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2016 / 9:23 min

Growth portrays the rise and downfall of a family over the course of 20 years, in one living room, in a single shot.


Short Film | Original Story | Filmed June 19 - 23, 2016 | Film Red Epic | 1920x800 | 2:39 | Colour | Location Den Oever, the Netherlands | Premiere September 27, 2016, Nederlands Film Festival, Utrecht, the Netherlands

Featured FilmSupply | Omeleto | Short Of The Week


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Vimeo Staff Pick 2018 | Best Short Film Gouden Hert, Gelders Doek 2018, Arnhem, Gelders Doek | Special Mention Premio Internacional De Cortometrajes De La Universidad 2017, De La Laguna, Spain | Best Picture Jury Award, 9th Wordless International Short Film Festival 2017, Tehran, Iran, Australia | Outstanding Editing Autumn Shorts Film Festival Somerset 2017, Kentucky, USA | Nomination Best of Fest Autumn Shorts Film Festival Somerset 2017, Kentucky, USA | Special Mention Short of the Year Winter 2017, Madrid, Spain | Special Mention Trani Film Festival 2017, Italy | Best Set Design Gino Pellegrini Prize, Movievalley Bazzacinema 2017, Italy

Directed by Sil van der Woerd | Scenario Philip Delmaar | Concept Sil van der Woerd | Producer Oak Motion Pictures, Trent | Dir. of Photography Lennert Hillege | Production Designer Romke Faber | Edit Sil van der Woerd | Sound Designer Selle Sellink | Styling Ingrid Schagen | Make Up Marieke Stienen | Casting Saida van de Reijd, Danielle de Lange, Elske Falkena | Cast Mother Medi Broekman | Father Egbert-Jan Weeber | Sander(18) Gijs Blom | Sander(15) Daan Baggen | Sander(11) Cas Beekman | Sander(7) Tamas Lorch | Menno(15) Sil Bosch | Menno(12) Robin Welten | Menno(7) Luuk van Keulen | Menno(4) River Oosterink | Line Producer Marty Keizer | Line Producer Ass’t Ilse van Gelder | Production Ass’t Caroline van de Meer, Mirte Houwing | Script Editor Oak Marielot van der Slikke | Motion Control Operator Alex de Heus | Focus Puller Nina Badoux | Data Handler Tom Arkenhout | Sound on Set Brandon Grotzinger | Construction Manager Seab Deuling | Set Decorator Nina Spiering | Props Sophie van der Wel | First AD Ysbrant Bakker | Location Scout Bente Wigman | Location Manager Stef Meijer | Gaffer Chris Vingerhoets | Sparks Stijn Ooms, Koen Zeegers | Dresser Daphne Jonas | Make Up Ass’t Stefanie Hardenberg, Daphne Grin Michelle Maas | Catering John Geers | Sup Sound Design Mark Glynne | Sound Effects Editor Hanza van der Veer | Post Production Jack Kuiper, Joris van Seggelen | Color Grading Remi Lindenhovius | VFX Supervisor Luuk Meijer | Digital Compositing Roy Hoes, Maria Peralta Ramos, Jorrit Schulte | Title Design Sietse van den Broek | Production NTR Marnieke Klarus | Editor NTR Marina Blok | Producer Oak Motion Pictures, Trent | Thanks To Elmar Noteboom, Dorien van der Pas, Jeanine Hage, Miryam van Lier, Jan Pieter Ekker, Shariff Korver, Simone van Dusseldorp, Esther Bannenberg, Wiepjo Oosterhuis, Betty Post, Nancy Thomas, Eline de Boer, Florentine Schouwenburg, Carlo Pietramale, Charles McCough, Marijke Koster, Danyael Sugawara, Rataplan Wieringerwerf, Karen Flik and Bart, Visser Leolux, Antal Nemeth, Rosti Mepal , Brandweer den Oever, Kapsalon Knipsalamin, Rotterdams Radio Museum, Ruby Fire, Joost Speet, Co en Bea (van de schommelstoel), Bart Isings, Welkoop Wieringerwerf (voor Harry de goudvis), All Extras | Made With Support of Kort! Media Fonds NL, Film Fonds Cobo, | All Rights Reserved 2016 Oak Motion Pictures, NTR, Sil van der Woerd

About The Project

Growth is loosely inspired by my childhood, as I also grew up in and around a house that got expanded and where the family fell apart.

When I walk by the house now, all the memories of the events and emotions that I experiences there, that were so pivotal at the time, blend together - separated from time. The joy, pain, love, grief, the seasons and changing relations, all contained into a singular moment of awareness.

Growth is a silent criticism on the modern family life in a consumption based society. We always want more and bigger and never have enough.

But the more we work, and the more matter we accumulate around us, the more space it creates between us and our family.

Peculiar facts: In my family, I am the youngest brother. In the film, the actor who played the oldest version of the youngest brother was also named Sil.


I grew up on a street called Rijsakkerweg, the film location that we found was on a street called Akkerweg.

Three generations of the family that owned the location appear in the birthday scene.


Amongst the extras in the birthday scene also was a man who was born in the house, where he grew up with his 12 brothers and sisters. At the time, the house was shoe shop.


The production of Growth was a complex undertaking. The process is covered in this making of:

Edit & Voice Over Sil van der Woerd