Walking The Dog pic to open Quinzaine

The Congress by director Ari Folman (Waltz With Bashir) is to open the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes on 16 May. One of the studios involved in the production of The Congress is Brussels animation hub Walking The Dog, led by Eric Goossens and Anton Roebben. The film’s Belgian co-producer is Entre Chien et Loup.

CongressCannesThe Congress is an international co-production between Israel, Germany, Poland, Luxemburg, France and Belgium. The film is based on the short story The Futurological Congress by Stanislaw Lem and follows an aging, unemployed actress played by American star Robin Wright. The woman accepts one last job to make ends meet in paying for care for her disabled son, although the consequences of her decision affect her in ways she didn’t consider.

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Published on Friday 19 April 2013

Annecy invites Flemish animators

Robbe Vervaeke’s animated short Norman has been selected for Official Competition at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival (10-15 June). Also competing are television series Picnic With Cake, a Flemish co-production, and several shorts co-produced with Flanders. Pieter Coudyzer’s The Wake is presented out of competition. The Annecy Film Fest is globally considered the number one festival when it comes to animation.

Robbe Vervaeke's NormanCompeting in the Short Film category, Robbe Vervaeke’s animated short is in the running for up to six awards, including the Audience Award, the Special Jury Award and the Annecy Cristal.

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Published on Friday 29 March 2013

Flanders trio triumphs in Aubagne

Fien Troch’s Kid, Peter Monsaert’s Offline and Roman Klochkov’s Natasha were the big winners at the 14th Aubagne International Film Festival (8-23 March). While Kid received both the Grand Jury Prize and the Award for Best Music, Offline scooped the Award for Best Script. Roman Klochkov’s Natasha was awarded the Prize for Best Animated Short Film. It was also announced that French distributor Mica Films is to release Monsaert’s Offline in French theatres this summer.

Director Peter Monsaert @ Aubagne Film FestivalIn addition to the Grand Jury Prize Fien Troch’s third feature film, Kid, also received the Award for Best Music, acknowledging Senjan Jansen’s original musical score. Kid follows the story of a seven-year-old boy who lives with his mother and brother on a farm. The fatherless family struggles to make ends meet. When disaster strikes and the two brothers have to move in with their aunt and uncle, Kid misses his mother more than ever and longs to be with her. The film received a special mention at the latest edition of the Ghent Film Festival.

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Published on Tuesday 26 March 2013

Flanders in full force at Berlinale

Felix van Groeningen’s The Broken Circle Breakdown and Janet van den Brand’s short Rosa, Anna’s Lil’ Sis have been selected for the Berlin international Film Festival (7-17 February). Both films will premiere internationally in the fest’s Panorama Specials strand and Generation Kplus shorts competition respectively. Two co-productions were also confirmed: Flemish director Vincent Bal’s Nono, the Zigzag Kid, which will open the Generation programme, and Willemiek Kluijfhout’s Mussels in Love. Recent features such as Peter Monsaert's Offline and Gert Embrechts' Allez, Eddy! make their market debuts at the Berlinale's European Film Market (EFM). Other EFM entries are The Fifth Season by Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth, as well as co-productionsTenderness by Marion Hänsel, Kinshasa Kids by Marc-Henri Wajnberg, Pinocchio by Enzo d'Alo and Tango Libre by Frédéric Fonteyne.

BerlinaleThe Broken Circle Breakdown is represented internationally by The Match Factory. The film is already a box office hit in its home territory with over 320,000 admissions (and still going strong).The Broken Circle Breakdown is produced by Dirk Impens for Menuet (TurquazeThe Misfortunates) and stars Veerle Baetens and Johan Heldenbergh. In honour of the Panorama Specials selection, Flanders Image is also publishing a special 'Talent Matters' section entirely dedicated to van Groeningen's work.

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Published on Thursday 31 January 2013

Schoenaerts, Bullhead and Oh Willy… nominated for Césars

Matthias Schoenaerts, Michaël R. Roskams feature debut Bullhead and the animated short film Oh Willy… by Emma de Swaef and Marc James Roels are among the nominees for this year’s Césars, the French counterparts of the Oscars. The Flemish co-production Our Children is also nominated. The Awards Ceremony takes place on 22 February.

Jacques Audiard's Rust and BoneMatthias Schoenaerts grabbed a nomination in the category Meilleur Espoir Masculin (Most Promising Male Actor) for his role in the French-Belgian co-production Rust and Bone. Directed by Jacques Audiard, the film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last year.

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Published on Sunday 27 January 2013

Oh Willy and Crossroads to Premiers Plans

Marc James Roels and Emma De Swaef’s award winning animated short Oh Willy… has been selected for competition in both the European Short Films and European Animated Films sections of the European First Film Festival (18 -27 January) in Angers, France. Wouter Bouvijn’s short film Crossroads is also running in competition in the Student Film programme of the fest.

Still of Bouvijn's CrossroadsCrossroads could win the Grand Jury Prize, Audience Award or Students of Angers Award at the fest, all worth € 1,500. Oh Willy… also has a chance of winning the Grand Jury Prize in both the short film and animated film competition. Besides the titles in competition, Jonas Geirnaert’s short Flatlife is screening in the side bar ‘short films for children’ which features the best animated shorts of the festival’s past 25 years. In 2004 Flatlife won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

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Published on Tuesday 22 January 2013

Flemish Award winners at Leuven short Fest

Benoit De Clerck’s The Importance of Sweet and Salt, Tom Van Avermaet’s Oscar nominated Death of a Shadow, Wouter Bouvijn’sCrossroads and Roman Klochkov’s Natasha were the winners in the Flemish competition at the 18th Leuven International Short Film festival (1 – 8 December). The Humo Award, a guest competition, went to Kiss Me Softly by Anthony Schatteman (pictured on the left).

Director Anthony Schatteman receiving his HUMO Award at Leuven shortThe Importance of Sweet and Salt, a tragicomedy about a man's inner struggle to escape from an extremely dysfunctional relationship with his wife, grabbed the Jury Award. The Award, which comes with a cash prize of € 2,000, also ensures the short a spot on the 2014 Academy Awards longlist. Meanwhile Wouter Bouvijn’s short Crossroads received the Award for Best Debut.

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Published on Sunday 9 December 2012

Oh Willy… selected for Sundance

Marc James Roels and Emma De Swaef’s award winning animated short Oh Willy… has been selected for the Sundance Film Festival (17-27 January). In Park City, Oh Willy… and nine other titles will feature in the animated shorts programme. Last weekend, the 17-minute stop-motion animated film also grabbed its 50th award.

Still from Marc James Roels and Emma De Swaef's Oh Willy...In total, Oh Willy… has now been invited to over 110 international festivals, including Clermont-Ferrand and Annecy. In September, the short won the prestigious Cartoon d’Or – the Award for the Best Animated Short in Europe.

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Published on Wednesday 5 December 2012

27, Oh Willy and Rivers Return selected for Tirana

Joe Vanhoutteghem's Rivers Return, Marc James Roels and Emma De Swaef’s Oh Willy… and Nicolas Daenens’ 27 have all been selected for the 10th Tirana International Film Festival (23 November-2 December) in Albania. All three films are screening in the Short Film Competition of the fest.

Still from Joe Vanhoutteghem's Rivers ReturnRivers Return (pictured left) started life as a series of station idents, 15-second videos that played between programmes on the Franco-German channel Arte during 2011. Now their creator, Joe Vahoutteghem, has brought that story to the fore in a 12-minute short film that premiered internationally at the Locarno Film Festival last August. The visually rich film was shot on location in Slovenia by Vanhoutteghem and rising Flemish cinematographer Nicolas Karakatsanis (BullheadThe Loft).

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Published on Thursday 22 November 2012

Oh Willy... shortlisted for Animation César

Oh Willy... by Marc Roels and Emma de Swaef is among the 10 titles shortlisted for the César for Best Animated Short. Also among the 10 is The Monster of Nix by Rosto, a co-production with Flanders. Oh Willy... recently won the Cartoon d'Or for Beste Animated Short in Europe. The film further also features on this year's longlist for the Oscars. The nominations for the Césars, the most important kudos in France, will be announced in January 2013.

Still from Marc James Roels & Emma de Swaef's Oh Willy...In this 17-minute stop-motion animated film, fiftysomething Willy returns to the naturist community where he spent his youth to visit his dying mother. When she dies shortly after he arrives, Willy is confronted with the choices he made in his life. In confused sadness he flees into the forest. After a rough start, he finds the motherly protection of a big, gentle, hairy beast.

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Published on Wednesday 17 October 2012

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