About the film

Official Trailer

When relying on social scripts to survive the social world, it’s not easy to go off-script. Especially if you’re obsessed with German dive bombers and just want to date a girl.

Brief Synopsis

Chris, an autistic young man who camouflages his obsession with dive bombers, gets by with the help of Hans, the little guy who lives in his head and translates Chris's social scripts for him. When zoologist Gwen invites Chris to meet her favorite chameleon, Chris and Hans move expeditiously ahead with a flirt script… but then the chameleon dies and Gwen needs Chris to go off script.


Mind My Mind is a film about how having a brain that is wired differently affects your social life, and particularly your love life. Flirting, sex and romantic relationships are very challenging for people with autism, as they are associated with thousands of unwritten rules and exceptions.

The idea for this film is a result of the director's professional and personal experiences with people with different forms of autism.

Chris, the main character, deals with his social and emotional limitations together with Hans, a little guy who lives inside Chris’s head and who serves as an information processor. In his own unique way, Hans tries to help Chris survive the social jungle, with sensory overload as their mutual enemy.

Mind My Mind offers insight into the autistic mind: an abstract world for most people. The 2D hand-drawn animation, changing colour schemes, expressive lighting, dynamic pacing and original score add to this experience.

It is a hopeful and optimistic film that encourages people to be patient with each other. It reminds us that if you don’t judge too quickly, you might find something beautiful.

Watch the making of Mind My Mind on Vimeo:  https://vimeo.com/369255134

Awards and Nominations

Shortlisted for the 92th Academy Awards for Best Animated Short Film

Dutch Filmfund and Nederlands Film Festival
Crystal Award status for 10.000+ visitors in Dutch theaters

Dutch Directors Guild
DirectorsNL Award 2020 for Mind My Mind

ANIMA – Brussels Animation Film Festival 2019 (Belgium)
Audience Award for Best Short Film

Go Short International Short Film Festival 2019 (The Netherlands)
Audience Award

Tribeca Film Festival 2019 (New York, USA)
NOMINEE for Best International Short

Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film 2019 (Germany)
Audience Award

Festival van de Kortste Nacht Arnhem 2019 (The Netherlands)
Best Short Film + WINNER Audience Award

Indy Shorts International Film Festival 2019 (Indianapolis, USA)
Grand Prize

Salute Your Shorts Film Festival 2019 (Los Angeles, USA)
Best Animated Film + WINNER Audience Choice Award

Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival 2019 (USA)
Viola M. Marshall Audience Choice Award for Best Animation Short Film

Encounters Film Festival (Bristol, UK)
Jury’s Special Mention for the Animated Encounters Grand Prix 2019

Ridgefield Independent Film Festival 2019 (Connecticut, USA)
Best Animated Short

Kerry Film Festival 2019 (Ireland)
Best Animation

San Jose International Short Film Festival 2019 (USA)
Best Animation

Pittsburgh Shorts Film Festival 2019 (USA)
Best Animation

CINANIMA 2019 (Portugal)
Best Animated Short Award (24-50 minutes)

St Cloud Film Fest 2019 (USA)
Audience Award Short Film

Fargo Film Festival 2020 (USA)
Best Animation + WINNER The Pat Hansen Award for Best Screenplay

Flickerfest International Short Film Festival 2020 (AU)
Best Use of Digital Techniques in a Short Film

Tenerife Shorts Festival 2020 (ES)
Best Film + Audience Award

Festival International du Film d'Aubagne Music & Cinema 2020 (FR)
The Prix du Meilleur Film d’Animation 

Spokane International Film Festival 2020 (USA)
Audience Award Best Animated Short

ÉCU - The European Independent Film Festival 2020 (FR)
Best Animated Film

Animayo International Film Festival 2020 (ES)
Best Comedy

LOOK&ROLL 2020 Internationales Kurzfilmfestival Basel 2020 (CH)
2nd Price of the Jury + 1st Audience Award

International Disability Film Festival Breaking Down Barriers (RU)
Best Animation

ANIMATOR International Animated Film Festival 2021 (PL)
Audience Award

Brussels Short Film Festival 2021 (BE)
Audience Award


Duration: 29’40”
Release year: 2019
Type of production: animated short
Genre: drama, comedy
Technique: hand-drawn animation, 2D computer
Aspect ratio: CinemaScope 2.39:1
Resolution: 4K
Frame rate: 24fps
Sound: Dolby 5.1
Language: English
Available subtitles: English SHD, English, Dutch, French, Spanish, German, Russian, Italian

For more details, see  Mind My Mind on IMDb.


Director, writer, production design, backgroundsFloor Adams
ProducersWillem Thijssen, Tom Van Gestel, Floor Adams
With the voices ofSimon Hodges, Cézanne Tegelberg, Adam Fields, Faye Bloomfield, Lesley Hughes, Elias Vervecken
AnimatorsPeter Wassink, Juan de Graaf, Carl van Isacker, Nancy Bens, Elie Klimis, Tim Trenson
EditorsDennis Pasveer, Luuk Poels
Original music byPeter Johan Nijland, Frank Boeijen
Music supervisorDennis Pasveer
Creative consultantEllen Meske
Story consultantsFloor van Lissa, Mieke de Jong
Clean-up artistsNancy Bens, Carl van Isacker, Paul De Blieck, Elie Klimis, Juan de Graaf, 
Tim Trenson, Peter Wassink
Paint artistsThomas Adams, Damiët Anijs, Eugène Arts, Annemie Buytaert,
Esther van Casteren, Mirjam van Casteren, Micha van Dooren, Kim van Engelen,
Brechje Geutjes, Maik Hagens, Sanne Hellinga, Inti Mego, Daan Mulder,
Johanneke de Ridder, Isaac Sandoval, Bart van Seters, Zaou Vaughan, Kevin Vonk
Shadow fx artistsEugène Arts, Kim van Engelen, Sanne Hellinga, Inti Mego, Bart van Seters, Zaou Vaughan
Final check / paintHanne Geeraert, Michaël Koning, Johanneke de Ridder
TraineesEmma De Bleser, Kelly De Boelpaep, Tina de Groot, Tim Verhaegen
CompositingMaik Hagens, Johanneke de Ridder
LightingDennis Pasveer
Dialogue translatorWilco van Eijk
Casting and recording studioINCasting
Recording engineerLee M. Ross
Additional recordingGonzo
Recording engineer Hans Tourné
Audio post-productionGonzo
Sound designerPieter Deweirdt
Foley artistElias Vervecken
Foley recordistThomas De Pauw
MixHans Tourné
Colour gradingMarco van Bergen
DeliveriesRichard Mijntjens / CineMeta
Title designEugène Arts
Production assistantsNancy Fornoville, Lisa ter Berg, Marianne Op De Beeck
Production companiesCinéTé Filmproduktie, Fabrique Fantastique, Curious Wolf
Financersthe Netherlands Film Fund, the province of Gelderland, the province of Overijssel, the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Creative Industries Fund NL, Cultuur Eindhoven, the city of Nijmegen and the Belgian TAX Shelter system
International salesSND Films
DistributionKLIK Distribution