Flanders’ brand new prestigious drama series Cordon has been selected for the competitive section World Series at the Séries Mania Festival in Paris (22-30 April), organised for the fifth time by the esteemed Forum des Images. The professional programme also sees crime series De Ridder. Both series are produced by Eyeworks.
The World Series showcase offers the Parisian public a collection of TV series that excel in creativity, craftsmanship and originality. For the fifth edition of the Séries Mania Festival, Flemish drama series Cordon was added to the line-up of the public programme.
At the Foggia Independent Film Festival in Italy (29 March – 5 April), Stijn Conix’ Marina has been awarded Best Film, while the feature was also given the Prize of the Film Critics. Italian-Belgian musician Rocco Granata, whose childhood inspired the story, was invited to the festival and after receiving the two awards, surprised the audience with a small performance.
Situated in Apulia, in the South of Italy, the Foggia Independent Film Festival organised its 13th edition with a special focus on South-Italian and South-European cinema. Upon invitation by the artistic director of the festival, Marina was added to the line-up of the feature films section
Ellen Vermeulen’s documentary feature 9999, Waiting for August by Teodora Mihai and Desert Haze by Sofie Benoot have all been selected for the International Documentary Festival Visions du Réel in Nyon, Switzerland. The line-up also reveals three shorts from Flanders, 28 Rue Brichaut, Maybe Darkness and PS São Paulo. Finally, California City, a new project by Sofie Benoot, Isabelle Tollenaere and Liesbeth De Ceulaer will also be presented at Pitching du Réel.
Benoot’s Desert Haze is to receive its world première in the international features competition at Visions du Réel, taking place from April 25 till May 3 this year.
Sahim Omar Kalifa’s short film Baghdad Messi has scooped the Bermuda Shorts Award at the 17th edition of the Bermuda International Film Festival (21-27 March), thus qualifying the film to submit for the 87th Academy Awards.
Since its release, Baghdad Messi has travelled to over 120 film festivals around the world and has won over 20 awards. The Oscar-qualifying prize in Bermuda tops the bill as the film can now submit to the 87th Academy Awards for the longlist in the category Best Live Action Short Film.
Sahim Omar Kalifa’s short Baghdad Messi adds yet another award to its already impressive tab, by winning the Golden Dagger for Best Short at the Muscat Film Festival in Oman. With 26 international awards, the film even outruns its successful predecessorLand of the Heroes.
Since its release, Baghdad Messi has travelled to over 120 film festivals around the world, reigning in 26 awards and four special mentions so far, while Kalifa’s previous short, the highly successful Land of the Heroes, gathered 24.
Gerrit Messiaen’s medium-length documentary Lucien Hervé, photographer despite himself has received a special mention from the jury at the International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA) in Montreal.
The film screened in the festival’s competition section showcasing 38 films originating from 19 different countries. Danielle Sauvage, Matthias Bürcher, Phil Comeau, Claude François and Jean-Paul Fargier formed this year’s international jury, lauding the documentary about Lucien Hervé with a special mention.
Dutch-Belgian documentary Ne me quitte pas by Sabine Lubbe Bakker and Niels van Koevorden has received the main jury prize at the European Documentary Film Festival Eurodok.
The programme of the European Documentary Film Festival Eurodok, annually organised by Oslo’s Cinemateket, included 30 documentaries, of which eight ran in the European competition. Its jury offered Ne me quitte pas the festival's main prize.
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.
The 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.
Teodora Mihai’s documentary Waiting for August and Frederik Jan Depickere’s short film Adrift are selected for this year’s Canadian International Documentary Film Festival, aka Hot Docs (24 April – 4 May). Three more films co-produced with Flanders,Before The Last Curtain Falls, Ne me quitte pas and See No Evil, made the bill in Toronto.
Waiting for August portrays the gripping story of 15-year-old Georgiana, the eldest daughter of the Halmac family. She lives with her six siblings in a social housing condo on the outskirts of Bacau, Romania. As their mother, who works as an economic migrant in Italy, won’t be back until summer, Georgiana is involuntarily catapulted to the role of new head of the family.
Bas Devos’ feature debut Violet has been selected for the New Talent Grand Pix competition of CPH PIX, Copenhagen’s prime international festival. The picture is presented as one of 10 feature debuts by promising young directors. CPH PIX’s sixth edition runs from 3 till 16 April.
A competitive programme, the New Talent section brings together 10 first-time directors from around the world. An international jury is to award the best project with a cash prize of €15,000, basing its judgment on the vision and personal signature each director present in its work.