Bullhead, Michaël R Roskam's feature film debut, cashed in six of its eight nominations, including Best Film and Best Director, at this year's Flanders Film Awards. Hans Van Nuffel's Oxygen was the second largest winner with two awards. The Flanders Film Awards were presented at the closing night of the fifth Ostend Film Fest.

Matthias Schoenaerts in 'Bullhead'Bullhead received the lion's share of the major awards, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Debut, Best Actor (Matthias Schoenaerts), Best Supporting Actor (Jeroen Perceval) and Best DOP (Nicolas Karakatsanis). Oxygen also received two awards: Best Screenplay (Hans Van Nuffel and Jean-Claude Van Rijckeghem) and Best Supporting Actress (Anemone Valcke). Other awards went to Vanja D'Alcantara's Beyond the Steppes (Best Actress for Agnieszka Grochowska) and Turquaze (Best Music).

One additional award was also presented at Ostend – the Prize of the Flemish Community for Film 2010-2011. Gust Van den Berghe got the honour to collect it for his feature film debut, Little Baby Jesus of Flandr. The director was particularly praised for ‘his passionate and stubborn yet healthy approach to film’. Schellebelle 1919, a feature made by the inhabitants of the Flemish town of Schellebelle, received the Award for Special Achievement, while Gabrielle Claes, the former curator of the Royal Belgian Film Archives, received the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Bullhead is a Savage Film production. The film will screen at the Vancouver International Film Festival (29 September-14 October). The film had earlier grabbed the award for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal. Oxygen is produced by A Private View, Turquaze is a Menuet production, while Little Baby Jesus of Flandr is produced by Tomas Leyers for Minds Meet. The Flemish producer for Beyond the Steppes is Lunanime.

Bullhead, Oxygen, Turquaze, Little Baby Jesus of Flandr and Beyond the Steppes received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF).

Published on Monday 12 September 2011

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