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Jan Bultheel’s debut feature Cafard is to have its North American premiere at the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma (7-18 October) in Montreal. An animated feature inspired by true events, the film will screen in the Festival’s Panorama programme. Rights have already been sold to France, where Eurozoom will release Cafard in theatres on 18 November.
Following its world premiere at the Ostend Film Festival, Cafard is set for its international premiere at the Busan International Film Festival (1-10 October). The Festival du Nouveau Cinema will now be the film’s North American premiere, with Cafard screening in the Panorama section.
Pieter Van Hees’s crime thriller Waste Land and Peter Krüger’s poetic docu-drama N – The Madness of Reason were the main winners at this year’s Ensors, the awards celebrating Belgian cinema from Flanders, taking home four and three Ensors respectively.
Waste Land won Best Script, Best Supporting Actor (Peter Van den Begin) and Best Supporting Actress (Babetida Sadjo). Waste Land’s success was not a huge surprise, as the film also had the highest number of nominations. But it was the docu-drama N: The Madness of Reason that grabbed the top honour: Best Film.
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.
The Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF) has announced this year’s Wildcard winners: six promising young filmmakers who will each receive a grant of between €25,000 and €60,000 to develop their first professional film. Raphaël Crombez and Miwako Van Weyenberg were winners in the fiction section, with Ruben Desiere and Kwinten Gernay each receiving a documentary Wildcard. The animation grant went to Laura Vandewynckel, with Christina Stuhlberger getting the Wildcard in the filmlab section.
Since it was introduced in 2005, the Fund’s competition has established itself as Belgium’s prime awards programme when it comes to launching new talent. Six grants are handed out: three worth €60,000 go to one animation project and two fiction shorts; the two documentary winners each get €40,000; and the Wildcard in the filmlab section comes with a prize of €25,000.
Elephant’s Dream, a documentary feature by Kristof Bilsen, is to have its world premiere at DOK Leipzig, the International Film Festival for Documentary and Animation Film (27 October – 2 November). Joining it in competition is Sofie Benoot with Desert Haze; three of Wendy Morris’s animation shorts have also been selected. Completing the Flemish line-up this year are the animation short films Diamond, Cash Register 9 and Vol au vent.
Kristof Bilsen’s new documentary film Elephant’s Dream has been confirmed for Leipzig’s Young Cinema Competition, a collection of first, second or third documentaries. Bilsen focuses on a group of public sector workers at a railway station, a post office and the only fire station in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. Through the microcosm of these three state-owned institutions, Bilsen provides a poetic and compassionate insight into a country in transition.
Kadir Balci’s Marry Me and Lucifer, directed by Gust Van den Berghe have been selected for Valladolid’s upcoming International Film Festival (18 - 25 October). Two shorts, Bad Hunter, directed by Sahim Omar Kalifa, and Deben Van Dam’s The Way of All Flesh, are also in competition, while the animation film collection 12 Minutes About Peace will be shown out of competition. The Valladolid Film Festival opens with Two Days, One Night by the brothers Dardenne, a co-production with Flanders.
After making his debut in 2009 with the hit film Turquaze, Kadir Balci returns with Marry Me, a film about a gym teacher who wants to marry his Turkish colleague following a brief affair. But they reckoned without their families…
Mathias Malzieu and Stéphane Berla’s French-Belgian co-production Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart has been nominated for the European Film Awards in the category ‘Best European Animated Feature’. Brussels-based animation studio Walking The Dog co-produced the film for Flanders and played an important role in the animation, lighting and rendering of the film. The feature was one of the first to receive support from Screen Flanders last year.
A committee consisting of EFA Board Members announced the shortlist of animated features, which also includes Minuscule – Valley of the Lost Ants, directed by Thomas Szabo & Hélène Giraud (France/Belgium) and the Italian The Art of Happiness, directed by Alessandro Rak.
Hans Herbots’s The Treatment, Waste Land, directed by Pieter Van Hees, and Jonas Govaerts’s debut feature Cub are invited to Austin for the city’s Fantastic Fest (18-25 September). They are joined by three co-productions with Flanders: Fabrice du Welz’s Alleluia, Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac and the animation special A Town Called Panic – The Christmas Log.
The Treatment tells the story of Nick Cafmeyer, an intelligent but troubled police inspector who’s still haunted by the unsolved disappearance of his younger brother. When a nine-year-old boy goes missing, he takes the lead in the relentless manhunt that follows. Directed by Hans Herbots, the film is based on Mo Hayder’s crime novel.
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.
Over 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.
This September, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York will screen three short films from Flanders: Tom Van Avermaet’sDeath of a Shadow; Tunnelrat, directed by Raf Reyntjens; and Peace, directed by Roman Klochkov. The films are part of ‘The Great War: A Cinematic Legacy’, a film exposition in commemoration of WWI curated by Charles Silver and Dave Kehr.
‘The Great War: A Cinematic Legacy’ opened on 4 August, the 100th anniversary of the day World War I began, and runs till 21 September, highlighting some 60 feature films and thematic programmes aimed at providing a comprehensive view of the war as portrayed in film. The programme has just one short film section, with three out of the four entries coming from Flanders.