EN - A young filmmaker tells a friend about the movie he is trying to make. He is bursting with enthusiasm but seems a bit anxious at the same time. The more he tries to convey his inner motivations, the more he feels a growing sense of doubt. Even when showing the fragments he’s really proud of, an inevitable fear of inadequacy remains: can the images really show what he aims to tell?

NL - Een jonge filmmaker vertelt een vriend over zijn project. Hij beschrijft enthousiast zijn ideeën en toont fragmenten waar hij trots op is. Maar af en toe weerklinkt er ook een aarzeling in het gesprek: passen de beelden wel helemaal bij wat hij vertellen wil? Een gesprek waarin twijfel en enthousiasme elkaar afwisselen. Een fascinerende conversatie waarin bovenal een grote liefde voor het medium weerklinkt.

FR - Un jeune réalisateur parle à un ami d’un film qu’il essaie de faire. Il décrit de manière enthousiaste ses idées et il montre quelques fragments dont il est fier. Mais de temps en temps, l’hésitation apparaît : les images reflètent-elles le message qu’il veut transmettre ? Une conversation fascinante qui révèle avant tout une admiration pour l’image en mouvement.


Title Maturing As a Tree
Original title Maturing as a Tree
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Shorts , Experimental
Genre Filmlab
Year 2012
World première / first public presentation 2012-10-11


Cast Joao Dos Santos Martins, Hans Galle, Peter Savel, Tom Galle, Els Galle, Nona Buhrs, Julie Kurris, Luca Kortekaas
Photography Hans Galle
Editing Hans Galle
Sound Michel Coquette
Music J.S. Bach

Technical specs

Running time film 23'
Aspect ratio 16:9
Sound format Stereo
Colour Colour
Available in 2D



VAF-Wildcard 2012

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 Hans Galle
Producers Hans Galle, School of Arts | KASK
Writers Hans Galle

KASK School of Arts
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