'No Offense' is a satirical, animated short film. It was released in early 2016.
In a dystopian setting, cartoonists are mercilessly executed for offending those in power. One of them refuses to accept his fate.
'No Offense' is a reaction to the attack on Ali Farzat, a Syrian cartoonist whose hands were broken because of his critical portrayal of his president.
While I was writing, designing and animating this film, other creators were less lucky: a Russian had to flee his country for painting Putin in lingerie, a French cartoonist was put on trial for insulting the pope, North Korea threatened war over a Kim Jong-Un persiflage and the tragic raid on Charlie Hebdo took the level of violence against artists to a terrifying new level.
Although I think the difference between freedom of speech and deliberate, respectless provocation could be up for debate, the use of aggression in response should not. I intend 'No Offense' to be a warning sign for this absurd, depressing future, where the offended rely on violence as a natural answer to their offenders.
I offer my apologies to those who feel hurt, targeted or stigmatised by any interpretation of this film.
Cast & crew
Writer & Director
Geert Van Goethem
Storyboarder / designer / animator
Karel De Wolf
Tom Van Gestel
Koen De Koninck
Voice main character
Sound engineer foley
Post sync recorder
Recording studio foley
Post sync recording studio
Sound editing studio
Sound mixing studio
Lena Van Goethem
With thanks to
Ewin Ryckaert, Anton Roebben, Emiel Penders, Dirk Henrotay, Maarten Van Rooy, Yani Ouabdesselam, Karin Vandenrydt, Francoise Cathala, Eddy Deruwe, Ilse Thyssen, Geert Rener, Arno Castaigne, Caroline Van Kerckhoven, Dries Borghs, Miek Borghs, Michiel Borghs
With the support of
Vlaams Audiovisueel Fonds (V.A.F.)