Belgium, France, The Netherlands


The Chinese restaurant is empty. The exotic bird’s cage stands wide open. Two friends, Jason and Kevin, see this as an opportunity to catch and sell them. Catching the birds ain’t as simple as it seems.

Director's Biography

Nicolas Keppens (Aalst, 1989) graduated in 2012 at KASK / School of Arts Ghent with the short animation film SUPERSTARS. After his animation studies at KASK he studied at the film academy of Luca School of Arts in Brussels. Apart from his own projects, Nicolas works as production manager for Studio Hans Op de Beeck, where he is responsible for the production, animation and editing of different projects, e.g. NIGHT TIME (Biënnale Venice), STAGING SILENCE (3). In 2017, he co-directed and wrote the animation short WILDEBEEST, which was screened on many international festivals, such as Fantoche, Anifest, Encounters, Anima Mundi ... and was shortlisted for the European Film Awards.


Cast & Crew

Directed by: Nicolas Keppens

Written by: Nicolas Keppens

Produced by: Brecht Van Elslande, Emmanuel-Alain Raynal, Pierre Baussaron, Joost van den Bosch, Erik Verkerk

Editing: Nicolas Keppens

Original Score: Greg Scheirlinckx, Antonio Carlos Jobim

Sound: Greg Scheirlinckx

Visual Effects: Nicolas Keppens, Raf Schoenmaekers

Animation: Nicolas Keppens, Pascal Vermeersch, Camiel Hermans, Digna van der Put, Carl van Isacker, Eno Swinnen, Sacha Brauner, Laura Piette, Flore van Holderbeke, Tiemen Focke, Felix Ysenbaert

Main Cast: Victor Polster (Jason), Rik Verheye (Kevin)

Nominations and Awards

  • European Short Film 2021
  • Short Film Candidates 2021