Original language Dutch
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Shorts
Year 2012
World première / first public presentation 2012-10-08


Cast Marijke Pinoy, Marc Van Eeghem, Ezra Fieremans, Tim Bogaerts
Photography Tim Vanroose
Editing Thijs Van Nuffel
Sound Yanna Soentjens
Art director Siel Van Daele
Costume Ilke Cop
Makeup Maison Mademoiselle
Music Sound of Stereo, Roel De Bruyne

Technical specs

Running time film 15'
Release format Arri Alexa
Aspect ratio 2.35 Scope
Sound format Stereo
Colour Colour
Available in 2D


Supported by SACD, PTMGroup, Filmmore
Production partners KASK School of Arts


2015: Vlaamse Film Festival Utrecht (NL)

39th Film Festival Ghent; 11th Pinkscreens Festival - Brussel; Holebikort - Vlaams Brabant; 18e Internationaal kortfilmfestival - Leuven; Internationaler Foto- Kurzfilm-, und GameWettbewerb 2012 - Munchen; 16e editie Roze filmdagen - Amsterdam; Regensburger Kurzfilmwoche Germany 2013 - Regensburger; 27e BFI LLGFF - Londen; Outview Film Festival 2013 - Athene


1e prijs Holebikort - Leuven; Humo Award; Internationaal kortfilmfestival - Leuven;1e prijs in categorie Film in beroepsopleiding - Munchen;

Flemish five win in Brussels

Five Flemish shorts were awarded at the 16th edition of the Brussels Short Film Festival (24 April - 4May). Besides the National and International Competition, the festival added a third section this year, titled ‘Next Generation.’ This competition focused exclusively on (inter)national student short films.

hlIn the Next Generation competition, Lukas Dhondt’s Headlong (pictured on the left) grabbed the Grand Prix, worth €1,500, while Anthony Schatteman’s Kiss Me Softly was awarded the Prix National du Public.

Published on Sunday 5 May 2013

Flanders shorts overflow Newport Beach

From April 25 till May 2 three animated as well as three narrative shorts from Flanders are screening at the Newport Beach Film Festival in California. Marc James Roels and Emma De Swaef’s Oh Willy…, Little Ryan by Aad Verstraelen and Hisko Hulsing’sJunkyard, a co-production with Flanders, are in the running for Best Animated Short. The live action short films Dura Lex by Anke Blondé, Death of a Shadow by Tom Van Avermaet and Anthony Schatteman’s Kiss Me Softly were also added to the fest’s official line-up.

Aad Verstraelen's Little RyanScreening in the animation category is Marc James Roels and Emma De Swaef’s much appraised stop motion short Oh Willy… Fifty-something Willy returns to the naturist community where he grew up to visit his dying mother. After her death he flees into the forest in confused sadness where he finds the motherly protection of a big gentle hairy beast.

Published on Monday 8 April 2013

Flemish Award winners at Leuven short Fest

Benoit De Clerck’s The Importance of Sweet and Salt, Tom Van Avermaet’s Oscar nominated Death of a Shadow, Wouter Bouvijn’sCrossroads and Roman Klochkov’s Natasha were the winners in the Flemish competition at the 18th Leuven International Short Film festival (1 – 8 December). The Humo Award, a guest competition, went to Kiss Me Softly by Anthony Schatteman (pictured on the left).

Director Anthony Schatteman receiving his HUMO Award at Leuven shortThe Importance of Sweet and Salt, a tragicomedy about a man's inner struggle to escape from an extremely dysfunctional relationship with his wife, grabbed the Jury Award. The Award, which comes with a cash prize of € 2,000, also ensures the short a spot on the 2014 Academy Awards longlist. Meanwhile Wouter Bouvijn’s short Crossroads received the Award for Best Debut.

Published on Sunday 9 December 2012

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Director Anthony Schatteman
Producers Anthony Schatteman
Writers Anthony Schatteman

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Website www.kusmezachtjes.be
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