The short documentary film Flower of a Thousand Colours by Karen Vázquez Guadarrama has been selected for the Future Frames programme (4-5 July) at the International Film Festival of Karlovy Vary. The annual initiative, in collaboration with European Film Promotion (EFP), shines the spotlight on 10 upcoming film talents. Flower of a Thousand Colours is the second Flemish short in a row to be selected for Future Frames.

Flower of a Thousand ColoursKaren Vázquez Guadarrama graduated from the School of Arts in Ghent with her short film Flower of a Thousand Colours which tells the story of Emiliana, a single mother trying to survive in a remote Bolivian mining camp 4,897 metres above sea level. She lives with her children in the middle of the beautiful Mina Argentina mountains. But appearances are deceptive as life in the camp is brutal and alcohol-driven.

In December 2015, Vázquez Guadarrama was awarded the VAF Wildcard for documentary, an award granted each year by the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF). Flower of a Thousand Colours also won the Award for Best Belgian Student film at Film Fest Gent and received its international premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.

The director has since teamed up with Tomas Leyers of production company Minds Meet (Lucifer, I’m the Same, I’m an Other) to develop a feature version of Flower of a Thousand Colours. For the past few months, Vázquez Guadarrama has been shooting additional material in Bolivia.

This is the second year in a row that a Flemish short has been selected for the Future Frames initiative. Last year, Raphaël Crombez presented his short film Perdition County - another VAF Wildcard winner - in Karlovy Vary.

The VAF Wildcard competition’s main goal is to discover and guide upcoming film talent and is organised by the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF) of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz.

Published on Tuesday 3 May 2016

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