Sahim Omar Kalifa’s Bad Hunter shortlisted for Oscars

Bad Hunter, a short film by Belgian-Kurdish director Sahim Omar Kalifa, is one of 10 films shortlisted for the upcoming Oscars in the category of Best Live Action Short. The five nominees will be announced on January 14, and the awards ceremony is scheduled for February 28.

Bad HunterMembers of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences chose Bad Hunter out of 144 qualifying shorts. Sahim Omar Kalifa’s film tells the story of 19-year-old Bahoz. Every day, he goes to the mountains to hunt, although he catches very little. But one day, something happens that will change his life forever.

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Published on Monday 23 November 2015

Cannes line-up reveals talent from Flanders

Copain selected for the Short Film Competition and the animated short film Paradise competing in the Cinéfondation section ensure Flanders’s presence at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Various other films in the Festival’s line-up also feature talent from Flanders, while several (co-)productions with Flanders fly the flag in the Marché du Film.

ParadiseInvited for the Festival’s Short Film Competition, Jan and Raf Roosens’s short film Copain is about Fré, a teenager trapped between his conservative, wealthy parents and his working-class friends. Paradise, by Laura Vandewynckel, tells a story about people heading for a better place on different sides of the ocean; the stop-motion film is set to première as part of the Cinéfondation.

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Published on Friday 8 May 2015

Seven Flemish productions to screen at Athens, Ohio

The 42nd annual Athens International Film + Video Festival kicked off on April 3 with seven Flemish productions in its line-up. Selected films include Alidor Dolfing’s Wien for Life; A Handful by Katrien Vermeire; and Olivier Vanden Bussche’s animated short To Build a Fire.

Bad HunterAn Vrombaut, author of the successful British animated series 64 Zoo Lane, will be in Athens with The Tie. The short animation film tells the story of the chance meeting between a small giraffe and a tall one. Despite their obvious difference in stature, they discover a kinship.

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Published on Thursday 9 April 2015

Bad Hunter picks up fifth trophy

Sahim Omar Kalifa’s short film Bad Hunter has won the award for the Best International Short Film at the 31st International Love Film Festival in Mons, Belgium (20-27 February). The award marks the fifth international acknowledgement for Bad Hunter.

Bad HunterSince its release in August, Bad Hunter has picked up five awards. It premiered at the Montreal World Film Festival, where it won the Jury Award for Best Short Film. At the Valladolid International Film Festival it went on to pick up the Silver Spike, followed by the Jury Prize in Dubai and the Special Jury Award for best International Short at Australia’s Flickerfest.

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Published on Monday 2 March 2015

Four out of five for Kalifa’s Bad Hunter

Sahim Omar Kalifa’s latest short film Bad Hunter has won the Special Jury Award for Best International Short at the Flickerfest International Short Film Festival in Sydney, Australia (9-18 January). Since its international premiere, Bad Hunter has screened at five international festivals and won awards at four of them.

Bad HunterThe film tells the story of 19-year-old Bahoz, who regularly goes into the mountains to hunt but catches very little. Today, however, will change his life for ever.

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Published on Tuesday 20 January 2015

Sahim Omar Kalifa’s shorts keep on scoring

Sahim Omar Kalifa’s short film Bad Hunter has won the Jury Prize in the Muhr Short Film Competition at this year’s Dubai International Film Festival (10-17 December). It’s the third international award for Kalifa’s newest film, while his previous short Baghdad Messi continues its awards spree.

Bad HunterThe Jury Prize comes with a sum of 25,000 AED (about $7,000) and is number three in the film’s awards tally. Bad Hunter previously won a Jury Award at the Montreal World Film Festival, where it premiered last summer; and picked up a Silver at Spike Valladolid. In January, the film is confirmed to screen at Australia’s Oscar-qualifying Flickerfest.

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Published on Monday 5 January 2015

Kalifa’s Bad Hunter wins Silver Spike in Valladolid

Sahim Omar Kalifa’s short film Bad Hunter has won the Silver Spike for Best Short Film at the Valladolid International Film Festival in Spain (18-25 October). Having recently also won the Jury Award at the Montreal World Film Festival, the film has made a good start to its international festival career.

Bad HunterIn his latest short, Kalifa tells the story of 19-year-old Bahoz, who lives surrounded by nature and beautiful landscapes. Every day he goes to the mountains to hunt, although he catches very little. But today will be the day that changes his life forever.

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Published on Tuesday 28 October 2014

Marry Me and Lucifer compete in Valladolid

Kadir Balci’s Marry Me and Lucifer, directed by Gust Van den Berghe have been selected for Valladolid’s upcoming International Film Festival (18 - 25 October). Two shorts, Bad Hunter, directed by Sahim Omar Kalifa, and Deben Van Dam’s The Way of All Flesh, are also in competition, while the animation film collection 12 Minutes About Peace will be shown out of competition. The Valladolid Film Festival opens with Two Days, One Night by the brothers Dardenne, a co-production with Flanders.

Marry MeAfter making his debut in 2009 with the hit film Turquaze, Kadir Balci returns with Marry Me, a film about a gym teacher who wants to marry his Turkish colleague following a brief affair. But they reckoned without their families…

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Published on Thursday 2 October 2014

Kalifa’s Bad Hunter Tracks Down Montreal Jury Award

Bad Hunter, Sahim Omar Kalifa’s latest short, has won the Jury Award for Short Film at the Montreal World Film Festival, which came to an end on September 1.

Bad HunterScripted by Sahim Omar Kalifa and Jean-Claude Van Rijckeghem, the 14-minute short follows 19-year-old Bahoz, a young Iraqi who goes every day to the mountains to hunt and catches very little. But today will change his life for ever.

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Published on Thursday 4 September 2014

Montreal World Film Fest takes Flanders’ treatment

The Montreal World Film Festival has picked up The Treatment by Hans Herbots for its 38th edition, taking place from August 21-September 1. Herbots’s psychological thriller will have its international premiere in the festival’s Focus on World Cinema section. In addition, Sahim Omar Kalifa will present his latest short film Bad Hunter in Official Competition. Kevin Meul’s short Cadet and the animation project 12 Minutes About Peace, a collection of 12 one-minute shorts commemorating WWI, are also set to screen in Montreal.

Bad HunterThe Treatment stars Geert Van Rampelberg as police inspector Nick Cafmeyer, a man who seems to have it all. Yet a dark shadow hangs over his life: since the age of nine, he has been haunted by the disappearance of his younger brother.

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Published on Wednesday 6 August 2014

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