Raoul Servais

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Raoul Servais
Portrait of Raoul Servais
Servais in 2014
Raoul Servais

(1928-05-01)1 May 1928
Ostend, Belgium
Died17 March 2023(2023-03-17) (aged 94)
Leffinge, Belgium
Occupation(s)Filmmaker, painter

Raoul Servais (1 May 1928 – 17 March 2023) was a Belgian filmmaker, animator and comics artist.[1] He was born in Ostend, Belgium, and is a fundamental figure of the Belgian animation scene, as well as the founder of the animation faculty of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KASK).[2]

Servais was best known for the animated film, Harpya, for which he won a Palme d'Or at the 1979 Cannes Film Festival.[3] Servais received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the World Festival of Animated Film - Animafest Zagreb in 2016.[4] At the 9th Magritte Awards, he received an Honorary Magritte Award from the Académie André Delvaux.

In total, Servais won about 60 film prizes. Homages with retrospectives were organized in Paris, Madrid, Istanbul, Montreal, New York, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Rio de Janeiro and St Petersburg.[5]

Servais died at his home in Leffinge on 17 March 2023, at the age of 94.[6]


Raoul Servais, portrait by the Belgian artist Willy Bosschem.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Lenburg, Jeff (2006). "Servais, Raoul". Who's Who in Animated Cartoons: An International Guide to Film & Television's Award-Winning and Legendary Animators. New York: Applause Theatre & Cinema Books. pp. 314–316. ISBN 978-1-55783-671-7.
  2. ^ "Raoul Servais".
  3. ^ "Cartoons Considered For An Academy Award – 1979". cartoonresearch.com.
  4. ^ "Animafest Zagreb 2016. Lifetime Achievement Award".
  5. ^ "Raoul Servais overleden, internationaal gelauwerde pionier van de Belgische animatiefilm". VRT (in Dutch). 20 March 2023.
  6. ^ Raoul Servais (94) overleden, internationaal geprezen pionier van de animatiefilm die onder meer Gouden Palm won
  7. ^ Who's who in Animated Cartoons 155783671X Jeff Lenburg - 2006 "at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, with plans to complete a film he had begun three years earlier, Harbour Lights (1960)."
  8. ^ Memo from Belgium - Issues 181–184; Issue 1979 - Page 9 1979 -Industrial and commercial cartoons appeared on the silver screen, and young artists emerged to open up new horizons in form as well as content. Not for nothing the Servais film "Harbour Lights" came as a revelation to the 1960 National Film ..
  9. ^ HARPYA-Festival de Cannes
  10. ^ 4. Kecskeméti Animációs Filmfesztivál 1. Nemzetközi Animációs Játékfilm Fesztivál). Kecskeméti Animáció Film Fesztivál. 1996

Further reading[edit]

  • Moins, Philippe; Corbet, Maurice (2013). Raoul Servais. Voyage en servaisgraphie. Les Animés (in French). Montreuil and Annecy: Éditions de l'Oeil and Communauté de l'Agglomération d'Annecy. ISBN 978-2-35137-144-2.
  • Moins, Philippe (2018). Panoramic: Raoul Servais. Gent: Borgerhoff & Lamberigts. ISBN 978-90-8931-838-1.
  • Rosignoli, Manuela (2006). "Attraverso lo specchio" [Through the mirror]. In Bendazzi, Giannalberto; Scrimitore, Raffaella (eds.). Il cinema d'animazione e la nuova critica [Animated cinema and the new criticism]. Tra spettacolo e drammaturgia (in Italian). Milan: CUEM. pp. 63–72. ISBN 978-88-6001-077-3.
  • Swinnen, Johan; Deneulin, Luc (2008). Raoul Servais: The Wizard of Ostend: Commitment – Challenge – Recognition. Brussels: ASP. ISBN 978-90-5487-480-5.

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