The initial 15 titles are confirmed for the second outing of Flemish invitation-only networking event CONNeXT (formerly NeXT). The event, whose slogan is ‘Connect to what’s new and who’s next’, will run over an intense and hospitable three-and-a-half days of networking, pitching, screenings and keynote talks due to be held in Ghent from 8-11 October.

CONNeXT 17The latest completed Flemish films - plus (new in 2017) a selection of TV series - will be screened, while a selection of projects at various stages from development to post-production will be pitched to top professionals, including sales agents from Europe and North America and programmers from festivals such as Berlin, Karlovy Vary, Tribeca, Toronto and SXSW.

Among the completed films due to be screened are Racer and the Jailbird, the new film from Michaël R. Roskam, director of the Oscar-nominated Bullhead, starring Cannes favourites Matthias Schoenaerts and Adèle Exarchopoulos; Cargo, the first feature from Gilles Coulier, whose shorts have twice been in Competition at Cannes; Control, the final part of the Memory of a Killer trilogy directed by Jan Verheyen; Meikeminne Clinckspoor's Cloudboy, last year's winner of the Work in Progress Award; and Zagros, the debut feature from multi-award-winning shorts director Sahim Omar Kalifa.

The works-in-progress session will include dystopian drama Ascension Day by Bas Devos (Violet); Kenneth Mercken's bike-racing movie Coureur, winner of last year’s Perfect Pitch Award; Patser, the follow-up feature from the Black directing duo of Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah; Facades by Kaat Beels and Nathalie Basteyns, who received international renown with the TV series Clan and Beau Séjour; and animated feature Ploey - You Never Fly Alone, of which sales agent Arri will be screening early footage to select buyers in Cannes.

The inaugural television line-up - added in response to requests from several buyers in 2016 - will include Tabula rasa (already featured at the Berlinale Drama Series Days and in Séries Mania in Paris) from production house Caviar; The Day from FBO/Woestijnvis; Team Chocolate from De Mensen; and two titles from top Flemish production company Eyeworks: The Infiltration and The Twelve.

The main focus will again be on providing international guests with the chance to meet, greet and explore topics of mutual concern with their Flemish colleagues, capped by a final day of debates, panels and keynote addresses all located in the congenial atmosphere of the beautiful city of Ghent, hailed by Lonely Planet as 'Belgium’s best-kept secret'.

Published on Friday 19 May 2017

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