Little Heaven selected for Berlinale Talent Campus

Little Heaven, a creative documentary by Lieven Corthouts, is selected for this year’s 9th Berlinale Talent Campus (12 – 17 Febr). The Talent Campus brings together up-and-coming filmmakers during the Berlinale. Little Heaven is part of Doc Station, a training programme for documentary filmmakers.

Lieven Corhouts's My FutureLittle Heaven tells the story of Lydia. When she turns 13 Lydia has to move to a second house in the orphanage where she lives. This marks the point where sister Saba has to tell her she’s been born with HIV. All the children in her new home are carriers of the virus. Still they try to have a normal life like other teenagers. Little Heaven tells the story of this life-changing moment. For a year we closely follow the thirteen-year-old. The evolution from being a child to being a teenager and growing up plays a key role in this documentary.

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Published on Monday 31 January 2011

VAF supports new television series

Three new projects for TV series received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF) in its December round. The three series are SalamanderClan and Zuidflank. The first two are entering their production stage, the latter received scriptwriting support.

Salamander is a new project for a twelve-part drama series by Frank Van Mechelen, the director of feature films such as The IntruderHell in Tangier and Germaine. It’s a political thriller about dark secrets, danger and intrigues. Production company is Skyline Entertainment which is also responsible for such TV series as Aspe and De Rodenburgs.

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Published on Saturday 29 January 2011

Shorts take over Berlin

New shorts by Sahim Omar Kalifa’s  and Peter Connelly are selected for a screening at this year’s Berlinale. Connelly’s Back By Six is shown in the Berlinale Shorts competition, while Kalifa’s Land of the Heroes is up for an award in the Generation K+ shorts selection.

Land of the HeroesBack by Six is described by the Berlinale as a story which ‘tells (…) of the poetry of the Nouvelle Vague, with a dose of the absurd and instruction to be home by six.’ It brings us through a day’s journey of two young men who have to be ‘back by six’. As viewers, we are invited to see through the wondrous eyes of the characters, discovering intrigue in each moment and each encounter, taking nothing for granted.

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Published on Tuesday 25 January 2011

Eight feature projects to receive VAF funding

The Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF) has approved funding for eight fiction feature projects in different stages of development this month. The list contains both established names such as Felix van Groeningen (The Misfortunates) and Caroline Strubbe (Lost Persons Area) as well as these of emerging talents.

Director Felix van GroeningenHalf of the greenlighted projects are still in the early stages of development and have received scriptwriting support. Lee & Cindy C., a tragicomedy on rock’n roll dreams and unpredictable love, will be produced by Eyeworks Film & TV drama and scripted by Stany Crets (Old Belgium). Manu Riche receives script funding for a feature film project titled Problemski Hotel.

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Published on Tuesday 25 January 2011

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