EN - A small bird has a limitless admiration for the planes he sees up in the sky. He wants to fly just like them.

NL - Een jong vogeltje kijkt enorm op naar de vliegtuigen op de luchthaven waar hij zijn nestje heeft. Hij wil net zoals deze machines kunnen vliegen. Little Ryan is een feelgood-film met een dramatisch kantje dat op een humoristische manier wordt gebracht.

FR - Un petit oiseau éprouve une grand admiration pour les avions qui volent au-dessus dans le ciel. Il veut voler tout comme eux.


Title Little Ryan
Original title Little Ryan
Original language no dialogues
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Shorts , Animation
Year 2012


Cast Sien Eggers, Jaak Van Assche (sounds)
Editing Aad Verstraelen
Sound Elias Vervecken
Music Koen Vits

Technical specs

Running time film 4'
Aspect ratio 1:1.33
Sound format Dolby Digital
Colour Colour


Supported by SABAM


2012: International Short Film Festival Leuven (BE), Anima (BE)

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

Wild at heart

vaflaureatesIan Mundell talks to the latest batch of VAF Wildcard laureates: six recently graduated filmmakers, selected by a jury, who receive between €25,000 and €60,000 plus coaching from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF) to make their first assignment in the real world. All six VAF Wildcard winning shorts will be shown as a part of this year’s Short Film Corner in Cannes.

Published on Friday 10 May 2013

VAF Wildcards reward six young filmmakers

Michael Van Ostade, Emilie Verhamme, Jeroen Broeckx, Bram Cartigny, Aad Verstraelen and Hans Galle are this year’s Wildcard winners and will be receiving a production fee for a first professional project. Since 2005, the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF) has aimed to award and coach young talent by organising the competition. This year, for the first time, an experimental Wildcard has been added to the fiction, animation and documentary prizes.

VAF Wildcard winners 2012After nearly a decade, the VAF Wildcards have become a widespread initiative, applauded by film students and film schools in Flanders. The laureates each receive a budget ranging from €25,000 to €60,000 to launch a first professional film project. Winning a VAF Wildcard has proved to be the beginning of a successful international career for many a former laureate.

Published on Wednesday 5 December 2012

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Short info

Director Aad Verstraelen
Producers MAD-faculty
Writers Aad Verstraelen

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Heuvelstraat 36
3390 Tielt-Winge


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