Born in 1928, Raoul Servais studied applied arts at KASK, in Ghent. Freshly graduated he worked as René Magritte’s assistant. In 1963, Servais started the Animation Film Department at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent, the first school in its kind on the European continent. In 1973, Raoul Servais enters the Royal Academy for Arts and Sciences of Belgium. From 1985 to 1994 Raoul Servais was President of ASIFA (Association Internationale du Film d’Animation). Raoul Servais is co-founder of the Vlaams Audiovisueel Fonds (VAF – the fund of the Flanders government that supports audiovisuel production), has been vice-president of the Henri Storck Foundation and still is vice-president of the foundation that carries his name. Servais was made Doctor Honoris Causa of the Ghent University.

In 2002, he received the quinquennial cultural prize of the province West Flanders. The Flemish Parliament granted him in 2010 a golden honorific medal. Earlier he had been ‘cultural ambassador of Flanders’. Raoul Servais received more than fifty prizes and awards, such as the Norman McLaren Heritage Prize of the Canadian National Film Board, the Grand Prize of the Jury and the Golden Palm with his short film “Harpya” (both in Cannes),  and the Grand Prix of the Animation Film Festival of Annecy, apart from important prizes at numerous other festivals in Belgium and abroad: Bilbao, Teheran, Montreal, Leipzig, Moscow, Chicago, Philadelphia, Sydney, Oberhausen, Zagreb, Porto, Rome, Valladolid.

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SERVAIS, Rudy Pinceel, Belgium, 2018, 60’

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HARPYA, Raoul Servais, Belgium, 1979, 9’

TAXANDRIA, Raoul Servais, France, Belgium, Germany, 1994, 82’