Norman is a nervous looking man who wanders alone through a strange city. He is fascinated by the world around him but quickly ends up staring too hard at other people’s lives and daily habits. Small details grow into peculiar obsessions. Because you have to watch out for strangers. Who knows what they're capable of…


Directed & Written by Robbe Vervaeke
Animated by Robbe Vervaeke & Brecht-Jan Verschuere
Produced by Leen Derveaux & Barend Weyens
Original Music by Ruben De Gheselle
Re-recording Mix & Sound Design by A Sound


  • Official Selection International Film Festival Leuven 2012, Belgium

  • Official Selection ANIMA 2013, Belgium

  • Official Selection Akbank Short Film Festival 2013, Turkey

  • Official Selection HAFF 2013, Netherlands

  • Official Selection Annecy International Animation Film Festival 2013, France - Winner Jean-Luc Xiberras Award for Best Debut

  • Official Selection International Countryside Animafest Cyprus 2013 ~ Views of the World Program, Cyprus

  • Official Selection Animaze | Montreal International Animation Film Festival 2013, Canada

  • Official Selection Telluride Film Festival 2013, USA

  • Official Selection Belo Horizonte International Short Film Festival 2013, Brazil

  • Official Selection Ars Independent Festival 2013, Poland - Winner Black Horse of Animation Grand Prix

  • Official Selection Anim’est International Animation Film Festival 2013, Romania

  • Official Selection ANIMA | Festival Internacional de Animación de Córdoba 2013, Argentina

  • Official Selection PRIMANIMA Festival of First Animations 2013, Hungary

  • Official Selection LIAF | London International Animation Festival 2013, UK

  • Official Selection Braunschweig International Film Festival 2013, Germany

  • Official Selection Bradford Animation Festival 2013, UK

  • Official Selection ZINEBI 2013, Spain

  • Official Selection ANIMPACT Animation Festival 2013, Korea

  • Official Selection ANILOGUE International Animation Festival 2013, Hungary

  • Official Selection Premiers Plans | European First Film Festival d’Angers 2014, France - Winner Best Musical Creation

  • Official Selection MECAL Pro 2014, Spain

  • Official Selection Stockholm Film Festival Junior 2014, Sweden

  • Official Selection Cinerama.BC | International Film Festival 2014, Brazil ~ Honorable Mention Best Short Film

  • Official Selection InHouse Film Festival 2014, UK

  • Official Selection MIAF| Melbourne International Animation Festival 2014, Australia

  • Official Selection Cartoon Club 2014, Italy

  • Official Selection ANIMIX! Tel Aviv Animation Festival 2014, Israel

  • Official Selection Lucca Film Festival 2014, Italy

  • Official Selection RICA Festival Wissembourg 2014, France

  • Official Selection TIAF | Tehran International Animation Festival 2015, Iran

  • Official Selection Athens Animfest 2015, Greece

  • Official Selection KAFF | Kecskemét Animation Film Festival 2015, Hungary

Own the film on DVD, distributed by Chalet Pointu.


Director Robbe Vervaeke graduated from the School of Arts | KASK with 'Erszebet' (2008), a hand-painted animated short film often described as a "phantasmagoric nightmare in oil-paint". Continuing to refine his unique approach to the medium while working on his debut film 'Norman' (2012), the film went on to successfully tour the international short film festival circuit and took home the Jean-Luc Xiberras Award for Best Debut Prize at the prestigious Annecy International Animated Film Festival in France (2013). His long awaited second film 'Fighting Pablo' (2018) is currently touring the international film festival circuit.