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Cinetree Life on Hold

Life on Hold is a short documentary film about universal feelings of longing and displacement. With the war in Ukraine raging on for over a year, six persons share their heartfelt story of leading a life on hold, uncertain of what the future will bring.

Inspired by a photo series by photographer Eelco Wortman, director Luuk Walschot initiated the project with Ukrainian cinematographer Sveta Aparina. Life on Hold was released a year after the start of the war on Cinetree and in debate centre De Balie.

Nominated for Best Cinematograpy and Best Editing on ShortcutZ Annual Awards 2024.


  • Luuk Walschot


  • Sveta Aparina

Executive Producer

  • Laurens Neels

Production Coordinator

  • Tim de Rooij
Excerpt - Oleg
Excerpt - Amina
Excerpt - Maria