Nuru and Rocky grab US awards

Michael Palmaers’ Nuru and Kevin Meul’s The Extraordinary Life of Rocky both won awards at the FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF). Nuru took first prize for Best Animation while The Extraordinary Life of Rocky grabbed the Grand Prize for Best Comedy Short.

Still from Kevin Meul's Extraordinary Life of RockyThese are not the first US awards for either film: Nuru had already won Best Animation at the Palm Springs Shortfest while The Extraordinary Life of Rocky (pictured) received the Grand Jury Prize for Best Narrative Short in Seattle. In Nuru an opportunistic director of an abandoned zoo assigns a doctor to perform medical experiments on an gorilla. The film is inspired by the paintings The Explanation and The Empire of Light by René Magritte and was produced by Eric Goossens for Walking The Dog.

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Published on Tuesday 21 August 2012

Jury Awards for Flemish shorts at Palm Springs

Anke Blondé’s Dura Lex and Michael Palmaers’s Nuru won Best Live Action Short and Best Animation respectively at the Palm Springs International Shortfest (19-25 June). Both films received $2,000 in cash and automatically qualified for Academy Awards consideration.

Still from Michael Palmaers's NuruBlondé’s Dura Lex, which was also named runner-up in the Bridging the Borders category, enjoyed its North American premiere in Palm Springs. The short deals with the subject of illegal immigration through the character of a young mother who receives an unexpected visit from a pair of detectives.

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Published on Tuesday 26 June 2012

Shorts quartet at Palm Springs

The Palm Springs International Shortfest has selected four Flemish short films from over 3,000 worldwide entries. Anke Blondé’s Dura Lex, VAF Wildcard winner Boris Sverlow’s Shattered Past, Jeroen Bogaert's Early Birds and Michael Palmaers’s Nuru were added to the fest’s line-up. Palm Springs promises to once again attract a Hollywood crowd with its star-studded shorts such as Pitch Black Heist with Michael Fassbender and The End with Charlotte Rampling.

Still from Michael Palmaers's NuruMichael Palmaers’s Nuru – described by the festival as a ‘dazzling, CG-enhanced story’ – is no stranger to the festival circuit. The film has already been selected for Fantasporto, Clermont-Ferrand, ANIMA and the Leuven international Short Film Festival. Nuru is inspired by The Explanation and The Empire of Light by surrealist painter René Magritte and was produced by Eric Goossens for Walking the Dog (A Monster in Paris).

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Published on Wednesday 20 June 2012

Fantasporto features four filmmakers from Flanders

The 32nd Oporto International Film Festival (24 Febr – 3 March) has invited works from no less than four Flemish filmmakers for its line-up. Frank van Passel’s Madonna’s Pig, Jakob Verbruggen’s Code 37, Nuru, a short by Michael Palmaers, and Christophe Van Rompaey's Lena have been selected for Fest.

Madonna's PigCode 37 became an instant box office hit in its home territory when released last fall. The film was running alongside Madonna’s Pig and Geoffrey Enthoven’s Come As You Are in theatres and together the films even managed to register over 80,000 admissions during one weekend. The film is to receive its market première at this year's European Film Market in Berlin. Code 37 director Jakob Verbruggen is now also set to direct the BBC mini-series The Fall, written by the BAFTA nominated Alan Cubitt.

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Published on Monday 6 February 2012

Clermont-Ferrand selects shorts from Flanders

The Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival (27 January-4 February) has selected Nicolas Provost’s Moving Stories, Michael Palmaers’s Nuru and Marc Roels and Emma de Swaef’s Oh Willy for its 34th edition. The minority co-production The Monster of Nix by Dutch artist Rosto also received a spot in the fest’s programme. According to the fest, ‘a selection for Clermont-Ferrand is participating in the biggest adventure a film can experience.’ The selections at the prestigious French short fest once again put shorts from Flanders in the international limelight.

Still from Michael Palmaers's NuruProvost is now something of an old hand at Clermont-Ferrand after picking up a Special Jury Award for his short Plot Point in 2008. Last year, the festival even presented an overview of Provost’s major works and invited two of his shorts, Stardust and Storyteller, for competition.

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Published on Monday 12 December 2011

Short Cinema celebrated at Leuven Short Fest

The 17th edition of the Leuven International Short Film Festival (3-10 December) again highlights talented short cinema from Flanders. With a strong Flemish short film competition, the VAF Wildcards and a number of professional activities, Leuven is for a short time the epicenter of short cinema in Flanders.

Leuven International Short Film Festival2011 has been a strong year for Flemish shorts with the Cannes Jury Award for Wannes Destoop’s Swimsuit 46 and the Grand Prize in Valladolid for Kevin Meul’s The Extraordinary Life of Rocky. Now the IKL fest has selected 20 short films from promising directors who may give us a new wave of international Awards in the future.

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Published on Wednesday 7 December 2011

Anima presents Flemish shorts and C.A.S.P.E.R.

Anima, the Brussels International Animated Film Festival, which runs from 4-13 March, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. The festival offers a wide variety of animation fare: 118 shorts and 12 features from all over the world will be shown at the festival. Anima 2011 will also welcome key players such as Michel Ocelot, Bill Plympton and Peter Lord.

Still from animation short Mouse For SaleMost of the animation selected from Flanders comes from recently graduated animators. Among them is Mouse For Sale, the winner of the first VAF Wildcard for Animation. Director Wouter Bongaerts studied at the Media & Design Academy of Genk. His internships during his last year offered him new insights into 3D animation, leading to the heart-warming short of a mouse in a pet shop, and a potential buyer. dANCE, an animated short by Wouter Sel, will premiere at Anima 2011. It portrays a graphic choreography which evokes the rise and fall of two different clans. This production is supported by the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), among others.

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Published on Monday 28 February 2011

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