by Camiel Schouwenaar

The Netherlands, Germany 2022

Connected by their passion for football, Dylan and Youssef rediscover the power of friendship to overcome a life-changing event

Best friends Dylan and Youssef dream of becoming professional football players. One day, an unexpected event changes everything for Dylan, and he has to come to terms with his new life. He does not want to let go of his dream and is still determined to win the Touzani Cup together with Youssef! Thanks to the help of skater girl Maya - whom he has a crush on - he learns to play football in a completely new way. Bigman is a film about true friendship, not giving up, and striving to win.



Special Mention (International Ecumenical Jury) - Zlín FF 2022
Lete Special Award - Sport and Social Culture - Giffoni FF 2022
Special Mention (Film Discoveries Competition) - Kino Dzieci FF 2022
Mohaq Best Feature Film - Ajyal FF, Jury Experience 2022
European Children's Film Award - IFF SCHLiNGEL 2022
ECFA Feature Award; Kids Award NL - Filem'On - IFF for Young Audiences 2022
Enfants Terribles Award for Best Feature Film - Audience Award - Gijón IFF 2022
ECFA Award; Best feature film by Children’s jury up to 12 years old - Olympia IFF for Children and Young People 2022
Best Dutch Feature Audience Award - Cinekid Festival 2022
Special Mention - Tel Aviv International Children's FF 2022
Industry Award - Best International Feature - Kristiansand International Children's FF 2023
Teen Screen Special Mention - Molodist Kyiv International Film Festival 2023


World Premiere: Zlín FF 2022
Giffoni FF 2022
CineFest Miskolc IFF 2022
Kino Dzieci FF 2022
Ajyal FF, Jury Experience 2022
São Paulo IFF 2022
Thessaloniki IFF 2022
KINEKO! 2022
Gijón IFF 2022
Tallinn Black Nights FF 2022
Mannheim-Heidelberg IFF 2022
Filem'On - IFF for Young Audiences 2022
Red Sea IFF 2022
Youngabout FF 2O22
Vilnius Youth and Children FF 2022
Olympia IFF for Children and Young People 2022
Tel Aviv International Children’s FF 2022
Cinekid Festival 2022
Cinema Concordia in San Marino 2023
Stockholm IFF Junior 2023
Leeds Young FF 2023
Kristiansand International Children's FF 2023
Motovun Timpetill 2023
Espoo Ciné IFF 2023
IFF for Children and Youth Ojo de Pescado 2023
TIFF Junior - Tromsø Children's FF 2023
IFFT-Children’s Film Festival of Kerala 2023
Seoul Int'l Children's FF 2023
Ayvalık IFF 2023
Cinedu IFF 2023
Children's Resilience in Film Awards 2023
Athens International Children's FF 2023
Goethe-Institut Lille 2023
Molodist Kyiv IFF 2023
Athens International Children's FF 2024
Play - Lisbon’s International Kids FF 2024

Cast & Crew

Maik Cillekens, Anouar Kasmi, Kailani Busker, Mohamed Tijani

Production company: Rinkel Film

Producer: Reinier Selen

Coproducers: Marcel Lenz & Guido Schwab – Ostlicht Filmproduktion

Camiel Schouwenaar

Camiel Schouwenaar (1970) works as a writer and director for youth drama productions and animation films. After he graduated from the Netherlands Film Academy, he first started directing puppet show series that won international awards. He loves storytelling for young audiences where drama is brought in a light-hearted and imaginary way. His animation short Polska Warrior won the Prix Jeunesse UNESCO Award, two Cinekid Awards and the Golden Calf.