Director Marleen van der Werf


Sitting in her favourite oak tree, 11-year old Filine encounters little wonders in the natural world around her. She sees the beauty and dramas of the life in and around a tree most people are not aware of. Then, as trees fall down in the forest, Filine starts to fear that one day she will lose the speical oak tree. The rebellious girl makes a plan to stop the tree chopping in the forest.
But what if nothing changes anymore?


- ‘Once Upon a Tree’ is selected as part of the Documentary Short Subject competition of the Camerimage Film Festival which is an ACADEMY AWARD® qualifying festival for this category.
- Winner Save the Earth! competition at the Short Shorts Film Festival Asia
- Winner Best Documentary award at the Sharjah International Children’s Film Festival
- Winner at the Winner “Best Documentary Film Editing Award” in GZDOC 2014.
- Winner ‘Best Short Film’ award at the Planet in Focus Film Festival.
- The short film Once Upon a Tree was given an award for Artistic Merit for director Marleen van der Werf –Hamptons International Film Festival
- Winner 2nd Best Documentary Film at the Chennai International Short Film Festival.
- Winner Wildlife Vaasa Film Festival in the category ‘Children Films’!
* Winner 2nd best short film at the Films for the forest @ SXSW

human documentary, natural history
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