HeadlinesSubscribe to the RSS feed
This year, Germany’s international art fair Art Cologne (16-19 April) shines a light on film and video work from Flanders and Brussels. Under the title ‘Flanders Moving Image’, work by artists such as Nicolas Provost, Johan Grimonprez and Dora García will be presented.
The curators are Professor Philippe Pirotte, rector of the University of Visual Arts, and Fabian Schöneich, curator at the Portikus exposition space in Frankfurt am Main; they offer a focused look into the artistic production of Belgium without emphasising a specific generation or theme.
Nicolas Provost and screenwriting duo Gilles Coulier and Tom Dupont have been selected for Script&Pitch, an advanced script development course for writers and directors of feature films organised by the TorinoFilmLab.
Every year, a maximum of 12 projects are selected for the TorinoFilmLab Script&Pitch workshop. The Lab’s workshop offers participants the opportunity to develop their screenplay under the supervision of internationally renowned experts. They subsequently get the chance to pitch the project to producers and sales agents during the final TorinoFilmLab Meeting Event.
The Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF) has announced this year’s Wildcard winners: six promising young filmmakers who will each receive a grant of between €25,000 and €60,000 to develop their first professional film. Raphaël Crombez and Miwako Van Weyenberg were winners in the fiction section, with Ruben Desiere and Kwinten Gernay each receiving a documentary Wildcard. The animation grant went to Laura Vandewynckel, with Christina Stuhlberger getting the Wildcard in the filmlab section.
Since it was introduced in 2005, the Fund’s competition has established itself as Belgium’s prime awards programme when it comes to launching new talent. Six grants are handed out: three worth €60,000 go to one animation project and two fiction shorts; the two documentary winners each get €40,000; and the Wildcard in the filmlab section comes with a prize of €25,000.
Sequenza, an experimental short film by Manon de Boer en George Van Dam is selected for the parallel programme ‘La java de la source’ at FIDMarseille (1-7 July), Marseille’s International Film Festival which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Fanny Zaman’s upcoming film Carpets is also one of 10 participating projects at FIDLab, the festival’s co-production platform.
Sequenza found its way into one of the parallel sections at FIDMarseille, whith ‘La java de la source’ focusing on the theme of sound. For their 14-minute experimental film project, Manon de Boer and George Van Dam took Sequenza VIII for solo violin by composer Luciano Berio as a starting point.
Belgian films made in Flanders corner the market and bring home the prizes.
‘Talent Matters’ is the familiar slogan for promoting Belgian films made in Flanders. And talent certainly matters for Belgian audiences, who turned out in impressive numbers for local films in 2013.
At home, almost two million moviegoers bought tickets to Flemish films in 2013 – a 17% increase on 2012. More impressively still, over three quarters of the national admissions for Belgian films were for movies made in Flanders.
Nicolas Provost’s short film Tokyo Giants has nabbed the main prize at Zinebi – the International Festival of Documentary and Short Film of Bilbao (15-22 November). This is the second award in the space of seven days for Tokyo Giants, which also screened at the AFI Fest in Los Angeles last week.
Set in the hyper kinetic streets of Tokyo, the short film is the final chapter in Provost’s Plot Point trilogy. After Plot Point (2007), for which the filmmaker shot on the streets of New York, and Stardust (2010), which was filmed in Las Vegas, he took his hidden camera to Tokyo in search of the mystery of reality.
The experimental short film Cherry Blossoms by An Van Dienderen received a Special Mention by the Short Film Jury at FIDOCS Chile (24 – 29 June). Cherry Blossoms has already finished screenings at festivals such as FIDMarseille earlier this month, the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen last May and the Créteil International Women’s Film Festival in March.
FIDOCS, the International Documentary Films Festival in Santiago, Chile, founded in 1997, plays more than 90 films during six days. Its mission is to offer people the opportunity to discover as much films as possible. FIDOCS has become one of the most important spaces for sharing and discussing documentary films in Latin America. The festival’s current edition hosted three separate competitions and aimed at pushing the boundaries of the definition of documentary. Cherry Blossoms screened in the fest’s International Competition section “Monsieur Guillaume”, where it was awarded a Special Mention by the Jury.
Jimmy Hendrickx’ short documentary Semalu has won Best Experimental Film at the 11th Tabor Film Festival in Croatia (13-16 June 2013). Nicolas Provost’s final film in the Plot Point trilogy, Tokyo Giants, was also awarded at the fest with a Special Mention.
Semalu had its European premiere at 9th Berlin International Directors lounge, festival for contemporary media and film. The experimental documentary is a cinematic portrait of the children of Cheras, a new suburb in Kuala Lumpur.
Last year’s Oscar nomination for Bullhead launched the international careers of director Michaël R. Roskam and leading man Matthias Schoenaerts. The film’s producer, Bart Van Langendock, has yet to follow them across the atlantic, but the nomination has changed his life in other ways.
‘Industry people like international sales agents and distributors are more eager to listen to what I have to offer now,’ he says. ‘Now that they know my name, and it’s linked to Bullhead, they are at least willing to look at new projects.’
Els Van Riel’s short documentary film Gradual Speed and The Wave by Sarah Vanagt and Katrien Vermeire will be shown at the 12th edition of the Courtisane Film Festival in Ghent, Belgium. Pieter Dumoulin’s Het zwijgen van Helena and Anouk De Clercq’s Swan Song is also set for a screening in Ghent.
A few years ago Els Van Riel started collecting images with the idea to pay homage to the slowly vanishing techniques of analogue filmmaking. Now a series of these recordings makes Gradual Speed, a work on and for black and white 16mm-film seen as matter, and at the same time as a metaphor for everything we cannot grasp. It is the first time that Gradual Speed will be screened in front of a live audience at the Courtisane Film Fest.