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Belgian animator and filmmaker Raoul Servais has received the Chrystal Pegasus Award at ‘Animator’, the Polish International Animation Film Festival, in recognition of his entire career. The festival presented a retrospective with nine of his Servais’s short films, alongside his feature Taxandria.
Internationally recognised as the founding father of Belgian animation, Raoul Servais was guest of honour at the Animator film festival in Poland. The filmmaker was presented with the Chrystal Pegasus Award honouring his entire career, which spans more than five decades.
Short film director Wouter Bouvijn is one of eight filmmakers invited to take part in this year’s Angers Workshops. Organised in the framework of the Premiers Plans Film Festival in Angers (France), the Workshops’ aim is to guide and support filmmakers taking their first steps into features.
Together with seven other participants from six different countries, Wouter Bouvijn has been selected to take part in the Workshops, which were originally initiated by French actress Jeanne Moreau.
Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (3-11 July) boasts a rich programme including the international premiere of Perdition County, the Czech premiere of Lucifer and with Flemish filmmakers Michaël R. Roskam and Teodora Ana Mihai in attendance.
Gust Van den Berghe’s Lucifer, produced by Minds Meet, is scheduled to have its Czech premiere at the Festival. Raphaël Crombez, meanwhile, was invited as part of Future Frames, a new programme curated by the Festival in collaboration with European Film Promotion (EFP) that highlights 10 filmmakers to watch.
Filming has started on Kenneth Mercken’s new short film, Feel Sad for the Bunny. The film is being made with the support of a VAF Wildcard, which Mercken won in 2011 with his graduation film The Letter.
Feel Sad for the Bunny is about 12-year-old Remy who lives with his older brother Bruno and their au pair Michaela. Remy really looks up to Bruno, who teaches him how to smoke, drink and fire his father’s shotgun. Despite the big age difference, Remy has a crush on Michaela, so when Bruno starts taking an interest in her, things threaten to explode between the brothers.
Copain selected for the Short Film Competition and the animated short film Paradise competing in the Cinéfondation section ensure Flanders’s presence at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Various other films in the Festival’s line-up also feature talent from Flanders, while several (co-)productions with Flanders fly the flag in the Marché du Film.
Invited for the Festival’s Short Film Competition, Jan and Raf Roosens’s short film Copain is about Fré, a teenager trapped between his conservative, wealthy parents and his working-class friends. Paradise, by Laura Vandewynckel, tells a story about people heading for a better place on different sides of the ocean; the stop-motion film is set to première as part of the Cinéfondation.
Raphaël Crombez has been invited to Future Frames, a new programme curated by the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival where he will present his fiction short Perdition County. In collaboration with European Film Promotion (EFP), the programme presents 10 promising young European directors at the Festival, which runs from 3-11 July.
Inaugurated by the International Film Festival in Karlovy Vary (Czech Republic) and EFP, Future Frames is to have its first edition this year with 10 European directors lined up. The young filmmakers and their films will be presented not only to the Karlovy Vary audience, but to attending professionals and international press as well.
Buddy (Copain), the new short film by Jan and Raf Roosens, has been selected for the Official Competition of the Cannes Film Festival (13-24 May). Paradise, an animated short film by Laura Vandewynckel, has also been invited to join the Cinéfondation programme of the Festival.
The Roosens brothers’ 15-minute short Buddy follows Fré, a teenager trapped between his conservative, wealthy family and his working-class friends. He manages to keep both worlds separate - until he falls in love.
On April 17, Twilight of a Life by Sylvain Biegeleisen is to open the International Documentary Film Festival Visions du Réel in Nyon, Switzerland. The festival programme also includes Battles, The Rabbit and the Teasel and the short film On Difference As Such. A fifth documentary from Flanders, The Colour of the Chameleon, has been selected for the Pitching du Réel co-production platform. Visions du Réel runs from 17-25 April.
Twilight of a Life is an upbeat portrait of a 94-year-old woman confronting the restrictions of her age, and the relationship she has with her son and the film’s director. Although doctors once gave her just weeks to live, she lived another two years. For her son, this became an opportunity to create a film about life, full of humour and emotion.
The 42nd annual Athens International Film + Video Festival kicked off on April 3 with seven Flemish productions in its line-up. Selected films include Alidor Dolfing’s Wien for Life; A Handful by Katrien Vermeire; and Olivier Vanden Bussche’s animated short To Build a Fire.
An Vrombaut, author of the successful British animated series 64 Zoo Lane, will be in Athens with The Tie. The short animation film tells the story of the chance meeting between a small giraffe and a tall one. Despite their obvious difference in stature, they discover a kinship.
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.