EN - Paradise is the story of people heading for a better place on either side of the ocean. Although at times their paths do cross, they never really seem to meet.

NL - Op zoek naar de beste plek op aarde steken mensen de oceaan over. Hoewel hun paden kruisen, lijken ze elkaar nooit te ontmoeten.

FR - Des hommes des deux côtés de l’océan sont en route à la recherche du meilleur endroit au monde. Pendant leur voyages ils se croisent, sans jamais se rencontrer.


Title Paradise
Original title Het paradijs
Original language no dialogues
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Shorts , Animation
Genre socially critical voyage and return
Year 2014
World première / first public presentation 2014-09-04


Cast (voice cast) Nico Sturm, Liesje De Backer, Thomas Bellinck, Jerom Sturm, Rocky Sturm
Photography Johanna Vanhaecke, Laura Vandewynckel
Editing Robin De Praetere
Sound Lode Wellens, Pedro Van der Eecken
Art director Laura Vandewynckel
Music Lebanese Dabke

Technical specs

Running time film 5'40"
Release format DCP
Other available formats HD digital .mov-file 1920:1080
Aspect ratio 2.39:1 scope or 16:9 letterbox
Sound format LCR surround
Colour Colour
Available in 2D



2015: Cinefondation - Festival de Cannes (FR); Anima Brussels (BE); Holland Animation Film Festival (NL); Skepto International Film Festival (IT): Toronto International Film Festival (CA)

2014: Film Fest Ghent (BE); International Short Film Festival Leuven (BE)


2014: VAF Wildcard for Animation (BE)

N – The Madness of Reason, Waste Land main winners at the Ensors

Pieter Van Hees’s crime thriller Waste Land and Peter Krüger’s poetic docu-drama N – The Madness of Reason were the main winners at this year’s Ensors, the awards celebrating Belgian cinema from Flanders, taking home four and three Ensors respectively.

N - The Madness of ReasonWaste Land won Best Script, Best Supporting Actor (Peter Van den Begin) and Best Supporting Actress (Babetida Sadjo). Waste Land’s success was not a huge surprise, as the film also had the highest number of nominations. But it was the docu-drama N: The Madness of Reason that grabbed the top honour: Best Film.

Published on Sunday 20 September 2015

Short and Documentary Ensor nominations announced

Before the Last Curtain Falls, Twilight of a Life and Waiting for August are nominated for this year's Best Documentary Ensor Award. Nominations in the Best Short category went to Homeful Bliss, L'infini, The Pond, Oma, Paradise and Mechanical Waltz. The winners will be announced on at a gala closing the Ostend Film Festival on 19 September.

Trailer Twilight of a LifeBefore the Last Curtain Falls (Gardenia), Thomas Wallner portrays a group of ageing drag artists who set out, one last time, to relive their once glamorous lives by touring their play ‘Gardenia’ around Europe and Southeast Asia. Sylvain Biegeleisen's Twilight of a Life follows the final week's of his 94-year-old mother's life. It's a film about life, full of humour and emotion… In Waiting For August, Teodora Ana Mihai follows 15-year-old Georgiana Halmac who lives with her six siblings in a social housing block on the outskirts of Bacau, Romania. While their mother is away earning a living in Italy, Georgiana is catapulted into the role of head of the family and finds her adolescence cut brutally short.

Published on Monday 31 August 2015

Toronto adds The Ardennes and Black to its line-up

Robin Pront’s feature debut The Ardennes and Adil El Arbi & Bilall Fallah’s second feature Black are to receive their world premieres as part of the ‘Discovery’ strand at this year’s 40th Toronto International Film Festival (10-20 September). The animated short Paradise as well as five co-productions with Flanders also made it into the final selection. Finally there’s also the omni-presence of Flemish heartthrob Matthias Schoenaerts.

Toronto International Film Fest (TIFF)The Ardennes (D’Ardennen) is Robin Pront’s feature debut, starring Jeroen Perceval (Borgman, Bullhead), Kevin Janssens (Storm Force) and Veerle Baetens (The Broken Circle Breakdown). It’s the story of two brothers. When a brutal robbery goes hopelessly wrong, Dave manages to run off leaving his brother Kenneth behind. Four years later, his brother is released from prison and much has changed. Dave has his life back on track and is trying to help Kenneth wherever possible, but is witnessing how his highly-strung brother tries to win back his ex-girlfriend Sylvie. After Toronto the film is also set to open the Film Fest Ghent in October.

Published on Thursday 20 August 2015

Flemish shorts duo head for Cannes

Buddy (Copain), the new short film by Jan and Raf Roosens, has been selected for the Official Competition of the Cannes Film Festival (13-24 May). Paradise, an animated short film by Laura Vandewynckel, has also been invited to join the Cinéfondation programme of the Festival.

BuddyThe Roosens brothers’ 15-minute short Buddy follows Fré, a teenager trapped between his conservative, wealthy family and his working-class friends. He manages to keep both worlds separate - until he falls in love.

Published on Monday 20 April 2015

Flanders Audiovisual Fund hands out grants to six young filmmakers

The Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF) has announced this year’s Wildcard winners: six promising young filmmakers who will each receive a grant of between €25,000 and €60,000 to develop their first professional film. Raphaël Crombez and Miwako Van Weyenberg were winners in the fiction section, with Ruben Desiere and Kwinten Gernay each receiving a documentary Wildcard. The animation grant went to Laura Vandewynckel, with Christina Stuhlberger getting the Wildcard in the filmlab section.

KosmosSince it was introduced in 2005, the Fund’s competition has established itself as Belgium’s prime awards programme when it comes to launching new talent. Six grants are handed out: three worth €60,000 go to one animation project and two fiction shorts; the two documentary winners each get €40,000; and the Wildcard in the filmlab section comes with a prize of €25,000.

Published on Thursday 4 December 2014

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