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ZEEZUCHT / Jonas and the Sea

Director: Marlies van der Wel
Script: Ruben Picavet, Marlies van der Wel
Animation: Marlies van der Wel
Music: Tim van Berkenstijn
Production: Marieke Konijn – Halal Productions
Distribution: Klik!
Year: 2015
Country: Holland
Running Time: 11’30”

Professional Award Dutch animation at Holland Animation Film Festival – Grand Prix “ATHENA” at Athens Animfest – Adult Jury Award for Best Animated Short Film at TIFF Kids

Jonas has dreamed of living in the sea all his life. But it’s not possible. Or is it? Jonas and the Sea is an animated short film about a man who casts aside everything in pursuit of his dream. A dream we all share: the quest to find a place we can call home, even if it’s underwater.


Marlies van der Wel (born in 1984) is a Dutch animator and illustrator, working from her studio based in Amsterdam. Started in 2007, working on both commercial as personal projects.