When Light Fades

A poetic short film about a ten-year-old boy struggling with depression. As he spirals further into isolation, it’s getting harder for him to resist the visions of an offered escape.

Short film | 00:11:33 | Narrative Fiction | Themes: Depression, Youth, Children | Colour | 4:3 | The Netherlands | Spoken language: Dutch | Subtitles: English | Format: DCP, ProRes | Dolby 5.1 & Stereo LtRt


Written & directed by Daan Groot

Produced by Laurette Schillings, Frans van Gestel & Arnold Heslenfeld for Topkapi Films

Cinematography by Michel Rosendaal

Editor: David Heemstra

Sound design: Gijs Domen

Composer: Arend Groot, Daan Groot


International première: Minikino Short Film Week Bali 2020, programmers choice competition, Indonesia.

Fransiska Prihadi, program director Minikino: “Intense and brutally emotional, I feel guilty to find it beautiful at the same time.”


Festival selections:

  • Minikino Short Film Week Bali 2020, programmers choice competition, Indonesia. 🏆
  • Nederlands Filmfestival 2020, debut competition, the Netherlands.


  • Programmers Choice Award, Minikino Short Film Week Bali 2020, Indonesia


Client: Topkapi Films
Date: September 1, 2020
Services: Festival distribution & Strategy