Santa Claus whole existence is dependent on a little boy’s faith.     

Christmas is supposed to be a magical time, but instead it’s dire times for Santa Claus. His whole existence is fading, because the children have stopped believing in him. But there is one little boy called Vetle, that still believes, but for how long?     

An imaginative boy called Vetle, lives in a world where Santa Claus really exist, and that he lives at the North Pole. This is at least what Vetle himself believes in. Unfortunately Vetle is the only one in the world who still believes that Santa Claus is real.    

This is obviously bad news for Santa Claus, who has begun to realize his fading position. He has been forced to lay off all his staff due to the lack of submitted wish lists and hence lack of assignments. Actually there’s only one gift he has to deliver, namely, the one for Vetle.

The clock is ticking; Santa Claus needs to find Vetle before his view is tainted by the grown-ups opinion over the reality of Santa Claus.  So with the help from Rudolph the Reindeer, Santa Claus has to go on his most important journey of his life. He must find Vetle, deliver the mysterious gift and convince Vetle that he exists before it's too late and he ultimately fades away.     

Production and distribution

Production Year:
2018
Production country:
Norway
Release date (national):
2018-09-20
Production company:
Godt Sagt AS
Co production company:
Effektmakeren AS
Financing company:
Viken Filmsenter
Fond for lyd og bilde
Executive producer:
Børge Solem
Producer:
Yvonne Blavik
Co producer:
Steinar Kaarstein
Film consultant:
Sirin Eide

Director

  • Robert Depuis

    Robert Depuis, a writer and director from Norway, got his degree in animation from Volda College, followed up with a graduation in animation directing from The Danish Filmschool in Copenhagen. His graduation film called Exit was selected to compete in the Cinéfondation competition in Cannes film festival. His stories tend to lean towards the dark, often with lots of subtle humor. He loves to make narratives with a simple plot, mixed with lots of deeper layers, that tends to deliver a different point of view after each screening.   

    Ella Bella Bingo (Elleville Elfrid) (Directing 7 episodes) 2011 Flash-animated TV-series for Children    

    Exit (Directing & Script) 2004 Selected to Cannes Filmfestival 2005 – La Cinéfondation Nordisk Panorama 2005 B.A.F. 2005 Odense Filmfestival 2004   

    Inside (Directing, screenplay and animation) 2000 Selected Animerte Dager i Fredrikstad 2000 Selected Shortfilm festival Grimstad 2000  

    Delta (Co-directing, Co-script & co-animation) 1999 Selected Animerte Dager i Oslo 1999 

    Robert Depuis

Cast

Santa Claus:
Jan Sælid
Vetle – The Son:
Jonathan Gebuhr
Eirik – The Father:
Fridtjov Såheim
The Mother:
Tone Merete Aas Skålevik

Awards

2018:
Fredrikstad Animation Festival
Golden Gunnar: Best Nordic-Baltic Children's Film

Festivals

2018:
Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival for Young People
2018:
Fredrikstad Animation Festival
2019:
Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival
2019:
Tribeca Film Festival
2019:
Chicago Critics Film Festival

Crew

Director:
Robert Depuis
Screenplay:
Robert Depuis
Cinematographer:
Jannik Fagerhøi
Camera:
Jannik Fagerhøi
Editor:
Steinar Sørensen
Robert Depuis
Composer:
Vegard Øyen
ProductionDesigner:
Jonas Haxø
Set Decorator:
Vibeke Sverre
Prop Master:
Vibeke Sverre
Sound Design:
Morten Groth Brandt
Sound engineer:
Morten Groth Brandt
Animator:
Linda Fagerli Sæthren
VFX supervisor:
Harald Wahlum
VFX artist:
Joakim Storsve
Pawel Tryzna
Dovydas Miliauskas
Casting:
Robert Depuis
Yvonne Blavik

Technical information

Genre:
Animation
Format:
DCP 2k
Screen ratio:
1:2,39
Colour:
Colour
Sound format:
Stereo 5.1
Length in mins:
13'
Language:
Norwegian
Subtitles:
English

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