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.

CafardCafard starts in 1914. While Jean Mordant is away winning the title of Wrestling Champion of the World in Buenos Aires, his daughter Mimi is raped by German soldiers in Ostend. Determined to avenge this crime, Jean enrols in the prestigious ACM (Armoured Car Division) and embarks on a dramatic journey that will ultimately take him right round the world.

The 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.

The Short Film line-up also includes several co-productions with Flanders. Ticking Away, directed by Michael Sewnarain, is the story of a dedicated clockmaker who receives a strange watch to repair; it is co-produced by Willem Thijssen for CinéTé.

Robin Noorda and Bethany de Forest’s Red-End and the Factory Plant’s main character is Redback, who collects red peppers in the wild but soon realises that nature is full of dangers. Made in stop-motion animation, the film is co-produced by Beast Animation, which is also the co-producer of Under the Apple Tree. The main characters in this darkly comic horror film directed by Erik Van Schaaik are two argumentative brothers and two worms who live in an apple.

Finally, the Short Film Competition also includes Mr Sand, a Danish-Flemish animated documentary directed by Soetkin Verstegen, who previously worked as a puppeteer and animator on projects for Flemish production houses including Beast Animation, Czar and Caviar.

All of the above films with the exception of Mr Sand received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz. Cafard was also backed by the Screen Flanders economic fund, under the aegis of Flemish Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Cultural Affairs Minister Gatz.

Published on Tuesday 16 February 2016

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