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The short documentary film Flower of a Thousand Colours by Karen Vázquez Guadarrama has been selected for the Future Frames programme (4-5 July) at the International Film Festival of Karlovy Vary. The annual initiative, in collaboration with European Film Promotion (EFP), shines the spotlight on 10 upcoming film talents. Flower of a Thousand Colours is the second Flemish short in a row to be selected for Future Frames.
Karen Vázquez Guadarrama graduated from the School of Arts in Ghent with her short film Flower of a Thousand Colours which tells the story of Emiliana, a single mother trying to survive in a remote Bolivian mining camp 4,897 metres above sea level.
Last weekend, Frederike Migom’s short film Nkosi Coiffure took home the award for Best Short at the Filmfest DC, the International Film Festival of the US capital. Washington is the latest stopover on the film’s successful festival career
“This film captures the moment when diversity and the universality of being human intersect, and does so with originality and insight,” said the jury citation. “We are very happy to have the opportunity to support this young filmmaker and we look forward to seeing what's next for her.”
The short film Allegory of the Jam Jar, directed by Boris Kuijpers and Ruth Mellaerts, received its international premiere at the Athens International Film + Video Festival (4-10 April) in the American state of Ohio, where it won the prize for Best Narrative Short. The short film has also been invited to a variety of film festivals across Europe and the US.
Boris Kuijpers and Ruth Mellaerts’ Allegory of the Jam Jar was presented in the Short Film Competition of the International Film + Video Festival in Ohio, launching its international festival career on US soil. The short won the Festival’s main prize for Best Narrative Short, its second Oscar-qualifying award to date.
Vincent Bal’s musical comedy Belgian Rhapsody and Frederike Migom’s short film Nkosi Coiffure have both been selected for Filmfest DC, the International Film Festival of Washington (14-24 April), with Belgian Rhapsody featured as one of the comedy highlights of the festival. The Brand New Testament and The White Knights, two co-productions with Flanders, are also in the programme.
Sum of Histories, directed by Lukas Bossuyt, and Pieter-Jan De Pue’s The Land of the Enlightened both received their Asian premiere at the Hong Kong International Film Festival, which ended on 4 April. The programme also included four co-productions with Flanders: Schneider vs Bax, The White Knights, Les Cowboys and the short film Splintertime. Finally, Flemish actor Jan Bijvoet was also featured in Embrace of the Serpent, in which he plays one of the main roles.
Lukas Bossuyt’s directorial debut Sum of Histories received its Asian premiere at the Hong Kong Film Festival after premiering at the Montreal World Film Festival last summer. It is the story of Viktor, a brilliant young professor who discovers a way to manipulate time. Now he can finally change the past and help his beloved Lena.
Pieter Coudyzer’s latest animation short Beast! has been selected for the Annecy International Animation Film Festival (13 – 18 June) in France. The programme also includes the absurdist comedy Three Little Ninjas Delivery Service; student film Mahonie; and A Town Called Panic: Back to School, which was co-produced with Flanders.
The animated short Beast! by Pieter Coudyzer, a production by S.O.I.L., is part of the official Short Film Competition. The 20-minute film shows how the lonely existence of a scruffy homeless man is transformed by the arrival of a very unexpected visitor. It’s not the first time that Coudyzer has been to Annecy: his last short The Wake screened there in 2013.
Frederike Migom’s short film Nkosi Coiffure has been selected for the prestigious Tribeca International Film Festival in New York (13-24 April). The film will be presented in the Short Film Competition, as part of the ‘Learning Curve’ section, putting it in contention for the prize for Best Short Fiction Film.
Nkosi Coiffure is set in one of the many hair salons in Brussels’ well-known African neighbourhood. During a fight with her boyfriend, Eva escapes into one of those salons. The African women initially support Eva, seeing a young woman in distress. But when they find out what the fight was about, opinions differ.
Shooting on Gilles Coulier’s debut feature, Cargo, has started on the Belgian coast. Following the success of The Natives, which was directed and part-written by Coulier, Cargo is the third project on the slate of his production company De Wereldvrede. Coulier’s short films Iceland and Mont Blanc screened in Cannes in 2010 and 2013 respectively.
Cargo is the story of three brothers who are desperately trying to save the family’s fishing business. But their passion for their loved ones and their determination to stay in business drive them to desperate measures.
Jan Van Dyck’s short film Homeful Bliss has been invited to SXSW (South by Southwest) in Austin, Texas (11-19 March), where the film will have its North American premiere in the Narrative Shorts Competition. In addition, the video clip for Rudimental’s hit ‘I Will For Love’, directed by Brussels duo I Owe Youth, has been selected for the Music Video Competition.
In Homeful Bliss, 38-year-old Frank returns home to find his family have organised a surprise birthday party. Toasts are drunk, his favourite meal served and a birthday cake provided. But, amid the celebrations, there are hints that things aren't really what they seem.
There was another strong presence from Flanders at this year’s International Film Festival in Berlin (11-21 February). Actress Martha Canga Antonio took the stage as one of 10 European Shooting Stars; foreign films starring Veerle Baetens and Jan Bijvoet were in the line-up; four film professionals from Flanders were picked for the Berlinale Talents initiative; and a variety of Flemish (co-)productions screened in the European Film Market.
Martha Canga Antonio was one of 10 European Shooting Stars in the spotlight during the Berlinale. The actress made an international impact with her debut role as Mavela in Black, a contemporary Romeo & Juliet story directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah. Previous Shooting Stars have included Matthias Schoenaerts, Alicia Vikander, Carey Mulligan and Daniel Brühl.