Joost Jansen
illustrator, animator, friend

I love hooligans

In I Love Hooligans we enter the world of a homosexual hooligan. Football is what he lives for. His sexual orientation is a well-kept secret. As a hooligan, his club is everything to him.

The match against the arch rival is the highlight of the year. On the day they turn to booze and drugs, looking for excitement with whatever presents itself. Like hungry lions they search out their potential prey: mounted policemen, fans of the other side, and all the rest of the wimps, faggots and pansies.

Loosening the vocal chords inside the stadium, until the ref blows his whistle and the match begins. The game, the artistry of the players, the camaraderie, the rhythm of the sounds from the stands: he becomes totally immersed. This is his world, his life. With each nasty foul, there's booing: “Queer. Faggot”. He shouts as loud as the fans, fully aware of putting on an act. It is his survival strategy.

The fans club house is a universe of passion, noise and action. Any sensual thoughts about men are life-threatening. He would be an easy target if the shit hit the fan and they found out he was gay.

All matches end and he has to go home, where no one is waiting. In this silence, this fan admits that he too longs for warmth, security and love. When the walls start closing in on him, football calls. It is only among his football mates that he doesn't feel lonely. Until the end of time.

At the end of the day, this homosexual hooligan has but one dream: “To die in the arms of my loved one.”


1. Interfilm / Short Film Festival Berlin 

Berlin. 12 - 17 Nov. 2013 

SECOND PLACE Documentary Competition, Special Mention.

2. Holland Animation Film Festival

19 - 23 March 2014

Shorts Competition – Dutch Animation Competition

WINNER of the Professional Award for Dutch Animation

WINNER of the MovieZone HAFF Award

3. Roze Filmdagen

13-23 march 2014

Short Movie Competition

WINNER Best Short Movie 

SECOND PLACE Audience Award

4. International football film festival "11mm", Berlin 2014

27. März - 1. April 2014

WINNER 11mm Short Kicks Film Competition

5. Animayo 

5-10 May 201 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria


WINNER Best Independent Short Film of the International Competition. 

6. Le Court Nous Tient

5 and 6 of April, 2014. Saint Denis France.


7. In the Palace International Short Film Festival

In competition. 4-11 July 2014


8. Fenêtres sur Courts, European short film festival 

November 3 - 4 Dijon, France

WINNER European Competition 

9. BCN Sports Film Festival