Silvia Defrance studied animationfilm at the School of Arts in Ghent / KASK where she graduated as a Master in the Audiovisual Arts and where she also obtained a practice based PhD in Audiovisual Arts at the same school in collaboration with UGent university.
Silvia worked on several short films such as “Candy Darling” and “Her Voice”. The latest is an experimental film that was part of a personal research project, within the framework of her practical PhD in the Audiovisual Arts. Her film explores and questions the structures of filmmaking by pushing these cinematic codes to their limits. The film received development funding from The Flanders Audiovisual Fund / VAF and is produced by CZAR based in Brussels.
Recently “Her Voice” by Silvia Defrance was screened in the short film competition at Avvantura International Film Festival, 27th of August 2017, Island of Vis, Croatia.
“Her Voice” also made it in the first selection stage of The Social Machinery Festival, Italy in the category: ‘Experimental short musical fiction’. http://www.socialmachinery.it
In July 2017 the film was selected as a finalist in Small Axe Tolpuddle Radical Film Festival 2017 in the U.K. and earlier on it was selected for the ‘Experiments in Cinema’ festival in April 2017 in Albuquerque (United States).
“Letter from a Soldier”, a short animation about World War I was screened earlier this year at “Het Ieperse Vredesfeest”, Ieper, Belgium, May, 14, 2017.
In 2008 Silvia wrote, directed and produced ‘Candy Darling’, a crossover film (26’) which bridges the gap between live action and CGI. The film was selected and screened at various film festivals around the world including ‘The New York Short film Festival’ (USA), ‘Flanders International Film festival’ (Belgium) and ‘The Festival Cinéma de Paris’ (France). ‘Candy Darling’ was sold to the Belgian television station Canvas and has won several international awards such as ‘Best Short film’ (San Francisco Short FF), ‘Best Experimental Film’ (European independent FF) and ‘Best Short Film’ (The AVANCA FF).