Belgian director Wouter Bouvijn has been invited to the Arc 1950 Co-Production Village in Les Arcs where he will pitch his upcoming debut feature Escape. The festival has also announced its full line-up, which includes the animated short Catherine as well as some co-productions with Flanders. As previously announced, Fien Troch’s Home and Brosens and Woodworths’ King of the Belgians will also screen in Les Arcs.

Wouter Bouvijn (c)Titus SimoensOver three days, the Co-Production Village presents a selection of 20 European feature films in development to professionals interested in a financial or production participation. Among those invited this year is Wouter Bouvijn, who is currently preparing his debut feature Escape (fka (F)light).

In 2012, the young director created a buzz with his short film Crossroads, which won various awards and reached the finals of the Student Academy Awards. His first feature film will be produced by major Belgian company Eyeworks (Everybody Happy, The Treatment) and tells the story of 17-year-old Vincent who grows up in the shadow of his terminally ill twin sisters.

The industry programme in Les Arcs also includes Fien Troch’s Home as part of the Summit, an event reuniting independent distributors and professionals to focus on the exhibition of European films in France. Troch’s latest film also screens in Official Competition at the festival.

Among the shorts in competition is Britt Raes’s Catherine, an animated film about a cat-mad girl who finds it difficult to connect with people. Will she ever find friendship or love?

As previously announced, King of the Belgians by Brosens and Woodworth makes its appearance in the Playtime section of the festival. The complete programme also includes several co-productions with Flanders including Obiectiva Teodora by Szabolcs Hajdu; Nanouk Leopold’s Guernsey; Mijke de Jong’s Layla M.; and the animated short Counting Sheep by Frits Standaert.

Published on Wednesday 30 November 2016

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