Ajyal Film Festival 2024

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Ajyal Competition

Marlies van der Wel / Short Narrative / Netherlands / 2016 / 2 min / Colour / DCP
In No Dialogue
Interests: Animation, Drama


A short but endearing story about making new friends and finding acceptance, as a little bird name Sabaku goes in search of a new place to call home. He tries to connect with different species, however soon finds out that it isn’t as easy as it seems. Our little hero is in for a bumpy ride, but being the impossibly adorable character he is, he won’t rest until he succeeds.

About the Directors

Marlies van der Wel is a Dutch animator and illustrator whose short films have been recognised internationally at festivals such as Berlinale, Toronto Film Festival and Sundance. Addressing big themes in small packages, Marlies is known for using simple images and words to tell stories that are emotional, universal and light-hearted.


Marlies van der Wel
Ruben Picavet, Marlies van der Wel
Gijs Kerbosch, Roel Oude Nijhuis, Gijs Determeijer
Flip van der Kuil
Sjam Sjamsoedin
Sales Company
SND Films, Sydney Neter
Production Company
Halal Pictures
Bob Kommer Studio’s

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