Both Nicolas Provost’s The Invader and Gust Van den Berghe’s Blue Bird received special honours at the awards ceremony of the 38th Ghent International Film Festival (11 – 22 October). The Invader grabbed the Georges Delerue Award for Best Music and Sound Design (Sacha & Evgueni Galperine en Senjan Jansen) while the film's lead actor Issaka Sawadogo received a Special Mention from the International Jury. The same Jury also gave a Special Mention to Gust Van den Berghe's Blue Bird in the category of Best Director.
The Invader recently premièred at the Venice International Film Festival. From there the film went on to the Toronto and San Sebastian International Film Festivals. Less than 24 hours prior the Fest's Award Ceremony, Provost received the Jo Röpcke Award for Indigenous Filmmaking Talent.
Blue Bird had its world première at this year’s Cannes International Film Festival, as part of the famous Director’s Fortnight. Afterwards, the film was also selected for festivals such as Karlovy Vary, München, Busan and Montréal. The Special Mention for Blue Bird in Ghent is already the film’s second major Award in its home territory, earlier the film received the prestigious Flemish Culture Prize for Film 2010-2011. Blue Bird had its theatrical release, Minds meet is handling distribution, in Belgium on 19 October.
The Invader, Blue Bird and Last Winter (John Shank), a third Flemish co-production, were all selected for competition at the Ghent International Film Festival this year. Flemish (co)-producers are Antonino Lombardo for Prime Time (The Invader), Tomas Leyers for Minds Meet (Blue Bird) and Maarten Loix for Limited Adventures (Last Winter). All three films were made possible with the support of the Flanders Audiovisual Funds (VAF), amongst others.