EN - Leo, an 11-year-old, is seriously ill in hospital. But he has the ability to leave his body at will and can fly and pass through walls like a phantom, invisible to all. Thanks to him, an injured police officer and an intrepid journalist will assume the roles of guardian angels when a disfigured gangster is threatening the city.

FR - Leo, un garçon de 11 ans, est enfermé dans un hôpital. En tant que patient gravement malade, Leo a la capacité de quitter son corps comme bon lui semble. Le garçon peut voler et traverser les murs tel un fantôme, invisible de tous. Grâce à lui, un officier de police blessé et un journaliste intrépide peuvent endosser le rôle d’anges gardiens alors qu’un gangster défiguré menace la ville.


Title Phantom Boy
Original title Phantom Boy
Status Completed
Production Minority Flemish
Category Animation
Year 2014


Technical specs

Running time film 78'
Aspect ratio 16/9
Colour Colour
Available in 2D



2015: Film Fest Ghent (BE)

Three from Flanders in competition in Gijón

BlackThe Ardennes and Cafard will be in official competition at the Gijón International Film Festival in Spain (20-28 November). The short film section additionally includes Copain by Jan and Raf Roosens, while Zurich and Phantom Boy, two co-productions with Flanders, have also been selected.

BlackBlack, the second feature by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah after their debut Image, competes in the festival’s official competition. It is a modern Brussels-based gang story about 15-year-old Mavela who falls in love with Marwan, a boy from a rival youth gang. The Caviar-produced film has won the Discovery Award in Toronto and the Audience Award at the Film Fest Ghent.

Published on Monday 9 November 2015

Good start for Ghent Film Fest

Robin Pront's feature debut The Ardennes is the opening attraction at the 42nd Film Fest Ghent (13-24 October). The film, receiving its European première, is just one of the many indigenous titles Belgium's oldest and largest festival has in its programme this year. There are in total five Flemish features, one TV series, a dozen shorts, and two co-productions with Flanders.

The ArdennesOpening the Fest is The Ardennes starring Veerle Baetens (The Broken Circle Breakdown), Kevin Janssens and Jeroen Perceval, with the latter also co-writing the script with director Robin Pront. The film has already attracted attention at this year's Toronto International Film Festival where it had its world premiere and was picked up by distributors in such key territories as France (Diaphana) and Italy (Satine). Producer is Bart van Langendonck for Savage Film, the company behind Oscar-nominated Bullhead. International sales are handled by Montreal-based Attraction Distribution.

Published on Tuesday 13 October 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

Lumiere adds Offline to sales slate

Lumière has added Peter Monsaert's debut feature Offline to its international sales line-up. Offline is the second title confirmed for the Benelux distributor's brand new world sales arm. At Cartoon Movie in Lyon, Lumière VP Annemie Degryse announced that international rights to the animated Phantom Boy would also be sold by the new sales agency.

offline lumiereStarring Wim Willaert and Anemone Valcke, Offline tells the story of Rudy, who after a seven-year prison sentence, returns to society. He has set himself two clear objectives: get back to work as a repairman, and – more importantly – become reconciled with the family he had left behind. But just when a reunion eventually comes within sight, the past gets the upper hand again, and Rudy has to take the toughest decision of his life. DOP is Ruben Impens while Alain Dessauvage is responsible for the editing. A theatrical release is set for this fall. Lumière's subsidiary Lunanime produced the film.

Published on Friday 9 March 2012

Lumière launches international sales division

Ghent-based distributor Lumière is to launch an international sales division that will also operate under the Lumiere banner. A first title that the company is to sell internationally will be the animated Phantom Boy by the team responsible for the Oscar nominated A Cat In Paris. The news was announced by Lumière's vice president Annemie Degryse at Cartoon Movie in Lyon (7-9 March).

lumiereThe first in the new division's sales catalogue is Phantom Boy, the new animated feature by Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli, the directors team behind the Oscar nominated A Cat in Paris. Their new film will be co-produced by Lumiere’s production branch Lunanime. Phantom Boy is about an 11-year-old boy in a hospital who can fly over the city and pass through walls like a phantom, using his powers to help a wheelchair-bound police officer hunt down a mob kingpin. The film will be made as a mix of traditional 2D animation on paper and computer painting.

Published on Friday 9 March 2012

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Director Jean-Loup Felicioli, Alain Gagnol
Producers Annemie Degryse
Writers Alain Gagnol

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