Wouter Bongaerts’ animated short film Mia has received the Canal+ Family ‘Coup de Coeur’ Award at the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival (31 January-8 February), a new initiative between the festival and Canal+ Family which awards the best short film of the Young Audience Programme.
A special jury of 18 pupils of the Saint-Gervais-d’Auvergne College and a representative of French television chain Canal+ Family awarded the Canal+ Family ‘Coup de Coeur’ Award to Wouter Bongaerts’ Mia, lauding it as the best short film of the 50 or so films that were part of the Young Audience Programme this year.
In nine minutes, the film tells the story of seven-year-old Mia, who tries to liberate her overworked mother from the clutches of an overpopulated metropolis. In her quest, the little girl unlocks the hidden secrets that make the world turn.
The short has already screened at the Warsaw Film Festival in Poland and the Corono Cork Festival in Ireland as well as the Austin Film Festival in the US, where Mia won the Audience Award.
The Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival is widely seen as one of the world’s most distinctive short film festivals. For its 36th edition, Flanders was well represented in the festival’s line-up. In addition to Mia, The Hunger by Benoit De Clerck and Heir to the Evangelical Revival by Wendy Morris could be seen in competition, as well as I Love Hooligans and Betty’s Blues, two co-productions with Flanders.
Mia was scripted by Wouter Bongaerts and Bert Vandecasteele. Viviane Vanfleteren of production hub Vivi Film (High Heels, Low Tide, Brendan and the Secret of Kells) produced the film. She was able to count on the support of a €60,000 wildcard award given out by the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF) of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Joke Schauvliege. (Wouter Bongaerts won the wildcard in 2010 with his graduation project, Mouse for Sale.)