Toon Aerts

Misha, Yumiko and Chinatsu are sitting in a parked car in front of a strange motel. In the backseat they have a huge amount of test tubes filled with different substances. It’s clear that their attempted burglary didn’t go as planned… While Yumiko tries to calm down their Albanian boss Hasan on the phone, Misha can’t resist it any longer. He opens up a test tube and drinks it to the drop, causing some extraordinary effects.

Director – Toon Aerts
Writer – Toon Aerts
Producer – Eurydice Gysel & Koen Mortier (Epidemic)
Cinematographer – Nicolas Karakatsanis
Editor – Martin Leroy
Art Director – Yves Verstraete
Cast – Misha Downey, Yumiko Funaya, Minami Takahashi, Philippe Genion, Begir Memeti, Masayuki Oshiro

Production support from Flanders Audiovisual Fund
Supported by the Belgian Tax Shelter

Bio director
In 2001, Toon Aerts (°1977) graduated with honours from the Sint Lukas Film School in Brussels on presentation of the short film ‘Dialing the Devil’. With this short, a gritty 70’s style road movie, he won numerous national and international awards like the Leuven Short Film Festival (BE), Het Grote Ongeduld (BE), Courtisane (BE), 3rd Pixie Awards (USA) and the Golden Sheaf Awards (CAN). Besides his fiction work, Toon has also directed a number of compelling and comedic commercials, for clients such as Head and Shoulders, Prince and Soubry.


  • Released at International Short Film Festival in Leuven, Belgium, 2012
  • International Premiere on Clermont-Ferrand, France, 2013
  • USA Premiere in Seattle at International Fantastic Film Festival, 2013
  • Winner BFF & Zilveren Milies at Imagine Film Festival, the Netherlands, 2013
  • Nominated for Best Short Film at Chicago International Film Festival, 2013
  • Nominated for Deadline Award at Landshut Short Film Festival, 2014
  • Selected for Offscreen Film Festival, 2013
  • Selected for Brussels International Fantasy Film Festival, Belgium, 2013
  • Selected for Palm Springs international Shortfest, USA , 2013
  • Selected for Shock and Gore FF, United Kingdom, 2013
  • Selected for Encounters Short film and animation festival, United Kingdom, 2013
  • Selected for Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival, Switzerland, 2013
  • Selected for International Short Film Festival Detmold, Germany, 2013 
  • Selected for Fantastic Zagreb, Croatia, 2013
  • Selected for Cryptshow Festival, Spain, 2013
  • Selected for MOTELx Film Festival, Portugal, 2013
  • Selected for Guanajuato Film Festival, Mexico, 2013
  • Selected for Fantasy Film Festival, Germany, 2013
  • Selected for L’étrange Film Festival, France, 2013
  • Selected for International Film Festival Manaki Brothers, Macedonia, 2013

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