Jonas Baeckeland’s Prey, Tom Van Avermaet’s Oscar-nominated short Death of a Shadow and Hans Vercauter’s Montreal-winner Wolf’s Milk are to be presented at the Raindance Film Festival in Londen. Hisko Hulsing’s Junkyard, a coproduction with Flanders, was also added to the festival’s slate. Raindance presents the most promising new filmmakers from September 25 till October 6.
After selections at the Brussels Film Festival and the LA Shorts Fest, Jonas Baeckeland’s short film Prey is to be screened at the Raindance Film Festival, one of Europe’s leading independent film festivals. The film’s producer, Sieber Marly, will be presenting the short to London audiences. Ali Toumi, born Algerian, has just escaped from a Belgian prison and hopes to make a fresh start with his family by providing them with a new identity. But an unexpected encounter with an old acquaintance makes Ali relapse into old habits.
Mourade Zeguendi (Offline) takes on the central character in the film, while Bullhead-actor Jeroen Perceval portrays the old friend. Jonas Baeckeland and Wouter Van Haver wrote the script, Laurens De Geyter was DoP. Sieber Marly produced the film for Blauwhuis.
Also screening in London is Hans Vercauter’s short film Wolf’s Milk. Starring Wouter Hendrickx (Oxygen, Plan Bart), Wine Dierickx (Madly in Love, Plan Bart) and Ben Segers (Quiz Me Quick), it’s a story about brother love, a family struggling decomposition after a far-reaching white lie. Vercauter’s short was previously invited to the Montreal World Film Festival where it not only received its world première but left the fest with the Special Jury Award for Best Short. Written by Hans Vercauter, the short was shot by Brecht Goyvaerts. Eva Van Riet produced Wolf’s Milk for Brussels-based production company Caviar.
Finally, also Tom Van Avermaet’s Death of a Shadow keeps raking in festival invitations, including one for Raindance, after the short was nominated for the Academy Awards early 2013. Death of a Shadow was produced by Ellen De Waele of Serendipity Films.
Prey, Wolf’s Milk and Death of a Shadow all received support through the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Joke Schauvliege.