Flying Anne

  • Audience Award for Best Short Film, IFFBoston
  • Best Documentary, Superfest International Disability Film Festival
  • Best International Short Film, RIDM
  • Best Short Documentary, Hot Docs
  • Best Short Documentary, Visions du Réel
Past Screenings:
  • Hamptons Film Festival, New York
  • Hot Docs, Toronto, Canada
  • ReelAbilities, New York
  • RIDM, Montreal, Canada
  • Visions du Réel, Nyon, Switzerland
Flying Anne

The more you look at beautiful, eleven-year-old Anne, the more you’ll notice her “tics.” Anne suffers from Gilles de la Tourette’s syndrome, a condition that makes her body do things she doesn’t want it to, such as suddenly spinning around or licking everything in sight. She sometimes finds it hard to cope with her illness, especially in school, where she’s afraid that others will bully or laugh at her. The youth documentary Flying Anne shows how Anne tries to keep her tics in check by “flying” through life.

FILMMAKER: Catherine van Campen

The Netherlands
Catherine van Campen

Catherine van Campen lives and works in Amsterdam as an independent radio presenter and documentary filmmaker. Her debut film, Eternal Mash, won the 2006 IDFA Completion Prize for most promising film plan. In 2009, Van Campen made her second film with the award winning script Drona & me, a short documentary about two brothers who toured around the world. Flying Anne is her third film. Her latest film, Painful Painting, premiered at IDFA 2011 and she is currently finishing another documentary, Silent Talking, while also working on a radio-documentary project with Stef Visjager and jazz musician Joep Pelt.