Shattered Past


A man is writing down his memoirs. In the middle of this he suddenly suffers a stroke. This catapults him back into his childhood during the Russian revolution and his family’s ensuing escape.

Technical info

Running time 8’12”
Year 2011
Release format DigiBeta
Other file formats Betacam, H264
Aspect ratio 16:9
Sound format Dolby Digital
Language English
Subtitles English, French, Dutch
Country Belgium


Written and directed by Boris Sverlow
Producers Boris Sverlow & KASK Hogeschool Gent
Animation Boris Sverlow
Film Editor Boris Sverlow
Music Composer Jeroen De Brauwer
Piano Tine Alegaert
Cello Jolien Deley
Sound Design Boris Sverlow
Sound Mixing Patrik Berx
Voices Sergeï Isakov
Alina Bondareva
Voice-over Gleb Sverlow
Mentor Luc Degryse
Titling Mario Debaene

Production stills


2012  Jury Honorable Mention. Monstra Festival (PT)
2012  Best Animation Film. Festimages (BE)
2012  Best Belgian Student Short Film. ANIMA (BE)
2011  VAF Wildcard. Internationaal Kortfilmfestival Leuven (BE)
2011  Le Prix Sabam. FIDEC (BE)


2014: Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival (GB), Boddinale International Movie Festival (DE)
2012: Festival International du Film d’Amiens (FR), International Animated Film Festival Tindirindis (LT), Bradford Animation Festival (GB), Aesthetica Short Film Festival (GB), Anifest Rozafa (AL), Festival Du Nouveau Cinéma (CA), Montreal World Film Festival (CA), Palm Springs International ShortFest (US), Mashrome Film Fest (IT), Brussels Short Film Festival (BE), European Media Art Festival (DE), Silence, On court! (FR), Anifilm (CZ), Monstra Festival (PT), Festimages (BE), Cinequest (US), Festival International du Film d’Aubagne (FR), ANIMA (BE), Travelling Rennes Film Festival (FR)
2011: Internationaal Kortfilmfestival Leuven (BE), Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival/Animated Dreams (EE), FIDEC (BE)