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A film by Jan Snoekx

About the film

VOLTAIRE is a computer animated short about an insignificant weather cock living on a countryside chapel. One night he takes his chance to move to a beautiful cathedral, but unknowingly stumbles into a murder plot.

VOLTAIRE was written, designed and directed by Jan Snoekx.
To read more about how the project came to life and how the film was made, follow the blog.

Genre: Thriller / Comedy
Duration: 12 minutes
Technique: 3D computer animation
Format: HD, stereo
Language: No dialogue

Produced by Walking The Dog.
Co-produced by seriousfilm, XiOLA.
With the support of Flemish Audiovisual Fund (VAF)
and the Dutch Film Fund (NFF).

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Reception

The film was very well received worldwide. It won first prize at major film festivals and was selected for the Academy Awards in 2017.
Festival juries have praised the film for the storytelling and impressive visuals.

“A perfect story – without words – about ambition and perseverance and how you don’t have to be a classic hero to claim your place in the world.”

Sofie Rycken, kortfilm.be

Official festival selections & awards

Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia
Spain

London International Animation Festival
UK

New York International Children’s Film Festival
USA

Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival
France

Brussels Film Festival
Belgium

Heart of Gold International Short Film Festival
Australia

Cinekid Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Festival Enmut Barcelona
Spain

Leuven Kortfilm Festival
Belgium

Shortz Film Festival
Serbia

Anima Brussel
Belgium

Offscreen Film Festival
Belgium

“MAUVAIS GENRE” International Film Festival
France

MOTELX – Lisbon International Horror Film Festival
Portugal

Snit International Short Film Festival Bangkok | Bern | Buenos Aires | Cairo |Cape Town | Hong Kong | Moscow | San José | New York

Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival (BIFFF)
Belgium

Internationales Trickfilm Festival Stuttgart
Germany

Filmkunstfest Melkenburg-Vorpommern
Germany

Snake Alley Festival of Film
USA

Neum Animated Film Festival
Bosnia-Herzegovina

Cultuurzomer Tongeren
Belgium

ShorTS – International Film Festival
Italy

ShortsUP: Long Night of Short Films
Romania

Capalbio International Film Festival
Italy

Cartoon Club Rimini
Italy

Insomnia Festival Moscow
Russia

Festival Hongerige Wolf
The Netherlands

Supertoon Festival
Croatia

Little Big Shots
Australia

Hiroshima 2016
Japan

Ars Electronica Animation Festival
Austria

Brazil’s Kids Film Festival
Brazil

Shnit International Shortfilmfestival
Switzerland

Festival du premier court-métrage de Pontault-Combault
France

Tri-Cities International Film Festival
USA

International Festival of Film Producers Regiofun
Poland

Lund Fantastisk Filmfestival
Sweden

Anima Mundi
Brazil

Tindirindis
Lithuania

Bogoshorts – Bogotá Short Film Festival
Colombia

Tehran International Animation Festival
Iran

BOGOSHORTS Movement
Colombia

VAFI – International Children and Youth Animation Film Festival
Croatia


   

About the visual style

The film is a clever combination of 3D computer animation, large format photography and matte paintings projected onto 3D geometry.
The visual mood, the character designs and 3D rendering were inspired by the works of Alfred Hitchcock, Jim Henson and Caspar David Friedrich.

“The animation – a combination of 3D, matte painting and photography – is world class.”

Sofie Rycken, kortfilm.be

Blog

Research on genre: thriller and horror stories.

Pinning down the genre for a story or film can give a solid reference frame for story writing problems. Instead of trying to force a story, I turned to genre. I always liked horror and suspense films, so a started doing some research…

Step 1: writing a film

This blog entry is part of the process of making an independent animated film and losing your sanity along the way. The mistakes I made and what I learned from it. So I started writing my film. Ideas came quickly and were great. As long as I didn’t let anyone else read my first draftMeer lezen over “Step 1: writing a film”