Sad Beauty

laurels icon Best Animation Short Nominee
  • Animation
  • 10min
  • Animation Short
  • UK Premiere
  • 2020

A young woman mourns the disappearance of several animal species, against the backdrop of a heavily polluted world. When she falls ill due to a bacterial infection, nature appears to send her a message in her hallucinations. But when mankind causes its own demise, what could possibly bring consolation?

Arjan Brentjes began his career as a painter before switching to film in 2009. He has made short films since 2010, working mostly in animation. Technology is a key theme in his work and Arjan often uses visual styles from the past to examine our present or future.


Arjan Brentjes


Arjan Brentjes

Executive Producer

Arjan Brentjes


Arjan Brentjes

Director of Photography

Arjan Brentjes

Sound Designer

Bob Kommer Studios

Production Designer

Arjan Brentjes