Born on the 22nd of July 1982, Tom Van Avermaet has always had one specific goal in his life, namely that of being a storyteller.
Fascinated by the celluloid dreamscape that cinema provided, Tom quickly decided that the best way to fulfil that lofty goal, was by picking up the cinematic paintbrush himself. Whilst enrolled in his last year of film school at the RITS in Belgium, he completed his first short film "DREAMTIME - Droomtijd" (2006), with which he graduated with honours.

The film went on to complete a successful national & international festival run with over 60 festival selections and numerous awards (among which a nomination for the Mélies D’or for best European fantastic Short Film). The film was also long listed for the Student Academy Awards in 2007 as the entry for Erasmus Hogeschool – Department RITS.

Starring in his first professional short film "DEATH OF A SHADOW" (2012) are Matthias Schoenaerts (Bullhead, Rust & Bone), Laura Verlinden, Peter Van Den Eede and Benjamin Ramon. The film started its festival run in June 2012 and has been fortunate enough to win the European Film Award for Best Short Film in 2013 and to be nominated for the Academy award (Oscar) for best live action short in early 2013.

Influenced by the great ‘surrealists’ of the international world of cinema (Guillermo Del Toro, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Terry Gilliam, Tim Burton, Stanley Kubrick, Raoul Servais…) and inspired by the mythology and mystery of fantasy tales and comic books, Tom hopes to bring his passion for the fantastic and the imaginative to life with future projects, be they commercials, music videos, short or long narrative fiction.

Tom has also been active in the short film festival world as a jury member or head of jury, among which in 2013 the academy qualifying Leeds International Film Festival and their short film competition and also in Belgium as a member of the Sundance TV Channel competition for new local talent.

Tom is currently working on getting a first feature film project in the running, some of the projects he’s currently developing are

- An adaptation of the video game ‘Heavy Rain’ with Heyday Pictures (Harry Potter/Gravity/Paddington) as a feature film
- A sci-fi anthology film combining five short films by five different directors into a feature length narrative named ‘The Wanderer’
- A spiritual successor to ‘Death of a shadow’ called ‘The nobility of tears’, a story of a man confronted with a shadow world where all our human emotions become tangible artefacts and who tries to use the powers of this world to make the woman of his dreams fall in love with him.
- A sci-fi drama called ‘The confusing art of walking backwards’, where technology has it made it possible to simulate past memories and create alternate lives where each decision can be made again and again and a sort of what-if machine gets created.


(2012) – Dood van een Schaduw (Death of a Shadow/Mort D’une Ombre)
Nominated for the Academy Award for best live action short at the 85th Academy Awards
Winner of the Best European Short Film Award at the 26th European Film Awards
Over 120 festival screenings and 40 prizes worldwide

(2006) – Droomtijd (Dreamtime / Temps De Rêves)
Longlisted for the 34th Student Academy Awards (Entry from RITS Film School Belgium)
Winner of the Silver Mélies for best European Fantastic Short Film
Over 70 festival screenings and 20 prizes worldwide
Screened at Academy Qualifying festivals such as Rhode Island International Film Festival and Palm Springs Short Film Festival