Spellbreaker is a short painted animation (4 minutes), directed and animated by Diana van Houten and Janis Joy Epping and is accompanied and produced by Joost Ranzijn. (Zig Zag Film)

For more than ten months Diana and Janis painted arduously for their animation project at the Zig Zag Film studio, in the heart of Amsterdam. Through a numerous amount of paintings, an amicable yet horror-esque story was made..

During a three-month period we also had a great collaboration with fellow artists. Jonas Ott, Niek Pronk and Yngwie Boley worked on linetests, artwork and some of the finished shots as well.

Sponsored by the Netherlands Film Fund and Princess Investments.

Selection Film Festivals

26th Istanbul International Short Film Festival Novemer 2014, Istanbul, Turkey
28th Braunschweig International Film Festival November 2014, Braunschweig, Germany
Melbourne International Animation Festival June 2014, Melbourne, Australia
7th Fest Anca – International Animation Festival Zilina  2014, Zilina, Slovakia
Little Big Shots: Melbourne’s International Film Festival for Kids 2014, Melbourne, Australia
Boston International Children’s Festival June 2014
Shortcutz May 2014, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Silence, On Court! April 2014, Paris, France
17th Annual New York International Children’s Film Festival March, 2014, New York, USA
KLIK Amsterdam Animation Festival 6th edition November 2013, Netherlands
LIAF London International Animation Film Festival October 2013, England
Cinekid 27th Film TV and New Media Festival for Children October 2013, Amsterdam, Netherlands
10th Konstanzer Shotfilm Festival October 2013, Germany
International Young Filmmakers Festival Of Granada October 2013, Granada, Spain
Schlingel the 18th International Film Festival for Children and Young Audience 2013, Chemnitz, Germany
Nederlands Film Festival September 2013, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Milano Filmfestival September 2013, Milan, Italy
Fantoche 11th International Animation Festival September 2013, Baden, Switzerland
Anima Mundi Animation Festival 2013, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Brasil
Festroia International Film Festival 2013, Setúbal, Portugal
International Film Festival for Children and Youth 2013, Zlín, Czech Republic
Holland Animation Film Festival 2013, Utrecht, The Netherlands

Also shown

Is included in the Selected Dutch Shorts 2013 of Eye Film institute Netherlands

In the following theaters as supporting film for A long story:
De Balie Amsterdam / Ketelhuis Amsterdam / Rotterdam L/V / Utrecht t Hoogt / Filmhuis Den haag / Maastricht Lumiere / Lux- Nijmegen

As supporting film for Ernest & Celestine and Nono, het Zigzag kind in Parkfilmhuis Alphen aan den Rijn

At Art in Redlight9 Spellbreaker and the original paintings were presented in the Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam


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