EN - Sailors kill time under a blistering sun, awaiting a sign of their prey. A young mind turns inwards as it traces the wood grain. After bloodshed, a strong arm offers a moment of shelter. A boy gets his first tattoo. Spermaceti evokes the transitional space-time of a young man who finds himself on the threshold of an initiation. As we fluctuate between the underwater and the above, boundaries become fluid.

NL - Een bende matrozen doodt de tijd in een brandende zon terwijl ze wachten op een teken van hun prooi. Na het bloedvergieten biedt een sterke arm een moment van troost. Een jongen krijgt zijn eerste tatoeage. Spermaceti verbeeldt een ruimte en tijd van overgang, met een jongen op de drempel van een initiatie. Wanneer we onderwater gaan, worden tegenstellingen ambigu.


Title Spermaceti
Original title Spermaceti
Original language No dialogues
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Shorts , Animation
Genre Coming of age
Year 2018


Photography Jacky De Groen
Sound Jef Aerts
Art director Jacky De Groen
Music Craig Sutherland
Associate producer Barend Weyens

Technical specs

Running time film 11'35''
Release format DCP
Other available formats ProRes 4444 / 422 HD 1080p
Aspect ratio 16:9
Sound format 5.1 Surround / Stereo
Colour Colour
Available in 2D


Supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF)


2019: Brussels International Animation Festival Anima (BE); Animafest Zagreb (HR); Animation Now! - New Zealand International Film Festival (NZ); Animation Nights New York (US); Anim'est - Bucharest International Animation Film Festival (RO); Ars Independent Festival (PL); Athens Animfest (GR); Australian International Animation Festival (AU); Brussels Short Film Festival (BE); Dumbo Film Festival (US); European Animated Film Festival BALKANIMA (RS); Fantoche International Animation Film Festival (CH); Festival Premiers Plan D'Angers (FR); FilmFest Dresden - International Short Film Festival (DE); KROK International Animated Film Festival (RU); La Guarimba International Film Festival (IT); Lago Film Fest - International Festival of Independent Cinema (IT); MECAL Pro - Barcelona International Short & Animation Festival (ES); Melbourne International Animation Festival (AUS); Moscow Shorts (RU); Prime The Animation! New Talent International Festival (ES); Sound and Vision International Film & Technology Festival (US); Vancouver Queer Film Festival (CA)

2018: Adelaide Film Festival (AUS); Aguilar de Campoo International Short Film Festival (ES); International Short Film Festival Leuven (BE); London International Animation Festival (UK); PÖFF Shorts (EE); Thessaloniki Animation Festival (GR)


2019: Semi-finalist Honorable Mention - Columbus International Film and Animation Festival (US); Best Animation Certificate of Excellence - Dumbo Film Festival (US); Semi-finalist Honorable Mention - Monterrey International Film Festival (MX); Best Animated Short Nomination - Palm Springs International ShortFest (US); Best Animated Short - SHORT to the Point International Short Film Festival (RO); Best Experimental Film Nominee - TOFUZI International Animated Film Festival (GE)

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Last edited by Cinnamon Entertainment on 1 October 2019

Short info

Director Jacky De Groen
Producers Barend Weyens, Sarah D'hanens
Writers Jacky De Groen

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