Filmmaker and animator Raoul Servais (94) passed away

Filmmaker and animator Raoul Servais (94) passed away

In October 2022, Servais was still present at Film Fest Gent to attend the world premiere of his sixteenth short film ‘Der Lange Kerl’, which he made with Rudy Pinceel. There he received the Joseph Plateau Honorary Award for lifetime achievement.

Internationally awarded

Servais was born in Ostend in 1928. He studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts. There he developed his style and experimented with animation techniques. In 1963 he founded the Animated Film Department, where he taught for many years.

Servais was awarded more than sixty times, including the Golden Palm for ‘Harpya’ at the Cannes Film Festival in 1979. Besides being a filmmaker, Servais was also a painter and illustrator. In 2019, he donated part of his archive to the King Baudouin Foundation.

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