Ajyal Film Festival 2023

All Films

Yim & Yoyo

Mohaq - ages 8+

Anna van Keimpema / Short Narrative / Netherlands, The / 2012 / 25 min / Colour / DCP
In Chinese, Dutch / Arabic, English subtitles
Interests: Friendship
Gulf Premiere


In Competition

Yim suffers from speech anxiety. He has no friends at school and spends most of the time alone – but at home, he lives out wild adventures with his imaginary friend Yoyo, the panda bear he has been drawing for years. When Yim befriends a kind girl who has just moved to town, Yoyo helps them face their fears. Mixing live-action and hand-drawn animation to poetic effect, ‘Yim & Yoyo’ is a candid hymn to the power of imagination.

Official Film Website

About the Directors

Born in Amsterdam, Anna van Keimpema graduated from Netherlands Film and Television Academy in 2010. She has recently developed and shot a pilot for a children’s television series, and assists fellow directors Marc de Cloe and Antoinette Beumer on their feature films. She is a casting director at ElskesKast, where she has cast projects including ‘Kauwboy’ (2012) (also screening at the Ayjal). ‘Yim & Yoyo’ is Anna’s first project after graduating from film school.


Anna van Keimpema
Marianne Riphagen
Ivo Noorlander
Tim Wijbenga
Dennis Braunsdorf
Lonneke Worm
Sales Company
Volt Films
Production Company
Volt Films
Jack Wong, Aiko Beemsterboer, Darryl, Stefan Rokebrand, Maarten Hutten

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