Reflection (for self-concious kids)

'Reflection' is a 5-minute short film on going through self-loathing and coming out the other end. This inner journey takes the shape of a rough winterscape, made out of analogue painting techniques.

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Isolated from the outside world by a raging blizzard, a ten-year-old girl is completely reliant on her reflection for company, who's all but kind to her. In a struggle to get out of her reflection's constant grip of unapproval, the girl tries to shift her focus to the outside world. But the more she does that, the uglier and meaner her reflection becomes, and the more the little girl hides behind her hair. To break away, she'll have to battle through the storm.


English title: Reflection (working title)
Original title: Spiegeling (working title)
Running time: 5 minutes
Release date: est. 2021
Country: the Netherlands
Technique: 2D computer animation
Target audience: kids
Genre: drama
Dialogue: none
Category: debut short film
Status: in development



Director: Sanna de Vries
Producer: T√ľnde Vollenbroek
Creative consultant: Bouwine Pool
Creative producer: Dario van Vree
Script, storyboard, design, animation: Sanna de Vries
Special thanks: Erik van Drunen, Mirjam Bal, Emma Branderhorst, Bas Hordijk, Hannah van Tassel

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