Collecting grasshoppers on a spring afternoon. Watching a butterfly while imagining its previous lives. The sounds of summer as you’re tucked cozily into bed… Forever a Kid is a short animation film about childhood memories. The film consists of a mix of personal memories told by different people from different walks of life. It takes you on a journey through these short stories that altogether tell one big story. The story of childhood. The film doesn’t just portray the fun things about childhood, but it also conveys the feelings of being small and not knowing much yet. 
Screenings:
Golden Short Film Festival - Italy 2021
Lima Web Fest - Peru 2021
CLIT – Cinema em Locais Inusitados e Temporários - Portugal 2021
*/ 17th Athens Digital Arts Festival - Greece 2021
Cinekid ScreeningClub - The Netherlands 2021
Twente Short - Twents Festival van de Korte Film - The Netherlands 2021
KidzCINEMA - India 2021
Overijssels Film Festival - The Netherlands 2022
Rotterdams Open Doek - The Netherlands 2022
Providence Children's Film Festival - United States 2022
Bridges Festival - Canada 2022
Awards:
Silver 'Boeskoolmenneke' - Twente Short - The Netherlands 2021
Bronze Gaja Award for best Animation Short - KidzCINEMA - India 2021
Gold Child Jury Special Award - KidzCINEMA - India 2021
In the film these different memories are portrayed by many different animation techniques. These memories are illustrated through the use of analog materials, such as crayon, watercolor, pencil and charcoal, in combination with digital techniques like animation in Tvpaint but also 3D applications in Blender. Through this mix of materials and techniques I wanted to convey the free imagination of a child.
The film is accompanied by music composed by Fons Beijer, and sound design by Jesse Hendriks. Both students from HKU Music & Technology.
Stills from the film:
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