EN - The pomp and savagery of a Belgian hunt group is exposed in Waidmannsheil (Hail To the Good Shooter) which scrutinises, with icy detachment, the rituals of a wily group of bourgeois weekend warriors as they compete to kill deer in a pastoral landscape. They trespass the silent woods and play a strategic game in which all resources are concentrated on the capture of their treasured prey. It is a mystical experience, centred around the encounter with wildlife - a matter of pride for the man and a matter of life and death for the animal.

FR - La brutalité d’un groupe de chasseurs belges est exposée dans ce travail de cinéma direct plein de suspens et parfois ironique. Waidmannsheil ‘Hail to the good shooter explore avec un détachement glacial les rituels d’un groupe de bourgeois pendant un weekend alors qu’ils prévoient de tuer des cerfs dans un paysage bucolique.


Title Waidmannsheil
Original title Waidmannsheil - Heil aan de goede schutter
Original language Dutch, French, German
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Docs
Year 2011


Photography Klaas Boelen
Editing Pieter Smet
Sound Gedeon Depauw
Music Franz Von Schober, Royal Hunting Hornblowers Circle of Limburg

Technical specs

Running time film 26'
Release format HD-CAM
Aspect ratio 16:9
Colour Colour


Supported by



2011 : HOTDOCS Canadian International Documentary Festival Toronto for the international short documentary competition, shown in the workers of the world! section.

2011 : DOCVILLE International Documentary Festival Leuven for the national competition. Special jury mention Docville: “We praise Waidmannsheil by Klaas Boelen for the very good construction, rhythm and good use of sound."

2011 : DOK LEIPZIG 54th international Leipzig Festival 2011 for documentary and animated film for the international programm

2011 : FILMER A TOUT PRIX: Festival Cinema Documentaire Bruxelles for the Belgian selection


Local fests add Flemish flavour to line-ups

May promises to be a busy month for Flemish docs and shorts. Both the Docville International Documentary Festival in Leuven (29 April-7 May) and the Brussels Short Film Festival (28 April-8 May) are scheduling a strong selection of Flemish titles. With attention for Flemish productions on the rise internationally, indigenous fests are following course.

Antwerp Central selected for DocvilleThe seventh edition of documentary fest Docville is showcasing an ambitious programme, with yet to be released films, previews and one-off screenings. Among the 70 selected docs are a number of Flemish highlights such as Grande Hotel by Lotte Stoops and Waidmannsheil by Klaas Boelen, which were both selected for Hot Docs this year, as well as Peter Krüger’s creative documentary, Antwerp Central, which recently won the Grand Prix at the International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA).

Published on Friday 29 April 2011

Grande Hotel selected for Hot Docs competition

Grande Hotel, the documentary by Lotte Stoops which debuted at this year’s International Film Festival Rotterdam, has been selected for Toronto’s Hot Docs (28 April-8 May). Klaas Boelen’s Waidmannsheil has also been selected for the festival's ‘Workers of the World’ programme, where it will be reciiving its world premiere. The largest documentary festival in North America, Hot Docs is considered one of the world’s most prestigious documentary festivals together with its European peer, Amsterdam’s IDFA.

still from Grande HotelGrande Hotel will be screened in the Hot Docs International Spectrum section and therefore takes part in the official competition of the festival. The documentary is also in the running to take home the Audience Award. To top off the good news, Grande Hotel is also to be released in the Netherlands where it will open on 12 May through Mokum Distribution.

Published on Wednesday 23 March 2011

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Short info

Director Klaas Boelen
Producers RITCS School of Arts
Writers Klaas Boelen

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