Bad Hunter, Sahim Omar Kalifa’s latest short, has won the Jury Award for Short Film at the Montreal World Film Festival, which came to an end on September 1.

Bad HunterScripted by Sahim Omar Kalifa and Jean-Claude Van Rijckeghem, the 14-minute short follows 19-year-old Bahoz, a young Iraqi who goes every day to the mountains to hunt and catches very little. But today will change his life for ever.

Prior to its Montreal award, Bad Hunter had received a special mention at the Brussels Film Festival in June.

Over the past few years, Kalifa has established himself as a director to watch on the international short-film scene. He previously directed Land of the Heroes after winning a VAF Wildcard; and Baghdad Messi, which travelled the globe, picking up some 70 awards along the way. The director is currently working on his first feature, Zagros, for which casting sessions are being held in Istanbul and Diyarbakir, Turkey.

Two other Belgian films also won prizes in Montreal: Bernard Bellefroid’s Melody, a co-production between Belgium, France and Luxembourg, won the Award for Best Actress (Rachael Blake and Lucie Debay) and received a special mention from the Ecumenical Jury. And Next Year, a Belgian-French co-production directed by Vania Leturcq was awarded the Silver Zenith for First Fiction Feature Film.

Bad Hunter received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz.

Published on Thursday 4 September 2014