EN - The Day the Dogs Disappeared is a story about fear and its insidious rhetoric. When the Haese’s family’s French bulldog disappears, Anna tries to protect her loved ones against an undefined threat. While procedures of the National Security Agency enter into force, a sense of fear is slowly creeping into the family’s life. What once was familiar gradually becomes uncanny.

NL - The Day the Dogs Disappeared is een verhaal over angst en de retoriek die angst veroorzaakt. Wanneer de Franse bulldog van de familie Haese verdwijnt, probeert Anna haar gezin te beschermen tegen een onbestemde dreiging. Terwijl de procedures van Nationale Veiligheid in werking treden, sijpelt de angst langzaam binnen. Wat vroeger vertrouwd was, wordt gaandeweg vreemd.


Title The Day the Dogs Disappeared
Original title The Day the Dogs Disappeared
Original language Dutch
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Shorts
Genre Drama
Year 2017
World première / first public presentation 2017-12-02


Cast Leen Diependaele, Nico Sturm, Lou Ottoy, Peter De Graef, Boris Van Severen, Mistral Guidotti, Jana De Kockere
Photography Robrecht Heyvaert
Editing Alain Dessauvage
Sound Gedeon De Pauw
Art director Aaron De Keyzer
Costume Sofie Callaerts
Makeup Katrien Poels
Music Jens Bouttery
Production manager Lauranne Crahey

Technical specs

Running time film 20'27"
Release format DCP
Other available formats ProRes 4.2.2
Aspect ratio Scope 2.39:1
Sound format Stereo
Colour Colour
Available in 2D


Supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF) & Belgian TSS via Belga Films Fund
Tax shelter partners Belga Films Fund


2017: International Short Film Festival Leuven (BE); BIFFF (BE); Aspen Shortsfest (US); Athens Intl Film and Video Festival (US); Brussels Short Film Festival (BE); Diversions Intl Short Film Festival (CR)


2018: BIFFF - Prix du Jury Jeunesse (BE)

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Last edited by Hamlet on 13 June 2018

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Director Ruth Mellaerts, Boris Kuijpers
Producers Helen Perquy, Ruben Goots, Jason Felstead
Writers Ruth Mellaerts, Boris Kuijpers

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