EN - A beautiful moth leads us towards the waiting room of an abandoned railway station. Suddenly a surreal situation comes to life. Inspired by the work of the Belgian surrealist painter van Paul Delvaux. Raoul Servais: Nocturnal Butterflies is the only film that was entirely made in the 'Servaisgraphy technique'. It proved to be a very interesting technique on the field of visual result, but became obsolete because of the complicated labour it required and the development of digital technology.

NL - Een nachtvlinder leidt ons naar de wachtzaal van een nachtelijk station waar zich een surrealistische schets afspeelt. Geïnspireerd door het oeuvre van Paul Delvaux.

FR - Un papillon de nuit nous mène dans la salle d’attente d’une gare de banlieue. Nous y trouverons des personnages figés qui, durant quelques minutes, reprendront vie, jusqu’au moment où arrivera le train du soir avec son unique voyageur. Hommage à Paul Delvaux.


Title Nocturnal Butterflies
Original title Nachtvlinders
Original language no dialogues
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Shorts , Animation
Year 1998


Cast Jo Roets a.o.
Music Bo Spaenc
Animation Raoul Servais, Rudy Turkovics

Technical specs

Running time film 8'
Release format 35mm
Aspect ratio 1:1.66
Sound format Stereo Dolby SR
Colour Colour


Supported by de Vlaamse Gemeenschap, het Atelier AAA Annecy (FR), Channel Four (UK)
Production partners Anagram


2010: Internationaal Animation Film Festival Hiroshima (JP); Fête du Cinéma d'Animation (FR)


1999: Honorary Distinction - International Short Film Festival Drama (GR)

1998: Grand Prix, Prize of the International Film Critic - International Festival for Animation Film Annecy (FR);  Palme d'Or, Prize of the Walloon Government, SABAM Prize - Festival Mondiale du Court Métrage Huy (BE)

Animation pioneer Raoul Servais honoured in Poland

Belgian animator and filmmaker Raoul Servais has received the Chrystal Pegasus Award at ‘Animator’, the Polish International Animation Film Festival, in recognition of his entire career. The festival presented a retrospective with nine of his Servais’s short films, alongside his feature Taxandria.

Raoul ServaisInternationally recognised as the founding father of Belgian animation, Raoul Servais was guest of honour at the Animator film festival in Poland. The filmmaker was presented with the Chrystal Pegasus Award honouring his entire career, which spans more than five decades.

Published on Monday 27 July 2015

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