Death of a shadow (Dood Van Een Schaduw)

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About the film

Soldier Nathan Rijckx died during World War I. A strange collector imprisoned his shadow and gave him a new chance: a second life against 10,000 captured shadows. It is love that guides him, as his purpose is to meet Sarah again, the woman he fell in love with before he died. But when he discovers that she’s already in love with someone else, jealousy clouds his mind and pushes him towards a bitter decision, a decision not without consequences …

death-of-a-shadow posterFrom Belgium /France
20 min

Valladolid International Film Festival Nominee 2013

 Tom Van Avermaet
Screenwriter: Tom Van Avermaet
Producer: Ellen De Waele
Director of Photography: Stijn Van Der Veken
Editor: Dieter Diependaele
Original Score: Raf Keunen
Sound Design: Yves De Mey
Main Cast: Matthias Schoenaerts, Peter Van den Eeden, Laura Verlinden, Benjamin Ramon


About Tom Van Avermaet

Enchanted from an early age by the celluloid dreamscape of film, Tom Van Avermaet (born 1982) always aspired to be an
audio-visual storyteller. Inspiration was found in the great surrealists of cinematic past & present, as in a love for the fantastic and imaginative. DEATH OF A SHADOW is his first professional short after the thesis film DREAMTIME (2006).

Q&A with the director

Tom Van AvermaetHow long did it take to make your short? Was it difficult to get financing?

It took five years in total from start to finish to make the film. I was lucky enough to win something called a “wild card”, a subsidy granted to two fiction student filmmakers each year by the Flanders Audiovisual Fund, to make a new project. Unfortunately this wasn’t enough to make the movie, so we had to go look for extra funding, which was quite hard. Finally we got a co-production deal with the region ‘Champagne-Ardennes’ in France and some help from a company namedIntraco via the Belgian Tax Shelter system for film.

Which thoughts come to mind concerning a “European cinema community”?

Even with the very different kinds of films made in Europe, I do think that we take our history and culture very serious in the movies and the fact that we have such amazing locations and settings all over Europe makes that community all the more strong. I also believe that cinema has the great strength to unite different filmmakers from different countries, of which EFA is a great example as well.

If you owned a theatre for one night, which fims would you screen?

I would screen a lot of the works by Stanley Kubrick and films like OLDBOY, BRAZIL, ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND, PAN’S LABYRINTH, MEMENTO, REQUIEM FOR A DREAM… the list is almost endless, so I’d need a year to show all the films I love!

What is your next project?

My next project will be my first feature film, I’m still pursuing different options, stories and ideas, hopefully I’ll have a film in production phase next year.


2013 Oscar-nominated live-action shorts

La Shorts Fest / Won Best Of Fest (Oscar Qualifier)

Seminci Valladolid Film Festival  / Won Best European Short/European Film Award Nom

Samain Du Cinéma Fantastique de Nice / Won Audience Award

International Short Film Festival Leuven / Won Audience Award for Best Flemish Short / Special Mention of the jury

Irvine International Film Festival  / Won Best Cinematograpy (for cinematographer Stijn Van Der Veken)

Fargo Film Festival  / Won Best Narrative Short

On the web

European Film Awards


Flanders Image

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Film contacts:

Serendipity Films
Edmond Blockstraat 9
9050 Ghent
tel: +32 485 70 23 81



Screening at Kingbonn International Short Film Festival 2014 (09-17 May), in Shenzhen, China



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