EN - A small giraffe roams a barren planet, ignored by the taller giraffes. Then he meets a giraffe with a long neck, wearing a very long tie. He starts to climb up the tie and the two play together, the little one swinging on the tie. But suddenly, a malevolent cloud appears and rips the tie in two, trapping the tall giraffe inside. Finally, the other giraffes help the small one to build a ladder so he can return his part of the tie. Instead, the tall giraffe turns the tie into a bow-tie propeller. The small giraffe frolics in the air with the tall one, unaware that their reunion will be short-lived...

NL - Op een kale planeet zwerft een kleine giraf die genegeerd wordt door de grotere giraffen. Dan ontmoet de kleine giraf een héél grote giraffe met een héél lange stropdas. Hij klimt naar omhoog. De twee giraffen spelen samen; de kleine schommelt aan de das van de grote. Maar plots duikt een kwaadaardige wolk op die de das in twee scheurt. De kleine giraf tuimelt naar beneden.  Hij landt veilig, maar merkt dan dat de nek van de grote giraf omhult wordt door de boze wolk. De kleine giraf gebruikt de das op allerlei manieren om de aandacht te trekken van de grote, tevergeefs… Uiteindelijk helpen de andere giraffen hem om een ladder te bouwen. De kleine giraf wil de das teruggeven aan de grote, maar de grote weigert. Hij draait het lapje om in een propeller-vlinderdas voor zijn vriend. De kleine giraf dartelt en duizelt rond het giraffenplaneetje, onbewust dat de reünie niet lang zal duren…


Title The Tie
Original title The Tie
Original language no dialogues
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Shorts , Animation
Year 2015


Technical specs

Running time film 8'39''
Release format DCP
Other available formats Blu-ray, digital file (QT ProRes)
Aspect ratio 16:9
Sound format 5.1
Colour Colour
Available in 2D


Supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF)
Production partners Creative Conspiracy
Tax shelter partners Greenwings, Van Hulle Shipsuppliers, Vectis


2016: Festival Ciné Junior (FR), Animac (ES), Nantucket Film Festival (US)

2015: Generation Kplus - Berlinale (DE), National Competition - Anima Brussels (BE), Cairo International Cinema and Arts Festival for Children (EG), Cartoons for Kids - Athens International Video + Film Festival (US), Family Shorts - Go Short Nijmegen (NL), Verona Shorts for Kids (IT), Cartoons on the Bay (IT), Kristiansand International Children's Film Festival (NO), International Children's Film Festival Manisa-Aydin (TR), Indiejunior section - IndieLisboa/Lisbon International Indepedent Film Festival (PT), Les Rendez-vous BD (BE), Animal Film Festival (KR), CAT-International Children's and Youth Film Festival (RU), Kids Animation Program - Sydney Film Festival (AU), Short Film Competition - Festival in Sneakers (PL), Kids + Family Program - Melbourne International Animation Film Festival (AU), Neum Animated Film Festival (BA), Children's Film Festival Section - Filmfest München (DE), DOKLeipzig (DE), Leuven Short Film Fest (BE), London International Animation Film Festival (UK), Animae Caribea Animation Festival (TT), Framed Film Festival (UK), Filemon Chilren's Film Festival (BE), Aesthetica Short Film Festival (UK), Klik! Amsterdam Animation Festival (NL), Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival (UK), Uppsala International Short Film Festival (SE), LA Shorts Fest (US), Austin Film Festival (US), Chicago International Children's Film Festival (US), KROK International Animated Film Festival (RU), Anim'est (RO), Traverse Film Festival (US), Sarajevo Film Festival (BA), KIJUKO Bremen (DE), Andorra Kids Film Festival (AD), Curtas Vila do Conde (PT), Anima Mundi (BR)


2016: Audience Award - Festival Ciné Junior (FR)

2015: Special Mention Generation Kplus - Berlinale (DE), Klik! Young Amsterdam Audience Award - Klik! Amsterdam Animation Festival (NL), Best Belgian Short - Filemon Children's Film Festival (BE), Most Outstanding Film - Animae Caribea Animation Festival (TT)

Seven Flemish productions to screen at Athens, Ohio

The 42nd annual Athens International Film + Video Festival kicked off on April 3 with seven Flemish productions in its line-up. Selected films include Alidor Dolfing’s Wien for Life; A Handful by Katrien Vermeire; and Olivier Vanden Bussche’s animated short To Build a Fire.

Bad HunterAn Vrombaut, author of the successful British animated series 64 Zoo Lane, will be in Athens with The Tie. The short animation film tells the story of the chance meeting between a small giraffe and a tall one. Despite their obvious difference in stature, they discover a kinship.

Published on Thursday 9 April 2015

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Short info

Director An Vrombaut
Producers Annemie Degryse
Writers An Vrombaut

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9000 Ghent
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Dries Notredame
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9000 Ghent

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