Burnout Diary (for stressed out adults)

‘I'm Perfectly Fine: Burnout Diary’ is a half hour-special and social media project about accepting your own imperfection. The project is currently being adapted from the graphic novel ‘Burn-out Dagboek’ by Dutch comic artist Maaike Hartjes and won the 2020 Trickstar Business Award.

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As a freelance illustrator and perfectionist, Maya’s life is fun fun fun, but also busy busy busy. She perfectly pulls through her work assignments and social activities, thanks to a supportive ‘inner voice’ whom she affectionately calls her ‘Little Motivator’. But when Maya suddenly gets a full-on panic attack and has to slow down for a while, her deepest fear becomes reality: she can no longer be perfect... Maya and her Little Motivator set out to get her back on track ASAP, while struggling to accept that ‘good enough’ might just really be good enough.


English title: I'm Perfectly Fine: Burnout Diary
Original title: Burn-out Dagboek
Running time: 30 minutes
Release date: 2023
Country: the Netherlands
Technique: 2D computer animation
Target audience: adults
Genre: dramedy
Dialogue: English
Category: short film
Status: in post-production

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Director: Dario van Vree
Producers: Tünde Vollenbroek (Studio Pupil), Veerle Appelmans & Viviane Vanfleteren (Vivi Film), Janneke van de Kerkhof & Bruno Felix (Submarine Animation)
Art director: Maaike Hartjes
Script writers: Eveline Hagenbeek, Dario van Vree
Script consultant: Jacqueline Epskamp
Line producers: Tünde Vollenbroek, Veerle Appelmans, Janneke van de Kerkhof
Production managers: Eeke Beuger, Wim Tilkin, Steffi Exelmans, Daan van den Eeden
HR: Tünde Vollenbroek, Liesbeth Stas
Technical directors: Stin Calis, Daan van den Eeden, Bart Maalderink
Budget managers: Tünde Vollenbroek, Janneke van de Kerkhof, Daan van den Eeden
I/O: Marie Claeys, Ian Oosterlinck
System administrator: Kevin Chi Yan Tang, Alexander Keisse
Director's assistant: Anna Liebermann
Story artists: Dario van Vree, Maaike Hartjes, Tünde Vollenbroek
Storyboard: Rudi Mertens, Dario van Vree, Jelle Brunt, Basak Kirici
Editing: Dario van Vree, Diede van Vree
Animatic: Rudi Mertens
Character posing: Ylva Ernst
Tech prep & compositing: Lieke Wouters
Production design: Maaike Hartjes, Iris van Hassel
Sound & mix: Firma Helle Willemstein
Early tests: Livia May, Balder Westein, Jing Yue Zwaan, Iris Frankhuizen, Bouwine Pool, Ylva Ernst, Anna Eijsbouts
Production advice: Chris Mouw
Special thanks: Erik van Drunen, Dorien van de Pas, Jolijn van Rees, Mirjam Bal, Bero Beyer, Peter Wassink, Aisha Madu, Daniel Bays, Ken Faier, Go Short, Laurent Crouzeix, Manuela Lumb


Dario van Vree directs animation with an eye for the weird, the incentive and the power of character performance. Previously he directed the short film 'Tabook'.


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