An animated movie for children about losing and letting go

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An eight years old child has lost his father. Grieving at his grave, a butterfly draws his attention. The child runs after him, but in the hunt they both fall into a lake. The child saves the butterfly from drowning. At all costs he fights to keep his new friend LouLou alive. Finally he succeeds but then LouLou announces he has to leave... 

LouLou is an adventurous story where there is both room for a tear and a smile. It's a story about dealing with death and saying goodbye. With 'LouLou' we want to make a film for children who can use support and explanation during the disturbing times after the loss. It can help to discuss the complex time. We hope 'LouLou' can comfort and help them to find their way back to life.

Artwork LouLou

Director - Hanneke van der Linden

Hanneke studied animation at the HKU in Hilversum. 15 years ago she founded her own company Hanimatie and ever since she's been making 2D animations and directing for Children's TV, documentaries, museums and businesses. Hanneke has worked on different children's TV series such as Pim en Pom where she was responsible for artwork, storyboards and animations. Most recently she worked on the KRO series Pettenpret as an animator and line producer. LouLou is her first animated film. .

Writer - Rob de Barbanson (1954)

After writing a book for children at the start of his career, soon realized his true passion was scriptwriting. He mainly wrote for live-action films and Tv series. In 2012 he wrote the script for Sammy, an award winning short animation film directed by Ruud den Drijver and he discovered the possibilities of this medium. Next to LouLou he's currently working on the script for Moses, an animated feature film.

Producers - Koert Davidse & Marc Thelosen

SeriousFilm is a Rotterdam based foundation for audio-visual production since 2004. SeriousFilm is run by Koert Davidse and Marc Thelosen. They use various media and styles for producing feature films, experimental films, film essays, documentaries, websites, animations, interactive projects, and installations.
The short animations 'the Origin of Creatures' (2010) by Floris Kaayk and 'I love hooligans' (2013) by Jan-Birk Bouw were selected by various festivals and won different prizes.