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The Match Factory acquires international sales rights for Girl

The Match Factory, the Cologne-based sales agent which also sold The Broken Circle Breakdown, has acquired worldwide sales rights to Lukas Dhont's debut feature Girl, it was announced by Screen International at the start of the Berlin International Film Festival.

Girl was developed in the framework of the Cinéfondation Résidence and won the Work in Progress Prize at both last year's CONNeXT and at the European Film Festival of Les Arcs. Screen International recently cited Dhont's debut feature one of the "hottest projects from the Benelux in 2018".

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Published on Monday 19 February 2018

Cinequest presents six from Flanders

Five film productions and a VR project from Flanders have been selected for the Cinequest Film & VR Festival in San Jose, California (27 Feb –11 March).

Many HeavensJan Matthys’ Many Heavens has been selected for Cinequest’s main line-up, the Dramatic Feature Competition, while Hilde Van Mieghem’s Speechless and Nathalie Basteyns’ and Kaat Beels’ Facades will be competing for the Global Vision Award.

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Published on Friday 26 January 2018

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

Janet van den Brand’s Ceres invited to the Berlinale

The documentary film Ceres by Brussels-based Dutch director Janet van den Brand has been selected for the Berlin International Film Festival (15-25 February), where it will be in competition in the Generation Kplus programme.

CeresCeres is an intimate portrait of four children as they experience the natural cycle of life on a farm. The film explores the world through their eyes and examines their relationship to nature and human society.

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Published on Wednesday 17 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

Lukas Dhont’s project Girl wins Work In Progress Award at Les Arcs

Girl, Lukas Dhont’s debut feature currently in post-production, has won the Titrafilm Work In Progress Award at this year’s Les Arcs European Film Festival. The Award comes with an EUR 10,000 post-production grant. In October, Dhont won the Grid VFX Works In Progress Award at this year’s edition of CONNeXT.

GirlGirl is the story of a 15-year-old girl born in a boy's body who is ready to risk everything to pursue her dream of becoming a ballerina. In Les Arcs, Dhont presented some excerpts from his film which is currently being edited.

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Published on Monday 18 December 2017

Resurrection gets international sales deal

Kristof Hoornaert’s debut feature, starring Johan Leysen and Gilles De Schryver, has been acquired by the Italian sales company TVCO. Resurrection had its world premiere at Film Fest Gent in October and its international premiere in the First Features Competition at the Black Nights Film Festival in Tallinn on 27 November.

ResurrectionResurrection tells the story of an elderly recluse who takes a young man into his house after finding him half-naked and lost. The leading parts in Resurrection are played by Leysen and De Schryver. The film was shot by Lithuanian cinematographer Rimvydas Leipus

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Published on Tuesday 28 November 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

Home grabs six at Ensors Gala

Fien Troch’s Home was a clear winner at the eighth Gala of the Ensors, the local Academy Award equivalent. The film won Ensors for Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress and Best Editing.

HomeOther awards went to Le Ciel Flamand, King of the Belgians, Past Imperfect, My First Highway, Storm, Souvenir, The Prime Minister, Speechless, Shadow World, On attend, Kastaars, Ghost Rockers: For Ever, A Wedding and Brimstone.

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Published on Tuesday 19 September 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

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