EN - A soldier goes to the front during World War I, whose horrors make him realise that the enemy is actually war itself. He is transformed into a modern soldier, making the viewer realise there is only one real enemy: ‘modern war’; and only one goal: peace.

NL - Een strijd om vrede portretteert een soldaat die tijdens WOI ten strijde trekt. De gruwelijkheden van de oorlog doen hem al vlug beseffen dat de vijand eigenlijk in de oorlog zelf schuilt. De getuigende soldaat verandert van gedaante, in een moderne soldaat, en neemt de kijker mee doorheen de tijd. Er rest hem maar één echte vijand, de “moderne oorlog” zelf en één streefdoel, vrede. De getuigenis van deze soldaat staat als metafoor voor de verschrikkelijke wreedheid van oorlog en het verlangen naar of nood aan vrede.


Title A Battle for Peace
Original title Een strijd om vrede
Original language Dutch
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Animation
Genre one-minute animation short
Year 2014
World première / first public presentation 2014-05-14


Cast Jee Kast (VL), John Boyle (ENG)
Photography Joost Jansen
Editing Joost Jansen
Sound Yves De Mey
Art director Joost Jansen
Music Yves De Mey
Animation Joost Jansen, Jan Kegels

Technical specs

Running time film 1'
Release format DCP
Aspect ratio 16:9
Colour Colour
Available in 2D


Supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Flemish Literature Fund (FLF), Kinepolis, Canvas


2014: Short Film Corner - Cannes Film Festival (FR), Annecy International Animated Film Festival (FR)

Montreal World Film Fest takes Flanders’ treatment

The Montreal World Film Festival has picked up The Treatment by Hans Herbots for its 38th edition, taking place from August 21-September 1. Herbots’s psychological thriller will have its international premiere in the festival’s Focus on World Cinema section. In addition, Sahim Omar Kalifa will present his latest short film Bad Hunter in Official Competition. Kevin Meul’s short Cadet and the animation project 12 Minutes About Peace, a collection of 12 one-minute shorts commemorating WWI, are also set to screen in Montreal.

Bad HunterThe Treatment stars Geert Van Rampelberg as police inspector Nick Cafmeyer, a man who seems to have it all. Yet a dark shadow hangs over his life: since the age of nine, he has been haunted by the disappearance of his younger brother.

Published on Wednesday 6 August 2014

Flanders Declares War on Annecy

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.

Daddy Went. Daddy DidThe 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.

Published on Friday 16 May 2014

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