EN - A dark fairytale about Willy, a troubled boy who fights the destructive force of Virgil, an all-devouring monster, in the village of Nix.

FR - Un conte sombre qui raconte l’histoire de Willy, un garçon préoccupé qui combat la force destructrice de Virgil, un monstre qui dévore tout sur son passage dans le village de Nix.


Title The Monster of Nix
Original title The Monster of Nix
Original language English
Status Completed
Production Minority Flemish
Category Shorts , Animation
Year 2011


Cast Joe Eshuis, Terry Gilliam, Tom Waits, Charles Hubbell (voices)
Editing Rosto
Art director Tom Van Gestel
Music Rosto

Technical specs

Running time film 30'
Release format 35 mm
Aspect ratio 1:1.85
Sound format Tom Hambleton
Colour Colour


Supported by

NFF, AVRO, Media Fonds, CoBO Fonds, Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), CNC, Canal+


Festival selections
2011: International Animated Film Festival Annecy (FR)

Swedish platform for Black and The Ardennes

Robin Pront’s feature debut The Ardennes and Black, the second feature by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, are both heading north for the Göteborg Film Festival at the end of January. The programme contains another five co-productions with Flanders, while local talents Matthias Schoenaerts and Jan Bijvoet appear in foreign films at the Festival.

The ArdennesThe Ardennes, Pront’s ‘Flemish thriller noir’ about two brothers on the wrong track, will be presented in the New Voices programme in Göteborg, a section of 30 films from up-and-coming international directors. El Arbi and Fallah’s contemporary Romeo & Juliet story Black is part of the Five Continents section.

Published on Tuesday 19 January 2016

Oh Willy... shortlisted for Animation César

Oh Willy... by Marc Roels and Emma de Swaef is among the 10 titles shortlisted for the César for Best Animated Short. Also among the 10 is The Monster of Nix by Rosto, a co-production with Flanders. Oh Willy... recently won the Cartoon d'Or for Beste Animated Short in Europe. The film further also features on this year's longlist for the Oscars. The nominations for the Césars, the most important kudos in France, will be announced in January 2013.

Still from Marc James Roels & Emma de Swaef's Oh Willy...In this 17-minute stop-motion animated film, fiftysomething Willy returns to the naturist community where he spent his youth to visit his dying mother. When she dies shortly after he arrives, Willy is confronted with the choices he made in his life. In confused sadness he flees into the forest. After a rough start, he finds the motherly protection of a big, gentle, hairy beast.

Published on Wednesday 17 October 2012

Four Flemish shorts hop the border to Lille fest

Four Flemish shorts have been selected for competition at the Lille European Film Festival. Nicolas Daenens’ 27, Rosto’s The Monster of Nix, Kevin Meul’s The Extraordinary Life of Rocky and Wouter Bongaert’s Mouse For Sale will screen in the French-Flemish “métropole” from 30 March-6 April.

27 meulThe Lille European Film Festival is organised annually with the purpose of revealing short film talents, facilitating meetings with potential partners or buyers, and increasing the general public’s awareness of short films. The European Film Festival was founded as a festival exclusively dedicated to shorts, but now shows feature films as well. Participation in the fest’s competition, however, is reserved for short films only.

Published on Thursday 8 March 2012

Animation talent invited to Anima

Five animated shorts from Flanders are running in the national competition of Anima (17-26 February), the annual animation celebration that takes place in Brussels. Five more films are screening in a Belgian panorama, while co-production The Monster of Nix by Rosto receives a special screening.

monster of nix bosto animaAnima is showcasing a wide variety of animation talent from Flanders this year. In the national competition, there's Bruno Wouters' Daddy, Don’t Forget Your Glasses, Roman Klochkov's Natasha, Boris Sverlow's VAF Wildcard-winning Shattered Past, Yves Bex's The Appointment and Tristan Morelle's The Secret Child.

Published on Thursday 16 February 2012

Clermont-Ferrand selects shorts from Flanders

The Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival (27 January-4 February) has selected Nicolas Provost’s Moving Stories, Michael Palmaers’s Nuru and Marc Roels and Emma de Swaef’s Oh Willy for its 34th edition. The minority co-production The Monster of Nix by Dutch artist Rosto also received a spot in the fest’s programme. According to the fest, ‘a selection for Clermont-Ferrand is participating in the biggest adventure a film can experience.’ The selections at the prestigious French short fest once again put shorts from Flanders in the international limelight.

Still from Michael Palmaers's NuruProvost is now something of an old hand at Clermont-Ferrand after picking up a Special Jury Award for his short Plot Point in 2008. Last year, the festival even presented an overview of Provost’s major works and invited two of his shorts, Stardust and Storyteller, for competition.

Published on Monday 12 December 2011

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Short info

Director Rosto
Producers Willem Thijssen
Writers Rosto, Friso Aartse

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