Once Upon a Tree - A DOCUMENTARY FOR CHILDREN OF ALL AGES
* Winner Best Short Film at the Short Shorts Film Festival Asia 2015
* Winner Best Documentary Sharjah International Children Film Festival 2015
* Winner “Best Documentary Film Editing Award” in GZDOC 2014.
* Winner ‘Best Short Film’ award at the Planet in Focus Film Festival 2014
* ‘Once Upon a Tree’ is selected as part of the Documentary Short Subject competition of the Camerimage Film Festival which is an ACADEMY AWARD® qualifying festival for this category.
* The short film Once Upon a Tree was given an award for Artistic Merit for director Marleen van der Werf – Hamptons International Film Festival
* Winner 2nd Best Documentary Film at the Chennai International Short Film Festival.
* Winner Wildlife Vaasa Film Festival in the category ‘Children Films’!
* ‘Once Upon a Tree’ is a finalist at SXSW 2015 in the Films For the Forest challenge.
SYNOPSIS Sitting in her favourite oak tree, 11-year old Filine encounters little wonders in the natural world around her. She sees the beauty and dramas of the life in and around a tree most people are not aware of. Then, as trees fall down in the forest, Filine starts to fear that one day she will lose the special oak tree. The rebellious girl makes a plan to stop the tree chopping in the forest.
But what if nothing changes anymore?
The film premiered at IDFA 2013 and was made with support from the Dutch Mediafonds and HUMAN.
CMS International Children’s Film Festival
Children’s Film Festival Seattle 2016,
Bellingham Children’s Film Festival,
Washington for the Spokane Children’s Film Festival,
The Henry Art Gallery in Seattle,
Coastline Children’s Film Festival Benton Harbor,
Monterey Art & Film Festival for the Youth, Monterey,
California, Clay-Platte Montessori Children’s Film Festival,
St. Louis, Missouri, screenings in the The Rose Theatre in Port Townsend,
RINCON International Film Festival, Rincon, Puerto Ric,
Scottsdale International Film Festival
ZOOM FAMILY FILM FESTIVAL at the Wexner Center, Columbus, Ohio
DREFF in the Dominican Republic
Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam
Streirische Herbst festival in Austria
New Horizons International Film Festival
Short Shorts Film Festival Asia
Films Agains Gravity
Earth Day Canada
Chennai International Short Film Festival
Lisbon's International Kids Film Festival
Eco Kids Film South Africa
Courts Devant Paris
Guangzhu International Documentary Film Festival
Olympia International Film Festival for Children and Young People
The International Short Film Festival ZUBROFFKA
Camerimage – Poland – Short Films Competition
Uppsala International Short Film Festival
13th Santa Cruz Film Festival
28th Braunschweig International Film Festival
International Short Film Festival Courts Devant in Paris - competition for Best Short for Children
Hamptons Int. Film Festival – nominee Golden Starfish Award
Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival
Lahore International Children’s Film Festival - Pakistan
Planet in Focus Film Festival
Duisburger Filmwoche - Doxs!
31st Tehran Short Film Festival in Iran – International competition
Wildlife Vaasa Festival Finland – in competition for ‘best child film’
Ekotopfilm Slovenia - International competition
CineEco Seia – Portugal – International competition
Environmental Film Festival Melbourne
Seoul International Youth Film Festival - Finalist ‘best short film’
Shanghai International Film Festival - Finalist best short documentary
Porto7 Short Film Festival – Finalist
Busan International Kids’ Film Festival
Environmental Film Festival in Seoul, South Korea
Rooftop Film Festival, New York
Summer Shorts Selection – Moscow
Festroia Film Festival Setubal
Kingbonn Film Festival in China - Finalist ‘best short film’ and ‘best short documentary’
International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam
EYE Selected Dutch Shorts Series 2013