EN - Late afternoon, somewhere in a big city, a man comes home to his wife and child - a portrait of a family in our modern civilization, captured in real time.


Title Empire
Original title Empire
Original language Dutch
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Shorts
Genre arthouse
Year 2015
World première / first public presentation 2015-09-01


Cast Ina Geerts, Kris Cuppens
Photography Thomas Buelens
Sound Raf Enckels

Technical specs

Running time film 14'
Release format DCP
Other available formats digital file
Aspect ratio 1:1.85
Sound format 5.1
Colour Colour


Supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF)


2016: International Competition - London Short Film Festival (UK), International Competition - Busan International Short Film Festival (KR), Official Selection - Vilnius International Film Festival (LT), International Competition - Kyiv International Short Film Festival (UA), National Competition - Brussels Short Film Festival (BE), Official Selection - Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia (JP), Belgian Film Festival Utrecht (NL), Official Selection - Palm Springs International Shortfest (US), Official Selection - Yerevan International Short Film Festival (AM), Official Selection - New Directors/New Films Festival (PT), Official Selection - Helsinki International Film Festival (FI), In Competition - Montelupo Fiorentino International Independent Film Festival (IT), Official Selection - Izmir International Short Film Festival (TR), Official Competition - Tofifest International Film Festival (PL)

2015: World Competition - Montreal World Film Festival (CA), Official Selection - BFI London Film Festival (UK), European Competition - Film Fest Gent (BE), Official Selection - Thessaloniki International Short Film Festival (GR), International Competition - Sleepwalkers International Short Film Festival (EE), Competition - Leuven International Short Film Festival (BE)


2016: Special Jury Award - Montelupo Fiorentino International Independent Film Festival (IT); Special Mention - Tofifest International Film Festival (PL)

2015: Cinematic Achievement Award - Thessaloniki International Short Film Festival (GR)

Good start for Ghent Film Fest

Robin Pront's feature debut The Ardennes is the opening attraction at the 42nd Film Fest Ghent (13-24 October). The film, receiving its European première, is just one of the many indigenous titles Belgium's oldest and largest festival has in its programme this year. There are in total five Flemish features, one TV series, a dozen shorts, and two co-productions with Flanders.

The ArdennesOpening the Fest is The Ardennes starring Veerle Baetens (The Broken Circle Breakdown), Kevin Janssens and Jeroen Perceval, with the latter also co-writing the script with director Robin Pront. The film has already attracted attention at this year's Toronto International Film Festival where it had its world premiere and was picked up by distributors in such key territories as France (Diaphana) and Italy (Satine). Producer is Bart van Langendonck for Savage Film, the company behind Oscar-nominated Bullhead. International sales are handled by Montreal-based Attraction Distribution.

Published on Tuesday 13 October 2015

Lucifer and Empire invited to BFI London Film Festival

Gust Van den Berghe's Lucifer and Kristof Hoornaert's short Empire are both invites to the 59th edition of the BFI London Film Festival (7 – 18 October). Four co-productions with Flanders - Couple in a Hole, Les cowboys, Schneider vs. Bax and The Brand New Testament (Le tout nouveau testament) - also made it to the final selection.

Still EmpireLucifer is Gust Van den Berghe's third feature and the final installment to his tryptic  to which Little Baby Jesus of Flandr and Blue bird also belong. On his downfall from Heaven to Hell, Lucifer passes through the earthly paradise, a village in Mexico, where elderly Lupita and her granddaughter Maria live. Lupita's brother Emanuel pretends he's paralyzed so he can drink and gamble while the two women tend to the sheep. Lucifer senses an opportunity and plays the miraculous healer. He forces Emanuel to walk again, seduces Maria and makes Lupita doubt about her faith. He didn't bring bad luck, he only illuminated the line between good and evil, where it didn't exist before.

Published on Tuesday 1 September 2015

Three World Premieres and Five Other Films Selected for Montreal

Sum of Histories, Lukas Bossuyt’s feature debut, is to have its world premiere in the First Films Competition at the Montreal World Film Festival, which takes place from August 27 till September 7. Empire and Nkosi Coiffure, two shorts from Flanders, also premiere in the World Competition section, while the programme contains five further films from Flanders: Belgian Rhapsody, Marry Me and the shorts Olav, The Soul Is Wandering and Dissonant.

Still: Sum of HistoriesA love story with a touch of sci-fi, Sum of Histories tells the story of Viktor, a brilliant young professor who discovers a way to manipulate time. Now he can finally change the past and help his beloved Lena, but not without risk…

Published on Tuesday 11 August 2015

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Director Kristof Hoornaert
Producers Wim Vanacker
Writers Kristof Hoornaert

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