CONNeXT confirms the first 15

The initial 15 titles are confirmed for the second outing of Flemish invitation-only networking event CONNeXT (formerly NeXT). The event, whose slogan is ‘Connect to what’s new and who’s next’, will run over an intense and hospitable three-and-a-half days of networking, pitching, screenings and keynote talks due to be held in Ghent from 8-11 October.

CONNeXT 17The latest completed Flemish films - plus (new in 2017) a selection of TV series - will be screened, while a selection of projects at various stages from development to post-production will be pitched to top professionals, including sales agents from Europe and North America and programmers from festivals such as Berlin, Karlovy Vary, Tribeca, Toronto and SXSW.

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Published on Friday 19 May 2017

Bülent Öztürk’s debut feature Blue Silence premiers in Istanbul

Blue Silence, Bülent Öztürk’s debut feature, is to have its world premiere at the Istanbul Film Festival (5-15 April), where it has been invited for both the National Competition and the Human Rights in Cinema Competition. Stephan Streker’s Noces, a co-production with Flanders, has also been selected.

Blue SilenceBelgian-Kurdish director Bülent Öztürk is one of 12 filmmakers invited for the festival’s National ‘Golden Tulip’ Competition. In addition, his debut feature has also been selected for the Human Rights in Cinema Competition, a selection of international features and documentaries promoting human rights and the principles of individual freedom, political liberty and the rule of law.

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Published on Tuesday 14 March 2017

International take-off for Cloudboy at TIFF Kids

Cloudboy, Meikeminne Clinckspoor’s feature debut, is to receive its international première at this year’s TIFF Kids (7-23 April). The programme also contains Emiel Sandtke’s short Flying Rats, as well as two co-productions: The Day My Father Became a Bush and the animated feature Richard the Stork. Cloudboy, 12-year-old city boy Niilas has to travel - much against his will - to Lapland where his mother and her new family live amongst the Sami, an indigenous reindeer-herding people. A Belgian-Swedish-Norwegian-Dutch co-production, Cloudboy won last year’s Work-in-Progress Award at the inaugural edition of NeXT in Ghent.

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Published on Monday 6 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

Variety marks Robin Pront as European to Watch

Variety has named Belgian director Robin Pront as one of its 10 ‘Europeans to Watch’. As in previous years, the trade magazine has highlighted 10 talents from across the continent who are poised for a breakthrough in 2017. The group will be feted at the upcoming Berlin International Film Festival.

Robin ProntThe director attracted critical attention with his short film Plan B about the drug scene in Antwerp, as well as the well-received crime drama The Ardennes, his debut feature which premiered at the 2015 Toronto Film Festival and represented Belgium at the Oscars.

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Published on Tuesday 17 January 2017

Home, Le Ciel Flamand and King of the Belgians to Göteborg

Fien Troch’s Home, Peter Monsaert’s Le Ciel Flamand and King of the Belgians by Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth have been invited to the Göteborg International Film Festival (27 January – 6 February). The line-up also includes three co-productions with Flanders and a retrospective of the work of the Dardenne brothers.

Le Ciel FLamandNew Voices, a section showcasing films by upcoming directors in search of new trends, welcomes Monsaert’s Le Ciel Flamand. Home and Brosens and Woodworth’s royal odyssey King of the Belgians are to screen in the Five Continents programme, a collection of films from around the world.

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Published on Tuesday 17 January 2017

Multi-territory deals announced for The Prime Minister

The Works International has secured a raft of distribution deals for Erik Van Looy’s action-thriller, The Prime Minister.

The Prime MinisterVan Looy’s feature film has been snapped up across a multitude of territories including Trade Media for France; DDDream for China; Aya Pro for Japan; Discovery for Former Yugoslavia and Viswas Films for India. A further raft of territories are also in late stage negotiations including Turkey, Middle East and Italy, with deals soon to be announced.

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Published on Wednesday 7 December 2016

Wouter Bouvijn pitches debut feature at Les Arcs

Belgian director Wouter Bouvijn has been invited to the Arc 1950 Co-Production Village in Les Arcs where he will pitch his upcoming debut feature Escape. The festival has also announced its full line-up, which includes the animated short Catherine as well as some co-productions with Flanders. As previously announced, Fien Troch’s Home and Brosens and Woodworths’ King of the Belgians will also screen in Les Arcs.

Wouter Bouvijn (c)Titus SimoensOver three days, the Co-Production Village presents a selection of 20 European feature films in development to professionals interested in a financial or production participation. Among those invited this year is Wouter Bouvijn (Crossroads), who is currently preparing his debut feature Escape (fka (F)light).

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Published on Wednesday 30 November 2016

My First Highway takes Jury Award at Tallinn’s Just Film Festival

Kevin Meul’s debut feature My First Highway has won the International Jury Award for Best Film at Just Film, a sidebar of Tallinn’s Black Nights Film Festival aimed at children and young people.

My First HighwayFocusing on 16-year-old Benjamin, My First Highway is a tale of love and lost innocence with a bitter twist, situated in the world of teenagers. The film is Meul’s first feature film after he directed several well-received short films, including The Extraordinary Life of Rocky and Cadet.

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Published on Wednesday 30 November 2016

Royal visit to Marrakech and Dubai

Continuing its festival tour, King of the Belgians by Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth will screen at the Marrakech International Film Festival (2-10 December), where it is in Competition. After that the film goes on to the Dubai International Film Festival (7-14 December), marking its 15th festival selection to date.

King of the BelgiansBrosens and Woodworth’s fourth feature premiered at the Venice Film Festival and has been successfully travelling the international festival circuit ever since. King of the Belgians has already screened in Hamburg, Thessaloniki, Valladolid, Antalya, Sao Paolo, Zagreb and Tallinn. In Marrakech, it will be one of 14 features competing for the festival’s main prize.

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Published on Wednesday 30 November 2016

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