Brother

Brother (2021) is a short film (drama, fiction) about the impact of psychosis on a family. Brothers Ivo (16) and Tom (18) are very close. One day Ivo notices that Tom is showing unusual behavior. His big brother Ivo has always looked up to is about to lose his mental sanity. When Tom’s behavior is becoming increasingly alarming, Ivo faces a difficult decision. Will he ever get his brother back?

  • Lisanne Sweere
    Director
  • Lisanne Sweere
    Writer
  • Ramon Etman
    Producer
  • Lisanne Sweere
    Producer
  • Melle Schram
    Key Cast
    "Ivo"
  • Jonas Coppus
    Key Cast
    "Tom"
  • Anna Semenov
    Key Cast
    "Merel"
  • Steef Cuijpers
    Key Cast
    "Vader"
  • Willemijn van der Ree
    Key Cast
    "Moeder"
  • Dennis Overeem
    Key Cast
    "Dennis"
  • Nora van der Heide
    Key Cast
    "Medewerkster Anna"
  • Gabor Deak
    Director of Photography
  • Daan Goudswaard
    Production Design
  • Nina Stankova
    Production Design
  • Wouter van Gestel
    Editor
  • Herman Witkam
    Music & Sound Design
  • Ilya van den Berg
    Costume
  • Lisanne Sweere
    Original song: Brotherhood
  • Herman Witkam
    Original song: Brotherhood
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    25 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    June 1, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    16,000 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    Netherlands
  • Country of Filming:
    Netherlands
  • Language:
    Dutch
  • Shooting Format:
    Arri (digital)
  • Aspect Ratio:
    4-3
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Theaterschool de Trap
  • Ecocine - Festival Internacional de cinema ambiental e Direitos Humanos
    Sao Paulo
    Brazil
    August 11, 2022
    Selection
  • Monthly Future Of Film Awards
    Ohrid
    Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of
    June 2, 2022
    Award-winner Best First Time Director
  • Shortfundly Annual Film Festival (sfaff))
    Madipakkam
    India
    May 22, 2022
    Selection
  • iff-Tegenstroom
    Sas van Gent
    Netherlands
    April 28, 2022
    Selection
  • Pegaso Film Festival
    Firenze, Toscana
    Italy
    April 20, 2022
    Best Director & Best Foreign Film
  • Mental Health Rights Film Festival
    Lisboa
    Portugal
    February 26, 2022
    Awardwinner Juryprize
  • Shiver International Film Festival
    Ontario
    Canada
    February 26, 2022
    Awardwinner Best drama en best male performance Melle Schram and Jonas Coppus
  • Love your Shorts Film Festival
    Sanford
    United States
    February 12, 2022
    Award-winner Best International Film
  • Chauri Chaura International Film Festival
    Rajdhani,
    India
    February 2, 2022
    Award-winner Best Short Film
  • Children Cinema Awards
    Amsterdam
    Netherlands
    January 8, 2022
    Finalist
  • Alibag Short Film Festival
    Maharashtra
    India
    January 30, 2022
    Selection
  • SIERRA INTERNATIONAL FILM WEEKEND
    Santa Cruz
    Bolivia, Plurinational State of
    January 3, 2022
    Selection
  • Oudeis International Film Festival
    Rome
    Italy
    December 11, 2021
    Finalist
  • Bloodstained Indie Film Festival: Sci-Fi Horror Action
    Tokyo
    Japan
    December 18, 2021
    Award-winner Best Drama
  • LIFFT INDIA FILMOTSAV & AWARDS - World Cine Fest
    Malavli Pune
    India
    December 25, 2021
    Selection
  • Cinemaking International Film Festival
    Dhaka
    Bangladesh
    December 24, 2021
    Selection
  • T.I.F.A – Tietê International Film Awards
    São Paulo
    Brazil
    December 10, 2021
    Award-winner Best Director / nominee Best Actor / Best Supporting actor / Best Cinematography
  • UNICEF Innocenti Film Festival
    Florence
    Italy
    October 21, 2021
    Selection
  • An­dromeda Film Festival
    Instanbul
    Turkey
    October 20, 2021
    Award-winner Best Director / Best Production / Best Cinematography
  • Visualis Film Festival
    St. Petersburg
    Russian Federation
    October 14, 2021
    Semi-Finalist
  • Bright Future Independent Film Festival - Gothenburg
    Gothenburg
    Sweden
    October 2, 2021
    Award-winner Best young filmmaker
  • Gangtok International Film Festival
    Gangtok
    India
    September 8, 2021
    Award-winner Best Debut Filmmaker
  • Tagore International Film Festival
    Bolpur
    India
    August 31, 2021
    Award-winner Best Debut Filmmaker
  • Virgin Spring Cinefest
    Kolkata
    India
    August 20, 2021
    Award-winner Debut Filmmaker (Outstanding Achievement)
  • London Seasonal Short Film Festival
    London
    United Kingdom
    Honorable mention
  • Anatolia International Film Festival
    Instanbul
    Turkey
    September 9, 2021
    Selection
  • Toronto Multicultural Film Festival
    Toronto
    Canada
    September 23, 2021
    Selection
  • Golden Bridge İstanbul Short Film Festival
    Instanbul
    Turkey
    September 26, 2021
    Nominee Best Female Director
  • Top Indie Film Awards
    Tokyo
    Japan
    February 5, 2022
    Award-winner Best short / Best writing / Best cinematography / Nominee Best director / Best editing / Best Sound / Best music
  • New York International Women Festival
    New York
    United States
    October 5, 2021
    Award-winner Beste Make-up
  • kalakari film fest
    Dewas
    India
    February 6, 2022
    Selection
  • Garoa Awards - Monthly Short Film Festival of São Paulo Garoa Awards - Monthly Short Film Festival of São Paulo
    São Paul
    Brazil
    October 28, 2021
    Award-winner Best film / Best cinematography/ Best Actor (Melle Schram)
  • International Sound & Film Music Festival (ISFMF)
    Pula
    Croatia
    October 23, 2021
    Nomination Best Music overall production
  • Aporia International Village Film Festival
    Gangwon-Do
    Korea, Republic of
    December 15, 2021
    Quarter-finalist
  • Abuja International FIlm Festival
    Lagos
    Nigeria
    November 1, 2021
    Selection
    Nominated Short Film
  • Salt House Creative International Film Festival
    Long Jetty
    Australia
    June 17, 2022
    Nominated Short Film
  • Face Film

    Tanzania, United Republic of
    December 5, 2021
    Selection
  • Europe Independent Movie Festival (EIMF)
    Izmir
    Turkey
    October 17, 2021
    Selection
  • Global Youth Film Festival Bangladesh
    Dhaka
    Bangladesh
    November 25, 2021
    Selection
  • Short Long World Festival, Corrientes, Argentina
    Corrientes
    Argentina
    November 12, 2021
    Selection
  • Kerala Short Film Festival
    Pune
    India
    November 13, 2021
    Selection
  • Moody Crab Film Fest
    Punjab
    India
    October 26, 2021
    Selection
  • BAHIA INDEPENDENT CINEMA FESTIVAL
    Bahia
    Brazil
    November 4, 2021
    Selection
  • Luleå International Film Festival
    Luleå
    Sweden
    January 9, 2022
    Semi-Finalist
  • 4th INDIAN INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL "CINEMASCOPE AWARDS 2022"
    Kolkata
    India
    December 17, 2021
    Selection
  • 6th International Short Film Festival Pune india 21
    Mahpune
    India
    December 6, 2021
    Selection
  • LittleBig Children's Film Festival
    Almaty
    Kazakhstan
    November 1, 2021
    Selection
  • Pigdon Street International Film Festival
    Melbourne
    Australia
    January 13, 2022
    Selection
  • Hollywood Venus Awards
    İstanbul
    Turkey
    September 10, 2021
    Award-winner Best Director
  • Iconic Images Film Festival
    Vilnius
    Lithuania
    July 23, 2021
    Award-winner Best Female Director
  • First-Time Filmmaker Online Sessions
    Buckinghamshire
    United Kingdom
    August 23, 2021
    Selection
  • Druk International Film Festival
    Pangsho
    Bhutan
    August 20, 2021
    Award-winner Debut Filmmaker (Outstanding Achievement)
  • San Francisco Indie Short Festival
    San Francisco
    United States
    August 14, 2021
    Nominee Debut Filmmaker
  • Bridge of Peace is the online film festival
    Paris
    France
    April 20, 2022
    Selection
  • Fortean Film Festival
    Gloucester
    United Kingdom
    September 2, 2022
    Selection
  • Bolera Film Screenings
    Rhodes
    Greece
    June 3, 2022
    Selection
  • Mexico Film Festival Awards

    Mexico
    March 17, 2022
    Selection
Director Biography - Lisanne Sweere

Lisanne Sweere (Eindhoven, 14-11-1994) is an actress and film director from the Netherlands. After 10 years of acting in a wide variety of Dutch films and television series she has now written and directed her first short autobiographical film ‘Brother’, based on her own childhood experiences.

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Director Statement

“I want to make movies that create empathy for minority groups, especially people suffering from mental health disorders. Psychosis is still considered taboo but has a devastating impact on people’s lives, families and society as a whole. So let’s talk about it. And show a little love and understanding for one another.”