The Treatment, Waste Land and Cub selected for Austin Fantastic Fest

Hans Herbots’s The TreatmentWaste 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.

CubThe 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.

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Published on Tuesday 16 September 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

MoMA's 'The Great War' Programme Features Shorts from Flanders

This September, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York will screen three short films from Flanders: Tom Van Avermaet’sDeath of a ShadowTunnelrat, 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.

Tunnelrat‘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.

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Published on Thursday 14 August 2014

Flemish filmgoers prove that talent mattered in 2013

Belgian films made in Flanders corner the market and bring home the prizes.

‘Talent Matters’ is the familiar slogan for promoting Belgian films made in Flanders. And talent certainly matters for Belgian audiences, who turned out in impressive numbers for local films in 2013.

MarinaAt home, almost two million moviegoers bought tickets to Flemish films in 2013 – a 17% increase on 2012. More impressively still, over three quarters of the national admissions for Belgian films were for movies made in Flanders.

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Published on Saturday 17 May 2014

Flanders Declares War on Annecy

To mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I – much of whose catastrophic trench warfare was waged across Flanders fields – a new collection of a dozen ultra-short films, 12 Minutes About Peace, is released theatrically by Belgium’s Kinepolis cinema chain and will be broadcast on Flemish TV channel VRT. Six of the films, meanwhile, will receive their international premiere at the Annecy International Animation Festival (9-14 June) in France.

Daddy Went. Daddy DidThe six selected for Annecy are A Battle for Peace by Joost Jansen; Daddy Went. Daddy Did by Joost Jansen and Thomas Ceulemans; Marc James Roels and Emma De Swaef’s Otto; FYI by Wendy Morris; Silvia Defrance’s Letter from a Soldier and Where The Poppies Blow by Michael Palmaers.

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Published on Friday 16 May 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

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

Walking The Dog named European Animation Producer of the Year at Cartoon Movie Tributes

Flemish animation studio Walking The Dog by Eric Goossens and Anton Roebben has been chosen as European Producer of the Year during Cartoon Movie Tributes, the awards for outstanding contribution to the development of European animation.

Cartoon TributesDivided into three categories – director, distributor and producer of the year – the Cartoon Movie Tributes bring together the best European animated features as well as some of the continent’s most active companies within the industry.

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Published on Monday 10 March 2014

Mia hits 20

Wouter Bongaerts’ short film Mia has been confirmed for the Little Big Shots International Film Festival in Australia. It’s the 20th festival selection for the animation short that was internationally released six months ago.

MiaThis March, Mia is to be seen at the Omaha Film Festival in Nebraska, the Holland Animation Film Festival and the Oscar-qualifying Cleveland International Short Film Festival. April proves to be busy too with festival screenings already scheduled in Taiwan, the Netherlands and the United States, bringing the total number to 20 so far.

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Published on Thursday 6 March 2014

Jack & The Cuckoo-Clock Heart and animation studio Walking The Dog nominated for Cartoon Tributes

French-Belgian co-production Jack & The Cuckoo-Clock Heart by Mathias Malzieu and Stéphane Berla is one of the finalists for Cartoon Tributes, the awards for outstanding contribution to the development of European animation of the last year. Brussels-based animation hub Walking The Dog, which co-produced the feature for Flanders, is also among the nominees, vying for the award as producer of the year. The Cartoon Tributes will be announced on 7 March during Cartoon Movie in Lyon.

Jack & The Cuckoo-Clock HeartDivided into three categories – director, distributor and producer of the year – the Cartoon Tributes bring together the best European animated features as well as some of the continent’s most active companies within the industry.

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Published on Sunday 23 February 2014