Flanders shorts well represented in Psarokokalo line-up

Nine short films from Flanders take part in the international competition of the International Short Film Festival Psarokokalo in Athens, Greece. Six live-action shorts, two animation films and one documentary project made the line-up. The eighth edition of the festival runs from 10 till 16 July and presents some 120 shorts, selected out of 4,200 submissions.

Vol au ventLeonardo Van Dijl’s black-and-white short Get Ripped exposes the mental deterioration of a young man determined to transform his body. In its home territory, the film already screened at the Leuven International Short Film Festival, while it has also been confirmed for Outfest LA, which kicks off on July 10. The film is to take part in the fest’s International Male section.

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Published on Tuesday 10 June 2014

Strong Flemish presence in Nyon

Ellen Vermeulen’s documentary feature 9999, Waiting for August by Teodora Ana Mihai and Desert Haze by Sofie Benoot have all been selected for the International Documentary Festival Visions du Réel in Nyon, Switzerland. The line-up also includes three shorts from Flanders: 28 rue Brichaut, Maybe Darkness and PS São Paulo. Finally, California City, a new project by Sofie Benoot, Isabelle Tollenaere and Liesbeth De Ceulaer will be presented at Pitching du Réel.

9999Benoot’s Desert Haze is to receive its world première in the International Features competition at Visions du Réel, which takes place from April 25 to May 3 this year.

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Published on Friday 4 April 2014

New batch of wildcard laureates announced

Six promising young filmmakers have been awarded a wildcard, handed out by the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF) through its annual VAF wildcard competition. Maaike Neuville’s Sonnet 81 and Deben Van Dam’s The Way of All Flesh were laureled among the fiction shorts; Juliette Joffé received a documentary wildcard for Maybe Darkness, as did Hannes Verhoustraete for 28 Rue Brichaut. This year’s animation wildcard went to Nienke Deutz for One, Two, Three, Piano! while Miki Ambrózy’s Fabric of Time earned him a wildcard in the filmlab section of the competition.

Maybe DarknessThe wildcard competition organised by the Flanders Audiovisual Fund has already proven its value over the last few years. Its history includes previous winners such as Tom Van Avermaet (Death of a Shadow), Sahim Omar Kalifa (Land of the HeroesBaghdad Messi), Gust Van den Berghe (Little Baby Jesus of FlandrBlue Bird) and Gilles Coulier (IcelandMont Blanc).

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Published on Thursday 5 December 2013

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