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Flowing Home (Như một dòng sông)

Sandra Desmazières
2021 | 15 min
Traditional Animation on Paper
French with English subtitles

Selections and Awards

  • Jury Award - Best Animated ShortNewport Beach Film Festival (2021)

  • Winner, Minister for Foreign Affairs AwardNew Chitose Airport Animation Festival, Japan (2021)

  • Award for Creativity and Artistic ExpressionBanjaluka International Animated Film Festival, Bosnia-Herzegovina

  • Winner - Best AnimationLA Shorts international film festival , Los Angeles (2021)

  • Special MentionShort of the Year - Autumn (2021)

  • Second Best FilmDiaspora International Film Festival , Istanbul, Turkey (2021)

  • Winner - Prix du jury lycéen Festival de cinéma d’animation de Pontarlier, France (2021)

  • Official SelectionNew York Shorts International Film Festival (2021)

  • Official CompetitionVila Do Conde International Film Festival (2021)

  • Official CompetitionGiffoni Film Festival, Giffoni Valle Piana (2021)

  • Official CompetitionFestival du film court en Plein Air , Grenoble (2021)

  • Official CompetitionSHORT FILM OF THE YEAR (2021)

  • Official SelectionANIMAC, Barcelona (2021)

  • Official CompetitionAnimayo, International Festival of Animation, Visual Effects and Video Games, Gran Canaria (2021)

  • Official SelectionMecal Air, Barcelona (2021)

  • Official Competition Festival Parties de campagne (2021)

  • Official Competition Animist Tallinn Festival (2021)

  • Official CompetitionPeja Anibar International Animation Festival (2021)

  • Official CompetitionParis International Animation Film Festival (2021)

  • Official Selection ANIMA, The Brussels Animation Film Festival, Brussels, Belgium (2021)

  • Official CompetitionTricky Women Film Festival, Vienna, Austria (2021)

  • Official Selection, International CompetitionStuttgart Trickfilm International Animated Film Festival, Stuttgart, Germany (2021)

  • Official CompetitionFestival international du cinéma francophone en Acadie (2021)

  • Nominee for Canadian Screen Awards, Best Animated Short CategoryCanadian Screen Awards, Toronto, Canada (2022)

More Selections and Awards

A word from the director

About the film

Q&A with the director

Promotional Materials

Promo Clip




Sandra Desmazières


Dora Benousilio
Producer (Les Films de l’Arlequin)


Julie Roy



A film by
Sandra Desmazières

Dora Benousilio (Les Films de l’Arlequin)
Julie Roy (ONF)

Production Manager
Fariza Daguelou (Les Films de l’Arlequin)

Production Assistant
Sara Skrodzka (Les Films de l’Arlequin)

Manuel Merlot

Thao : Sara Martins
Sao Maï : Linh Dan Pham

Script – Direction – Graphic Design – Storyboard – Compositing – Set design
Sandra Desmazières

Jing Wang

Layout Assistants
Sofia Gutman
Anne-Lise Nemorin

Compositing Assistant
Anne-Lise Nemorin

Sandra Desmazières
Jing Wang
Janet Perlman
Keyu Chen
Eva Cvijanovic


With the kind participation of:

Guerric Catala

Sound Editing
Gwennolé Leborgne
Alexis Place
Antoine Citrinot

Nicolas Fioraso

Cyril Holtz


Guitar, Rythmic Programming, Voices
Manuel Merlot

Emmanuel Sauvage

Voices, Dan Tranh, Dan Bâu
Hô Thuy Trang

Sao Flute
Mai Thanh Nam

Banjo, Guitars
Lucien Larquère

Music Recording
Cedryck Santens (Studio Santa)

Music Mix
Romain Ghezal

Foley Studio

Sound Engineer
Thibault Macquart

Sound Mixing Studio

Auditorium Technician
Matthieu Lasausa

Colour Lab

Marina Amaro

Royal Post

Technical Directors (NFB)
Pierre Plouffe
Eric Pouliot

Technical Specialist – animation (NFB)
Yannick Grandmont

Technical Coordinators (NFB)
Jean-François Laprise
Mira Mailhot


Quentin Ledoux
Fantine Beauvieux
Madeline Zonzon
Léonie Siegler
Raphaël Jouzeau
Raphaël de Lemos
Vladimir Roszak
Camille Bardaud
Coralie Fadat


Avec les voix de :
Sao Maï

Sandra Desmazières
Jean-Jacques Prunès

Animation Assistant
Françoise Angenot-Kassab

Compositing Support
Marie-Aimée Rabourdin

Editing Support
Matthieu Terrien

Inès Sedan

Production Assistant
Fantine Beauvieux


Administration (NFB)
Anne-Marie Bousquet
Mylène Augustin
Diane Régimbald
Karine Desmeules
Camila Blos

Studion Coordinators (NFB)
Laetitia Seguin
Michèle Labelle

Marketing Manager (NFB)
Geneviève Bérard

Marketing Coordinator (NFB)
Eric Bondo

Les films de l’Arlequin thank
Ain Rahaman, Iqkmal Hafieq, CJ See, Andrew Ooi, Why Not, Fanny, Fabien et Mike

Sandra thanks :
Guerric Catala for your investment and support
Sara Martins, Linh-Dan Pham
Mélanie Laurent, Emmanuel Courcol and Pierre Lottin for your wonderful voices
Bình Lê for your voices and your letters, Xuân Hiên Lê for your memories
Eliott, Camille, Clothilde, Maï Lan and Tạo for your wonderful voices and your laughter
Fuchsia, my sister, my mother, Damien, my family
Manu Merlot
Marie Madinier, Raja Amari, Marie Desplechin, Nicolas Mercier
Cyril Holtz
Nicolas Fioraso
Gwennolé Leborgne and Alexis Place
Antoine Citrinot
M141 – Thibault Carterot Polyson
Florent Lavallée, Catherine Taïeb and Lionel Lebras
Sandrine and Merwan Jing Wang
Dora Benousilio, Fariza Daguelou, Julie Roy and Aurélie Chesné

Co-produced by Les Films de l’Arlequin and the National Film Board of Canada

With the collaboration of France Télévisions
Acquisitions Department Pôle Court Métrage Aurélie Chesné

With the support of Centre national de la cinématographie et de l’image animée
(visual and sound creation)

And with the support of the PROCIREP, Société des Producteurs and the ANGOA

Media Relations

  • Nadine Viau
    NFB Publicist – Montreal
    C.: 514-458-9745

  • About Les Films de l’Arlequin

    Since its founding in 1991, the production company Les Films de l’Arlequin has remained faithful to its initial editorial direction, producing animated films with original graphic universes and unique themes. From shorts to features, from series to auteur films, their goal has always been to bring a range of stories, talents and artistic sensibilities to the screen, big or small.

    Their productions’ positive reception at festivals and appeal to foreign broadcasters have strengthened the company’s desire to produce films that are both thoughtful and entertaining. In the future, they intend to make the most of their experience in these areas to explore new strands, such as youth documentaries and youth fiction.

  • About the NFB

    The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) is a leader in exploring animation as an artform, a storytelling medium and innovative content for emerging platforms. It produces trailblazing animated works both in its Montreal studios and across  the country, and it works with many of the world’s leading creators on international co-productions. NFB productions have won more than 7,000 awards, including seven Oscars for NFB animation and seven grand prizes at the Annecy festival. To access this unique content, visit NFB.ca.