Flanders well represented at Rotterdam

A number of Flemish features, shorts, documentaries and TV series have been selected for this year’s International Film Festival Rotterdam (24 Jan-4 Feb).

The Flower Shop Three features from Flanders have been selected for the Bright Futures section for emerging talent with original subject matter and an individual style. They are Ruben Desiere’s debut feature The Flower Shop; Christina Vandekerckhove’s documentary Rabot; and Kristof Hoornaert’s recently released debut feature Resurrection.

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Published on Friday 19 January 2018

Janet van den Brand’s Ceres invited to the Berlinale

The documentary film Ceres by Brussels-based Dutch director Janet van den Brand has been selected for the Berlin International Film Festival (15-25 February), where it will be in competition in the Generation Kplus programme.

CeresCeres is an intimate portrait of four children as they experience the natural cycle of life on a farm. The film explores the world through their eyes and examines their relationship to nature and human society.

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Published on Wednesday 17 January 2018

Home grabs six at Ensors Gala

Fien Troch’s Home was a clear winner at the eighth Gala of the Ensors, the local Academy Award equivalent. The film won Ensors for Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress and Best Editing.

HomeOther awards went to Le Ciel Flamand, King of the Belgians, Past Imperfect, My First Highway, Storm, Souvenir, The Prime Minister, Speechless, Shadow World, On attend, Kastaars, Ghost Rockers: For Ever, A Wedding and Brimstone.

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Published on Tuesday 19 September 2017

Gilles Coulier’s Cargo in Competition at the London Film Festival

Gilles Coulier’s debut feature Cargo has been selected for the First Features Competition at the London Film Festival (4–15 October). Two further features and three shorts from Flanders have also been invited.

GenBCargo tells the raw story of how an Ostend fishing family is brought to the edge of destruction by a series of dramatic events. The lead roles are played by Sam Louwyck, Wim Willaert and Sebastien Dewaele. In London, Cargo is competing for the Sutherland Trophy, the main prize in the First Features Competition.

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Published on Thursday 31 August 2017

Erwin Provoost named next CEO of Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF)

Erwin Provoost is to become the next CEO of the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), it was announced by the organisation's Board. Provoost will succeed Pierre Drouot, who was appointed CEO in 2005.

Erwin ProvoostIn the early 1980s he created his own company, Multimedia (later MMG), which shook up the dormant Flemish film scene with movies such as Brussels by Night (1983), Istanbul (1985) and Crazy Love (1987). Besides winning artistic acclaim, Provoost was also responsible for some of the highest grossing domestic hits in Belgium.

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Published on Tuesday 4 July 2017

Four from Flanders to compete in Nyon

Thom Vander Beken’s documentary film I Know You Are There is to have its world premiere at Visions du Réel, the documentary festival in Nyon, Switzerland (21-29 April). The competition also includes shorts by Pieter-Jan De Pue, Ira A. Goryainova and Farah Kassem, while filmmaker Sofie Benoot will be pitching her upcoming project at the festival’s co-production platform.

I Know You Are ThereI Know You Are There is premiering in the ‘Regard Neuf’ section, a competitive line-up of first films by new talents. The film, which is produced by Minds Meet (Blue SilenceViolet), follows the story of coma patients, their families and the medical team at the University Hospital in Liège.

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Published on Tuesday 28 March 2017

Pieter-Jan De Pue and Tim De Keersmaecker present new work at Hot Docs

Girls and Honey, a short film by Pieter-Jan De Pue, and the documentary Passe-Partout by Tim De Keersmaecker have been selected for Hot Docs (27 April – 7 May), Toronto’s prime documentary festival. The programme also includes Soetkin Verstegen’s short Mr Sand and Life to Come, a co-production with Flanders.

Girls and HoneyHaving spent years in Afghanistan for his acclaimed debut feature The Land of the Enlightened, Pieter-Jan De Pue travelled to Ukraine for Girls and Honey. The Hot Docs line-up also includes Passe-Partout, a film which Tim De Keersmaecker made as part of the documentary series The Paved Road.

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Published on Wednesday 22 March 2017

Flanders Image gears up for second year of its industry platform

Talk will be top of the menu at October’s invitation-only Flemish event, but otherwise it will be business as usual - with one small exception. It’s no longer just NeXT: in 2017, it’s time to CONNeXT.

CONNeXT promoreelFollowing last autumn’s highly successful pilot held just before Film Fest Gent in the picturesque Flemish city, the platform bringing together international distributors, sales agents and festival directors with the cream of Flemish filmmaking talent will be back in October with a larger line-up but the same friendly focus.

The event, whose slogan is ‘Connect to what’s new and who’s next’, will run over an intense and hospitable three days of networking, screenings and keynote talks running from October 8-11.

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Published on Thursday 9 February 2017

Colombian-Belgian documentary short selected for Berlinale

Juanita Onzaga’s documentary short The Jungle Knows You Better Than You Do has been selected for the Generation 14plus Competition at the Berlin International Film Festival (9-19 February). The animated feature Richard the Stork, which was co-produced with Flanders, also premiers in the Generation section.

The Jungle Knows You Better Than You DoJuanita Onzaga’s film, a cross between documentary and fiction, is set in Colombia, a country portrayed as a land of ghosts. The filmmaker follows her brother Pablo deep into the jungle in search of the spirit of their dead father. There, they uncover truths and attract unexpected company.

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Published on Tuesday 17 January 2017

FIPA takes two from Flanders

Nothing Is Forgiven, the new documentary by Vincent Coen and Guillaume Vandenberghe, has been selected for the Official Competition at FIPA, the International Festival of Audiovisual Programmes in France. The programme also includes Jan Eelen’s comedy series Callboys.

Nothing is ForgivenNothing Is Forgiven is the story of activist and journalist Zineb El Rhazoui, who leaves Morocco for Paris after the Arab Spring. She finds a new professional family at 'Charlie Hebdo'… until the terrorist attack. She becomes the most protected woman in France, but the birth of her baby girl drastically changes her outlook on the future. And her opponents haven’t forgiven her…

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Published on Tuesday 17 January 2017

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