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The White Queen, a BBC/Starz series co-produced with and almost entirely shot in Flanders, has been nominated for four Emmy Awards: Outstanding Miniseries, Music Composition (John Lunn), Costumes and Hairstyling. The series was the first project ever to receive support from the Screen Flanders economic fund.
Recognizing excellence in the television industry, the Emmy Awards are for television what the Academy Awards are for film. The 66th annual Emmy Awards ceremony will be held on 25 August in the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Last year, the BBC/HBO series Parade’s End, also a co-production with Flanders, was nominated in five categories.
Animated series Plankton Invasion by Joeri Christiaen, Tim Van Aelst’s sitcom Safety First, The Perfect Couple by Flemish production company deMENSEN and the BBC drama series The Fall, directed by Flemish helmer Jakob Verbruggen, are amongst the nominees for this year’s Rockie Awards, presented at the Banff World Media Festival (8-11 June).
Plankton Invasion zooms in on a team of miniscule marine creatures, plankton, who are in need of more space – or water – and therefore concoct a plan to take over the world.
Flanders’s prestigious new drama series Cordon has been selected for the competitive World Series section at the Séries Mania Festival in Paris (22-30 April), organised for the fifth time by the Forum des Images. The professional programme also includes the crime series De Ridder. Both series were produced by Eyeworks.
The World Series showcase offers the Parisian public a collection of TV series which excel in creativity, craftsmanship and originality. For the fifth edition of Séries Mania, Flemish drama series Cordon also formed part of the public programme.
Wendy Morris’ short film Heir to the Evangelical Revival is selected for the Annecy International Animation Film Festival (9 – 14 June). Two children’s series co-produced in Flanders are to be presented too, just like the Christmas Special of A Town Called Panic and work by Emma De Swaef and Marc James Roels.
The festival has added Heir to the Evangelical Revival to the line-up of its Short Film Competition. Drawn by hand, Wendy Morris’ animation short is a commentary on the Evangelical Revival in South Africa through the eyes of the director herself who’s an atheist-apostate-agnostic.
Flemish crime series De Ridder is part of the official competition at the International Festival of Audiovisual Programs (FIPA, 21-26 January) in Biarritz. Also to be seen at FIPA, commemorating the Great War with a special section, is documentary series At War. As previously announced, helmer Jan Matthys will be presented with the EuroFIPA of Honor for his entire works, followed by a screening of an episode of his upcoming war series In Flanders Fields.
For its 27th edition, the official competition of the International Festival of Audiovisual Programs covers ten fiction series, De Ridder being one of them. The Flemish crime series is surrounded by international hits as BBC’s Peaky Blinders or the American Hostages.
Flemish director Jan Matthys is to receive the EuroFIPA of Honor at the upcoming International Festival of Audiovisual Programmes (FIPA), which takes place from 21-26 January in Biarritz. Matthys will be presented with the award for his entire body of work, including his latest prestigious war series In Flanders Fields, an episode of which will be shown in Biarritz.
For its 27th edition FIPA decided to present its EuroFIPA of Honor to Flemish helmer Jan Matthys, who is no unknown at the festival. In 2009, his prestigious series The Emperor of Taste scooped three FIPA d’Or prizes in Biarritz.
Flemish director Hans Herbots has been honoured as Best Director of a TV Series at the Sichuan TV Festival in Chengdu, China (16-18 November). Herbots received the Golden Panda Award for his work on drama series The Divine Monster.
Herbots was one of five nominees in the category for Best Director of a TV Series, competing against international heavyweights such as Brian Percival who directed several episodes of British drama series Downton Abbey.
A&E is preparing an American remake of Belgian hit series Clan, a dark comedy in which the Murphy sisters come up with various schemes to kill their unbearable brother-in-law. Steve Blackman (Private Practive, Bones) will write and executive produce.
Clan is all about the Goethals sisters who are to become the Murphy sisters in the American remake. Tied together by the premature death of their parents, they’ve clung to each other like a real clan. But ever since their fifth sister’s marriage the bond has frayed.
Flemish drama series The Divine Monster, directed by Hans Herbots, received two nominations at the Sichuan TV Festival in China (16-18 November). Produced by Eyeworks, the series is in the running for the Golden Panda Award for Best TV Series as well as Best Director of a TV Series.
Based on the trilogy by the same name by Flemish author Tom Lanoye, The Divine Monster recounts the tragic tale of Katrien De Schrijver. When she shoots her husband during a hunting party in the south of France, the incident sparks off a remarkable chain of events.
Montreal-based world sales outfit Attraction Distribution is presenting prestigious 10-part World War I miniseries In Flanders Fields at this year's Mipcom (7-10 October). Helmed by award-winning Jan Matthys (Quiz Me Quick), the series is scripted by Charles de Weerdt, Carl Joos (The Memory of a Killer) and Geert Vermeulen (Cataract), and stars Barbara Sarafian (Moscow, Belgium), Lize Feryn, Wim Opbrouck, Matthieu Sys and Wietse Tanghe.
In Flanders Fields focuses on five members of Ghent's Boesman family, each of whom is going through their own war during four years. The central character is 15-year-old Marie, who dreams of becoming a doctor, but becomes a nurse at the front line, where she eventually finds the strength to build up a balanced perspective on the world and her family.