Merci Pour Votre Patience! (2022)

Written & directed by Simon van der Zande


From a fixed point of view, we witness a tense bus ride in Brussels, when Samuel – a Congolese immigrant – gets on to voice his discontent with Europe.


Short film | 00:17:10 | Student Film | Themes: Immigration, Racism, | Colour | 1.85:1 | Belgium, the Netherlands | Spoken language: French, Dutch, English, Arabic | Subtitles: English, | Format: DCP, ProRes | Dolby 5.1 & Stereo LtRt


About Simon van der Zande:

Simon van der Zande (1991) is a filmmaker from Amsterdam, based in Brussels. He graduated from the program Film at the KASK Conservatorium in Ghent with the short film Merci pour votre patience! (2022).

Before he moved to Brussels and committed himself to filmmaking, he obtained a research master in Philosophy and a bachelor degree in Art History from the University of Amsterdam. Thinking is very important for Simon’s filmmaking: by means of simple, recognizable situations his films investigate the (moral) complexities of living together and negotiating differences.

His bachelor film Between Us (2021) was selected, among others, for the official student competition of Go Short International Short Film Festival Nijmegen and won the audience award at Ongezien Kort in Antwerp.

Festival selections:

  • Filmfest Gent 2022, student competition, Belgium 🏆
  • Kortfilmfestival Leuven 2022, Belgian competition, Belgium 🏆
  • GoShort international short film festival 2023, New Arrivals competition, the Netherlands 🏆
  • Bogoshorts 2023, international fiction competition, Colombia
  • San Sebastian International Film Festival, NEST competition, Spain
  • Bolton Film Festival 2023, international competition, UK
  • Helsinki International Film Festival – Love and Anarchy 2023, Finland


  • Audience Award & Special Mention Jury, Filmfest Gent 2022 🏆
  • Jury Award for Best Debut Film, Kortfilmfestival Leuven 2022 🏆
  • Youth Award & Audience Award, GoShort international short film festival 2023 🏆




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