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Teodora Ana Mihai’s documentary feature Waiting for August received the Award for Best Documentary Film during the closing ceremony of the 49th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (4-12 July). The film has been on a winning spree since receiving the Best International Feature Award at Toronto’s Hot Docs and a Special Mention at Visions du Réel earlier this year.
Waiting for August marks Teodora Ana Mihai’s debut as a feature film director. Her Romanian roots led her back to her mother country. In a social housing block on the outskirts of the city of Bacau, 15-year-old Georgiana lives with her six siblings. While their mother is away, Georgiana is catapulted into the role of head of the family.
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.
Recognizing 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.
Felix van Groeningen’s The Broken Circle Breakdown has received the Audience Award of the LUX Prize competition during a special ceremony held at the International Film Festival of Karlovy Vary (4-12 July). In December 2013, the film won the main LUX Competition prize as voted on by members of the European Parliament.
This marks the first time there has been an audience vote in the LUX competition, with viewers throughout Europe choosing one of three finalists (the other two contenders were Valeria Golino’s Miele and Clio Barnard’s The Selfish Giant).
Director Felix van Groeningen is one of 271 film professionals officially invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). New members will be welcomed into the Academy at an invitation-only reception in September, after which they will be able to vote for the Oscars. Van Groeningen’s The Broken Circle Breakdown was nominated for the Foreign Language Film Oscar earlier this year.
The Academy invites artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures.
Hans Herbots’s thriller The Treatment is one of six European films which will be screened for US buyers and industry professionals in New York at the end of the month. Newly founded Brussels-based sales agency Be For Films is representing Herbots’s feature internationally.
The New York industry screenings are aimed at introducing new European films to North American buyers, focusing on pictures with significant festival chances and/or distribution potential. The private screenings take place at the Tribeca Grand Hotel in New York over a two-day period, with a sales representative of each film in attendance.
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.
As 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.
Nine short films from Flanders take part in the international competition of the International Short Film Festival Psarokokalo in Athens, Greece. Six live-action shorts, two animation films and one documentary project made the line-up. The eighth edition of the festival runs from 10 till 16 July and presents some 120 shorts, selected out of 4,200 submissions.
Leonardo Van Dijl’s black-and-white short Get Ripped exposes the mental deterioration of a young man determined to transform his body. In its home territory, the film already screened at the Leuven International Short Film Festival, while it has also been confirmed for Outfest LA, which kicks off on July 10. The film is to take part in the fest’s International Male section.
Sequenza, an experimental short film by Manon de Boer en George Van Dam is selected for the parallel programme ‘La java de la source’ at FIDMarseille (1-7 July), Marseille’s International Film Festival which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Fanny Zaman’s upcoming film Carpets is also one of 10 participating projects at FIDLab, the festival’s co-production platform.
Sequenza found its way into one of the parallel sections at FIDMarseille, whith ‘La java de la source’ focusing on the theme of sound. For their 14-minute experimental film project, Manon de Boer and George Van Dam took Sequenza VIII for solo violin by composer Luciano Berio as a starting point.
Teodora Ana Mihai’s Waiting for August will compete in the documentary competition at this year’s Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (4-12 July), Eastern Europe’s foremost festival. Also invited is Violet by Bas Devos, whose feature debut is set to screen in Another View, the programme dedicated to films with an unusual artistic approach.
The documentary competition in Karlovy Vary consists of 10 feature-length films and six shorts. Waiting for August follows Georgiana Halmac, a 15-year-old Romanian teenager living with her six siblings in a social housing block on the outskirts of Bacau
Principal photography on Lukas Bossuyt’s directorial debut The Sum of Histories (working title) is scheduled to start on August 4. Set against a university backdrop in the city of Leuven in Belgium, the story combines elements of drama, romance and science fiction.
What would you do if you discovered a way to change the past? The Sum of Histories tells the story of Viktor, a brilliant young professor who discovers a way to send e-mails back in time. Now he can finally prevent the car crash that paralysed his wife, Lena, more than 20 years ago. But Viktor soon learns that changing the past is not risk-free.