"This Magnificent Cake!" and "Oh Willy...", dir. Emma De Swaef, Marc James Roels

For adults
Full-lenght films

This Magnificent Cake! / To niezwykłe ciasto! / Ce Magnifique Gâteau !

Belgium, France, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, 2018

An anthology film set in colonial Africa in the late 19th century telling the stories of 5 different characters: a troubled king, a middle-aged Pygmy working in a luxury hotel, a failed businessman on an expedition, a lost porter and a young army deserter.

Selected rewards and nominations:

  • Animafest Zagreb 2018 - Grand Prix
  • Annecy 2018 - André-Martin Award
  • Curtas Vila Do Conde 2018 - Audience Award
  • TIFF Toronto 2018 - official selection ‘Short Cuts’, Honorable Mention
  • Varna Bulgaria 2018 - Grand Prix
  • PIAFF Paris 2018 - Best Cinematography
  • Ottawa Animation Film Festival 2018 - Grand Prix feature film
  • Krok Ukraine 2018 - best film 10-50
  • Anim’est Romania 2018 - Grand Prix
  • Animatou 2018 - special mention
  • Klik Amsterdam 2018 - Audience Award
  • KROK Festival 2018 - best Short 20-50
  • BIAF Korea 2018 - Grand Prix
  • New Chitose Airport Animation Festival 2018 - Grand Prix
  • Cinanima Portugal 2018 - Audience Award, Best Short 24-50
  • Annie Awards 2019 - Best Animated Independent Feature, nominatio
  • Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival 2019 - National Competition, Grand Prix

The screening will be preceded by a projection of the film Oh Willy..., Belgium, France, The Netherlands, 2012, 16’35’’

Fifty-something Willy returns to the naturist community where he spent his youth to visit his dying mother. When she dies shortly after he arrives, Willy is confronted with the choices he made in his life. In confusion and sadness, he retreats into the forest. After a rough start, he finds himself under the maternal protection of a gentle hairy beast.

Genre: drama
Original language: no dialogues

Rewards and nominations: 140 festival selections, 80 international awards, 8 special mentions

Marc James Roels & Emma De Swaef

Marc is a live-action director, making award winning shorts ‘Mompelaar’ in 2007 and ‘A Gentle Creature’ in 2010.

Emma specializes in stop-motion and doll-making, her preferred working materials include wool, felt and textile.

Together they made the short film ‘Oh Willy…’ in 2012, a stop-motion short that won 80 international awards including the Cartoon d’Or for best European short, and a Cézar nomination. They are based in Antwerp, Belgium and ‘Ce Magnifique Gâteau !’ is their latest production.


  • 2018, This Magnificent Cake! (stop-motion, puppets, animation, feature film)
  • 2012, Oh Willy… (stop-motion, puppets, animation, short)