EN - Fifty-something 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 confusion and sadness, he retreats into the forest. After a rough start, he finds himself under the maternal protection of a gentle hairy beast.

FR - Willy, la cinquantaine, retourne dans la communauté naturiste dans laquelle il a passé sa jeunesse pour rendre visite à sa mère qui est mourante. Lorsqu’elle décède peu de temps après son arrivée, Willy est confronté aux choix qu’il a fait dans sa vie. Dans une tristesse confuse, il s’enfuit dans la forêt. Après un départ difficile, il trouve la protection maternelle auprès d’une grosse bête poilue et gentille.


Title Oh Willy...
Original title Oh Willy...
Original language no dialogues
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Shorts , Animation
Genre magic realistic comedy
Year 2011
World première / first public presentation 2012-02-01


Photography Marc James Roels
Editing Marc James Roels
Sound Bram Meindersma
Art director Emma De Swaef
Animation Andreas De Ridder, Alice Tambellini, Steven De Beul, Emma De Swaef

Technical specs

Running time film 16' 42"
Release format DCP
Other available formats DCP / DigiBèta / HDCam / H264 / ProRes422 / dvd
Aspect ratio 16/9
Sound format Stereo
Colour Colour
Available in 2D



Holland Animation Film Festival 2012 (Grand Prix); Brussels Short Film Festival 2012 (Jury Award); Anifilm Trebon 2012 (Best Animated Short); Animafest Zagreb (Grand Prix); Animafest Zagreb (Audience Award); Open cinema St Petersburg (Best Animated Short); Lucania Film Festival Italy (Best Animation); Silhouette Festival Paris (Grand Prix); Fantoche Switzerland 2012 (Grand Prix); Animanima Serbia 2012 (Grand Prix); KROK Ukraine 2012 (Special jury Prize); Sapporo Japan 2012 (Best Animation); Drama Greece 2012 (Best Animation); Cartoon d'or 2012 (Winner); Encounters Bristol 2012 (Animated Grand Prix); Animage Pernambuco Brazil 2012 (Best Direction); Animage Pernambuco Brazil 2012 (Best Photography); Tofuzi Batumi Georgia (Best Direction); Anim'est Bucarest Romania (Grand Prix); Canterbury Anifest 2012 (Best International Short); Eberswalde Germany (Best Animation); Se-ma-for Festival Poland (Audience Award); Chicago Film Festival (Silver Hugo for Best Animated Short); Festival du Court Lille (Grand Prix); SoDak Film Festival South Dakota (Best Indie Short); Molodist Kiev (Best Short Film); Molodist Kiev (Ecumenical Jury Award); BanjaLukAnima Bosnia (Best Puppet Animation); International Animation Festival Expotoons Buenos Aires (First Prize Short Film); LIAF London (Special Jury Award); Dok Leipzig (Audience Award); GiraFest Canada (Best of Best); GiraFest Canada (Audience Award); AfiFest LA (Grand Jury Award); Animatou Geneva (Best International Short); Klik! Amsterdam (Best Animated Short); 57th Corona Cork Film Festival (Award of the Festival for Best Short Film); Cinanima Espinho (RTP2-Award); Cinanima Espinho (Best Short Film 5-20 minutes); Bradford Animation Film Festival (Best Professional Film); Animated Dreams Tallinn (Grand Prix); Filmets Badalona (Best Film); L’Alternativa Barcelona (Audience Award); Zinebi Bilbao (Cine Club Fas Award); 32e Festival International du Film d’Amiens (Grand Prix du Court Métrage d’Animation); Foyle International Film Festival Derry (Best Animation); Tirana International Film Festival 2012 (Beast Short Animation); Les Sommets du Cinema d’Animation Quebec (Grand Prize); Les Sommets du Cinema d’Animation Quebec (Audience Award); The International Stop Motion Festival of Brazil, Recife (Best Photography); The International Stop Motion Festival of Brazil, Recife (Best Art Direction); Zubroffka Poland (Grand Prix); Zubroffka Poland (1st Prize Whole Wide World); Etiuda & Anima Poland (Student Jury Award); Bruz France (Prix Emile Reynaud); Japan Media Arts Festival (New face Award); Anima Brussel (SACD Award); Anima Brussel (Prix Cinergie); Athens Animfest (Grand Prix “Athena”); SXSW Austin Texas (ANIMATED SHORTs winner); Atlanta Film Festival (Best Animated Short); Flatpack Festival Birmingham (Flatpack Audience Award); Belgrade Documentary and Short Film Festival (Golden Plaque Belgrade); Skepto International Film Festival (Best Animated Short Film); International Trickfilm Festival Stuttgart (Grand Prix); Anifest Prague (Grand Prix); Nashville Film Festival (Best Animated Short); International Animation Film Festival Golden Kuker (Best animated short film); Festival Chilemonos (First Price International Short); The International Film Festival of Animation, Visual Effects and Video Games, Animayo Las Palmas (Special Mention for Best Art Direction); Los Angeles Film Festival (Jury Award Winner for Best Animated Short); Los Angeles Film Festival (Honolulu Film Office Award for Best Animated/Experimental Short Film); Festival Internacional De Cine De Valencia Cinema Jove (Luna De Valencia Award); Melbourne International Animation Festival (Best of the Fest); Real to Reel International Film Festival, Kings Mountain (Best Profesional Animation); La Guarimba Film Festival (Best Short Animation Award); OIAF Ottawa International Animation Festival (Best Narrative); West Virginia Filmmaker Festival (Best Animation); East Asia Festival – Court Métrange (Prix public Format Court); NAFF 2014 NEUM Animated Film Festival, Neum (Grand Prix)

Fest Anca Slovakia (Special Jury Mention); Odense Denmark (Special Jury Mention); Anibar Kosovo (Special Jury Mention); Sedicicorto Italy (Special Mention); Nice Short Film Festival (Special Jury Mention); Dok Leipzig (Special Jury Mention); Brussels Cinéma Independent (Special Mention); Alcine Festival Internacional de Cine (Special Mention); International Film Festival Etiuda&Anima Krakow (Special mention); Roanne animation film festival Ciné-court animé (Special Mention)

Oh Willy... fares well at Los Angeles Film Festival

The animated short film Oh Willy... by Marc James Roels and Emma De Swaef further piles up awards, now having received the Honolulu Film Office Award for Best Animated/Experimental Short Film at the 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival (13 – 23 June). As such, the Belgian-French-Dutch co-production cashed in a $1,500 prize, adding this to its already successful award history.

Oh Willy...The 17-minute long stop motion Oh Willy... was acclaimed by the jury as ‘a truly exceptional piece of work’. In the film, fifty-something Willy returns to the nudist community where he spent his youth to visit his dying mother.

Published on Tuesday 25 June 2013

Two more for Oh Willy…

Marc James Roels and Emma De Swaef’s animated short Oh Willy… won the Grand Prize at both the International Animation Film Festival in Stuttgart (23-28 April) and the Czech Anifest in Tepliche (26 April-1May). The award in Stuttgart also comes with a €15,000 cash prize.

trailerThe creative short has stacked up the Award silverware since its premiere in 2012. Highlights in Willy’s career were the Cartoon d’Or, the highest European decoration in terms of animation which the short won in 2012, and its nomination for the French Césars in 2013.

Published on Thursday 2 May 2013

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

Oh Willy... does it again

Emma de Swaef and Marc James Roels’ short film Oh Willy… has won yet another two international awards. The stop motion short was awarded Best Animated Short at the International Animation Film Festival ‘Golden Kuker’ in Sofia, Bulgaria (7-12 May). It also won the Best International Short Award at the Chilemonos Animation Festival in Chili (8-12 May), making it the 75th recognition on the film’s slate since its world premiere at the 2012 Clermont-Ferrand film fest.

ohwillyfinewsxOnly last week Oh Willy… took home Stuttgart’s Grand Prix, while the short film can now add number 75 to its list of international awards and special mentions. Highlights in Willy’s career were the Cartoon d’Or, which the short won in 2012, and its nomination for the French Césars in 2013.

Published on Sunday 12 May 2013

Rain, The Fifth Season and Oh Willy… to LA Film Fest

Gerard-Jan Claes and Olivia Rochette’s documentary Rain will have its US premiere in the documentary competition of LA Film Fest (13 – 23 June 2013). Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth’s feature film The Fifth Season has been selected for the International Showcase in LA while the award-winning animated short film Oh Willy… by Emma de Swaef and Marc James Roels was confirmed for the short film program.

rainfinews01On 25 May 2011 the world renowned Ballet de l’Opéra National de Paris presented 'Rain', its first ever performance of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. Directors Olivia Rochette and Gerard-Jan Claes followed the rehearsal process from the auditions to the opening performance.

Published on Wednesday 8 May 2013

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Director Marc James Roels, Emma De Swaef
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Writers Marc James Roels, Emma De Swaef

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