Scene from the film The Art Of Flying
Scene from the film The Art Of Flying
Scene from the film The Art Of Flying
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The Art Of Flying

  • Netherlands

Short film about “murmurations”: the mysterious flights of the Common Starling. It is still unknown how the thousands of birds are able to fly in such dense swarms without colliding. Every night the starlings gather at dusk to perform their stunning air show.

Because of the relatively warm winter of 2014/2015, the starlings stayed in the Netherlands instead of migrating southwards. This gave filmmaker Jan van IJken the opportunity to film one of the most spectacular and amazing natural phenomena on earth.


  • Original Title
    The Art Of Flying
  • Direction
  • Runtime
    7 min (1-15 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Netherlands
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Production
  • Festivals
    • 2016 Lima Independiente Festival Internacional de Cine, Peru
    • 2016 CinemAmbiente Environmental Film Festival, Torino, Italy
    • 2016 Int Nature Film Festival Gödöllö, Hungary
    • 2016 Palm Springs Int ShortFest, USA
    • 2016 BIP - Biennale de l’Image Possible Luik, Belgium
    • 2016 Maui Film Festival, Hawaii
    • 2016 AFI Docs, Wahington DC, USA
    • 2016 Festival de Cine de Huesca, Spain
    • 2016 Encounters South African International Documentary Festival, Cape Town, South Africa
    • 2016 Hamburg Int. Short Film Festival, Germany
    • 2016 Mo&Friese Children's ShortFilmFestival Hamburg Germany
    • 2016 Vienna Independent Shorts, Austria
    • 2016 Art Zaanstad, Zaandam, Netherlands
    • 2016 Short Cutz, Amsterdam, Netherlands
    • 2016 “Who's Your Mama?” Earth Day and Environmental Film Festival, Kent USA
    • 2016 Ismailia International Festival for Documentary & Short Films, Egypt
    • 2016 Cinema Planeta, Cuernavaca, Mexico
    • 2016 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, Durham, USA
    • 2016 The Environmental Film Festival at Yale, USA
    • 2016 Sonoma Int Film Festival USA
    • 2016 Vilnius Int Film Festival Kino Pavasaris, Lithuania
    • 2016 Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital, Washington D.C. USA
    • 2016 Saguenay Int. Short Film Festival, Québec Canada
    • 2016 Les Bois Film Festival USA
    • 2016 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Missoula, Montana USA
    • 2016 Stuttgarter Filmwinter, Stuttgart, Germany
    • 2016 Wild & Scenic Film Festival, Nevada City, USA
    • 2015 Grafest, Gračanica, Kosovo
    • 2015 L'Alternativa Independent Film Festival, Barcelona, Spain
    • 2015 Tehran International Short Film Festival, Iran
    • 2015 Alter-Native International Short Film Festival, Tirgu Mures, Romania
    • 2015 Kassel documentary film and video festival, Germany
    • 2015 Vers Awards, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    • 2015 Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival, Czech Republic
    • 2015 Planet in focus Environmental Film Festival, Toronto, Canada
    • 2015 Dieren Film Festival, Den Haag, The Netherlands
    • 2015 Message 2 Man International Film Festival, St. Petersburg, Russia
    • 2015 Nederlands Film Festival, Utrecht, The Netherlands
    • 2015 Split International Film Festival, Croatia is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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