CONNeXT confirms the first 15

The initial 15 titles are confirmed for the second outing of Flemish invitation-only networking event CONNeXT (formerly NeXT). The event, whose slogan is ‘Connect to what’s new and who’s next’, will run over an intense and hospitable three-and-a-half days of networking, pitching, screenings and keynote talks due to be held in Ghent from 8-11 October.

CONNeXT 17The latest completed Flemish films - plus (new in 2017) a selection of TV series - will be screened, while a selection of projects at various stages from development to post-production will be pitched to top professionals, including sales agents from Europe and North America and programmers from festivals such as Berlin, Karlovy Vary, Tribeca, Toronto and SXSW.

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Published on Friday 19 May 2017

Hans Herbots co-directs BBC-HBO miniseries Rellik

Hans Herbots and Sam Miller (Fortitude, Luther) team up to direct Rellik, a six-part miniseries for BBC One and HBO’s Cinemax. The series, written by the creators of The Missing, started shooting in London this week.

Hans Herbots - set RivieraRellik – killer spelt backwards – turns the serial killer genre on its head. The perpetrator is caught before the drama moves backwards in time to the very beginning – the crime itself and, ultimately, the killer. The search for the killer is headed by Gabriel Markham, a damaged and disfigured Met detective backed up by Elaine, an ambitious inspector.

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Published on Tuesday 28 March 2017

Séries Mania presents two from Flanders

Team Chocolate and 13 Commandments, two new fiction series from Flanders, have been invited to the International Panorama at Séries Mania, the annual television festival in Paris (13-23 April). Also selected is drama series High Tides, a co-production with Flanders which Hans Herbots directed.

Team ChocolateTeam Chocolate is the story of Jasper Vloemans, a mentally challenged boy who works at a chocolate manufacturing company. When Tina, the colleague he’s in love with, is suddenly deported back to Kosovo, Jasper and his friends embark on a road trip to find her. The International Pan aroma also includes 13 Commandments, a TV series about a murderous modern-day Moses. Inspired by the 10 Commandments, he commits a series of gruesome crimes in order to jolt society’s conscience and restore its moral values.

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Published on Tuesday 28 March 2017

Netflix acquires Beau Séjour

Netflix is to roll out the first season of De Mensen's hit drama series Beau Séjour on its platform as of March 16. The news follows the streaming giant's acquisition of rights to this raw, contemporary whodunit for a series of international territories. Most European markets will follow later because of rights issues.

Beau SéjourBeau Séjour premièred on pubcaster één in early January. Its Sunday evening slot regularly reaches a +50% market share, with certain cliffhangers causing for a storm on the social media.

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Published on Wednesday 1 March 2017

Flanders Image gears up for second year of its industry platform

Talk will be top of the menu at October’s invitation-only Flemish event, but otherwise it will be business as usual - with one small exception. It’s no longer just NeXT: in 2017, it’s time to CONNeXT.

CONNeXT promoreelFollowing last autumn’s highly successful pilot held just before Film Fest Gent in the picturesque Flemish city, the platform bringing together international distributors, sales agents and festival directors with the cream of Flemish filmmaking talent will be back in October with a larger line-up but the same friendly focus.

The event, whose slogan is ‘Connect to what’s new and who’s next’, will run over an intense and hospitable three days of networking, screenings and keynote talks running from October 8-11.

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Published on Thursday 9 February 2017

Top market share for new TV series Beau Séjour

New Belgian TV drama Beau Séjour has been topping the charts in Flanders since the pilot episode aired on New Year’s Day. Broadcast in prime time on Sunday night, the series’ second episode reached over 1.5 million viewers in Flanders, a market share of 51.8%.

Beau SejourFollowing the buzz surrounding the series which won the Audience Award at last year’s Séries Mania in Paris, the pilot episode of Beau Séjour premiered to over a million live viewers in Flanders. Another 346,000 watched the episode on catch-up over the next seven days. The second episode drew more than 1.5 million viewers.

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Published on Friday 20 January 2017

FIPA takes two from Flanders

Nothing Is Forgiven, the new documentary by Vincent Coen and Guillaume Vandenberghe, has been selected for the Official Competition at FIPA, the International Festival of Audiovisual Programmes in France. The programme also includes Jan Eelen’s comedy series Callboys.

Nothing is ForgivenNothing Is Forgiven is the story of activist and journalist Zineb El Rhazoui, who leaves Morocco for Paris after the Arab Spring. She finds a new professional family at 'Charlie Hebdo'… until the terrorist attack. She becomes the most protected woman in France, but the birth of her baby girl drastically changes her outlook on the future. And her opponents haven’t forgiven her…

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Published on Tuesday 17 January 2017

Série Series presents Flemish TV shows Team Chocolate and Generation B

New Flemish drama series Team Chocolate is part of the line-up at Série Series, the French TV Series Summit (29 June – 1 July). The seven-parter, which is currently in post-production, will be part of the ‘In the Pipeline’ programme. In addition, Generation B will be in ‘What’s Next?’, a selection of programmes designed to reveal the series of tomorrow. Both series are produced by deMENSEN.

Team ChocolateA road trip-cum-love story, Team Chocolate follows Jasper and his mentally challenged co-workers at a chocolate manufacturing company as they embark on a road trip to find Tina, Jasper’s sweetheart, who has been deported back to her native Kosovo.

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Published on Wednesday 29 June 2016

Flanders Animation in the spotlight in Annecy

Animation projects from Flanders will take centre stage during the first edition of the Flanders Animation Focus at this year’s International Animation Film Festival in Annecy. On 17 June, 11 Flemish producers will pitch their upcoming animation features and series to potential co-producers and buyers. The initiative reflects the ambition of the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF) to stimulate the production and international promotion of animation from Flanders.

Flanders Animation FocusThe Flanders region boasts a wide variety of high-end animation studios and creative talent, resulting over the past few years in various nominations and prizes abroad. During the Flanders Animation Focus, 11 projects, both animation features and series, will be presented to potential co-producers, co-financers, buyers and distributors.

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Published on Wednesday 8 June 2016

Beau Séjour wins Audience Award at Séries Mania

New Flemish fiction series Beau Séjour has won the Audience Award at the seventh edition of Séries Mania (15-24 April), the international television festival in Paris. The series was presented in person by directors Nathalie Basteyns and Kaat Beels; scriptwriters Bert Van Dael and Sanne Nuyens; and lead actress Lynn Van Royen. The audience at Séries Mania named the 10-part series joint winner of the Audience Award out of more than 50 series from all over the world. Beau Séjour is also set to air on Arte in France and Germany next year, a first for a Flemish series.

Beau SéjourThe Séries Mania festival received over 250 submissions from around the world. Beau Séjour was selected as the only Belgian series for the International Competition, together with seven other titles from Norway, Argentina, France, Australia, the UK, Sweden and Israel.

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Published on Monday 25 April 2016

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