EN - A besieged soldier is trapped in the trenches and doesn't survive the attack. After the war has ended, his mother - peacefully seated in a field of poppies - reads her son's last letter.

NL - Een belegerde soldaat zit gedurende hevige gasexplosies gevangen in een loopgraaf en sterft er tenslotte. Nadat de oorlog voorbij is zien we het vredige beeld van zijn moeder die onder een boom in een papaverveld de laatste brief van haar overleden zoon leest.

Het verhaal is gebaseerd op het authentieke gedicht ‘Dulce et Decorum Est’ van de soldaat Wilfred Owen uit WO I.


Title Letter from a Soldier
Original title Letter from a Soldier
Original language English
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Animation
Genre one-minute animated short
Year 2014
World première / first public presentation 2014-05-14


Photography Silvia Defrance
Editing Silvia Defrance
Sound Tom Daniels
Music La chanson de la Craonne 1917

Technical specs

Running time film 1'
Colour Colour and black-white
Available in 2D


Supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Flemish Literature Fund (FLF), Kinepolis, Canvas
Production partners CZAR, vzw The Framed Pony's


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 Silvia Defrance
Producers Eurydice Gysel
Writers Silvia Defrance

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