Reflection (for self-concious kids)

'Reflection' is a 4-minute short film about getting into through self-loathing and coming out the other end. An inner journey in the form of a rough snowstorm, with lush gouache strokes and wild ink lines.


Mirrors cover every inch of Fiep's little house. As she stares at her own reflection, Fiep focuses on her flaws so intensely that they literally grow gigantic... and turns her into some kind of mutation of all her imperfections. Overwhelmed with this sight of herself, Fiep fights her way through the door, into the ferocious winter landscape that surrounds her home - running away as far as possible...


English title: Reflection
Original title: Spiegeling
Running time: 4 minutes (00:04:04)
Release date: October 2021
Country: the Netherlands
Technique: 2D hand-drawn animation
Target audience: kids 5-11
Genre: drama
Dialogue: none
Category: debut short film



Sanna de Vries creates emotional animation with vivid characters and analogue backgrounds. Her graduation short 'Huilbui' won her the 2019 Wildcard, the Netherlands' main animation talent prize.


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Director: Sanna de Vries
Producer: Tünde Vollenbroek
Creative consultants: Bouwine Pool, Joanna Quinn
Creative producers: Tünde Vollenbroek, Dario van Vree
Script, storyboard: Sanna de Vries
Backgrounds: Iris van Hassel, Sanna de Vries
Colorboard: Janneke Ipenburg
Animation: Sanna de Vries, Damiët Anijs
Coloring: Ming Stotijn
Editing: Diede van Vree, Dario van Vree
Music: Nik Phelps
Sound design: Maria Kramer
Sound studio: Posta
Voice acting: Susanne Edam
Special thanks: Peter de Vries, Ger Dommerholt, Erik van Drunen, Mirjam Bal, Eva Roolker, Anna Eijsbouts, Aisha Madu, Marlyn Spaaij, Niamh Jones, Tom Oudheusden, Roloff de Jeu, Ursula van den Heuvel

festival selections

Animage Festival 2022
KUKI Kinder Festival 2022
El Meu Primer Festival 2022
Chicago Children's Festival 2022
Filem'on Festival 2022
Nederlands Film Festival 2022
Linoleum Festival 2022
Turku Festival 2022
Indy Shorts Festival 2022
Busan Kids Festival 2022
Hongerige Wolf Festival 2022
Europe on Screen Festival 2022
Animafest Zagreb 2022
Très Court Festival 2022
Framed Festival 2022
Zlín Children's Festival 2022
Cannes Short Film Corner 2022
Go Short Festival 2022
Music & Cinema Festival Marseille 2022
Frauen Film Festival 2022
Kaboom Festival 2022
Cinemagic Festival 2022
Seattle Children's Festival 2022
FluXus Festival 2022
IndieJúnior Festival 2022
Shortcutz Amsterdam 2021
Cinekid Festival 2021

concept art