New Flemish features to be launched in Les Arcs

Pieter Van Hees’s Waste Land has been selected for Official Competition at the European Film Festival in Les Arcs, France (13-20 December). Bas Devos’s feature debut Violet and Benoit De Clerck’s short film The Hunger are also part of the official line-up. Flemish projects to be discovered in the professional programme are Kenneth Mercken’s Coureur and Galloping Mind by Wim Vandekeybus. Finally, three new feature films from Flanders - Black, Belgian Rhapsody and again Waste Land - will be pitched to an audience of distributors and cinema owners from France.

BlackWaste Land, Black and Belgian Rhapsody will be presented during the Les Arcs Summit, a yearly programme that reunites independent distributors and industry professionals focusing on the exhibition of European films in France and made up of a number of films scheduled for a 2015 release.

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Published on Monday 15 December 2014

Flanders Audiovisual Fund hands out grants to six young filmmakers

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.

KosmosSince 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.

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Published on Thursday 4 December 2014

Baghdad Messi shortlisted for Oscars

Sahim Omar Kalifa’s award-winning Baghdad Messi has been shortlisted for the upcoming Oscars in the category of Best Live-Action Short. In total, 10 shorts are left in the voting process, with the nominees due to be announced on January 15.

Sahim Omar KalifaOut of 141 qualifying short films, members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences selected 10 live-action shorts, Kalifa’s Baghdad Messi among them. In the next couple of weeks, Short Films and Feature Animation Branch members will narrow the list down to between three and five nominees, who will be announced on January 15. The Oscar ceremony will be held on February 22 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

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Published on Monday 24 November 2014

Kalifa’s Bad Hunter wins Silver Spike in Valladolid

Sahim Omar Kalifa’s short film Bad Hunter has won the Silver Spike for Best Short Film at the Valladolid International Film Festival in Spain (18-25 October). Having recently also won the Jury Award at the Montreal World Film Festival, the film has made a good start to its international festival career.

Bad HunterIn his latest short, Kalifa tells the story of 19-year-old Bahoz, who lives surrounded by nature and beautiful landscapes. Every day he goes to the mountains to hunt, although he catches very little. But today will be the day that changes his life forever.

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Published on Tuesday 28 October 2014

Marry Me and Lucifer compete in Valladolid

Kadir Balci’s Marry Me and Lucifer, directed by Gust Van den Berghe have been selected for Valladolid’s upcoming International Film Festival (18 - 25 October). Two shorts, Bad Hunter, directed by Sahim Omar Kalifa, and Deben Van Dam’s The Way of All Flesh, are also in competition, while the animation film collection 12 Minutes About Peace will be shown out of competition. The Valladolid Film Festival opens with Two Days, One Night by the brothers Dardenne, a co-production with Flanders.

Marry MeAfter making his debut in 2009 with the hit film Turquaze, Kadir Balci returns with Marry Me, a film about a gym teacher who wants to marry his Turkish colleague following a brief affair. But they reckoned without their families…

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Published on Thursday 2 October 2014

Kalifa’s Bad Hunter Tracks Down Montreal Jury Award

Bad Hunter, Sahim Omar Kalifa’s latest short, has won the Jury Award for Short Film at the Montreal World Film Festival, which came to an end on September 1.

Bad HunterScripted by Sahim Omar Kalifa and Jean-Claude Van Rijckeghem, the 14-minute short follows 19-year-old Bahoz, a young Iraqi who goes every day to the mountains to hunt and catches very little. But today will change his life for ever.

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Published on Thursday 4 September 2014

MoMA's 'The Great War' Programme Features Shorts from Flanders

This September, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York will screen three short films from Flanders: Tom Van Avermaet’sDeath of a ShadowTunnelrat, directed by Raf Reyntjens; and Peace, directed by Roman Klochkov. The films are part of ‘The Great War: A Cinematic Legacy’, a film exposition in commemoration of WWI curated by Charles Silver and Dave Kehr.

Tunnelrat‘The Great War: A Cinematic Legacy’ opened on 4 August, the 100th anniversary of the day World War I began, and runs till 21 September, highlighting some 60 feature films and thematic programmes aimed at providing a comprehensive view of the war as portrayed in film. The programme has just one short film section, with three out of the four entries coming from Flanders.

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Published on Thursday 14 August 2014

Montreal World Film Fest takes Flanders’ treatment

The Montreal World Film Festival has picked up The Treatment by Hans Herbots for its 38th edition, taking place from August 21-September 1. Herbots’s psychological thriller will have its international premiere in the festival’s Focus on World Cinema section. In addition, Sahim Omar Kalifa will present his latest short film Bad Hunter in Official Competition. Kevin Meul’s short Cadet and the animation project 12 Minutes About Peace, a collection of 12 one-minute shorts commemorating WWI, are also set to screen in Montreal.

Bad HunterThe Treatment stars Geert Van Rampelberg as police inspector Nick Cafmeyer, a man who seems to have it all. Yet a dark shadow hangs over his life: since the age of nine, he has been haunted by the disappearance of his younger brother.

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Published on Wednesday 6 August 2014

Short Film Get Ripped lifts Outfest’s Grand Jury Prize

Get Ripped, a short film by Leonardo Van Dijl, has been awarded the Grand Jury Prize for Experimental Short Film at Los Angeles’s Outfest (10-20 July). It’s the first international award for the young director’s film, which premiered internationally in LA.

Get RippedIn its concluding report, the jury praised Get Ripped for the way the film explores the complexity of masculine obsessions with power and sexuality with stark and stunning visuals.

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Published on Wednesday 23 July 2014

The Way of All Flesh and Houses With Small Windows nab top prizes in Tel Aviv

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.

The Way of All FleshAs 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.

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Published on Tuesday 10 June 2014