Annecy welcomes Flemish animation talent

Wendy Morris’ short film Heir to the Evangelical Revival is selected for the Annecy International Animation Film Festival (9 – 14 June). Two children’s series co-produced in Flanders are to be presented too, just like the Christmas Special of A Town Called Panic and work by Emma De Swaef and Marc James Roels.

Heir to the Evangelical RevivalThe festival has added Heir to the Evangelical Revival to the line-up of its Short Film Competition. Drawn by hand, Wendy Morris’ animation short is a commentary on the Evangelical Revival in South Africa through the eyes of the director herself who’s an atheist-apostate-agnostic.

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Published on Monday 24 March 2014

Walking The Dog named European Animation Producer of the Year at Cartoon Movie Tributes

Flemish animation studio Walking The Dog by Eric Goossens and Anton Roebben has been chosen as European Producer of the Year during Cartoon Movie Tributes, the awards for outstanding contribution to the development of European animation.

Cartoon TributesDivided into three categories – director, distributor and producer of the year – the Cartoon Movie Tributes bring together the best European animated features as well as some of the continent’s most active companies within the industry.

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Published on Monday 10 March 2014

Mia hits 20

Wouter Bongaerts’ short film Mia has been confirmed for the Little Big Shots International Film Festival in Australia. It’s the 20th festival selection for the animation short that was internationally released six months ago.

MiaThis March, Mia is to be seen at the Omaha Film Festival in Nebraska, the Holland Animation Film Festival and the Oscar-qualifying Cleveland International Short Film Festival. April proves to be busy too with festival screenings already scheduled in Taiwan, the Netherlands and the United States, bringing the total number to 20 so far.

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Published on Thursday 6 March 2014

Jack & The Cuckoo-Clock Heart and animation studio Walking The Dog nominated for Cartoon Tributes

French-Belgian co-production Jack & The Cuckoo-Clock Heart by Mathias Malzieu and Stéphane Berla is one of the finalists for Cartoon Tributes, the awards for outstanding contribution to the development of European animation of the last year. Brussels-based animation hub Walking The Dog, which co-produced the feature for Flanders, is also among the nominees, vying for the award as producer of the year. The Cartoon Tributes will be announced on 7 March during Cartoon Movie in Lyon.

Jack & The Cuckoo-Clock HeartDivided into three categories – director, distributor and producer of the year – the Cartoon Tributes bring together the best European animated features as well as some of the continent’s most active companies within the industry.

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Published on Sunday 23 February 2014

Mia nabs Canal+ Award in Clermont-Ferrand

Wouter Bongaerts’ animated short film Mia has received the Canal+ Family ‘Coup de Coeur’ Award at the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival (31 January-8 February), a new initiative between the festival and Canal+ Family which awards the best short film of the Young Audience Programme.

MiaA special jury of 18 pupils of the Saint-Gervais-d’Auvergne College and a representative of French television chain Canal+ Family awarded the Canal+ Family ‘Coup de Coeur’ Award to Wouter Bongaerts’ Mia, lauding it as the best short film of the 50 or so films that were part of the Young Audience Programme this year.

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Published on Monday 10 February 2014

7-year-old Mia wins over audiences in Austin

Wouter Bongaerts’ short film Mia has won the Audience Award for Animated Short at the Austin Film Festival in Texas. It’s the first international award for the recently released animation short, kick-starting little Mia’s international career.

MiaFollowing his graduation project Mouse for Sale, which travelled to festivals worldwide, Wouter Bongaerts now created a story about seven-year-old Mia who tries to liberate her overworked mother from the clutches of an overpopulated metropolis.

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Published on Thursday 7 November 2013

Marina, I’m the same… and 82 Days in April to Valladolid

There's a strong Flemish presence at this year's Valladolid International Film Festival in Spain (19-26 October), where Stijn Coninx’ feature film Marina and Caroline Strubbe’s I’m the same I’m an other screen in the Official Competition and Bart Van den Bempt’s debut feature 82 Days in April is in the fest’s Meeting Point programme. Bülent Öztürk’s short film Houses With Small Windows and Pieter Coudyzer’sThe Wake complete the Flemish line-up.

I'm the same I'm an otherAs part of the Official Competition, both Marina and I’m the same I’m an other are vying for the Golden and Silver Spike with cash awards worth €60,000 and €20,000, respectively, to support a Spanish release of the film.

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Published on Friday 18 October 2013

Pinocchio and The Congress shortlisted for European Film Awards

Enzo d’Alò’s Pinocchio and Ari Folman’s The Congress are both nominated for the European Film Awards in the category Animated Feature Film. Brussels-based animation studio Walking The Dog coproduced Pinocchio for Flanders and played an important role in animating The Congress.

PinocchioThe European Film Academy (EFA) announced its shortlist of animation features. Besides French contender Jasmine, the list consists of Enzo d’Alò’s Pinocchio and Ari Folman’s The Congress. Animation and production company Walking The Dog played an important role in the creation process of both features.

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Published on Tuesday 1 October 2013

Flemish animation company Grid Animation elected European Animation Producer of the Year

Ghent-based animation studio and producer Grid Animation has been elected European Animation Producer of the Year at Cartoon Forum, the Pan-European co-production and financing platform for animation programmes. French speaking Belgian broadcaster RTFB was also nominated in the category European Broadcaster of the Year, the award eventually went to Super RTL/ RTL Disney.

Cartoon Forum 2013Both Jan Goossen and Mark Mertens of Grid were present to receive the award. The duo was pleasantly surprised by the choice of the jury within the category European Animation Producer of Year in which they had to compete with some well renowned companies within the industry.

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Published on Friday 20 September 2013

Prey, The Importance of Sweet & Salt and DAY_6011 to LA Shorts Fest

Jonas Baeckeland’s short film Prey has been selected for this year’s Los Angeles International Short Film Festival. Also known as LA Shorts Fest, it is one of the largest American Oscar-qualifying short film festivals. The Importance of Sweet & Salt by Benoit De Clerck and Raf Wathion's animation short DAY_6011 are also added to the LA fest’s slate. The festival screens more than 250 short films from 5-12 September.

PreyIn Prey, director Jonas Baeckeland follows Algerian-born Ali Toumi, who has just escaped from a Belgian prison. Buying himself a new identity he hopes to make a fresh start and provide his family with a normal integrated life. But an unforeseen encounter with an old acquaintance makes Ali relapse into old habits.

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Published on Tuesday 20 August 2013