EN - Norman looks too hard: he is obsessed by small details and strange habits. Nervous and alone, he wanders the city - because you have to watch out for strange people… Who knows what they're capable of?

NL - Norman kijkt tè hard. Hij is geobsedeerd door kleine details en rare gewoontes. Nerveus en alleen zwerft hij door de stad, want rare mensen, daar moet je voor op je hoede zijn. Wie weet waartoe ze in staat zijn.

FR - Norman est trop méfiant. Il est obsédé par les petits détails et les habitudes bizarres. Il erre à travers la ville, nerveux et seul, car il faut rester sur ses gardes face aux personnes étranges. Qui sait de quoi elles sont capables.


Title Norman
Original title Norman
Original language no dialogues
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Shorts , Animation
Genre drama, experimental
Year 2012
World première / first public presentation 2012-11-04


Photography Robbe Vervaeke
Editing Rob Breyne, Robbe Vervaeke, Barend Weyens
Music Ruben De Gheselle
back-ground artist Brecht-Jan Verschuere

Technical specs

Running time film 10'
Release format DCP, Pro Res digital files, Blu-Ray
Other available formats Beta Digit, DVD
Aspect ratio 16:9
Sound format LtRt stereo, 5.1
Colour Colour
Available in 2D


Supported by the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Province Oost-Vlaanderen, City of Ghent


2015: Tehran International Animation Festival (IR), Athens Animfest (GR), Kecskemét Animation Film Festival (HU)

2014: Premiers Plans European First Film Festival d’Angers (FR), International Animation Short Film Festival Mecal (SP), Stockholm International Film Festival Junior (SE), Cinerama BC International Film Festival (BR), InHouse Film Festival (UK), Melbourne International Animation Festival (AU), Cartoon Club (IT), Animix Animation Festival (IL), Lucca Film Festival (IT), Rica Festival Wissembourg (FR)

2013 : Anima (BE), 10th Akbank Short Film Festival (TR), Holland Animation Film Festival (NL), International Film Festival Annecy (FR), 12th International Countryside Animafest (CY), Montréal International Film Festival (CA), 40th Telluride Colorado XL Film Festival (US), 15th Belo Horizonte International Short Film Festival (BR), 3rd International Film Festival Ars Independent (PL), Anim’est International Animation Film Festival (RO), Anima VII Festival International de Animaci (AR), Primanima World Festival of First Animations (HU), London International Animation Festival (UK), International Short Music Festival (DE), Bradford Animation Festival (UK), Zinebi International Festival of Documentary and Short Film (SP), Animpact Animation Festival (SK), Anilogue International Animation Festival (HU)

2012 : International Film Festival Leuven (BE)


2014: Best Musical Creation - Premiers Plans European First Film Festival d'Angers (FR), Honorable Mention Best Short Film - Cinerama.BC International Film Festival (BR)

2013: Jean-Luc Xiberras Award for Best Debut - International Film Festival Annecy (FR), Black Horse of Animation Grand Prix - International Film Festival Ars Independent (PL)


  • France: Cinessonne
  • United States: Videology
  • The Netherlands: Stichting KloosterKino

Lucky number seven for Montreal line-up

With the entire programme of the Montreal World Film Festival (22 August-2 September) now revealed, the total number of selected films from Flanders adds up to four features and three shorts. In addition to Stijn Coninx’ Marina, Jan Verheyen’s The Verdict and Bart Van den Bempt’s 82 Days in April, Joël Vanhoebrouck’s debut feature Brasserie Romantique is also set for a Montreal screening, presented in the Focus on World Cinema panorama. The short films Norman by Robbe Vervaeke and Perfect Drug by Toon Aerts, as well as the previously announced short Wolf’s Milk by Hans Vercauter, are also part of the fest’s line-up.

Wolf's MilkNext to Cannes, the Montreal World Film Festival is generally perceived as one of the most important international French-speaking film festivals worldwide. It is also the only competitive film festival in North America recognised by the Fédération Internationale des Associations de Producteurs de Films (FIAPF).

Published on Tuesday 6 August 2013

Norman wins Best Debut in Annecy

Robbe Vervaeke’s highly expressive animated Short Norman has won the Jean-Luc Xiberras Award for Best Debut at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival (10-15 June). Norman, produced by Cinnemon Entertainment, is Vervaeke’s first professional film after graduating from the royal academy of fine arts in Ghent in 2008.

Robbe Vervaeke's NormanNorman takes place in a city filled with old, statuesque buildings, with dark shadows and weathered trees. In this city lives Norman, a thickset, shapeless and pale-faced man. He’s obsessed by observing and staring at people. Read more on Norman in the profile from our flanders (i) magazine.

Published on Sunday 16 June 2013

Shortissimo: Norman

Robbe Vervaeke’s highly expressive animated short Norman is selected for competition at this year’s Annecy International Animated Film Festival in June produced by Cinnamon Entertainment, it is the young director's first professional film after graduating in 2008 from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent.

Text Ian Mundell

normanNorman looks at things too intently. He stares. Then he has to get even closer. In the street, he crawls on his hands and knees to scrutinise a shrimp tail discarded on the pavement.

Published on Monday 3 June 2013

Annecy invites Flemish animators

Robbe Vervaeke’s animated short Norman has been selected for Official Competition at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival (10-15 June). Also competing are television series Picnic With Cake, a Flemish co-production, and several shorts co-produced with Flanders. Pieter Coudyzer’s The Wake is presented out of competition. The Annecy Film Fest is globally considered the number one festival when it comes to animation.

Robbe Vervaeke's NormanCompeting in the Short Film category, Robbe Vervaeke’s animated short is in the running for up to six awards, including the Audience Award, the Special Jury Award and the Annecy Cristal.

Published on Friday 29 March 2013

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Director Robbe Vervaeke
Producers Leen Derveaux, Barend Weyens
Writers Robbe Vervaeke

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