Best Photography for Cordon in Brazil

Flemish drama series Cordon has been awarded the prize for Best Photography at the first edition of Telas, the São Paulo International TV Festival, in Brazil (7-14 November). DOP of Cordon was Christophe Nuyens, who previously worked on series such as Deadline 14/10Deadline 25/5 and Code 37. In addition to Cordon, the festival also presented two other Eyeworks productions: Home Grown and De Ridder.

CordonCordon was shown as part of the Festival’s International Spectrum, presenting a range of fiction and documentary series from 16 countries, also including Eyeworks’s Home Grown, a tragicomic series about a dysfunctional family looking for solutions to their problems in unexpected places.

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Published on Tuesday 18 November 2014

Screen Flanders-supported series The Missing premieres on BBC One

The new drama series The Missing, written by Harry and Jack Williams and directed by Tom Shankland, starts this week (Tuesday 28 October) on BBC One. The eight-part series was mainly shot in Belgium and stars James Nesbitt and Frances O’Connor alongside local talent like Titus De Voogdt, Emilie Dequenne, Johan Leysen and Hilde Heijnen. Czar TV co-produced the series for Flanders with the support of the Screen Flanders economic fund and the Belgian federal tax shelter.

The MissingWhen five-year-old Oliver disappears on a family holiday in France, it sets off a manhunt that will last for years. The Missing explores the mind of the father, Tony, who is desperate to find his lost son. Exploring the emotional cost of a child's abduction, this gripping relationship thriller is told simultaneously over two time frames in two countries.

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Published on Tuesday 28 October 2014

BBC Four Ties Up Eyeworks series Cordon

BBC Four Editor Cassian Harrison has announced the acquisition of the 10-part thriller series Cordon about the discovery of a deadly virus which brings out the very best of the people trapped inside… but also the very worst. Produced by Eyeworks for commercial broadcaster vtm, Cordon is BBC Four's second drama acquisition from Flanders following bank-heist drama Salamander.

CordonIn Cordon, everyday life in the centre of Antwerp comes to a sudden halt when the area is sealed off from the outside world. The cause is a deadly virus which spreads like wildfire. The people trapped inside the cordon are suddenly left to their own devices. It brings out the very best in them, but also the worst…

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Published on Monday 25 August 2014

(Co-)productions from Flanders shine bright at Cartoon Forum

Eight Flemish animation projects and two co-productions with Flanders are to be presented at next month’s Cartoon Forum, Europe’s prime TV pitching event. Taking place from 23 till 26 September in Toulouse, Cartoon Forum brings together some 850 participants from 30 countries.

The BaronOver 80 TV projects were selected for Cartoon Forum’s upcoming edition, where animation producers can find cross-border partners and speed up financial arrangements. At the core of the event are the pitching sessions: each project is presented in 30 minutes to all potential partners.

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Published on Thursday 21 August 2014

Four Emmy Nominations for The White Queen

The White Queen, a BBC/Starz series co-produced with and almost entirely shot in Flanders, has been nominated for four Emmy Awards: Outstanding Miniseries, Music Composition (John Lunn), Costumes and Hairstyling. The series was the first project ever to receive support from the Screen Flanders economic fund.

The White QueenRecognizing excellence in the television industry, the Emmy Awards are for television what the Academy Awards are for film. The 66th annual Emmy Awards ceremony will be held on 25 August in the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.  Last year, the BBC/HBO series Parade’s End, also a co-production with Flanders, was nominated in five categories.

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Published on Tuesday 15 July 2014

Rockie Award nominations uncover four from Flanders

Animated series Plankton Invasion by Joeri Christiaen, Tim Van Aelst’s sitcom Safety FirstThe Perfect Couple by Flemish production company deMENSEN and the BBC drama series The Fall, directed by Flemish helmer Jakob Verbruggen, are amongst the nominees for this year’s Rockie Awards, presented at the Banff World Media Festival (8-11 June).

Plankton InvasionPlankton Invasion zooms in on a team of miniscule marine creatures, plankton, who are in need of more space – or water – and therefore concoct a plan to take over the world.

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Published on Wednesday 7 May 2014

TV fiction from Flanders fits the bill at Séries Mania

Flanders’s prestigious new drama series Cordon has been selected for the competitive World Series section at the Séries Mania Festival in Paris (22-30 April), organised for the fifth time by the Forum des Images. The professional programme also includes the crime series De Ridder. Both series were produced by Eyeworks.

CordonThe World Series showcase offers the Parisian public a collection of TV series which excel in creativity, craftsmanship and originality. For the fifth edition of Séries Mania, Flemish drama series Cordon also formed part of the public programme.

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Published on Wednesday 9 April 2014

Annecy welcomes Flemish animation talent

Wendy Morris’ short film Heir to the Evangelical Revival is selected for the Annecy International Animation Film Festival (9 – 14 June). Two children’s series co-produced in Flanders are to be presented too, just like the Christmas Special of A Town Called Panic and work by Emma De Swaef and Marc James Roels.

Heir to the Evangelical RevivalThe festival has added Heir to the Evangelical Revival to the line-up of its Short Film Competition. Drawn by hand, Wendy Morris’ animation short is a commentary on the Evangelical Revival in South Africa through the eyes of the director herself who’s an atheist-apostate-agnostic.

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Published on Monday 24 March 2014

De Ridder, At War and In Flanders Fields selected for FIPA

Flemish crime series De Ridder is part of the official competition at the International Festival of Audiovisual Programs (FIPA, 21-26 January) in Biarritz. Also to be seen at FIPA, commemorating the Great War with a special section, is documentary series At War. As previously announced, helmer Jan Matthys will be presented with the EuroFIPA of Honor for his entire works, followed by a screening of an episode of his upcoming war series In Flanders Fields.

In Flanders FieldsFor its 27th edition, the official competition of the International Festival of Audiovisual Programs covers ten fiction series, De Ridder being one of them. The Flemish crime series is surrounded by international hits as BBC’s Peaky Blinders or the American Hostages.

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Published on Friday 10 January 2014

Director Jan Matthys receives EuroFIPA of Honor

Flemish director Jan Matthys is to receive the EuroFIPA of Honor at the upcoming International Festival of Audiovisual Programmes (FIPA), which takes place from 21-26 January in Biarritz. Matthys will be presented with the award for his entire body of work, including his latest prestigious war series In Flanders Fields, an episode of which will be shown in Biarritz.

Jan MatthysFor its 27th edition FIPA decided to present its EuroFIPA of Honor to Flemish helmer Jan Matthys, who is no unknown at the festival. In 2009, his prestigious series The Emperor of Taste scooped three FIPA d’Or prizes in Biarritz.

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Published on Friday 3 January 2014