Copain, a short film by Jan and Raf Roosens, has won three awards at the International Filmfestival in Gijón, Spain. The film, which premiered in Cannes earlier this year, not only won the Prize for Best Short but also took home the awards for Best Direction and Best Script.

BuddyFollowing its world premiere in the Shorts Competition at Cannes this year, Copain (Buddy) has screened at a wide range of festivals including Cabourg, Palm Springs, Guanajuato and Odense. It has also been invited into the Official Competition at the European Film Festival in Les Arcs in France this month (19-21 December).

The 15-minute short tells the story of Fré, a teenager trapped between his conservative, wealthy family and his working-class friends. He manages to keep the two worlds separate until he falls in love. The main cast includes Felix Meyer, Anne-Laure Vandeputte, Hicham Mallouli, Desmond Badu, Jan Hammenecker and Jeanne Dandoy. Producer is Antwerp-based Rococo Content.

Sanne Nuyens and Bert Van Daels scripted Copain in a collaboration with the Roosens brothers that dates back to their previous short, Skunk. Together with the two directors, they are currently also writing the Roosens’ debut feature Franco, a co-production with Dirk Impen’s Menuet (Belgica, Café Derby, The Broken Circle Breakdown).

In addition to Copain, Sacha Polak’s Zurich was also a winner in Gijón. Co-produced for Flanders by A Private View, the film took the Prize for Best Female Director.

Copain and Zurich received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund by Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz.

Published on Tuesday 10 November 2015

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