EN - A film about patriotism, but above all about the propaganda of war; a treacherous instrument about which we are all still sensitive.

NL - In de zomer van 1916 alleen joeg ‘The Great War’ aan het westelijke front alleen een miljoen jonge mannen de dood in, zonder dat daar enige terreinwinst, laat staan vrede tegenover stond. 100 jaar later – en met die onmogelijk te vatten tol in het achterhoofd – laten de iconische eigentijdse posters van het Britse Parliamentary Recruiting Committee een smaak na die qua bitterheid met denatoniumbenzoaat kan concurreren. Uit een propagandaprent als ‘Your country needs YOU’ spreekt vandaag het schuldige verzwijgen door oorlogsminister Kitchener. Op ‘Women of Britain say GO!’ zien we een misleide, onschuldige oorlogsweduwe in wording. Bij ‘It is far better to face the bullets’ denken we nu spontaan ‘Is it?’. En in ‘Daddy, what did YOU do in the
Great War?’ frappeert de beschuldigende vinger aan het adres van mannen die toen misschien andere toekomstplannen hadden dan sneuvelen als kanonnenvlees.

Daddy Went. Daddy Did. wekt de protagonisten van deze vier beroemde en beruchte propagandaposters tot leven en wil even doen nadenken over patriottisme, maar vooral ook over (oorlogs)propaganda, een verraderlijk instrument waarvoor we in 2014 nog steeds erg vatbaar zijn.


Title Daddy Went. Daddy Did.
Original title Daddy Went. Daddy Did
Original language no dialogues
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Animation
Genre one-minute animated short
Year 2014
World première / first public presentation 2014-05-14


Cast Benjamin Verdonck, Marie-Line Van Orshaegen, Mathias Van Orshaegen, Dimitri Leue (Motion Capture actor)
Photography Laurens De Geyter
Editing Thomas Ceulemans
Sound Marius Acke, Ruben Nachtergaele
Art director Joost Jansen
Costume Sarah Rijcken
Makeup Eva Trappeniers
Music Ruben Nachtergaele
3D animation studio Cyborn

Technical specs

Running time film 1'
Release format HD 1920x1080 Apple ProRes HQ
Aspect ratio 16:9
Sound format Stereo / Dolby
Colour Colour and black-white
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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Director Joost Jansen, Thomas Ceulemans
Producers Kristoff Leue
Writers Kristoff Leue

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