Crossroads, a short film by director Wouter Bouvijn has scooped the Grand Jury Prize for European Student Films at the Premiers Plans Festival in Angers, France (18-27 January). The short film had already been presented with the Award for Best Debut at the Leuven International Short Film Festival.
Maxime faces an uncertain future when his father dies from a genetic disease. He and his brother must choose whether they take the test or rather take a leap into the unknown. Principal roles are portrayed by budding actor Joren Seldeslachts (Double Life, Little Black Spiders), Tom De Hoog and Mieke De Groote (Code 37).
Since 1989, the Premiers Plans Film Festival has taken place each year in Angers and focuses on the screening of first films. Directors such as Fatih Akin, Joachim Lafosse (Our Children) and Thomas Vinterberg, among others, were originally discovered in Angers. Annually, the fest’s official selection presents 100 European first films, divided into six competitive sections. Winning the Grand Jury Prize in the Student Films section comes with a cash prize of €1,500 for director Bouvijn.
Crossroads was scripted by Wouter Bouvijn, Maximiliaan Dierickx shot the imagery. Pieter Smet edited the short film. The original score was created by Maarten Devoldere and Jinte Deprez, members of the Belgian pop/rock band Balthazar.