Death of a shadow

Mort d'une ombre

A film by Tom Van Avermaet

Narrative Short Film  / 20 min / 2013

Stuck in a dark limbo between life and death, a deceased soldier Nathan Rijckx collects shadows of dying men and women to buy back his own second chance at life. Obsessed by a girl he met the moment before he died, the thought of seeing his beloved again drives the soldier to regain access to the world of the living. But when he discovers that she’s already in love with someone else, jealousy clouds his mind and pushes him toward a bitter decision, a decision not without its consequences…

Cast  Matthias Schoenaerts  –  Linda Verlinden – Benjamin Ramon  – Peter Van Den Eede

A film written and directed by Tom Van Avermaet  /  Produced by Isabelle Mathy and Delphine Schmit  /  Camera Stijn Van der Veken  /  Sound Christian Monheim /  Set designer Erwan Le Floc’h  /  Editing Dieter Diependale  /  Sound editing and Mix Yves De Mey  /  Original Sound-track Raf Keunen / Special Effects Marc Umé (Digital Graphics)

Production : with the support of the Champagne-Ardenne Region and in partnership with the Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée

Co-production with Serendipity Films (Belgium), Ellen De Waele

Broadcasted on Canal + in 2013

Oscars and European Film Awards Nominee

Selected in 72 festivals and winner of 23 prizes :

Festival Du Film Merveilleux & Imaginaire – France – Prix Spécial du Jury

LA Shorts Fest (Los Angeles, USA) – Meilleur film du festival 

Valladolid International Film Festival (Espagne) – Meilleur court européen

3ème Samain Du Cinéma Fantastique – Nice – France – Prix du public

Boston Science Fiction Film Festival      USA – Short Film, Best Of Fest

Les 24 Courts – Festival de Court-Métrages – Le Mans – France – Grand Prix – International Competition

Festival International Du Film Fantastique De Gerardmer – France – Grand Prix – Best Short Film

Irvine International Film Festival – USA – Best Cinematography (DOP : Stijn Van Der Veken)

Cryptshow Festival Spain – Best Photography

Dragon Con Independent Film Festival – USA – Dark Fantasy: First Place Best Short Film

Hollyshorts Film Festival – USA – Special Jury Prize

Cryptshow Festival Spain – Best Photography

Nocturna – Madrid International Fantastic Film Festival – Spain – Best International Short Film

Asterfest – International Short Film Festival – Macedonia – Special Jury Prize – Golden Projector

Transilvania International Film Festival – Romania – Best Film In Shadow Shorts Competition

Rincon International Film Festival – Puerto Rico – Director’s Choice Award For Best Overall Short

Fargo Film Festival, USA, Best Narrative Short Best In Show: Best Director (Tom Van Avermaet)

Festival de Leeds – Méliès d’argent et Prix du Public

Festival de Sapporo au Japon – Grand prix et prix de la photographie

Fantastic Film Festival, Lund, Suède – Fantastic Film Festival – Prix du meilleur court métrage

ShortShorts Film Festival Mexico – Meilleur court métrage

International Short Film Festival Leuven Belgium – Audience Award For Best Flemish Short Film

Honorable Mention : Jury Prize For Best Flemish Short

Cinemadamare Film Festival – Italy – Semi-Finalist

Portland International Film Festival       USA – Audience Award For Best Short Film : Third Place

Corto Café – International Summer Festival Italy – Special Mention For Photography & Special Effects

Imaginaria Film Festival – Italy – Special Mention

Filmfestival Oostende, Belgium, Nominated For Ensor For Best Flemish Short Film Of The Year

Festival le Court en dit long, Paris

Nederlands Film Festival (Pays-Bas)

Festival international du film de Gand (Belgique)

St. Louis International Film Festival (USA)

Paris International Fantastic Film Festival (France)

Festival Du Film Court De Villeurbanne (France)

13ème Sleepwalkers Student & Short Film Festival (Black Night) (Estonie)

Festival International du Film d’Aubagne

Festival de Bruxelles

Festival international de Cleveland

Festival Go Short à Nimègue aux Pays Bas

Flickerfest à Sydney en Australie

Festival international du film d’amour de Mons, Belgique

Festival international du court métrage de Séoul, Corée du Sud

Cortópolis – Festival Internacional De Cortometrajes De Madrid

Festival International du film de Troia

Omaha film festival, Etats-Unis

Bermuda International film festival

Bilbao Fantasy film festival, Espagne

Big Sur International Short Film screening series

Fanta Festival, Rome

Uruguay Festival Internacinal de cortometrajes

Trieste Maremetraggio International Short Film Festival

Mikrofilm short film festival, Plentzia, Italie

Fantasia International Film Festival, Montréal, Canada

Anonimul Independent International Film Festival, Bucarest, Roumanie

Breckenridge Film Festival

Naoussa International Film Festival

Tacoma Film Festival

Sedicicorto International Film Festival

Baghdad International Film Festival

International Short Film Festival Of Cyprus

Festival de cine de Pamplona

Kaohsiung Film Festival

Festival Internacional de jovenes realizadores

2 Annas Riga International Film Festival

Film Fest Gent

Fantaspoa – International Fantastic Film Festival Of Porto Alegre

Leiden International Short Film Experience

Sleepwalkers Student And Short Film Festival

Kansas City Film Fest

Newport Beach Film Festival

Film Festival Oostende

Jameson Cinefest-Miskolc International Film Festival