EN - This animated short is a creative interpretation of the first tank attack on September 15, 1916. The use of this new weapon was a hellish experience, both for the defending soldiers in the trenches and the crew inside the tank. For Otto in the trench and Johny in the tank, this proves a turning point.

NL - Deze korte animatiefilm is een vrije interpretatie van de eerste tankaanval op datum van 15 september 1916.
 De inzet van dit nieuw wapen betekende zowel voor de loopgravenverdedigers als voor de tankbemanning een helse ervaring. 
Zowel voor soldaat Otto in zijn loopgraaf als voor Johny in zijn tank komt er zo een einde aan al hun sentimentele bekommernissen.

FR - Ce court métrage d'animation est une évocation imaginaire de la première intervention des chars d'assaut du 15 septembre 1916. L'utilisation de cette arme nouvelle représentait aussi bien pour les défenseurs des tranchées que pour les équipages de ces engins blindés une confrontation infernale. 
Le soldat Otto dans sa tranchée et Johny dans son tank verront ainsi disparaitre toutes leurs préoccupations sentimentales.


Title Tank
Original title Tank
Original language French, English
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Shorts , Animation
Year 2015
World première / first public presentation 2015-10-12


Cast (voice cast) Vincenzo De Jonghe
Sound Frederik Van de Moortel
Animation Carl Van Isacker
Asisstant Director and Layout Rudy Turkovics
Backgrounds and compositing Joris Bergmans
Compositing Wouter Bongaerts
3D animation Philippe Taboureau

Technical specs

Running time film 6'20''
Release format DCP
Other available formats Blu-ray, digital file (QT ProRes)
Aspect ratio 16:9
Sound format 5.1
Colour Colour and black-white
Available in 2D


Supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF)
Production partners Lunanime
Tax shelter partners WPG Uitgevers


2015: Film Fest Ghent (BE), Valladolid International Film Festival (ES)

Nkosi Coiffure and Tank honoured in Valladolid

Frederike Migom’s short film Nkosi Coiffure and Tank by animation pioneer Raoul Servais are among the prize-winners at this year’s Semana Internacional de Cine in Valladolid, Spain (24-31 October). Nkosi Coiffure won the Meeting Point Award for Best International Short while Tank shared the Silver Spike in the main competition with French short film Café froid.

Nkosi CoiffureNkosi Coiffure received its world premiere at the Montreal World Film Festival, followed by a European premiere in Valladolid’s Meeting Point section, where the film was given the Award for Best International Short Film.

Published on Saturday 31 October 2015

Valladolid takes five from Flanders for jubilee edition

Five shorts from Flanders have been invited to the Valladolid International Film Festival (24-31 October) in Spain, which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year. Three of them - Perdition CountyShadow and Tank - have been selected for Official Competition, while Billy the Bully and Nkosi Coiffure are competing in the Meeting Point section.

Nkosi CoiffureFor its 60th edition, the Valladolid International Film Festival invited a record number of five shorts from Flanders. Three of them are selected for Official Competition, which makes them contenders for the EFA Short Film Competition.

Published on Wednesday 14 October 2015

Good start for Ghent Film Fest

Robin Pront's feature debut The Ardennes is the opening attraction at the 42nd Film Fest Ghent (13-24 October). The film, receiving its European première, is just one of the many indigenous titles Belgium's oldest and largest festival has in its programme this year. There are in total five Flemish features, one TV series, a dozen shorts, and two co-productions with Flanders.

The ArdennesOpening the Fest is The Ardennes starring Veerle Baetens (The Broken Circle Breakdown), Kevin Janssens and Jeroen Perceval, with the latter also co-writing the script with director Robin Pront. The film has already attracted attention at this year's Toronto International Film Festival where it had its world premiere and was picked up by distributors in such key territories as France (Diaphana) and Italy (Satine). Producer is Bart van Langendonck for Savage Film, the company behind Oscar-nominated Bullhead. International sales are handled by Montreal-based Attraction Distribution.

Published on Tuesday 13 October 2015

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Director Raoul Servais
Producers Erwin Provoost, Annemie Degryse
Writers Raoul Servais

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