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Deben Van Dam’s short film The Way of All Flesh has won the prize for best picture at the Tel Aviv International Student Film Festival (31 May – 7 June), while Houses With Small Windows nabbed the first prize in the Mediterranean and Arab countries competition of the festival.
As part of the international competition, The Way of All Flesh competed against 65 other short films from promising young directors coming from 30 countries worldwide.
Nine short films from Flanders take part in the international competition of the International Short Film Festival Psarokokalo in Athens, Greece. Six live-action shorts, two animation films and one documentary project made the line-up. The eighth edition of the festival runs from 10 till 16 July and presents some 120 shorts, selected out of 4,200 submissions.
Leonardo Van Dijl’s black-and-white short Get Ripped exposes the mental deterioration of a young man determined to transform his body. In its home territory, the film already screened at the Leuven International Short Film Festival, while it has also been confirmed for Outfest LA, which kicks off on July 10. The film is to take part in the fest’s International Male section.
Director Sahim Omar Kalifa keeps adding new trophies to the awards count for his critically acclaimed short Baghdad Messi. Last week, the film collected another five, bringing the total of prizes so far to 38 international awards and four special mentions.
The most recent awards spree for Baghdad Messi started in April in France, where the film grabbed its 30th award at the Beauvais Film Fest. Soon afterwards, it picked up the Grand Prize and the Youth Jury Prize for Best Film at the Cellu L’Art Short Film Festival in Germany as well as the award for Best Short at the International Short Film Experience in Leiden, in the Netherlands.
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.
To mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I – much of whose catastrophic trench warfare was waged across Flanders fields – a new collection of a dozen ultra-short films, 12 Minutes About Peace, is released theatrically by Belgium’s Kinepolis cinema chain and will be broadcast on Flemish TV channel VRT. Six of the films, meanwhile, will receive their international premiere at the Annecy International Animation Festival (9-14 June) in France.
The six selected for Annecy are A Battle for Peace by Joost Jansen; Daddy Went. Daddy Did by Joost Jansen and Thomas Ceulemans; Marc James Roels and Emma De Swaef’s Otto; FYI by Wendy Morris; Silvia Defrance’s Letter from a Soldier and Where The Poppies Blow by Michael Palmaers.
Songs From the Outside, the new musical short film by Flemish director Michael Van Ostade, has been selected for the Little Rock Film Festival in Texas, where it is to have its international premiere. The Little Rock Film Festival celebrates its eighth edition this year, running from 12-18 May.
After picking up a VAF Wildcard, one of Flanders’s biggest cash prizes for short films, with his graduation effort Nigredo, Michael Van Ostade now returns to the international festival circuit with his latest film.
The Way of All Flesh, directed by Deben Van Dam, has been selected for the Krakow Film Festival in Poland (25 May–1 June). Screening in the shorts competition, the film competes for the Golden Dragon Award. The Way of All Flesh has also been confirmed for the Brussels Short Film Festival and the Tel Aviv Student Short Film Festival.
Premiering at Film Fest Ghent at the end of 2013, The Way of All Flesh has won the Audience Award in Ghent and did the same at the Leuven International Short Film Festival in December. There, it also won the Jury Prize for Best Flemish Short and the Humo Award.
Ellen Vermeulen’s documentary feature 9999, Waiting for August by Teodora Ana Mihai and Desert Haze by Sofie Benoot have all been selected for the International Documentary Festival Visions du Réel in Nyon, Switzerland. The line-up also includes three shorts from Flanders: 28 rue Brichaut, Maybe Darkness and PS São Paulo. Finally, California City, a new project by Sofie Benoot, Isabelle Tollenaere and Liesbeth De Ceulaer will be presented at Pitching du Réel.
Benoot’s Desert Haze is to receive its world première in the International Features competition at Visions du Réel, which takes place from April 25 to May 3 this year.
Sahim Omar Kalifa’s short film Baghdad Messi has picked up the Bermuda Shorts Award at the 17th edition of the Bermuda International Film Festival (21-27 March), thus qualifying the film to be submitted for the 87th Academy Awards.
Since its release, Baghdad Messi has travelled to over 120 film festivals around the world and has won over 20 awards. But the Oscar-qualifying prize in Bermuda tops the bill because it means the film can now be submitted to the 87th Academy Awards for the long list in the Best Live Action Short Film category.
Sahim Omar Kalifa’s short Baghdad Messi adds yet another award to its already impressive tab, by winning the Golden Dagger for Best Short at the Muscat Film Festival in Oman. With 26 international awards, the film even outruns its successful predecessorLand of the Heroes.
Since its release, Baghdad Messi has travelled to over 120 film festivals around the world, reigning in 26 awards and four special mentions so far, while Kalifa’s previous short, the highly successful Land of the Heroes, gathered 24.