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Father and Daughter: A film about longing

Michael Dudok de Wit’s Father and DaughterA father says goodbye to his young daughter and leaves. As the wide Dutch landscapes live through their seasons so the girl lives through hers. She becomes a young woman, has a family and in time she becomes old, yet within her there is always a deep longing for her father.

Father and Daughter is a film about longing, the kind of longing which quietly, yet totally, affects our lives. — Michael Dudok de Wit



Direction, Design and Story: Michael Dudok de Wit
Script, Design and Animation: Michael Dudok de Wit
Other Contributors:

  • Normand Roger (Composer)
  • Claire Jennings and Willem Thijssen (Producers)
  • Arjan Wilschut (Main Co-Animator)
  • Jean-Baptiste Roger (Sound)
  • Alistair Becket and Nic Gill (Technical Directors)

Running Time: 8 minutes 30 seconds
Year of Release: 2000
Production: Cloudrunner Ltd, UK, and CineTe Filmproductie bv, Holland
Techniques: Pencil, charcoal and software application ANIMO


  • Independent Film Award, Ottawa International Animation Festival, 2000
  • Grand Prize, Cinanima Animation Festival, 2000
  • Grand Prix Narrative Films, Holland Animation Film Festival, 2000
  • Best International Animated Film, Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival, 2001


Michael Dudok de Wit was born in 1953, and educated in Holland. In 1978, he graduated from the West Surrey College of Art in England with his first film The Interview. After working for a year in Barcelona, he settled in London where he directs and animates award-winning commercials for television and cinema. In 1992, he created the short film Tom Sweep, followed by The Monk and the Fish (1994), which was made in France with the studio Folimage. This film was nominated for an Oscar and has won numerous prizes including a César and the Cartoon d’Or. Michael also illustrates books and teaches animation at art colleges in England and abroad.

For more information on Michael Dudok de Wit visit his web site.


  • Tom Sweep (1992)
  • The Monk and the Fish (1994)
  • Father and Daughter (2000)

You can read a review about “Father and Daughter” in Animation World Magazine.

I want to give significant credit to Animation World Magazine for their invaluable  information on this film and it’s creator.

Bill Larson
Bill Larson
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