Ignorance is Bliss



Ignorance Is Bliss is about how a place, which has always been a safe haven, suddenly doesn’t feel like that anymore because of terrorist threats.

Lola rather stays confined within the careless world of a circus festival than to be confronted by uncomfortable news form the outside world. But when fear of an attack creeps into the festival, she has to find a way to deal with it.


Color, 30 min, with Hannah Boer, Steve Aernouts, Abke Haring en Johnny Kraaijkamp

Director: Muck van Empel

Written by: Nena van Driel

Producers: Jasper Boon, Denise van den Hoek, Hidde de Vries

Cinematography: Herman van den Bosch

Editor: Nikki Gorissen

Sound-Design: Ruben Dekker

Production-Design: Hiske de Goeje, Julia Klok

Composer: Tess van der Velde

International première: Sehsüchte International Student Film Festival, Potsdam – Germany(2018)


Festival Selections:

Nederlands Filmfestival, Utrecht, Student Competition(2017)

Noordelijk Filmfestival, Leeuwarden, Noorderkroon Competition(2017)

Eindhovens Filmfestival, Eindhoven(2017)

Sehsüchte International Student Film Festival, short film competition, Potsdam – Germany(2018)

Taratsa International Film Festival, short film competition, Thessaloniki – Greece(2018)

La Cabina International Film Festival, medium-length competition & openingsfilm, Sevilla – Spain(2019).

Zsigmond Vilmos International Film Festival, short film competition, Szeged – Hungary(2019).



Best Student Film, Noordelijk Filmfestival, Leeuwarden, 2017.


Best camera, Zsigmond Vilmos International Film Festival, 2019.

Client: Nederlandse Filmacademie
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Date: June 27, 2017
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