Director:  An Vrombaut
Production company: Lunanime, Creative Conspiracy
Producer(s): Annemie Degryse, Luc Van Driessche


On a barren planet roams a small giraffe who is ignored by the taller giraffes. Then the small giraffe meets a giraffe with a very long neck, wearing a very long tie. He starts to climb up the tie. The two giraffes play together, the little one swinging on the tie of the big one. But suddenly, a malicious cloud appears and tears the tie in two. The little giraffe falls down. He lands safely, but then notices that the tall giraffe is stuck inside the cloud. The little giraffe uses the tie in ingenious ways to get the attention of the tall giraffe, all to no avail… Finally, the other giraffes help him build a ladder. The little giraffe wants to return his part of the tie to the tall one, but his friend refuses the gift. Instead, the tall giraffe turns the tie into a bow-tie propeller. The small giraffe frolics in the air around the tall one, unaware that their reunion will be short-lived…


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no dialogue
3D computer animation
Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Belgian Tax Shelter



 Festival selections: The Tie has been selected for over 60 international film festivals and won several prizes. Highlights include:

  • Berlinale – Berlin International Film Festival (Germany)
    – Special Mention Generation KPlus Jury
  • Anima Festival, Brussels (Belgium)
  • Melbourne International Animation Festival (Australia)
  • NAFF Neum Animated Film Festival (Bosnia Herzegovina)
  • Curtas Vila do Conde International Film Festival (Portugal)
  • Anima Mundi (Brazil)
  • LA Shorts Fest (California, USA)
  • Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival (UK)
  • Filemon Int’l Children’s Film Festival (Belgium)
    – Goudenregen Jury Award – Belgian Short Films
  • Austin Film Festival (Texas, USA)
  • Klik! Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    – Young Audience Award
  • International Children’s Film Festival(Chicago, USA)
  • DOK Leipzig (Germany)
  • Cinanima (Portugal)
  • Uppsala International Short Film Festival (Sweden)
  • Cine Junior Festival (Paris, France)
    – Audience Award
  • Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival (France)
  • Animac festival (Spain)

and many more…