EN - Somewhere in a park in autumn, a boy throws a paper plane into the air. The wind swiftly carries it along while he counts how long it can fly for. But the wind drops and the plane lands in the hair of an old lady knitting. He retrieves it but she keeps an eye on him. Over four seasons, we follow a cat-and-mouse game between them.

NL - In een herfstig park gooit een jongen een papieren vliegertje op. De wind neemt het gezwind mee. Ondertussen telt de jongen hoe lang het in de lucht kan blijven. Maar de wind gaat liggen en het vliegertje landt in het haar van een breiend vrouwtje. Stiekem grist de jongen zijn vliegtuig terug, maar het vrouwtje houdt hem in de gaten. Doorheen de vier seizoenen volgen we de vlieger en het kat-en-muisspel tussen de jongen en de oude vrouw.

FR - Dans un parc en automne, un garçon fait s’envoler un cerf-volant en papier. Le vent l’emporte rapidement. Le garçon compte le temps qu’il restera dans les airs. Mais le vent s’apaise et le petit cerf-volant atterrit dans les cheveux d’une vieille femme qui tricote. Le garçon le récupère en douce mais la femme le tient à l’oeil. Au fil des quatre saisons, nous suivons le jeu du chat et de la souris entre le garçon et la vieille dame.


Title Vol au vent
Original title Vol au vent
Original language no dialogues
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Shorts , Animation
Year 2013
World première / first public presentation 2013-12-14


Music Annelies Van Parys

Technical specs

Running time film 7'1''
Release format DCP
Other available formats Blu-Ray, HDCM SR
Aspect ratio 1.85
Colour Colour
Available in 2D


Supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF)
Tax shelter partners Printscreen, BUSI, Fiscopti


2014: Anima Festival (BE), Anima Mundi (BR), International Short Film Festival Psarokokalo (GR), FEMINA - International Women's Film Festival (BR), Ottawa International Animation Festival (CA), Fantoche - International Animation Film Festival (CH), Filmfestival Oostende (BE), DOK Leipzig (DE), Bradford Animation Festival (UK), CINANIMA International Animated Film Festival (PT), Reanimania (AR), Big Cartoon Festival (RU)

Flanders’ Eight to DOK Leipzig

Elephant’s Dream, a documentary feature by Kristof Bilsen, is to have its world premiere at DOK Leipzig, the International Film Festival for Documentary and Animation Film (27 October – 2 November). Joining it in competition is Sofie Benoot with Desert Haze; three of Wendy Morris’s animation shorts have also been selected. Completing the Flemish line-up this year are the animation short films Diamond, Cash Register 9 and Vol au vent.

Elephant's DreamKristof Bilsen’s new documentary film Elephant’s Dream has been confirmed for Leipzig’s Young Cinema Competition, a collection of first, second or third documentaries. Bilsen focuses on a group of public sector workers at a railway station, a post office and the only fire station in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. Through the microcosm of these three state-owned institutions, Bilsen provides a poetic and compassionate insight into a country in transition.

Published on Wednesday 22 October 2014

Flanders shorts well represented in Psarokokalo line-up

Nine short films from Flanders take part in the international competition of the International Short Film Festival Psarokokalo in Athens, Greece. Six live-action shorts, two animation films and one documentary project made the line-up. The eighth edition of the festival runs from 10 till 16 July and presents some 120 shorts, selected out of 4,200 submissions.

Vol au ventLeonardo Van Dijl’s black-and-white short Get Ripped exposes the mental deterioration of a young man determined to transform his body. In its home territory, the film already screened at the Leuven International Short Film Festival, while it has also been confirmed for Outfest LA, which kicks off on July 10. The film is to take part in the fest’s International Male section.

Published on Tuesday 10 June 2014

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Director Isabel Bouttens
Producers Annemie Degryse
Writers Isabel Bouttens

Hof Ter Mere 28
9000 Ghent


Dries Notredame
Hof Ter Mere 28
9000 Ghent

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