EN - Sixteen-year-old Thomas is trying to find his way within the community of Jehovah's Witnesses in which he was raised, but finds himself caught between his ex-communicated older brother and his younger brother who is about to be baptised. Will he follow the path of the elder or set the right example for the younger? Whatever his choice, the decision will have a huge impact on family relationships.

FR - Thomas, un adolescent de 16 ans, essaie de trouver son chemin au sein de la communauté de témoins de Jéhovah dans laquelle il a été élevé. Il est partagé entre son grand frère désengagé et de son petit frère sur le point de se faire baptiser. Suivra-t-il le chemin de son grand frère ou montrera-t-il le droit chemin à son petit frère ? Quel que soit son choix, cette décision aura de grandes conséquences sur les relations familiales.


Title Name Of the Fathers
Original title De naam van de vader
Original language Dutch
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Shorts
Genre Family Drama
Year 2012
World première / first public presentation 2012-08-23


Cast Gilles Van Hecke, Max Van Den Abbeele, Camille Goossens, Robby Cleiren, Katelijne Verbeke, Rik Van Uffelen, Vic De Wachter, Koen De Sutter
Photography Anton Mertens
Sound Maarten Leemans
Art director Toon Marien, Bregt Janseegers
Music Colin van der Lei, Bregt Janseegers
Director's assistant Janet van den Brand
Overall support Ruben Vandersteen

Technical specs

Running time film 14'
Release format QT File
Other available formats DCP, Digibeta, Quicktime file, Blu-ray
Aspect ratio 2.35:1
Colour Colour
Available in 2D



Montreal World Film Festival (CA), Ghent International Film Festival (BE), International Short Film Festival Leuven (BE), Film Festival Oostende (BE), Slieker Film Festival (NL), Kuki Film Festival Berlin (DE), Interfilm Berlin (DE)


2012: National Lottery Award: Best Belgian Short (Ghent International Film Festival)

Flanders six at Interfilm Berlin

Shorts by six Flemish filmmakers have been invited to interfilm, the International Short Film Festival in Berlin. Among the selectees is Sahim Omar Kalifa’s festival favourite Baghdad Messi. Not only one of the longest running German short film festivals after Oberhausen, interfilm Berlin is also a prime European short film festival and runs from 12 till 17 November.

Name of the FathersThe competition programmes of the Confrontations section not only see Kalifa’s Baghdad Messi but also screen This is Ronald by Jules Comes and Timothy Wennekes’ short Name of the fathers.

Published on Wednesday 23 October 2013

Home game for Flemish directors in Ghent

Fien Troch’s latest feature film Kid received a Special Mention at the 39th Ghent Film Festival, while Name of the Fathers by Timothy Wennekes was awarded Best Belgian Student Short Film. In the same section, Lukas Dhondt’s Headlong (Corps Perdu) was acknowledged with an honorable mention. Earlier this week, Bullhead-DOP Nicolas Karakatsanis already won the Jo Röpcke Award in Ghent.

Fien Troch's KidThe fest’s International Jury lauded Troch for her authentic style of actors’ direction and her bold approach on the themes of family and childhood. American journalist and film critic Joan Dupont chaired the jury this year.

Published on Saturday 20 October 2012

Welcome Home and Little Black Spiders Flemish eye-catchers in Montreal

Tom Heene’s Welcome Home, which only recently received an invitation to Venice, and Patrice Toye’s Little Black Spiders are the Flemish eye-catchers at the 36th World Film Festival in Montreal (23 August-3 September). Heene’s debut feature will be screening in the First Films World Competition, while Toye’s film will be celebrating its world premiere in the prestigious Focus on World Cinema section. In total, no less than 10 Flemish (co)productions were confirmed for the Canadian fest’s line-up.

tom heene welcome homeWith selections for both Montreal and the International Critics’ Week in Venice, filmmaker Tom Heene has pulled off an impressive feat. In Montreal’s First Films World CompetitionWelcome Home is in the running for one of three Zenith Awards. Producer of Welcome Home is Tomas Leyers for Minds Meet. The Brussels-based production company even has a second film screening in Montreal: minority co-production The World Belongs to Us by director Stephan Streker was confirmed for the Focus on World Cinema programme.

Published on Wednesday 8 August 2012

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