If Mama Ain’t Happy, Nobody’s Happy

A film by: Mea Dols de Jong

“If you want to make a film about independent women, shouldn’t you make a film about our family?” And so mother and daughter embark on a journey together to make a portrait about the four generations who all managed without a man. A mysterious family tradition slowly emerges. One the mother is proud of, but the daughter has her doubts.

Country: the Netherlands
Length: 24’48”
Completion: 09/2014
Genre: documentary
Screening format: DCP, H264, ProRes
Spoken language: Dutch
Subtitles: English

Festivals:

  • Netherlands Film Festival, the Netherlands (24 September – 3 October, 2014)
    Student Competition Won: Filmproducenten Nederland Prijs (for best producer)
  • International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, the Netherlands (19 – 30 November, 2014)
    Student Competition
  • Internationaal Filmfestival Assen | Vrouw & Film, the Netherlands (14 – 15 March, 2015)
    Out of Competition: IFA KersVers
  • Go Short – International Short Film Festival Nijmegen, the Netherlands (8 – 12 April, 2015)
    National Competition & Out-of-competition: Generation I Won: Go Short Youth Award
  • It’s All True – International Documentary Film Festival, Brazil (9 -19 April, 2015)
    Short Film Competition
  • Sehsüchte International Student Film Festival, Germany (22 – 26 April, 2015)
    International Competition Won: Best Short Documentary & Audience Award
  • Fest München, Germany (7 – 14 May, 2014)
    International Competition Won: Megaherz Filmschool Award
  • Tel-Aviv International Student Film Festival, Israel (31 May – 6 June, 2015)
    International Competition Won: Best Documentary
  • Other Movie Lugano Film Festival, Switzerland (7 – 14 June, 2015)
    International Competition Won: Best Film
  • DOCUMENTARIST Istanbul Documentary Days, Turkey (13 – 18 June, 2015)
    Non-competitive
  • Huesca International Film Festival, Spain (13 – 20 June, 2015)
    Documentary Competition Won: Danzante Award for Best Documentary Short Film
  • FESTCURTASBH – Belo Horizonte International Short Film Festival, Brazil (18 – 27 September, 2015)
    Out of Competition: Youth Exhibition
  • Raindance Film Festival, United Kingdom (23 September – 4 October, 2015)
    Best International Shorts Competition
  • Netherlands Film Festival, the Netherlands (23 September – 2 October, 2015)
    Out of competition: Educational program
  • Message to Man International Film Festival, Russia (26 September – 3 October, 2015)
    International Competition Won: Best Documentary
  • Sapporo International Short Film Festival, Japan (6 – 12 October, 2015)
    One Title Selection Competition Won: Best Documentary
  • Vilnius International Short Film Festival, Lithuania (7 – 11 October, 2015)
    International Competition Won: Best Documentary
  • Thess International Short Film Festival, Greece (9 – 14 October, 2015)
    Official Selection Won: Cinematic Achievement Award
  • Un festival c’est trop court!, France (9 – 16 October, 2015)
    Out of Competition: School program
  • Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, USA (9 – 18 October, 2015)
    Official selection
  • Kaohsiung Film Festival, Taiwan (23 October – 8 November, 2015)
    International Short Film Competition
  • International Short Film Festival Winterthur, Switzerland (3 – 8 November, 2015)
    Youth Competition Won: Best Youth Film
  • Sichuan TV Festival, China (6 – 8 November, 2015)
    International “Gold Panda” Awards for Students Nomination: Special Jury Award for Documentary
  • Louis International Film Festival, United States (5 – 15 November, 2015)
    Competition
  • Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival, Germany (10 – 15 November, 2015)
    International competition
  • Sleepwalkers International Short Film Festival (17 – 21 November, 2015)
    Student competition
  • International Film Festival Etiuda&Anima, Poland (23 – 28 November, 2015)
    Etiuda Competition
  • Which Human Rights? Film Festival, Turkey (5 – 9 December, 2015)
    Out of competition on focus on Women’s Issues
  • International Gaziantep Zeugma Film Festival, Turkey (8 – 13 December, 2015)
    International Competition
  • MOV – Festival Internacional de Cinema Universitário de Pernambuco, Brazil (9 – 12 December, 2015)
    Official Selection Won: Best Film – Won: Special Award “Não sou obrigada a nada, A NADA!”
  • Über Kurz oder Lang Film Festival, Germany (28 – 29 December, 2015)
  • Slamdance Film Festival, USA (22 – 28 January, 2016)
    Official Selection Won: Jury Award for Documentary Short
  • Punto de Vista International Documentary Film Festival, Spain (8 – 14 February, 2016)
    Official Section
  • Brussels Short Film Festival, Belgium (27 April – 8 May, 2016)
    Dutch Film Focus
  • WE Film Festival, the Netherlands (28 – 30 April, 2016)
    Non-competitive festival
  • Flying Broom International Women’s Film Festival, Turkey (5 – 12 May, 2016)
    Official Competition
  • InDPanda International Film Festival, China (10 September – 9 October, 2016)
    Out of Competition: Kaohsiung Winning Films
  • Inte Cinema Festival, Italy (13 – 16 September, 2016)
    Official Competition Won: Best Documentary
  • Konstanzer kurz.film.spiele, Germany (22 – 23 October, 2016)
    Official Competition Won: Main Award
  • Festival de Cinéma Jeune Public de Lausanne, Switzerland (23 – 27 November, 2016)
    12+ Competition
  • Tegenstroom Internationaal Festival, the Netherlands (9 -11 December, 2016)
    Competition Won: Prize for Best Documentary & Prize for Best Dutch Film
  • GZDOC – Guanghzou International Documentary Film Festival, China (12 – 15 December, 2017)
    Golden Kapok Award Competition Won: Golden Kapok Award
  • Women’s Film Festival Vermont, United Stated (10 – 19 March, 2017)
  • Meko Shortfilm Festival Landau, Germany (8 – 13 May, 2017)
    Competition Audience Award
  • Open Air Filmfest Weiterstadt, Germany (10 – 14 August, 2017)
    Official Selection

Director: Mea Dols de Jong
Producer: Juul Op Den Kamp, Chris Stenger
Cinematographer: Nina Badoux
Boom Operator: Freek Huijs
Sound Design: Laura Solleveld
Editor: Jose Van Koppenhagen
Composer: Jesper Ankarfeldt