Flanders well represented at Rotterdam

A number of Flemish features, shorts, documentaries and TV series have been selected for this year’s International Film Festival Rotterdam (24 Jan-4 Feb).

The Flower Shop Three features from Flanders have been selected for the Bright Futures section for emerging talent with original subject matter and an individual style. They are Ruben Desiere’s debut feature The Flower Shop; Christina Vandekerckhove’s documentary Rabot; and Kristof Hoornaert’s recently released debut feature Resurrection.

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Published on Friday 19 January 2018

Matteo Simoni is one of the 2018 European Shooting Stars

Matteo Simoni has been picked as one of the Shooting Stars, a selection of 10 up-and-coming actors from all over Europe who will be in the spotlight at the Berlin International Film Festival. He follows in the footsteps of international film and TV stars such as Rachel Weisz, Daniel Craig, Jérémie Renier and Matthias Schoenaerts, who were all Shooting Stars earlier in their careers.

Matteo SimoniThe Shooting Stars will be presented to the film industry, public and international press during the 68th Berlin International Film Festival (15-25 February, 2018), where they will also take part in a special workshop programme.

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Published on Thursday 21 December 2017

Sorry voor alles wins International Emmy

Flemish TV show Sorry voor alles (Sorry About That) has won Best Non-Scripted Entertainment at the 45th edition of the International Emmy Awards, the most important TV awards outside the US. Flemish comedy series Callboys was also nominated.

Sorry voor allesSorry voor alles is a candid-camera TV show in which the participants’ lives are staged for a whole month with the help of family and friends, resulting in bizarre situations and surprising encounters. Sorry voor alles is the third Flemish TV show to take home an International Emmy, after Benidorm Bastards in 2011 and the second season of What if? in 2014.

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Published on Monday 20 November 2017

Flanders Image announces drama series line-up for CONNeXT

Flanders Image has announced the full line-up of drama series to be presented at the second edition of its invitation-only networking event CONNeXT. The TV strand, which will involve the presentation of TV drama slates as well as the screening of completed episodes of series, is an exciting new addition to the CONNeXT programme.

CONNeXT 17CONNeXT will run over three-and-a-half days of intensive networking, pitching, screenings and keynote talks (and of course hospitality) due to be held in Ghent from 8-11 October. Some 75 top professionals have already confirmed their attendance, including sales agents, buyers and festival programmers from Europe and North America.

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Published on Monday 11 September 2017

Generation B. selected for South Korean BIFAN Festival

Pieter Van Hees’s absurdist comedy series Generation B. has been selected for the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (BIFAN), the South Korean festival for sci-fi, fantasy and horror which runs from 15-18 July.

GenBGeneration B. is a six-episode absurdist comedy series set during an economic crisis. The story follows six young people trying to survive in the apocalyptic metropolis that is Brussels. The series was directed by Pieter Van Hees, known for films and series such as Waste Land, Left Bank, and Highway of Love. The script was written by Van Hees and Joost Vandecasteele.

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Published on Monday 17 July 2017

Erwin Provoost named next CEO of Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF)

Erwin Provoost is to become the next CEO of the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), it was announced by the organisation's Board. Provoost will succeed Pierre Drouot, who was appointed CEO in 2005.

Erwin ProvoostIn the early 1980s he created his own company, Multimedia (later MMG), which shook up the dormant Flemish film scene with movies such as Brussels by Night (1983), Istanbul (1985) and Crazy Love (1987). Besides winning artistic acclaim, Provoost was also responsible for some of the highest grossing domestic hits in Belgium.

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Published on Tuesday 4 July 2017

CONNeXT confirms the first 15

The initial 15 titles are confirmed for the second outing of Flemish invitation-only networking event CONNeXT (formerly NeXT). The event, whose slogan is ‘Connect to what’s new and who’s next’, will run over an intense and hospitable three-and-a-half days of networking, pitching, screenings and keynote talks due to be held in Ghent from 8-11 October.

CONNeXT 17The latest completed Flemish films - plus (new in 2017) a selection of TV series - will be screened, while a selection of projects at various stages from development to post-production will be pitched to top professionals, including sales agents from Europe and North America and programmers from festivals such as Berlin, Karlovy Vary, Tribeca, Toronto and SXSW.

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Published on Friday 19 May 2017

Hans Herbots co-directs BBC-HBO miniseries Rellik

Hans Herbots and Sam Miller (Fortitude, Luther) team up to direct Rellik, a six-part miniseries for BBC One and HBO’s Cinemax. The series, written by the creators of The Missing, started shooting in London this week.

Hans Herbots - set RivieraRellik – killer spelt backwards – turns the serial killer genre on its head. The perpetrator is caught before the drama moves backwards in time to the very beginning – the crime itself and, ultimately, the killer. The search for the killer is headed by Gabriel Markham, a damaged and disfigured Met detective backed up by Elaine, an ambitious inspector.

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Published on Tuesday 28 March 2017

Séries Mania presents two from Flanders

Team Chocolate and 13 Commandments, two new fiction series from Flanders, have been invited to the International Panorama at Séries Mania, the annual television festival in Paris (13-23 April). Also selected is drama series High Tides, a co-production with Flanders which Hans Herbots directed.

Team ChocolateTeam Chocolate is the story of Jasper Vloemans, a mentally challenged boy who works at a chocolate manufacturing company. When Tina, the colleague he’s in love with, is suddenly deported back to Kosovo, Jasper and his friends embark on a road trip to find her. The International Pan aroma also includes 13 Commandments, a TV series about a murderous modern-day Moses. Inspired by the 10 Commandments, he commits a series of gruesome crimes in order to jolt society’s conscience and restore its moral values.

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Published on Tuesday 28 March 2017

Netflix acquires Beau Séjour

Netflix is to roll out the first season of De Mensen's hit drama series Beau Séjour on its platform as of March 16. The news follows the streaming giant's acquisition of rights to this raw, contemporary whodunit for a series of international territories. Most European markets will follow later because of rights issues.

Beau SéjourBeau Séjour premièred on pubcaster één in early January. Its Sunday evening slot regularly reaches a +50% market share, with certain cliffhangers causing for a storm on the social media.

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Published on Wednesday 1 March 2017

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