EN - ‘The apple farmer and the priest. Neighbours at war. Born as brothers but since birth nevermore.’ Two quarrelling characters are oblivious to the doings of two much smaller beings, Aber and Crombie, worm-brothers living in an apple. However, the story of the humans becomes entangled with the story of the worms and things go horribly wrong. Worms get separated and reunite. People die and wake up. Rain and thunderstorms lash the cemetery. Are we talking divine intervention or basic agricultural principles? Apple cider will never taste the same again, that’s for sure!


Title Under the Apple Tree
Original title Under the Apple Tree
Original language English
Status Completed
Production Minority Flemish
Category Animation
Genre comedy
Year 2015
World première / first public presentation 2015-09-23


Cast Tim Gunther, Claire King
Photography Peter Mansfelt, Steven Frederickx
Sound Speakerfood Music & Sound, Bob Kommer Studio's
Art director Paul Mathot
Music Miguel Boelens

Technical specs

Running time film 18'30"
Release format DCP
Other available formats Blu-ray, digital file (QT ProRes)
Aspect ratio 16:9
Sound format 5.1
Colour Colour
Available in 2D


Main producer Peter Mansfelt & Paul Mathot
Main production company Pedri Animation bv
Supported by Nederlands Film Fonds, Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Provincie Gelderland, Provincie Overijssel, Gemeente Arnhem, CineCrowd crowdfunders
Production partners EVS Productions, Dutch Light Films


2015: Netherlands Film Festival (NL)


2015: Golden Calf award for Best Short Film - Netherlands Film Festival (NL)

Cafard competing in Holland

Jan Bultheel’s animated film Cafard has been selected for the International Feature Film Competition at the Holland Animation Film Festival, set to run 16-20 March in Utrecht. Four co-productions with Flanders have also been selected for the Festival’s Short Film programme.

CafardThe film is one of nine features competing in the Holland Animation Film Festival’s International Competition and marks the Dutch premiere for Cafard after festival screenings in Ostend, Busan, Montreal, Gijón and Arras. Arielle Sleutel produced for Tondo Films.

Published on Tuesday 16 February 2016

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Short info

Director Erik van Schaaik
Producers Steven De Beul, Ben Tesseur, Koen Vermaanen
Writers Erik van Schaaik

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1017 Amsterdam
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Website www.undertheappletree-movie.com/
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