Marlies van der Wel
Marlies van der Wel is a Dutch animator and illustrator whose short films have been recognized internationally at prestigious festival such as Berlinale, Toronto Film Festival and Sundance, to mention some. Addressing big themes in small packages, Marlies is known for using simple images and words to tell stories that are emotional (but not tearjerkers), universal (yet still personal) and light-hearted (with a healthy dose of humour).
Her award-winning shorts ‘Jonas and the Sea’ and ‘Sabaku’ were both the result of a meticulous collage process in which she weaves drawings, textures and random objects together – brought to life through a technique that Marlies calls ‘digital cut-out animation’. For her latest film ‘Emily’, Marlies deployed a different technique, yet the visual language stays the same: beautiful, detailed images animated with minimal but natural movement. The work earned her the Dutch Oscar® submission of 2018.