A young deckhand aboard a whaling ship learns how sailors earn the markings on their skin.
Sailors kill time under a blistering sun, awaiting a sign of their prey. A young mind turns inwards as it traces the wood grain. After bloodshed, a strong arm offers a moment of shelter. A boy gets his first tattoo.
Spermaceti evokes the transitional space-time of a young man who finds himself on the threshold of an initiation. As we fluctuate between the underwater and the above, boundaries become slippery.
Directed, Written & Animated by Jacky De Groen
Produced by Sarah D’hanens
Associate Producer Barend Weyens
Original Music & Sound Design by Craig Sutherland
Re-recording Mixer & Additional Sound Design by Jef Aerts
FESTIVALS & AWARDS
Official Selection Adelaide Film Festival 2018, Australia
Official Selection TAF | Thessaloniki Animation Festival 2018, Greece
Official Selection PÖFF Shorts 2018, Estonia
Official Selection LIAF 2018, London
Official Selection International Short Film Festival Leuven 2018, Belgium
Official Selection FICA | Aguilar de Campoo International Short Film Festival 2018, Spain
Official Selection Festival Premiers Plans D’Angers 2019, France
Official Selection Moscow Shorts 2019, Russia
Official Selection ANIMA 2019, Belgium
Official Selection Athens Animfest 2019, Greece
Official Selection Mecal Pro 2019, Spain
Semi Finalist / Honorable Mention Columbus International Film & Animation Festival 2019, USA
Official Selection FilmFest Dresden, International Short Film Festival 2019, Germany
Official Selection Brussels Short Film Festival 2019, Belgium
Official Selection Australian International Animation Festival 2019, Australia
Official Selection ANIMAFEST Zagreb 2019, Croatia
Official Selection La Guarimba International Film Festival 2019, Italy
Official Selection Dumbo Film Festival 2019, USA
Official Selection Animation Nights New York 2019, USA
in consideration for selection in other festivals
JACKY DE GROEN
Jacky De Groen is an animation artist based in Ghent, Belgium. His colorfully painted and atmospheric films DIEPERIK (2013) and ECLIPSE (2014) have been shown at film festivals internationally including IndieLisboa, ANIMAFEST Zagreb, Ann Arbor Film Festival, GLAS Animation Festival, Japan Media Arts Festival, HAFF, MIAF and OIAFF, among others. After graduating from the School of Arts | University College Ghent (KASK) in 2014, he worked at animation studio Film Bilder in Stuttgart for some time. In 2016 he was invited as Animation Artist in Residence in Tokyo by JAPIC. SPERMACETI is Jacky’s first professional film.