To mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I – much of whose catastrophic trench warfare was waged across Flanders fields – a new collection of a dozen ultra-short films, 12 Minutes About Peace, is released theatrically by Belgium’s Kinepolis cinema chain and will be broadcast on Flemish TV channel VRT. Six of the films, meanwhile, will receive their international premiere at the Annecy International Animation Festival (9-14 June) in France.
The six selected for Annecy are A Battle for Peace by Joost Jansen; Daddy Went. Daddy Did by Joost Jansen and Thomas Ceulemans; Marc James Roels and Emma De Swaef’s Otto; FYI by Wendy Morris; Silvia Defrance’s Letter from a Soldier and Where The Poppies Blow by Michael Palmaers.
A seventh Flemish short, Wendy Morris’s Bully Beef (which is not part of the 12 Minutes programme), will also screen in Annecy’s ‘The Great War’ special programme.
12 Minutes About Peace is an initiative by the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF) to mark the WWI Centenary. All 12 films will receive their market premiere in Cannes where they can be seen at the Short Film Corner. A new trailer is also available at the Flanders Image Cannes stand (Riviera A2) or online.