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25/08/2017 Belgium sends Roskam’s Racer and the Jailbird to Oscars®

Michaël R Roskam's third feature Racer and the Jailbird, starring Matthias Schoenaerts and Adèle Exarchopoulos, is this year's official Foreign Language Academy Award entry for Belgium, it was decided today by the country's Oscar® committee. Racer and the Jailbird is to get its world première in Venice and Toronto. Back in 2012, Roskam's feature debut Bullhead also got nominated for the Foreign Language Oscar.

In Racer and the Jailbird (original title: Le Fidèle), it’s love at first sight at a racing circuit when gangster Gino (‘Gigi’) meets Benedicte (‘Bibi'), a wealthy and fearless racing driver. Fierce and loyal, Gigi and Bibi fight for their love against fate, but also against reason and their own weaknesses. But how far can endurance be stretched? How far can they go to try and save what may already be lost?

Starring Matthias Schoenaerts (BullheadOur Souls at Night) and Adèle Exarchopoulos (Blue is the Warmest Color), the 'amour noir' is scripted by Roskam, together with Thomas Bidegain and Noé Debré. Director of Photography is Nikolas Karakatsanis, while Raf Keunen signed for the score and Alain Dessauvage for the editing.

Wild Bunch is selling the film internationally, while Neon is to release Racer and the Jailbird later on this year in the US. 

Racer and the Jailbird is produced by Bart Van Langendonck for Savage Film, in co-production with Eyeworks (BE), Frakas Productions (BE), Stone Angels (FR), Kaap Holland Film (NL) and Submarine (NL). The film received support from Belgium's Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Centre du Cinéma et de l'Audiovisuel (CAA), Screen Flanders, screen.brussels and Wallimage, as well as from co-producing funds Eurimages, Creative Europe and Netherlands Film Fund. 

22/08/2017 Three Screen Flanders co-productions selected for Toronto

The Screen Flanders-supported co-production I Kill Giants, from Academy Award®-winning Danish director Anders Walter (9 Meter, Helium) will have its world premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF, 7-17 September). The Umedia production will be part of the Discovery programme in the TIFF Kids section. Other co-productions supported by Screen Flanders due to be presented in Toronto are Michaël R. Roskam’s Racer and the Jailbird and 55 Steps, directed by Bille August.

I Kill Giants is the feature debut of Danish director Anders Walter, winner of the 2014 Academy Award® for Best Live Action Short Film with Helium. Based on the comic by Joe Kelly and Ken Niimura, I Kill Giants tells the sweeping, bittersweet story of a young girl struggling to conquer monsters both real and imagined as her world crumbles at the feet of giants bigger than any one child can handle.

Madison Wolfe (True Detective, Joy) plays the lead role of young Barbara Thorson alongside Zoe Saldana, known for her roles in such American blockbusters as Avatar, Star Trek and Guardians of the Galaxy. They are joined behind the camera by a partly Flemish crew, including line producer Bart Eycken and heads of department Hans Reynaerts (grip), Johan Maertens (sound), Charlotte Willems and Charlotte Goethals (costume), Evie Hamels (make-up) and Eric De Wulf (SFX). Multiple Flanders-based audiovisual companies provided technical equipment for the shoot, which spent 11 days at the AED Studios near Antwerp.

Umedia (Submergence, What Happened to Monday) is producing, along with Chris Columbus's 1492 Pictures and Ocean Blue Entertainment (Home Alone, Mrs. Doubtfire, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone), Kim Magnusson, Kyle Franke, Man of Action Entertainment and XYZ Films. The film is backed by Ingenious and financed by Umedia.

Joining I Kill Giants in Toronto is Racer and the Jailbird. The third feature from Flemish director Michaël R. Roskam (Rundskop/Bullhead, The Drop) will be part of the Festival’s Special Presentations programme. Belgian actor Matthias Schoenaerts and French actress Adèle Exarchopoulos (Blue Is the Warmest Colour) play the lead roles in this dark romantic tragedy set against the backdrop of Belgium’s crime underworld.

Racer and the Jailbird is a Savage Film production (Bullhead, The Ardennes), co-produced by Eyeworks, Frakas Productions and television channel RTBF. The French co-producer is Stone Angels, and the Dutch co-production partners are Kaap Holland Film and Submarine.

Having its world premiere in a Gala event at the Roy Thomson Hall, meanwhile, is the German-Flemish co-production 55 Steps by Academy Award® and Golden Palm-winner Bille August (The Best Intentions, Pelle The Conqueror).

Starring in the lead roles are Hilary Swank (Boys Don’t Cry, Million Dollar Baby) and Helena Bonham Carter (Suffragette, The King's Speech), alongside Jeffrey Tambor (Arrested Development, Transparent) and Flemish actor Johan Heldenbergh (The Broken Circle Breakdown, The Zookeeper’s Wife).

Mark Rosin’s screenplay is based on the inspiring true story of Eleanor Riese - a patient with a mental illness who brings a class action suit to give competent patients the right to have a say in their medication while they're in a hospital - and Colette Hughes, the lawyer appointed to her case.

55 Steps is a production of German company Elsani Film, in co-production with MMC Movies Köln and the Flanders-based Potemkino Port. International sales are handled by Sony Pictures Worldwide.

The Screen Flanders Economic Fund, an initiative under the aegis of Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz, invested in all the above-mentioned productions. Racer and the Jailbird was also supported by the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund under the aegis of Minister Gatz.

 

Still I Kill Giants - courtesy of XYZ Films

15/08/2017 Racer and the Jailbird and 55 Steps selected for Toronto

After its world premiere in Venice, Michaël R. Roskam’s Racer and the Jailbird has been invited to the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF, 7-17 September). Roskam’s third feature will be part of the Special Presentations programme of the festival. Also presented at TIFF is the German-Belgian co-production 55 Steps of the Danish director Bille August. Both features were supported by the Screen Flanders Economic Fund.

Racer and the Jailbird is Roskam’s third feature, after the internationally acclaimed Oscar-nominated Bullhead (2011) and his American debut The Drop (2014). Belgian actor Matthias Schoenaerts and French actress Adèle Exarchopoulos (Blue Is the Warmest Colour) play the lead roles in this dark romantic tragedy set against the backdrop of Belgium’s crime underworld.

Racer and the Jailbird is produced by Bart Van Langendonck for Savage Film (Bullhead, The Ardennes), and co-produced by Peter Bouckaert at Eyeworks, Jean-Yves Roubin at Frakas Productions and television channel RTBF. The French co-producer is Pierre-Ange Le Pogam at Stone Angels, and the Dutch co-producers are Maarten Swart at Kaap Holland Film and Bruno Felix and Femke Wolting at Submarine. The film will be in Belgian cinemas from 4 October, and is due to open in France and the Netherlands in November.

Presented in world premiere in Toronto is the German-Belgian co-production 55 Steps of the Danish director Bille August, starring Hilary Swank and Helena Bonham Carter alongside Jeffrey Tambor and Flemish actor Johan Heldenbergh. Based on true events, 55 Steps tells the story of an unexpected friendship forming during a fight for patient rights against seemingly impossible odds. Potemkino Port co-produced the film for Flanders.

27/07/2017 Racer and the Jailbird invited to the Venice Film Festival

Michaël R. Roskam’s third feature Racer and the Jailbird is part of the Official Selection at the Venice Film Festival (Mostra Internazionale d'Arte Cinematografica, 30 August–9 September). After premiering in Venice, the film will be in Belgian cinemas in October.

Racer and the Jailbird is Roskam’s third feature, after the internationally acclaimed Oscar-nominated Bullhead (2011) and his American debut The Drop (2014). Belgian actor Matthias Schoenaerts and French actress Adèle Exarchopoulos (Blue Is the Warmest Colour) play the lead roles in this dark romantic tragedy set against the backdrop of Belgium’s crime underworld.

When Gino meets racing driver Bénédicte, it’s love at first sight: passionate. unconditional, fiery. But Gino has a secret - the kind that can endanger your life and the lives of those around you. Gino and Bénédicte will have to fight against fate, reason and their own weaknesses to save their love.

Racer and the Jailbird is produced by Bart Van Langendonck for Savage Film (BullheadThe Ardennes), and co-produced by Peter Bouckaert at Eyeworks, Jean-Yves Roubin at Frakas Productions and television channel RTBF. The French co-producer is Pierre-Ange Le Pogam at Stone Angels, and the Dutch co-producers are Maarten Swart at Kaap Holland Film and Bruno Felix and Femke Wolting at Submarine.

Racer and the Jailbird will be in Belgian cinemas from 4 October, and is due to open in France and the Netherlands in November.

18/07/2017 Cargo invited to San Sebastian International Film Festival

Gilles Coulier’s debut feature Cargo will compete in the New Directors programme, an international competition for first and second feature films, at the 65th San Sebastian International Film Festival.

Cargo is a story about how desperation can bring a family to the edge of destruction. The main roles are played by Sam Louwyck, Wim Willaert and Sebastien Dewaele, with a script by Gilles Coulier and Tom Dupont.

The film marks the debut feature of VAF Wildcard winner Coulier, who previously directed shorts such as Iceland (2009), Paroles (2010) and Mont Blanc (2013). Iceland and Mont Blanc were selected for the Cannes Film Festival, in the Cinéfondation competition and the Official Competition respectively.

Cargo will open the Ostend Film Festival (where Coulier’s shorts also screened) on 8 September, and will be released in Belgium five days later. The film was produced by Coulier, Gilles De Schryver and Wouter Sap for production company De Wereldvrede, and co-produced by Halal Pictures (Netherlands), Chevaldeuxtrois (France), and Belgium’s public broadcast channel Eén.

13/06/2017 Screen Flanders invests 1.4 million EUR in seven new productions

The second season of the international crime series The Team; the historical saga Redbad from Dutch director Roel Reiné (InhumansThe Admiral); the German-Belgian co-production Brechts Dreigroschenfilm and the animated series Fox and Hare are among the list of productions to have received support from the Screen Flanders economic fund. The funding was awarded in the first call of 2017, during which a total of 1,400,000 EUR (1,570,900 US$) was attributed to a total of seven productions. The amount per project varies between 60,000 EUR (67,325 US$) and 400,000 EUR (448,840 US$). The fund’s investment is set to generate well over 9.32 million EUR (10.46 million US$) in audiovisual expenditure in the Flanders region. The economic leverage of 6.66 created is the highest achieved since the launch of the fund in 2012.

Through the Screen Flanders economic fund, the Flanders government provides financial support to audiovisual productions that spend part or all of their budgets within the Flanders region. Belgian producers can apply for up to 400,000 EUR (448,840 US$). Foreign producers can access the fund by co-producing with a Belgian producer who meets the selection criteria.

International co-productions with Belgium awarded support include the second season of the international crime series The Team directed by Kasper Gaardsoe; the historical saga Redbad from Dutch director Roel Reiné about the epic battle of the Medieval king Redbad against the Christians; the German-Belgian co-production Brechts Dreigroschenfilm; and the French-Belgian co-production A Blue Bird in My Heart (aka The Dishwasher) with Roland Moller (Land of Mine), Lola Le Lann and Veerle Baetens (The Broken Circle BreakdownThe Team S1) in the leading roles.
 
The fund also invested in content from Flanders including the feature debut of director Maarten Moerkerke (Coppers13 Commandments); Verborgen verlangen; the feature Helden boven alles, a spin-off of the local popular TV series Helden; and the animated series Fox and Hare, based on the famous children’s books by Sylvia Vanden Heede with illustrations by Thé Tjong-Khing.
 
Applications are assessed by a jury consisting of economic and cultural experts. See below for an overview of the projects supported within the framework of the first call of 2017.
 
A Blue Bird in My Heart (aka The Dishwasher)
Director: Jérémie Guez
Main producer: Atchafalaya Films & Labyrinthe Films (FR)
Belgian co-producer: Umedia Production Services
FR – BE, fiction

Brechts Dreigroschenfilm
Director: Joachim Lang
Main producer: Zeitsprung Pictures (DE)
Belgian co-producer: Velvet Films
DE – BE, fiction
 
Helden boven alles
Director: Geerard Van de Walle 
Belgian producer: Hotel Hungaria
BE, fiction
 
Redbad 
Director: Roel Reiné
Main producer: Farmhouse Film & TV (NL)
Belgian co-producer: Bulletproof Cupid
NL – BE, fiction
 
The Team S2
Director: Kasper Gaardsoe
Main producer: Network Movie (DE)
Belgian co-producer: Lunanime
DE – DK – BE, fiction
 
Verborgen verlangen
Director: Maarten Moerkerke
Belgian producer: Menuet 
BE, fiction
 
Fox and Hare
Director: Tom Van Gestel, Mascha Halberstad
Main Belgian producer: Walking The Dog
BE – NL – LU, animation
 
Since its launch in 2012, Screen Flanders has awarded over 24.6 million EUR (27.54 million US$) to a total of 118 audiovisual projects. Over the past few years, the fund has contributed to the productions by internationally renowned directors such as Wolfgang Becker (Me & Kaminski), Bille August (55 Steps), Terence Davies (A Quiet Passion), Peter Greenaway (Eisenstein in Guanajuato), Kathrine Windfeld (The Team S1), Cristiano Bortone (Coffee), Jaco Van Dormael (The Brand New Testament), Alex van Warmerdam (Schneider Vs. Bax), Anders Walter (I Kill Giants) and Jon Amiel (The Angel Makers).

17/03/2017 Screen Flanders invests 1.45 million EUR in nine new productions

The Swedish-Belgian crime-series Hassel; The Angel Makers by British director Jon Amiel featuring Mad Men star Christina Hendricks and Emily Watson; the German-Belgian co-production Electric Girl by Ziska Riemann and the new feature Patser by the Flemish director’s duo Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah are among the list of productions to have received support from the Screen Flanders economic fund. The funding was agreed in the last call of 2016, during which a total of 1,450,000 EUR (about 1,555,000 US$) was awarded to a total of nine productions. Amount per project varies between 75,000 EUR (about 80,500 US$) and 380,000 EUR (about 407,500 US$). Together, the projects are expected to generate well over 9.4 million EUR (about 10 million US$) in audiovisual expenditure in the Flanders region.
 
Through the Screen Flanders economic fund, the Flanders government provides financial support to audiovisual productions that spend part or all of their budgets within the Flanders region. Belgian producers can apply for up to 400,000 EUR (about 429,000 US$). Foreign producers can access the fund by co-producing with a Belgian producer who meets the selection criteria.
 
Screen Flanders's last call of 2016 ended on 9 December and saw a total of 1,450,000 EUR (about 1,555,000 US$) shared between nine productions. Amounts per project varied between 75,000 EUR (about 80,500 US$) and 380,000 EUR (about 407,500 US$).
 
International co-productions with Belgium awarded support include the Swedish-Belgian crime-series Hassel directed by Amir Chamdin and Flemish director Eshref Reybrouck; the Dutch-Belgian series Fenix and Grenslanders; the feature Electric Girl by German director Ziska Riemann; and The Angel Makers by the British director Jon Amiel with Christina Hendricks and Emily Watson in the leading roles.
 
The fund also invested in new feature film projects from established Flemish directors such as Stijn Coninx (Don’t Shoot), Dorothée van den Berghe (Rosie & Moussa) and the director’s duo Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah (Patser). Also included is the autobiographical first feature of Flemish director Kenneth Mercken, Coureur.
 
Applications are assessed by a jury consisting of economic and cultural experts. An overview of the projects supported within the framework of the last call of 2016 is listed below.
 
The Angel Makers      
Director: Jon Amiel     
Main producer: The Producers Films (Poisoners) LTD. (UK)
Belgian co-producer: Umedia Production Services    
UK – BE, fiction

Coureur          
Director: Kenneth Mercken     
Main Belgian producer: CZAR TV
BE – IT – NL, fiction

Don’t Shoot    
Director: Stijn Coninx  
Main Belgian producer: Eyeworks Film & TV Drama
BE – NL, fiction

Electric Girl     
Director: Ziska Riemann
Main producer: Niko Film (DE)
Belgian co-producer: A Private View              
DE – BE, fiction

Fenix
Director: Shariff Korver
Main producer: Lemming Film BV (NL)
Belgian co-producer: A Private View              
NL – BE, fiction

Grenslanders  
Director: Erik de Bruyn
Main producer: Column Film Nederland B.V. (NL)
Belgian co-producer: Eyeworks Film & TV Drama                  
NL – BE, fiction

Hassel
Directors: Amir Chamdin, Eshref Reybrouck   
Main producer: Nice Drama (SE)
Belgian co-producer: Lunanime         
SE – BE, fiction

Patser 
Directors: Adil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah
Main Belgian producer: A Team Productions 
BE – NL, fiction

Rosie & Moussa         
Director: Dorothée van den Berghe   
Main Belgian producer: Caviar Antwerp
BE – NL, fiction

Over the past few years the fund has contributed to the productions by internationally renowned directors such as Wolfgang Becker (Me & Kaminski), Bille August (55 Steps), Terence Davies (A Quiet Passion), Peter Greenaway (Eisenstein in Guanajuato), Kathrine Windfeld (The Team), Cristiano Bortone (Coffee), Jaco Van Dormael (Le tout nouveau testament), Alex van Warmerdam (Schneider Vs. Bax) and Anders Walter (I Kill Giants).

27/01/2017 Flanders on the Spotlight at Cartoon Movie

Flanders will be the guest of honour at this year’s edition of Cartoon Movie (8-10 March), Europe’s prime pitching and co-production platform for animated features. Some 10 animation producers from Flanders will present themselves during the event as the ‘Flandriens of Animation’. Three Flemish projects and five co-productions from Flanders will also be pitched at Cartoon Movie.

In total, 55 European projects have been invited to Cartoon Movie, which is being held in the city of Bordeaux this year. The event puts the spotlight on a specific region for the first time, with Flanders being granted the honours for this inaugural edition. Over the years, Flemish animation producers have played an important role in international co-productions, contributing to Oscar-nominated films such as The Triplets of Belleville, The Secret of Kells and A Cat in Paris. Flanders also has a strong record at Cartoon Movie, with companies like Grid Animation, Walking The Dog, nWave Pictures and Vivi Film all collecting Cartoon Movie Tributes as Producers of the Year.

Projects pitching at Cartoon Movie in 2017 include three features initiated in Flanders: Canaan, produced by Tondo; Crazy Island (Grid Animation); and ZOOks (Sancta/Potemkino). The line-up also includes five co-productions with Flanders: Fox & Hare Save the Forest; Hump; and Charlotte (co-producer Walking The Dog); Ploey – You Never Fly Alone (Cyborn); and The Siren (Lunanime).

Animation hub

Flanders is home to more than 20 animation production companies, 10 of them with theirown studios. These companies released 11 features and 12 series (including minority coproductions) between 2013 and 2016, and have 25 features and 30 series in the pipeline for 2017-18. Having garnered valuable know-how and experience by involving itself in international co-productions in the past, the Flanders region has matured and is gradually making the shift to initiating high-end majority Flemish animation projects.

In 2016, the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF) / Film Fund gave over 2.1 million EUR to 22 animated projects (including co-productions), while the VAF/ Media Fund channelled 1,260,000 EUR into 11 animated series. Screen Flanders, which supports audiovisual productions that spend part of their budget within the region, provides an annual average of 912,000 EUR to animation projects. And an additional average of 14 million EUR in private investment flows into animation every year from Flanders thanks to the Tax Shelter Incentive.

Flandriens of Animation

In Bordeaux, several Flemish producers will present themselves and their upcoming projects at Cartoon Movie through presentation videos created especially for the occasion. 

Among them is Cyborn, a 3D animation specialist currently (co-)producing such feature films as Ploey and Hubris; and Fabrique Fantastique, whose animators are working on kids’ TV series Sir Mouse and Eric and the Tick-Tocks. Animation studio Lunanime specialises in 2D animation; has contributed to such films as A Cat in Paris and Phantom Boy; and has several other co-productions in the pipeline including Funan, Tulip, The Siren and I Lost My Body.

Having scored an international hit with the short film 850 Meters, creative studio Thuristar co-produced its TV spin-off My Knight and Me and is currently developing new TV projects Roger Flambé: (Animated) Actor and Mush-Mush and the Mushables, as well as the feature film Mêh, Sheep in Wolf’s Armor.

Walking The Dog’s animation filmography stretches from The Congress and A Monster in Paris to Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart. The independent studio is currently working on Another Day of Life and has several co-productions - including Hieronymus, Hump and Charlotte - under way.

After exploring the horrors of WWI in Cafard, Tondo Films has turned its attention to another upheaval in European history with Canaan, Jan Bultheel’s second feature. The film will be pitched at Cartoon Movie. 

Also pitching at the event is Grid Animation, which co-produced Ooops! Noah is Gone and is now busy developing productions and co-productions such as Troll and the OliverMarnie’s World and Harvie and the Magic Museum. Grid will be pitching Crazy Island at Cartoon Movie. And with ZOOks, produced by Potemkino and SANCTA, a third project from Flanders has also been invited for the pitching sessions.

The Flemish animation producers attending Cartoon Movie will unite under the banner ‘The Flandriens of Animation’, a reference to the do-or-die racing cyclists who force their bikes over the cobbled roads and murderous hills of Flanders, oblivious to the cold and rain. The same kind of grit and determination could be said to have driven Flemish animation producers to scale new heights, using their skills to emerge from the peloton and grab the yellow jersey.

On the strength of its eight selected projects this year (including five co-productions), Flemish animation will appear as a constant thread throughout Cartoon Movie. There will be presentations of Flemish studios during ‘Croissant Shows’, and a Farewell Cocktail with famous Flemish beers and tasty Belgian fries.

The Spotlight on Flanders is organised by the economic fund Screen Flanders, an initiative under the aegis of Flemish Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz, in co-operation with Casa Kafka Pictures, Galaxy Studios, t-theater, Ketnet, Creative Europe Media Desk Flanders and the General Representation of the Government of Flanders in France.

21/12/2016 Screen Flanders supports its 100th project and generates over 100 million EUR of audiovisual spend

I Kill Giants by Academy Award-winning director Anders Walter; The Mute by Bartek Konopka; the French-Belgian feature Rattrapage; animated features Harvie and the Magic Museum and Heinz; and the second season of the hit Nordic TV series Occupied are among the international co-productions to have received support from the Screen Flanders economic fund. The funding was agreed in the second call of 2016, during which a total of 1,535,000 EUR (1,602,400 US$) was awarded to 10 productions. Amount per project varies between 70,000 EUR (73,000 US$) and 300,000 EUR (313,150 US$). Together, the projects are expected to generate well over 9.6 million EUR (10.00 million US$) in audiovisual expenditure in the Flanders region.
 
Flanders Economic Affairs minister Philippe Muyters noted that the second call of 2016 was a milestone, marking the fund’s 100th investment. Since its launch in 2012, the fund has awarded over 21.7 million EUR (22.6 million US$) to a total of 102 audiovisual projects. Together these projects have spent 102.7 million EUR (107.2 million US$) on eligible audiovisual costs in the region. Every euro invested by the Fund thus generated 4.72 EUR (5 US$) of eligible expenditure in the Flanders region. The fund has invested an average of 213,333 EUR (222,700 US$) per project. The vast majority of the supported projects are fiction features (70%), followed by animated features (12%). The fund also supported fiction series (8%), animated series (7%) and documentary films (3%).
 
Projects due to receive support from the economic fund in the latest call include a mix of international co-productions with Flanders and new feature films by established Flemish directors. International co-productions with Flanders awarded support include the animated features Harvie and the Magic Museum and Heinz; the Polish-Belgian co-production The Mute directed by Bartek Konopka; and the French-Belgian feature Rattrapage. The feature I Kill Giants, directed by Oscar-winning director Anders Walter and based on the popular comic book by Joe Kelly also received support, as did the second season of the hit Nordic series Occupied. Funding was also granted to the new feature Facades from directing duo Kaat Beels and Nathalie Basteyns, and the first feature of BAFTA-nominee Jan Matthys, Many HeavensAlleen Eline, directed by Hugo Van Laere, and the feature H.I.T. were also included.
 
Screen Flanders focuses mainly on international co-productions filming on location or in studio in Flanders or hiring local crew and facilities for the production and/or post-production of their project. Over the past few years the Flanders audiovisual industry has contributed to the productions by internationally renowned directors such as Wolfgang Becker (Me & Kaminski), Bille August (55 Steps), Terence Davies (A Quiet Passion), Peter Greenaway (Eisenstein in Guanajuato), Kathrine Windfeld (The Team), Cristiano Bortone (Coffee), Jaco Van Dormael (Le tout nouveau testament) and Alex van Warmerdam (Schneider Vs. Bax).
 
Flanders-based animation studios have collaborated with the fund’s support on international co-productions such as Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock HeartAstérix: The Mansion of the Gods, Ooops Noah Is GonePhantom Boy and Richard the Stork. The list of supported projects also includes a broad variety of local productions, ranging from local box office hits to international festival selections such as BelgicaThe Ardennes and Le Ciel Flamand.
 
Screen Flanders's second call of 2016 ended on 9 September and saw a total of 1,535,000 EUR (1,602,400 US$) shared between 10 productions. Amounts per project varied between 70,000 EUR (73,000 US$) and 300,000 EUR (313,150 US$). Together, the projects will generate over 9.6 million EUR (10.02 million US$) in audiovisual expenditure in the Flanders region.
 
An overview of the projects supported within the framework of the second call of 2016 is listed below.
 
Alleen Eline
Director: Hugo Van Laere
Main Belgian producer: Marmalade
BE – NL, fiction
 
Facades
Directors: Kaat Beels, Nathalie Basteyns
Main Belgian producer: deMENSEN
BE, fiction
 
Harvie and the Magic Museum
Directors: Martin Kotik, Inna Evlannikova
Main producer: Rolling Pictures
Belgian co-producer: Grid Animation
CZ – RU – FR – BE, animation
 
Heinz
Director: Piet Kroon
Main producer: BosBros
Belgian co-producer: Fabrique Fantastique
NL – BE, animation
 
H.I.T.

Director: Mathias Temmermans
Belgian producer: Zodiak Belgium
BE, fiction
 
I Kill Giants
Director: Anders Walter
Main producer: IKG Films Limited
Belgian co-producer: Umedia Production Services
GB – BE – IE, fiction
 
Many Heavens
Director: Jan Matthys
Main Belgian producer: Caviar Antwerp
BE – NL, fiction
 
The Mute
Director: Bartek Konopka
Main producer: Otter Films
Belgian co-producer: Earlybirds Films
PL – BE, fiction
 
Occupied II
Director: Erik Skjoldbjaerg
Main producer: Yellow Bird Norge        
Belgian co-producer: Lunanime
NO – BE, fiction
 
Rattrapage
Director: Tristan Séguéla,
Main producer: Les Films du 24
Belgian co-producer: Umedia Production Services
FR – BE, fiction

30/11/2016 Royal visit to Marrakech and Dubai

Continuing its festival tour, King of the Belgians by Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth will screen at the Marrakech International Film Festival (2-10 December), where it is in Competition. After that the film goes on to the Dubai International Film Festival (7-14 December), marking its 15th festival selection to date.

Brosens and Woodworth’s fourth feature premiered at the Venice Film Festival and has been successfully travelling the international festival circuit ever since. King of the Belgians has already screened in Hamburg, Thessaloniki, Valladolid, Antalya, Sao Paolo, Zagreb and Tallinn. In Marrakech, it will be one of 14 features competing for the festival’s main prize, the Gold Star. Hungarian filmmaker Béla Tarr is president of this year’s international jury.

The Marrakech line-up also includes Mijke de Jong’s Layla M., a Dutch-Belgian co-production.

In Dubai, King of the Belgians will have its Middle East Premiere in the Cinema of the World section, alongside such titles as The Birth of a Nation, Jackie and La La Land. Also selected is Roby Toby’s Fantastic Voyager, another co-production with Flanders.

27/11/2016 My First Highway takes Jury Award at Tallinn’s Just Film Festival

Kevin Meul’s debut feature My First Highway has won the International Jury Award for Best Film at Just Film, a sidebar of Tallinn’s Black Nights Film Festival aimed at children and young people.

Focusing on 16-year-old Benjamin, My First Highway is a tale of love and lost innocence with a bitter twist, situated in the world of teenagers. The film is Meul’s first feature film after he directed several well-received short films, including The Extraordinary Life of Rocky and Cadet.

My First Highway premiered at Film Fest Gent in October, followed by a screening at Alice Nella Città, Rome’s independent section for youth films. So far, the film has also found festival slots in Valladolid, Braunschweig, Denver and, most recently, Stockholm.

The Tallinn prize marks the film’s first international prize. Just Film is a sidebar of Tallinn’s Black Nights Film Festival, showing a selection of about 50 films for children and teenagers.

My First Highway is a Fobic Films (Brother, Come As You Are) production. The film received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz and the economic fund Screen Flanders, under the aegis of Flemish Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Cultural Affairs Minister Gatz.

18/11/2016 250,000 admissions for Van Looy’s Prime Minister

Erik Van Looy’s new feature The Prime Minister has passed the 250,000-admissions mark in its home territory. The thriller about a Belgian PM who is forced to kill the President of the United States has topped the Belgian film charts for three consecutive weeks since its release.

Eight years after his all-time hit film Loft, which reached over a million moviegoers, director Erik Van Looy is well on his way to seeing history repeat itself with his new film The Prime Minister. Another audience favourite, the film has already passed a quarter of a million admissions just three weeks after its domestic release on October 26.

Koen De Bouw (The Last Tycoon, The Memory of a Killer) stars as the Belgian Prime Minister who is kidnapped and released on one unthinkable condition: he has to kill the person he is supposed to meet later that day. But that person happens to be the President of the United States. What started as a promising day turns into a true nightmare and an emotional rollercoaster.

Hilde De Laere produced The Prime Minister for FBO, with The Works International handling foreign sales.

09/11/2016 King of the Belgians and Layla M. invited to Les Arcs

King of the Belgians, directed by Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth, has been selected for the European Film Festival in Les Arcs (10-17 December). The film will celebrate its 10th festival selection as part of the Playtime programme. The festival line-up also includes Layla M., a co-production with Flanders.

Les Arcs’ Playtime section, which explores what European entertainment has to offer, includes King of the Belgians, the new film from Brosens and Woodworth whose previous effort, The Fifth Season, won no less than three awards there in 2012. That year, the pair also presented King of the Belgians as a project in development in the festival’s Co-Production Village.

King of the Belgians premiered in Venice, followed by invitations to such festivals as Busan, Hamburg, Ghent, Thessaloniki, Valladolid, Antalya and Sao Paolo. Bo Films produced, with Be for Films handling foreign sales.

Featuring in Official Competition is Layla M. of Dutch director Mijke de Jong. The film, which focusses on a Muslim woman’s radicalization in Amsterdam, was co-produced for Flanders by Menuet.

King of the Belgians and Layla M. received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz and the economic fund Screen Flanders, under the aegis of Flemish Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Cultural Affairs Minister Gatz.

08/11/2016 Sum of Histories Scoops Silver Méliès

Lukas Bossuyt’s debut feature Sum of Histories has won the Silver Méliès for Best European Fantastic Feature Film at the Trieste Science+Fiction Festival in Italy. Moonwalkers, a co-production with Flanders, took home the Audience Award.

The Jury praised Sum of Histories “for showing the compelling interlacement of the characters’ lives within the sci-fi trope of timeline alteration” and also praised the director for “providing an intriguing analysis of the latest discoveries in the field of quantum physics”.

Bossuyt’s film is a love story with a touch of sci-fi. The main character is Viktor, a brilliant young professor who discovers a way to manipulate time. He soon learns that changing the past is not without risk. Main roles are played by Koen De Graeve (The Misfortunates), Matteo Simoni (Marina) and Robrecht Vanden Thoren (Come As You Are); the producer is Caviar.

Winning the Silver Méliès Award in Trieste guarantees that Sum of Histories will compete for the Méliès d’Or, the prize for Best European Fantastic Feature which is awarded 

03/11/2016 Prime Minister reigns local box office

Erik Van Looy's new action thriller The Prime Minister registered close to 130,000 admissions in its first week, making it the number-one film at the local box office. This week the film also gets its market premiere at this year's American Film Market (AFM) where The Works International is handling worldwide sales.

On his way to a summit meeting in Brussels, the car of the Belgian Prime Minister is hijacked, his driver killed and the Prime Minister kidnapped. Soon, the PM learns that his wife and children are being held hostage. They will only survive if the politician kills the person he will meet at 3pm. Only this person is the President of the United States...

Starring Koen De Bouw (The Alzheimer Case/The Memory of a Killer, The Verdict, The Last Tycoon), Saskia Reeves (Nymphomaniac Pt I), Charlotte Vandermeersch (Loft, Belgica), Dirk Roofthooft (Clan/The Out-Laws) and Adam Godley (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory).

The Prime Minister is based on an original screenplay written by Carl Joos and Van Looy. DOP is Danny Elsen, with Merlijn Snitker and Philippe Ravoet respectively signing for the film's original score and the editing. Producer is Hilde De Laere for FBO.

19/09/2016 The Ardennes wins big at Ensor Awards

Robin Pront’s The Ardennes, this year’s Foreign Language Academy Award® entry for Belgium, grabbed seven kudos, including Best Picture, at this year’s Ensors, the local Oscar equivalents.

Besides Best Picture, The Ardennes also won Best Screenplay (for Jeroen Perceval and Robin Pront), Best Actor (Kevin Janssens), Best Supporting Actor (Jan Bijvoet), Best Photography (Robrecht Heyvaert), Best Costumes (Catherine Van Bree) and Best Art Direction (Geert Paredis). The film also took home the much coveted Industry Award.

The Ardennes received its world première as part of the Discovery programme at last year's Toronto International Film Festival. Last month it was announced that the film also features on the shortlist for the European Film Awards.

In The Ardennes, a brutal robbery goes hopelessly wrong. Dave, one of the two robbers, manages to run off leaving his brother Kenneth behind. Four years later, Kenneth is released from prison and much has changed. Dave has his life back on track and is trying to help Kenneth wherever possible, but is witnessing how his highly-strung brother tries to win back his ex-girlfriend Sylvie.

Starring Veerle Baetens (The Broken Circle Breakdown), Jeroen Perceval (Bullhead) and Kevin Janssens, the film is produced by Savage Film's Bart Van Langendonck who produced Michaël R. Roskam's 2012 Oscar® nominated Bullhead. Roskam is associate producer.

Pront's feature film debut, The Ardennes is represented internationally by Attraction Distribution. US distributor Film Movement plans a theatrical release this fall.

Other Ensor Awards went to Black by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah (Best Director, Best Actress, Best Editing), Felix van Groeningen’s Belgica (Best Music), Galloping Mind by Wim Vandekeybus (Best Supporting Actress) and Problemski Hotel (Best Debut).

Reach For The Sky by Wooyoung Choi and Steven Dhoedt was awarded Best Documentary, while Kenneth Mercken’s Feel Sad For The Bunny and Kris Borghs’ No Offense received Awards in the Best Live-Action Short and the Best Animated Short categories. Best Co-production became The First, The Last by Bouli Lanners, while Heroes of the Sea received the Ensor for Best Children’s Film.

16/09/2016 King of the Belgians, Safety First, Phantom Boy and Dark Inclusion head for Hamburg

Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth’s King of the Belgians and Tim Van Aelst’s Safety First have been invited to the Hamburg Film Fest, which runs from 29 September till 8 October. Two Screen Flanders supported co-productions, Phantom Boy and Dark Inclusion, complete the Flemish part of the line-up.

Safety First competes in Hamburg’s Eurovisuell competition, a selection of box-office hits and audience favourites from all over the continent. The comedy follows four security guards doing their job at a world-famous dance festival. While there, Luc discovers Dirk’s long-kept secret… Based on a popular Flemish sitcom of the same name, Safety First will compete for the Commerzbank Audience Award, which is decided by public vote.

King of the Belgians also makes an appearance in Hamburg where it will be presented in the Kaleidoscope section, offering various insights into contemporary film production, and is also nominated for the Hamburg Film Critics Award. King of the Belgians premiered at the Venice Film Festival; has also been confirmed for Busan; and will have its Belgian premiere at Film Fest Gent.

Additionally, Arthur Harari’s Dark Inclusion screens in the French-speaking films programme of the Festival. This revenge story involving a family of diamond dealers was co-produced for Flanders by Savage Film.

 

Finally, Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol’s animated feature Phantom Boy, a co-production with Lunanime, will compete for the Michel Award of the Children’s and Youth Competition in Hamburg.

 

The economic fund Screen Flanders, under the aegis of Flemish Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Cultural Affairs Minister Gatz, invested in all the above mentioned films. King of the Belgians and Phantom Boy also received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz.

09/09/2016 Global Screen Picks Up Sahim Omar Kalifa’s Zagros

Global Screen has picked up world-wide distribution rights to gripping cross-culture drama Zagros, the latest production from Belgium's A Private View (Oxygen, Moscow, Belgium).

While Zagros, a young Kurd, is herding his sheep in the mountains, his pregnant wife Havin is accused of infidelity by her in-laws. In a culture where that is as good as a death sentence, she flees to Belgium together with her nine-year-old daughter Rayhan. Convinced of her innocence and confident that they can build a new life together, Zagros smuggles himself to the West to join them. But when Zagros's father arrives and moves in with them he successfully plants the poisonous seeds of doubt as to Havin's fidelity in his son's mind.

"International audiences and especially fans of high-quality, arthouse drama will take to this tragically moving story of a husband and wife trapped in their cultural roots”, says Julia Weber, Head of Theatrical Sales at Global Screen. “Our last cooperation with A Private View was on Moscow, Belgium, which won three awards in the Semaine de la Critique in 2008 and was commercially successful."

Producer Dries Phlypo says: "I have seldom been so gripped by a script. The viewer is constantly next to Zagros as he is torn between his loyalty to his family and especially to his father, to whom he owes everything. We share his desperation and also his doubts as to his wife's fidelity: we want to know, as does he, has she betrayed him or not?” Director and co-writer Sahim Omar Kalifa has made several award-winning short films, such as Land of the Heroes and Baghdad Messi, and with Zagros he now makes his feature film debut.

A Private View produced Zagros in coproduction with Netherland based Viking Film and Belgian Man’s Films. Global Screen will start selling the film at TIFF, where a first trailer will be presented. The film is directed and co-written by Sahim Omar Kalifa, together with Jean-Claude van Rijckeghem. In the Benelux, Cineárt will handle the theatrical release.

Zagros received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz and was also backed by the Screen Flanders economic fund, under the aegis of Flemish Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Cultural Affairs Minister Gatz.

07/09/2016 Balthazar’s Happy Awarded at Montreal

Nic Balthazar's third feature, Everybody Happy, has won the Award for Best Direction at the 40th Montreal World Film Festival. The film is to receive a theatrical release in Belgium after opening this year's Film Festival Oostende.

"An official competition between films is in fact something you have to find at least slightly ridiculous," commented Balthazar. "Unless you win an award. In that case you're especially happy. Happy because people on the other side of the ocean understood what we wanted to achieve and say with this film. Montréal proved to be an excellent platform for my first film (Ben X). It would be quite marvelous if this fairytale would repeat itself."

Based on an original screenplay by Balthazar, Everybody Happy tells the story of Ralph Hartman, a successful stand-up comedian who is struggling. With life, but mainly with himself. In fact, he is being followed by the man in his head, who rarely stops talking. Meanwhile, Hartman has to keep going in the merciless environment of stand-up comedy, during an exhausting tour with exhausting colleagues and great expectations. While his negative voice constantly wades in. Fortunately Laura Maris is there too, who seems to recognize his problem.

The film stars Peter Van den Begin (King of the Belgians, Waste Land) as Hartman. Barbara Sarafian, Josse De Pauw, Jeroen Leenders, Rik Verheye, Leen Dendievel, Kamal Kharmach and Veerle Malsschaert share the other main parts in the film. DOP is Robrecht Heyvaert (Image, The Ardennes, Black, Blind Spot). Producer is Peter Bouckaert for Eyeworks Film & TV Drama, in co-production with Entre Chien et Loup, Kaap Holland Film, één en SCIO Productions.

Following the European première in Oostende on 9 September, the film is to receive a theatrical release in Belgium through KFD on 28 September.

30/08/2016 The Ardennes to represent Belgium in Academy Awards® race

Robin Pront's The Ardennes is to represent Belgium this year as the official submission for the Academy Award® for Best Foreign Language Film. Starring Veerle Baetens (The Broken Circle Breakdown), Jeroen Perceval (Bullhead) and Kevin Janssens, the film is produced by Savage Film's Bart Van Langendonck who produced Michaël R. Roskam's 2012 Oscar® nominated Bullhead. Roskam is associate producer.

The Ardennes received its world première as part of the Discovery programme at last year's Toronto International Film Festival. Last week it was announced that the film also features on the shortlist for the European Film Awards. With a total of 10 nominations, in all major categories, The Ardennes is the frontrunner at the local Oscar equivalents, the Ensor Awards, which are to be presented in the Belgian City of Ostend on September 16.

In The Ardennes, a brutal robbery goes hopelessly wrong. Dave, one of the two robbers, manages to run off leaving his brother Kenneth behind. Four years later, Kenneth is released from prison and much has changed. Dave has his life back on track and is trying to help Kenneth wherever possible, but is witnessing how his highly-strung brother tries to win back his ex-girlfriend Sylvie.

DOP is Robrecht Heyvaert (Black), with Alain Dessauvage (Bullhead) signing as editor. Savage Film partner Michaël R. Roskam (Bullhead, The Drop) is associated producer.

Pront's feature film debut, The Ardennes is represented internationally by Attraction Distribution. US distributor Film Movement plans a theatrical release this fall. 
 

13/07/2016 Vincent invited to Locarno’s Piazza Grande

Vincent, Christophe Van Rompaey’s new feature film based on a screenplay by Jean-Claude van Rijckeghem, is to receive its world premiere at the Locarno International Film Festival (3-13 August). The Belgian-French co-production will be presented in open air at Locarno’s famous Piazza Grande on August 12th. The cast includes French star Alexandra Lamy as well as Belgian actors Spencer Bogaert, Barbara Sarafian and Geert Van Rampelberg. Vincent will hit Belgian theatres on August 31st. 

Flemish actor Spencer Bogaert plays gloomy adolescent Vincent who preaches the ecological revolution. Vincent exasperates his family as he tries to reduce their carbon footprint. He convinces his aunt Nikki (Alexandra Lamy) to take him to France. Nikki seizes the opportunity to show him the sunny side of life but Vincent is intent on making a drastic protest action in Paris. 

Spencer Bogaert and Alexandra Lamy make an unlikely, colourful pair in Vincent. Lamy found success on the big screen with popular comedies (most recently in Retour chez ma mère) and high profile dramas by directors such as François Ozon and Nils Tavernier. Other cast members include Barbara Sarafian (known for Bullhead, Brasserie Romantique and TV-series Clan), Geert Van Rampelberg (The Treatment, The Broken Circle Breakdown) and Kimke Desart (Come As You Are, Lost Persons Area). 

Vincent is Spencer Bogaert's second starring role (after the youth-oriented feature Labyrintus). Earlier this year, he was in British Columbia to shoot the US production The Solutrean by director Albert Hughes (Menace II Society, From Hell). 

Vincent reteams a handful of artists who have previously worked on Cannes Critics’ Week winner Moscow, Belgium. Among them are actress Barbara Sarafian, writer-producer Jean-Claude van Rijckeghem who also scripted Oxygen (with Hans Van Nuffel), Brasserie Romantique (with Pat van Beirs) and the upcoming Zagros (with Sahim Omar Kalifa), director Christophe van Rompaey who also called the shots on the Dutch drama Lena as well as the television series Scratch My Back and I'll Scratch Yours, and producer Dries Phlypo (Brasserie Romantique, Oxygen, Zagros).

David Williamson was director of photography on Vincent and Alain Dessauvage was the editor. Nicolas Repac composed the music.

Distributor Paradiso Filmed Entertainment will release the film in Belgian theatres on August 31st. French distributor Ad Vitam will release the film in France. A Swiss release is also scheduled. Beta Film in Munich is handling international sales. 

Vincent is a production by A Private View (Belgium), Les films de la Croisade and Les Enragés in France. The film is supported by the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF) / Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz and by Eurimages. The film also received support from the Screen Flanders economic fund, under the aegis of Flemish Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Cultural Affairs Minister Gatz.

28/06/2016 Screen Flanders invests €1.5 million in seven new productions

Screen Flanders is to invest a total of €1,515,000 ($1.67 million) in seven projects, it has been announced by Flanders Economic Affairs minister Philippe Muyters. Projects that will receive support from the economic fund include a mix of international co-productions with Flanders and new feature films by established Flemish directors. These include such projects as 55 Steps by Danish director Bille August, starring Hilary Swank and Helena Bonham Carter; and Le Fidèle by Flemish director Michaël R. Roskam. Together, the projects will generate €8.76 million ($9.65 million) in audiovisual expenditure in the Flanders region.
 
Through the Screen Flanders economic fund, the Flanders government provides financial support to audiovisual productions that spend part or all of their budgets within the Flanders region. Belgian producers can apply for up to €400,000 ($440,600). Foreign producers can access the fund by co-producing with a Belgian producer who meets the selection criteria.
  
Screen Flanders's first call of 2016 ended on 4 March and saw a total of €1,515,000 ($1.67 million) shared between seven productions. Amounts per project varied between €110,000 ($121,150) and €400,000 ($440,600).
 
International co-productions with Flanders awarded support include the German-Austrian-Belgian co-production Lilly the Witch Christmas Special, the new feature of Danish director Bille August 55 Steps, starring Hilary Swank and Helena Bonham Carter; and the autobiographical animated feature Funan by Denis Bo about the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia in the 1960s and 1970s.
 
Also included are new feature film projects from established Flemish directors such as Michaël R. Roskam (Le Fidèle, starring Matthias Schoenaerts and Adèle Exarchopoulos) and Marc Punt (Pippa).
 
Screen Flanders will also support two features based on literary works: Sprakeloos, from the novel by Tom Lanoye, directed by Hilde Van Mieghem; and Het Tweede Gelaat, the final part of the Vincke and Verstuyft trilogy based on the novels by Jef Geeraerts and directed by Jan Verheyen.
 
Applications are assessed by a jury consisting of economic and cultural experts. An overview of the projects supported within the framework of the first call of 2016 is listed below.
 
55 Steps
Director: Bille August
Main producer: Elsani Film (DE)
Belgian co-producer: Potemkino Port
DE – BE; fiction
 
Funan
Director: Denis Do
Main producer: Les Films D'Ici (FR)
Belgian co-producer: Lunanime
FR – LU – BE; animated feature
 
Lilly the Witch Christmas Special
Director: Florian Baxmeyer
Main producer: Blue Eyes Fiction GmbH & Co.KG (DE)
Belgian co-producer: Potemkino Port
DE – AU – BE; fiction
 
Pippa
Director: Marc Punt
Belgian producer: Independent Productions
BE; fiction
 
Le Fidèle (The Racer and the Jailbird)
Director: Michaël R. Roskam
Main Belgian producer: Savage Film
BE – FR; fiction
 
Sprakeloos
Director: Hilde Van Mieghem
Belgian producer: Caviar Antwerp
BE; fiction
 
Het Tweede Gelaat (Double Face)
Director: Jan Verheyen
Main Belgian producer: Eyeworks
BE – NL; fiction
 
Since its launch in 2012, Screen Flanders has provided support for a large variety of international co-productions, including EuropaCorp’s animated feature Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart; BBC drama series The White Queen and The Missing I & II; DR TV series The Team; and the latest feature films from directors Peter Greenaway (Eisenstein in Guanajuato), Wolfgang Becker (Me & Kaminski), Jaco Van Dormael (The Brand New Testament), David Leveaux (The Kaiser’s Last Kiss) and Felix van Groeningen (Belgica).
 
Screen Flanders operates under the aegis of Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters, in close co-operation with Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz. The annual budget of Screen Flanders is provided by Agentschap Innoveren & Ondernemen (Flanders Innovation & Entrepreneurship). The Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF) manages the applications and promotes the fund.
 

23/06/2016 The Works International secures key sales on Erik Van Looy’s thriller The Prime Minister

The Works International today announced the sale of tense action thriller The Prime Minister to Flins y Piniculas for Spain. The film has also been sold to Square One for Germany, Kinepolis Film Distribution (KFD) for Belgium and Dutch FilmWorks for the Netherlands.

Directed by Erik Van Looy (Loft, The Alzheimer Case), written by Van Looy and Carl Joos in collaboration with Robin Pront and produced by Hilde De Laere (Loft, The Alzheimer Case), The Prime Minister stars Koen de Bouw (Loft, The Alzheimer Case), Dirk Roofthooft (Loft, The Alzheimer Case), Saskia Reeves (Wolf Hall) and Adam Godley (BFG, The Theory of Everything).

On his way to a summit meeting in Brussels, the Belgian Prime Minister’s car is hijacked, his driver killed and the PM himself kidnapped. Soon, the Prime Minister learns that his wife and children are also being held hostage. They will only survive if he kills the person he is due to meet at 3pm - who just happens to be the President of the United States...

Director Van Looy said: “I have always dreamed of making a James Bond kind of movie and I think we have succeeded in doing so. I’m convinced The Prime Minister will become a thriller which is even more compelling and surprising than The Alzheimer Case and Loft.”

The Prime Minister is an FBO film in co-production with Woestijnvis, Millstreet Films and SBS. KFD will release it in Belgium on October 26. The film received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz and was also backed by the Screen Flanders economic fund, under the aegis of Flemish Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Cultural Affairs Minister Gatz.

06/06/2016 Flanders Animation in the spotlight in Annecy

Animation projects from Flanders will take centre stage during the first edition of the Flanders Animation Focus at this year’s International Animation Film Festival in Annecy. On 17 June, 11 Flemish producers will pitch their upcoming animation features and series to potential co-producers and buyers. The initiative reflects the ambition of the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF) to stimulate the production and international promotion of animation from Flanders.

The Flanders region boasts a wide variety of high-end animation studios and creative talent, resulting over the past few years in nominations and prizes at the Cartoon Tributes and Cartoon d’Or Awards and at numerous animation film festivals around the world.

As well as working on renowned international co-productions such as A Cat in Paris, The Secret of Kells, The Congress, Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart, Phantom Boy, Asterix: The Mansion of the Gods, Ooops! Noah is Gone, Kika & Bob, Picnic with Cake and Dimitri, Flanders’ animation studios have also been developing their own projects. During the Flanders Animation Focus, 11 of these projects, both animation features and series, will be presented to potential co-producers, co-financers, buyers and distributors.

Cafard director Jan Bultheel is to pitch his upcoming feature Canaan, while Grid Animation will be presenting Crazy Island. Cyborn will bring its animation feature Hubris. Creative Conspiracy is working on a series, Three Little Ninjas Delivery Service, the pilot episode of which has been selected for Annecy’s short film programme. Beast Animation will present George & Paul; Lunanime will attend with animation series Ollie. Eyeworks is currently preparing Dudels, while Fabrique Fantastique will be talking about Sir Mouse. Bo’s Bazaar will be pitched by Vivi Film; and Walking the Dog will present Fox & Hare. Finally, Thuristar will reveal more about its series My Knight and Me.

The project pitches will be followed by brief presentations about the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), the economic fund Screen Flanders and the Belgian Tax Shelter for Film Financing. The main visual of the event was designed by Flemish animator Wouter Bongaerts (Mouse for Sale, Mia) while Grid Animation created a promo reel, the music of which was provided by Frederik Segers of Thuristar.

The Flanders Animation Focus is an initiative of the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF) which aims to put animation from Flanders on the international map. The Fund recently revealed its ambition to support the production of at least one majority Flemish animation feature per year.

A Cat in Paris, The Secret of Kells, Phantom Boy, Canaan and Cafard received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz. Three Little Ninjas Delivery Service, Kika & Bob, Picnic with Cake, Dimitri, George & Paul, Bo’s Bazaar, Fox & Hare and My Knight and Me received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Media Fund of Flemish Media Affairs Minister Gatz. Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart, Phantom Boy, Asterix: The Mansion of the Gods, Ooops! Noah is Gone, Kika & Bob, Dimitri, George & Paul and Cafard were also backed by the Screen Flanders economic fund, under the aegis of Flemish Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Cultural Affairs Minister Gatz.

24/04/2016 The Natives takes home three Flemish Television Stars

Last weekend The Natives took home three prizes at the awards ceremony of the Flemish Television Stars. The series from production company De Wereldvrede was voted Best Comedy Series. In addition, scriptwriters Bart Vanneste, Dries Heyneman, Wannes Cappelle and Gilles Coulier were awarded the prize for Best Script in Fiction, while Flemish actress Ann Tuts was presented with the award for Best Actress.

The eight-part series depicts the eccentric inhabitants of a picturesque village who are driven by misplaced ambition and vanity. When stand-up comedian Freddy De Vadder comes to town, everything changes.

The Natives recently also won two more awards on its home turf: the Ha! of Humo and the Cutting Edge Award for Best Fiction. It also received a nomination for a Rockie Award at the Banff World Media Festival in Canada, one of the most prestigious competitions for television and digital content, where it competes in the Comedy Series category.

The Natives received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Media Fund of Flemish Media Minister Sven Gatz and was also backed by the Screen Flanders economic fund under the aegis of Flemish Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Cultural Affairs Minister Gatz.

04/04/2016 The Ardennes and Dark Inclusion win in Beaune

The feature debut of Robin Pront, The Ardennes, has won the Fresh Blood Prize (Prix Sang Neuf) at the eight edition of the International Thriller Film Festival in Beaune, France (30 March – 3 April). Director Robin Pront was on hand to accept the award in Beaune, which comes just before the French release of the film on April 13 by distributor Diaphana.

“It’s extraordinary that a Flemish director is winning prizes as a new talent with his first film,” says The Ardennes producer Bart Van Langendonck. “Beaune is an important festival for genre films and this prize for The Ardennes endorses the positive reactions in the French press.”

Last year, The Ardennes had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it gained a lot of international interest. Leading website IndieWire labelled Pront one of the seven ‘breakout’ directors to watch in Toronto. In the renowned British magazine ‘Sight & Sound’, editor-in-chief Nick James placed the film among his 10 TIFF favourites.

Shortly after Toronto, Diaphana Distribution won a ‘bidding war’ for the French theatrical rights, followed by distributors in the UK (Studiocanal), the US (Film Movement) and Italy (Satine Film).

Meanwhile, the American remake rights to The Ardennes have been acquired by Los Angeles-based production house The Firm. “This family drama about the betrayal between two brothers was one of the most anticipated films in Toronto,” said The Firm’s Robbie Brenner, whose production slate includes Dallas Buyers Club and Out of the Furnace.

At the start of The Ardennes, a brutal robbery goes badly wrong. Dave, one of the two robbers, manages to run off leaving his brother Kenneth behind. Four years later, Kenneth is released from prison and much has changed. Dave has his life back on track and is trying to help Kenneth wherever possible, but has to look on while his highly-strung brother tries to win back his ex-girlfriend, Sylvie. Pront and Jeroen Perceval wrote the original screenplay together.

Finally, Van Langendonck also had another reason to celebrate in Beaune as the Flemish co-producer of Arthur Harari’s feature debut, Dark Inclusion. The French thriller, which was mainly shot in Antwerp, received the Festival’s Jury Award.

The Ardennes was produced by Bart Van Langendonck for Savage Film (Bullhead, The Land of the Enlightened, Tonic Immobility) in co-production with Eyeworks Belgium and PRPL in The Netherlands. The film received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz. The Screen Flanders economic fund, under the aegis of Flemish Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Cultural Affairs Minister Gatz, also backed The Ardennes and Dark Inclusion.

31/03/2016 Belgian Rhapsody and The Brand New Testament on their way to DC

Vincent Bal’s musical comedy Belgian Rhapsody has been selected for Filmfest DC, the International Film Festival of Washington (14-24 April), as one of the comedy highlights of the festival. The Brand New Testament, a co-production with Flanders, also also features the festivals line-up.

Filmfest DC presents Belgian Rhapsody alongside seven other features in a special programme, ‘The Lighter Side’, showing how humour can be a way to a better understanding of a different culture.

In Belgian Rhapsody two brass bands, the Flemish ‘St. Cecilia’ and Walloon ‘En Avant’, are contenders for national pre-selection for the final of the European Union’s Best Brass Band contest. When Willy of the Flemish band drops dead on stage after sounding the band’s final note on his trumpet, the conductor’s daughter comes up with an idea on how to beat the competition. The film previously closed the festivals of Montreal and Arras.

Jaco Van Dormael’s The Brand New Testament tells the surreal story of God, a bastard who lives in Brussels, whose 10-year-old daughter Ea posts everybody’s death dates on the internet to get even with her dad.

Belgian Rhapsody was produced by Peter Bouckaert for Eyeworks (The Verdict, Marina) and. Flemish co-producer of The Brand New Testament is Frank Van Passel for Caviar (Black, Sum of Histories).

Belgian Rhapsody and The Brand New Testament received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz. Both films were also backed by the Screen Flanders economic fund, under the aegis of Flemish Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Cultural Affairs Minister Gatz.

31/03/2016 Asian premiere for Sum of Histories

Sum of Histories, directed by Lukas Bossuyt received its Asian premiere at the Hong Kong International Film Festival, which ended on 4 April. The programme also included the co-production Schneider vs Bax of Alex Van Warmerdam.

Lukas Bossuyt’s directorial debut Sum of Histories received its Asian premiere at the Hong Kong Film Festival after premiering at the Montreal World Film Festival last summer. It is the story of Viktor, a brilliant young professor who discovers a way to manipulate time. Now he can finally change the past and help his beloved Lena. But as Viktor soon learns, changing the past is not without risk. Producers are Frank Van Passel and Ivy Vanhaecke for Caviar (Black, Paradise Trips).

Hong Kong also welcomed a Screen Flanders supported co-production with Flanders. In Schneider vs Bax, directed by Alex Van Warmerdam, things become complicated when hit man Schneider takes on a rush job, targeting the secluded writer Roman Bax. The film was co-produced by Eurydice Gysel for CZAR (Waste Land).

Sum of Histories and Schneider vs Bax received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz. Both films were also backed by the Screen Flanders economic fund, under the aegis of Flemish Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Cultural Affairs Minister Gatz.

21/03/2016 Grand Prize for Cafard in Holland

Jan Bultheel’s animated feature Cafard has won the Grand Prize for Best Animation Feature at the 19th edition of the Holland Animation Film Festival in Utrecht (HAFF, 16-20 March).

Cafard is an atypical animation feature in many ways”, says director Jan Bultheel, “so winning the Grand Prize at the Holland Animation Film Festival is a real victory. Now, we want to convince the rest of the world of the film’s potential.”

Last year, Cafard had its world premiere as the closing film of the Ostend Film Festival, followed by an international premiere at the International Film Festival of Busan in South Korea. Since then, the film has screened at a variety of festivals including Montreal, Gijón and Arras. It also recently opened the Tokyo Anime Award Festival (18 – 21 March). Earlier this year, Bultheel received a nomination at the Cartoon Movie Tributes in Lyon.

The story of Cafard starts in 1914. While Jean Mordant is away winning the title of Wrestling Champion of the World in Buenos Aires, his daughter Mimi is raped by German soldiers in Ostend. Determined to avenge this crime, Jean enrols in the elite ACM (Armoured Car Division) and embarks on a dramatic journey that will ultimately take him right round the world.

Bultheel wrote, designed and directed Cafard, whose actors played a key role in the production process: their movements and facial expressions were incorporated into animated characters by means of motion capture and facial tracking. The director plans to use the same techniques for his next animation feature, Canaan.

During the Holland Animation Festival Ticking Away by Michael Sewnarain, a short film co-produced with Flanders, was also nominated for the MovieZone HAFF Award. The prize is an initiative between the Festival and the EYE Film Museum and is awarded by a youth jury choosing one winner out of three nominated films.

Cafard is an international co-production, with Arielle Sleutel of Flemish production company Tondo Films as the main producer. Cafard received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz. The film was also backed by the Screen Flanders economic fund, under the aegis of Flemish Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Cultural Affairs Minister Gatz.

20/03/2016 Café Derby wins again

Café Derby, the semi-autobiographical feature debut of director Lenny Van Wesemael, has won two prizes at the 17th edition of the International Film Festival of Aubagne (14-19 March) in France. Wim Opbrouck was named Best Actor, while newcomer Chloë Daxhelet won the prize for Best Actress. One week earlier, Café Derby picked up four awards at the Vancouver International Women in Film Festival, including the one for Best Film.

“I’m very happy that the film’s two main actors have won a prize,”, said Lenny Van Wesemael as she thanked the festival jury on behalf of Wim Opbrouck in a video message that also featured young Chloë Daxhelet.

For her debut feature, Van Wesemael was inspired by the story of her own father and the visit of Pope John Paul II to Belgium in 1985. Flemish actor Opbrouck (In Flanders Fields, Salamander) plays Georges, a born stallholder who can sell anything to anyone. When he hears that the Pope is coming to Belgium, he is convinced that a fortune is there for the taking. But his world-weary wife and five children have seen it all before…

Newcomer Daxhelet plays Opbrouck’s on-screen daughter, Sara. Other cast members include Ben Segers (Quick Me Quick) and Monic Hendrickx (Penoza). The DOP was Ruben Impens, with Thomas Pooters as editor. Lady Linn arranged the soundtrack, Van Wesemael having directed several video clips for the singer in the past.

Café Derby opened the Ostend Film Festival in September, followed by its international premiere at the Hamptons International Film Festival. The film also screened at festivals in Utrecht, Leeuwarden, Brussels and Vancouver.

Van Wesemael and Geert Verbanck wrote the screenplay of Café Derby, which was produced by Dirk Impens for Menuet (Belgica, The Broken Circle Breakdown). The film received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz and was also backed by the Screen Flanders economic fund, under the aegis of Flemish Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Cultural Affairs Minister Gatz.

14/03/2016 Café Derby wins four prizes in Vancouver

Lenny Van Wesemael’s debut feature Café Derby has picked up four prizes at the Vancouver International Women in Film Festival (8-13 March). It not only won the award for Best Feature, but also took home the prizes for Best Directing, Best Cinematography and Best Editing.

Café Derby was chosen to open the Vancouver International Women in Film Festival on International Women’s Day (March 8). Van Wesemael is the first Benelux director to receive the honour of opening the Festival. Her semi-autobiographical story charmed audiences and impressed the jury of four independent film professionals.

“I’m very happy”, she said, thanking the jury and the awards ceremony audience via a video message. “It is so nice to notice that your film is being appreciated on the other side of the world.”

For her debut feature, Van Wesemael was inspired by the story of her own father and the visit of Pope John Paul II to Belgium in 1985. Flemish actor Wim Opbrouck (In Flanders Fields, Salamander) plays Georges, a born stallholder who can sell anything to anyone. When he hears that the Pope is coming to Belgium, Georges is convinced that a fortune is there for the making. But his world-weary wife and five children have seen it all before…

Café Derby opened the Ostend Film Festival in September, followed by its international premiere at the Hamptons International Film Festival. The film also screened at festivals in Utrecht, Leeuwarden, Brussels and Aubagne.

Van Wesemael is not the first Belgian director to take home the main prize in Vancouver. In 2013, Patrice Toye also won the award for Best Feature with Little Black Spiders.

Lenny Van Wesemael and Geert Verbanck wrote the screenplay of Café Derby which was produced by Dirk Impens for the Ghent-based Menuet (Belgica, The Broken Circle Breakdown). The film received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz and was also backed by the Screen Flanders economic fund, under the aegis of Flemish Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Cultural Affairs Minister Gatz.

14/03/2016 Bert Scholiers starts shooting his debut feature

Shooting on Bert Scholiers’s debut feature Charlie & Hannah’s Grand Night Out has started in Antwerp. The feature, which stars Evelien Bosmans and Daphne Wellens, is set to become one of the first Flemish ‘mumblecore’ comedies.

Charlie & Hannah’s Grand Night Out is an ode to the nonchalant, care-free life of young adults with too much time on their hands and not enough credit on their cell phones. The film starts on a regular Friday night in the life of two people in their twenties living in Antwerp. It’s a film about lovers, work, sex, exes, studying and a lot of red wine - not to mention a deranged tale about getting lost at the North Pole, seduction in a black hole and escaping Satan.

Bert Scholiers wrote the script, which in 2014 was selected for CineMart, the international co-production market of the International Film Festival Rotterdam.

The cast is headed by Evelien Bosmans (Cub, Marina, Halfway) and Daphne Wellens (Coppers), alongside Frances Lefebure (Amigos, Brothers United), Patrick Vervueren (De Ridder), Sam Bogaerts (The Bunker, Café Derby) and Astrid Haerens. Hans Bruch Jr, known for his work on the features of Gust Van den Berghe and The Fifth Season by Brosens & Woodworth, is the DOP; and David Verdurme (Lucifer, I’m The Same I’m An Other) is the editor.

Charlie & Hannah’s Grand Night Out is a production of Minds Meet (Lost Persons Area, Lucifer) in co-production with the Brussels-based Altitude100. The film received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz and was also backed by the Screen Flanders economic fund, under the aegis of Flemish Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Cultural Affairs Minister Gatz.

09/03/2016 Screen Flanders invests €1 million in five new productions

Screen Flanders is to invest a total of €1 million ($1.10 million) in five projects, it was announced by Flanders Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters. Projects to receive support from the economic fund include both national and international co-productions with Flanders, such as the BBC series The Missing II and the satirical science-fiction film Iron Sky: The Coming Race; as well as first features by emerging filmmaking talents from Flanders. In total, the projects represent well over €5.4 million ($5.95 million) in audiovisual expenditure in the Flanders region.

Through the Screen Flanders economic fund, the Flanders government provides financial support to audiovisual productions that spend part or all of their budgets within the Flanders region. Belgian producers can apply for up to €400,000 ($441,100). Foreign producers can access the fund by co-producing with a Belgian producer who meets the selection criteria.

The main condition of the fund is that the (co-)production must invest a minimum of €250,000 ($275,700) in the Flanders region, and that every euro awarded to a producer must generate at least one euro of audiovisual expenditure in the region.

Screen Flanders' third call of 2015 ended on 11 December and saw a total of €1 million ($1.10 million) shared between five productions. Amounts per project varied between €60,000 ($66,150) and €375,000 ($413,500). Together, the five titles will represent well over €5.4 million ($5.95 million) of audiovisual expenditure in the Flanders region.

International co-productions with Flanders awarded support in the third call of 2015 include the BBC series The Missing II scripted by Harry and Jack Williams and starring Tcheky Karyo and the in Flanders shot satirical science-fiction film Iron Sky: The Coming Race of Finnish director Timo Vuorensola starring Lara Rossi, Udo Kier and Tom Green.

In addition to international co-productions, Screen Flanders also supported first feature projects by local talent in its third call. These include Sahim Omar Kalifa’s Zagros, Tonic Immobility by Nathalie Teirlinck starring Evelyne Brochu and Allemaal Familie directed by Dries Vos.

Applications are assessed by a jury made up of economic and cultural experts.

Allemaal Familie
Director: Dries Vos
Main producer: Marmalade Films (BE)
BE/NL; fiction

Iron Sky: The Coming Race
Director: Timo Vuorensola
Main producer: Iron Sky Universe Oy (FI)
Belgian co-producer: Potemkino
FI/DE/BE; fiction

The Missing II
Director: Ben Chanan
Main producer: New Pictures Limited (UK)
Belgian co-producer: Czar TV
UK/BE; fiction

Tonic Immobility
Director: Nathalie Teirlinck
Main producer: Savage Film (BE)                                
BE/NL/DK; fiction

Zagros
Director: Sahim Omar Kalifa
Main producer: A Private View (BE)
BE/NL; fiction  

Since its launch in 2012, Screen Flanders has provided support for a large variety of international co-productions, including the animated features Phantom Boy, Asterix: the Mansion of the Gods; the BBC drama series The White Queen and The Missing I; DR TV series The Team; and the latest feature films from directors Peter Greenaway (Eisenstein in Guanajuato), Wolfgang Becker (Me & Kaminski), Terence Davies (A Quiet Passion), Jaco Van Dormael (The Brand New Testament), Julien Temple (You Really Got Me) and Felix van Groeningen (Belgica).
 

08/03/2016 Five Screen Flanders-supported productions selected for Cleveland

The Ardennes, Brother, Paradise Trips and Café Derby have all been selected for the International Film Festival in Cleveland (30 March-10 April). The Flemish quartet will appear in the World Tour section, which introduces a variety of international hits from more than 70 countries. Schneider vs. Bax by Alex van Warmerdam, a co-production with Flanders, is also included in the programme.

Following recent announcements that The Ardennes will be theatrically released in the US, Robin Pront’s debut feature gets a test-run in front of an American audience during the International Film Festival of Cleveland.

The Ardennes starts when a brutal robbery goes badly wrong. Dave, one of the two perpetrators, manages to run off leaving his brother Kenneth behind. Four years later, Kenneth is released from prison to find that much has changed. Dave has his life back on track and is trying to help Kenneth wherever possible, but is confronted with his highly-strung brother trying to win back his ex-girlfriend Sylvie.

Brother, the latest feature by Geoffrey Enthoven (Halfway, Come As You Are), has also been selected for the festival. The story follows ex-hotel manager Mark who gets an unexpected invitation from the beautiful, immensely rich Irish woman Grace who wishes to renew an old love affair of 20 years before. But when Mark arrives in Ireland, it turns out that Grace has her own agenda.

The line-up from Flanders also includes Raf Reyntjens’s feature debut Paradise Trips. Gene Bervoets takes the role of Mario, a holiday coach driver who has spent his entire life shuttling old age pensioners to the sunny south. On the verge of his own retirement, he has to bring a motley crew of partygoers to an electronic music festival in Croatia. His journey soon turns into a life-changing trip that confronts him with his long-lost son.

Additionally, Café Derby by Lenny Van Wesemael will return to the US after the film received its international premiere at The Hamptons International Film Festival at the end of last year. Van Wesemael’s debut feature is set in 1985. Georges is a stallholder who can sell anything to anyone. When he hears that the Pope is coming to Belgium, he senses his chance. Georges is convinced that a fortune can be made there, but his world-weary wife and five children have seen it all before…

Last but not least Schneider vs. Bax by Alex Van Warmerdam will also screen in Cleveland. Things become complicated when hit man Schneider takes on a rush job, targeting Roman Bax, a writer who lives in seclusion. Eurydice Gysel of Czar (The Missing, The White Queen) co-produced Schneider vs. Bax for Flanders.

The Ardennes was produced by Bart Van Langendonck for Savage Film (Bullhead, Labyrinthus), while Mariano Vanhoof produced Brother for Fobic Films (Come As You Are). Paradise Trips is a Caviar production (Black), while Dirk Impens produced Café Derby for Menuet (Belgica, The Broken Circle Breakdown). All films mentioned in this article received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz. They were also backed by the Screen Flanders economic fund, under the aegis of Flemish Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Cultural Affairs Minister Gatz.

04/03/2016 Grid Animation named European Producer of the Year at Cartoon Movie

Flemish animation studio Grid Animation has been awarded the prize for European Producer of the Year at the Cartoon Movie Tributes, an award they share with the co-producers of the animated feature Ooops! Noah is Gone…. The Cartoon Movie Tributes reward outstanding achievements by companies and individuals in the field of animation.

Each year, the Cartoon Movie Tributes are handed out in three categories: Director; Distributor; and Producer of the Year. Grid Animation took home the latter award, together with Ulysses Filmproduktion, Fabrique d’Images and Moetion Films, respectively the German, Luxembourg and Irish co-producers of Ooops! Noah Is Gone…

The computer-animated adventure comedy tells the story of Dave and his son Finny, a couple of clumsy Nestrians - a rare animal breed that is useless. It's the end of the world and a flood is coming. Luckily an ark has been built to save all the animals. But as it turns out, Nestrians aren't allowed, so Dave and Finny try to sneak on board.

It’s not the first time that animation professionals from Flanders have picked up awards at the Cartoon Movie Tributes. In 2014, Walking The Dog received Producer of the Year, while nWave Pictures won the same prize in 2010. A year earlier, Vivi Film and the co-producers of Brendan, The Secret of Kells were also honoured at the awards.

Flanders was well represented at this year’s edition. Director Jan Bultheel, who recently made his animation feature debut with Cafard, was one of the nominees in the category Best Director of the Year. In addition, the Cartoon Movie programme revealed a variety of Flemish (co)productions; and the pitching event opened with Robinson Crusoe, an animation feature by Vincent Kesteloot and Ben Stassen, which nWave produced.

Robinson Crusoe and Cafard received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz. Ooops! Noah is Gone… and Cafard were also backed by the Screen Flanders economic fund, under the aegis of Flemish Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Cultural Affairs Minister Gatz.

22/02/2016 Gilles Coulier starts shooting debut feature Cargo

Shooting on Gilles Coulier’s debut feature, Cargo, has started on the Belgian coast. Following the success of The Natives, which was directed and part-written by Coulier, Cargo is the third project on the slate of his production company De Wereldvrede. Coulier’s short films Iceland and Mont Blanc screened in Cannes in 2010 and 2013 respectively.

Cargo is the story of three brothers who are desperately trying to save the family’s fishing business. But their passion for their loved ones and their determination to stay in business drive them to desperate measures.

Coulier wrote the script with Tom Dupont, with further development at the TorinoFilmLab’s Script&Pitch programme. The main roles will be played by Sam Louwyck (Lost Persons Area), Wim Willaert (Cafard, Offline) and Sebastien Dewaele (Home Grown). The cast is completed by Roland Van Campenhout, Chiel Vande Vyvere, Josse De Pauw (Everybody Famous, Flying Home), Barbara Sarafian (Moscow, Belgium), Gilles De Schryver (Come As You Are) and Mathias Sercu (Brothers United, Marsman). Coulier is working with his regular DOP David Williamson and editor Tom Denoyette.

Cargo is produced by De Wereldvrede and will be distributed by Dutch Film Works.

Cargo and Mont Blanc received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz; The Natives received support from the VAF/Media Fund of Flemish Media Minister Gatz. Both Cargo and The Natives were also backed by the Screen Flanders economic fund, under the aegis of Flemish Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Cultural Affairs Minister Gatz.

22/02/2016 Jan Bultheel and Grid Animation nominated for Cartoon Movie Tributes

Director Jan Bultheel and animation studio Grid Animation have both been nominated for the Cartoon Movie Tributes, the annual animation prizes honouring the best of European animation. Bultheel has been nominated with his feature debut Cafard as Director of the Year, while Grid Animation and its co-producers on the feature Ooops! Noah is Gone… are competing for Producer of the Year.

Jan Bultheel is one of the nominees for the award of European Director of the Year with his animation feature Cafard. For his feature debut, the director used techniques such as motion-capture and facial tracking to transfer the movements and expressions of the actors onto animated figures. Bultheel will also use these techniques in his upcoming project Canaan, which he will also present during Cartoon Movie. Producer of both films is Arielle Sleutel of Tondo Films.

Also nominated as European Producer of the Year is Grid Animation, the Flemish co-producer of Ooops! Noah is Gone… In this Germany/Luxembourg/Ireland/Belgium co-production, the end of the world is near and a flood is coming. Luckily for Dave and his son Finny, a couple of clumsy Nestrians, an Ark has been built to save all the animals. But, as it turns out, Nestrians aren't allowed.

The winners of the Cartoon Movie Tributes will be chosen by over 750 animation professionals who will be present at Cartoon Movie, the European pitching and co-production platform for animation which takes place from 2-4 March.

During the event, the animated documentary Another Day of Life along with the family animated feature Richard The Stork, both co-produced by Walking The Dog, will be presented. These co-productions with Flanders received both support from the Economic Fund Screen Flanders.

Cafard and Another Day of Life received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz. Cafard, Ooops! Noah is Gone…, Another Day of Life and Richard the Stork were also backed by the Screen Flanders economic fund, under the aegis of Flemish Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Cultural Affairs Minister Gatz.

17/02/2016 Cafard competing in Holland

Jan Bultheel’s animated film Cafard has been selected for the International Feature Film Competition at the Holland Animation Film Festival, set to run 16-20 March in Utrecht. Four co-productions with Flanders have also been selected for the Festival’s Short Film programme.

Cafard starts in 1914. While Jean Mordant is away winning the title of Wrestling Champion of the World in Buenos Aires, his daughter Mimi is raped by German soldiers in Ostend. Determined to avenge this crime, Jean enrols in the prestigious ACM (Armoured Car Division) and embarks on a dramatic journey that will ultimately take him right round the world.

The film is one of nine features competing in the Holland Animation Film Festival’s International Competition and marks the Dutch premiere for Cafard after festival screenings in Ostend, Busan, Montreal, Gijón and Arras. Arielle Sleutel produced for Tondo Films.

Cafard received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz and was also backed by the Screen Flanders economic fund, under the aegis of Flemish Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Cultural Affairs Minister Gatz.

26/01/2016 First cast names announced for new feature by Loft-director Van Looy

On March 21, shooting starts on The Prime Minister (working title), a new feature by Erik Van Looy, director of Loft. Koen De Bouw takes the main role as the Belgian Prime Minister who is forced against his will to carry out a possibly world-threatening assignment.

Erik Van Looy wrote the film with Carl Joos (The Broken Circle BreakdownThe TreatmentIn Flanders Fields), having previously collaborated on the script of The Alzheimer Case (The Memory of a Killer). Koen De Bouw will play the Belgian Prime Minister who is kidnapped and released on one condition: he has to kill the person he is supposed to meet later that day. But that person happens to be the President of the United States.

De Bouw has starred in a variety of films and TV series such as The Alzheimer CaseDossier KStorm ForceMadly in LoveGermaineMissing Persons UnitSalamanderThe VerdictCordon and The Team.

Other actors to appear in The Prime Minister are Tine Reymer (SalamanderLoft), Charlotte Vandermeersch (BelgicaDeadline 14/10Turquaze), Dirk Roofthooft (ClanThe Tour), Stijn Van Opstal (ImageThe Pearl Fishers) and Wim Willaert (The NativesOfflineCafard).

“My previous films The Alzheimer Case and Loft were exciting and emotional rollercoasters, but The Prime Minister takes it to the next level,” says Van Looy. “The man in this story encounters all kinds of obstacles and plot twists from beginning to end, while his own life and those of the people around him are at stake.”

The Prime Minister is produced by FBO in co-production with Woestijnvis and Millstreet Films, with a release scheduled for this autumn. The film received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund by Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz and was also backed by the Screen Flanders economic fund, under the aegis of Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Cultural Affairs Minister Gatz.

26/01/2016 The Ardennes in the running for Glasgow’s Audience Award

Robin Pront’s debut feature The Ardennes is one of 10 contenders for the Audience Award at the Glasgow Film Festival (17-28 February). All the selected films are first and second features directed by “a range of exciting new talents”. In addition to The Ardennes, this year’s Glasgow line-up also contains two Screen Flanders supported co-productions with Flanders.

Robin Pront’s grim tale about brotherly conflict is also part of the festival’s Pioneer programme, a collection of brand new films from directors who the Festival believes might just win an Oscar or a Palme d’Or one day. Alongside The Ardennes in the Pioneer programme are such top international films as France’s Oscar-nominated Mustang; The Daughter starring Geoffrey Rush; and Josh Mond’s James White.

Jaco Van Dormael’s surreal comedy The Brand New Testament can be seen as part of Glasgow’s CineMasters programme; the film was co-produced by Caviar (BlackSum of Histories). In addition, the line-up includes Eisenstein in Guanajuato, which Peter Greenaway directed and Potemkino (Cub) co-produced for Flanders.

Savage Film (The Land of the EnlightenedBullhead) produced The Ardennes, which was scripted by Robin Pront and Jeroen Perceval. The film received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund administered by Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz, as did The Brand New TestamentEisenstein in GuanajuatoThe Ardennes and The Brand New Testament were also backed by the Screen Flanders economic fund, under the aegis of Flemish Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Cultural Affairs Minister Gatz.

20/01/2016 Café Derby and Paradise Trips off to Aubagne

Lenny Van Wesemael’s Café Derby and Paradise Trips by Raf Reyntjens have been selected for the Features Competition at the International Film Festival in Aubagne, France (14-19 March). Both first-time directors are in the running to win one or more of the awards - for Best Film, Best Script, Best Director and Best Musical Score - annually handed out by the Festival, which focuses mainly on film music.

David Van der Heijden arranged the original score of Raf Reyntjens’ Paradise Trips, which follows a grumpy bus driver who makes some unexpected discoveries about himself and his life during his final trip. Paradise Trips has already had festival outings to Mannheim-Heidelberg and Palm Springs.

The soundtrack of Café Derby was written by Belgian singer Lady Linn. Based on true events, Lenny Van Wesemael’s debut tells the tragi-comic story of Georges, a born salesman who believes he can make a fortune, and his disbelieving, somewhat dysfunctional family. Café Derby opened the Ostend Film Festival and premiered internationally at the Hamptons Film Festival.

Caviar (BlackSum of Histories) produced Paradise TripsCafé Derby is produced by Menuet (BelgicaThe Broken Circle Breakdown). Both films received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund chaired by Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz and were also backed by the Screen Flanders economic fund under the aegis of Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Cultural Affairs Minister Gatz.

20/01/2016 Screen Flanders-supported A Quiet Passion to receive Berlinale world premiere

Terence Davies's latest feature A Quiet Passion is to receive its world premiere at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival (11-21 February). The Emily Dickinson biopic starring Cynthia Nixon (Sex and the City), Jennifer Ehle (Fifty Shades of Grey) and Keith Carradine (Fargo) is part of the Berlinale Special strand. Producers are Roy Boulter and Sol Papadopoulos for UK-based Hurricane Films, with Peter De Maegd of Potemkino co-producing for Flanders who gathered support of the Screen Flanders economic fund and financing through the Belgian federal tax shelter.

A Quiet Passion tells the story of American poet Emily Dickinson ​from her early days as a schoolgirl to her later years as a reclusive, unrecognised artist. Terence Davies (The House of Mirth, Of Time and the CitySunset Song) also wrote the script of his eighth feature as a director.

Cynthia Nixon, known for her role in the HBO television series and features Sex and the City, plays the role of Dickinson alongside Jennifer Ehle (Vinnie Dickinson) and Keith Carradine (Edward Dickinson). They are joined by Flemish acting talent including soprano and actress Noémie Schellens, Sara Louise Vertongen (The Divine Monster), Maurice Cassiers (De Ridder) and Simone Milsdochter (Deadline 25/5).

A Quiet Passion was in production for a total of 26 days in the Flanders region, filming in both the AED studios and on location in Antwerp and Ghent. Local crew members were hired in key positions including production designer Merijn Sep, art director Toon Mariën, key grip Bo Molderez, gaffer Dieter Van der Eecken and sound mixer Johan Maertens. Flanders-based audiovisual companies LITES, SPOTS Unlimited, Bulletproof Cupid and Cine-qua-non provided the technical equipment for the shoot. Galaxy Studios serviced the sound post-production of the film.

The film will be presented as part of the Berlinale Special strand, which includes recent works by contemporary filmmakers and biopics of renowned personalities.

A Quiet Passion received support from the federal tax shelter system and the Screen Flanders economic fund, under the aegis of Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Minister Gatz. 

Still © A Quiet Passion, 2015

15/01/2016 First cast names announced for Gilles Coulier’s debut feature

Sam Louwyck, Wim Willaert and Sebastien Dewaele make up the main cast of Cargo, Gilles Coulier’s debut feature. The story revolves around three brothers desperately trying to save the family’s fishing business. But their passion for their loved ones and their determination to stay in business drive them to desperate measures.

Dancer, choreographer, actor and singer Sam Louwyck made his film debut in Tom Barman’s acclaimed Any Way the Wind Blows. Since then, he has appeared in shorts, series and features such as Koen Mortier’s 22nd of May, Caroline Strubbe’s Lost Persons Area, Michaël R. Roskam’s Bullhead and Robin Pront’s The Ardennes. In 2014, Louwyck also starred in Alice Rohrwacher’s Cannes entry Le meraviglie.

Wim Willaert starred in Coulier’s short films Iceland and Mont Blanc, both of which were selected for Cannes. Other credits include Peter Monsaert’s debut feature Offline, Jan Bultheels animation feature Cafard and comedy series Home Grown.

Sebastien Dewaele starred alongside Willaert in Home Grown and Cafard. All three actors also feature in The Natives, the tragicomic television series about a picturesque village and its grotesque residents which Coulier directed.

The director teamed up with Tom Dupont to write the screenplay for Cargo, which they further developed during the Script&Pitch session organised by the Torino FilmLab. David Williamson returns as Coulier’s DOP after working with him on all three shorts as well as on The Natives.

Cargo starts shooting on February 22 in Ostend, Belgium, and is produced by De Wereldvrede (The Natives, Guest). The film received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz and was also backed by the Screen Flanders economic fund, under the aegis of Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Cultural Affairs Minister Gatz.

12/01/2016 The Natives invited for Rotterdam’s Episodic/Epidemic

Comedy drama series The Natives has been selected for Episodic/Epidemic, a new section at this year’s Rotterdam International Film Festival (IFFR, 27 January – 7 February) which explores the interface between film and television.

The Cronenbergian title of the programme refers to the idea that TV series have become such a cultural and economic force that they spread like a virus. A follow-up to the Changing Channels programme at IFFR, this new section showcases series that feel like cinema, investigating how thin the line between film and television has become.

The Natives has previously been selected for the International Showcase at last year’s Séries Mania, the leading TV festival in Paris, while a marathon screening was held during Film Fest Gent at the end of last year. Having aired on Flanders’ public TV channel, the series was a box-office hit with an average market share of 24.5%.

Local stand-up comedian Freddy De Vadder takes centre stage in The Natives. When he flees to a picturesque village called Bevergem, nobody knows why. The contrast between him and the grotesque residents could hardly be greater and tempers become frayed in anticipation of the annual town festival.

Cannes regular Gilles Coulier (Iceland, Mont Blanc) directed the series. Producer is Gilles De Schryver of De Wereldvrede. The Natives received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz and was also backed by the Screen Flanders economic fund under the aegis of Flemish Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Cultural Affairs Minister Gatz.

08/12/2015 Screen Flanders invests €1.5 million in eight new productions

Screen Flanders is to invest a total of €1.5 million ($1.63 million) in eight projects, it has been announced by Flanders Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters. Projects that will receive support from the economic fund include a mix of national and international co-productions with Flanders, including The Kaiser’s Last Kiss starring Christopher Plummer and Lily James; animated feature Ploey You Never Fly Alone; and new features by Flemish directors Erik Van Looy (The Prime Minister) and Gilles Coulier (Cargo). In total, the projects represent well over €9.8 million ($10.68 million) in audiovisual expenditure in the Flanders region.

Through the Screen Flanders economic fund, the Flanders government provides financial support to audiovisual productions that spend part or all of their budgets within the Flanders region. Belgian producers can apply for up to €400,000 ($436,000). Foreign producers can access the fund by co-producing with a Belgian producer who meets the selection criteria.

The main condition of the fund is that the (co-)production must invest a minimum of €250,000 ($272,500) in the Flanders region, and that every euro awarded to a producer must generate at least one euro of audiovisual expenditure in the region.

Screen Flanders' second call of 2015 ended on 11 September and saw a total of €1.5 million ($1.63 million) shared between eight productions. Amounts per project varied between €50,000 ($54,500) and €400,000 ($436,000). Together, the eight titles will represent well over €9.8 million ($10.68 million) of audiovisual expenditure in the Flanders region.

International co-productions with Flanders awarded support in the second call of 2015 include the UK/Belgium co-production The Kaiser’s Last Kiss directed by David Leveaux and starring Christopher Plummer and Lily James; the Iceland/Belgium animated feature Ploey You Never Fly Alone about the adventures of a group of plovers; and the historical youth film Falko – Letters van Vuur on the origins of the Protestant Reformation and the printing process in the Low Countries. Layla M., the new feature by Dutch director Mijke De Jong, also received support from the fund.

In addition to international co-productions, Screen Flanders also supported projects by local talent in its second call. These include Erik Van Looy’s new feature The Prime Minister and Le ciel flamand directed by Peter Monsaert. Also selected were two first feature projects: Cargo directed by Gilles Coulier; and Charlie and Hannah gaan uit by Bert Scholiers.

The last call of 2015 with €1 million ($1.09 million) available in support will close on 11 December. Applications are assessed by a jury made up of economic and cultural experts.

Cargo
Director: Gilles Coulier
Main producer: De Wereldvrede (BE)
BE/NL; fiction

Charlie en Hannah gaan uit
Director: Bert Scholiers
Main producer: Minds Meet (BE)
BE; fiction

Le ciel flamand
Director: Peter Monsaert
Main producer: Lunanime (BE)
BE; fiction

Falko – Letters van Vuur
Director: Dennis Bots
Main producer: Bijker Film & TV (NL)
Belgian co-producer: Bulletproof Cupid
NL/BE/LU; fiction

The Kaiser's Last Kiss
Director: David Leveaux
Main producer: Egoli Tossell KLK (UK)
Belgian co-producer: Umedia Production
UK/BE; fiction

Layla M.
Director: Mijke De Jong
Main producer: Topkapi Films (NL)
Belgian co-producer: Menuet
NL/BE/DE; fiction

Ploey You Never Fly Alone
Directors: Árni Ólafur Ásgeirsson, Ives Agemans
Main producer: Gunhil (IS)
Belgian co-producer: Cyborn
IS/BE; animation

The Prime Minister
Director: Erik Van Looy
Main producer: FBO (BE)
BE/NL; fiction

Since its launch in 2012, Screen Flanders has provided support for a large variety of international co-productions, including EuropaCorp’s latest animated feature Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart; BBC drama series The White Queen and The Missing; DR TV series The Team; and the latest feature films from directors Peter Greenaway (Eisenstein in Guanajuato), Wolfgang Becker (Me & Kaminski), Terence Davies (A Quiet Passion), Jaco Van Dormael (The Brand New Testament), Julien Temple (You Really Got Me) and Felix van Groeningen (Belgica).

04/12/2015 American release and remake for The Ardennes

New York-based distributor Film Movement plans to release Robin Pront’s debut feature The Ardennes in the US. In addition, American production company The Firm has acquired the remake rights to the Flemish noir thriller, while Korea is also showing interest in a remake.

Pront’s Toronto Film Festival entry drew the attention of Robbie Brenner, partner and president of Los Angeles-based production company The Firm, which picked up the remake rights for this violent drama about sibling betrayal. Brenner’s producing credits include much-acclaimed films such as the Oscar-winning drama Dallas Buyers Club and Scott Cooper’s Out of the Furnace.

In addition, The Ardennes will also receive a US theatrical run from New York-based indie distributor Film Movement, which has previously released such titles as 1,000 Times Good Night, Breathe, Broken and Sahim Omar Kalifa’s short film Land of the Heroes.

Later this month, Pront will present The Ardennes at the European Film Festival of Les Arcs in France, where the film is in competition. Diaphana Distribution has planned its French release for March 2016, while the film has also been sold to other territories including Italy, the UK, Sweden, Poland and the Netherlands. Attraction Distribution handles international sales.

Bart Van Langendonck produced The Ardennes for Savage Film (Bullhead, The Land of the Enlightened). The film received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz and was also backed by the Screen Flanders economic fund, under the aegis of Flemish Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Gatz.

03/12/2015 Sundance takes Belgica

Belgica, the new film by Broken Circle Breakdown director Felix van Groeningen, is set to have its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival (21-31 January) in Utah.

Scripted by van Groeningen and Arne Sierens, Belgica is the story of two brothers who start a bar in the midst of Belgium’s nightlife scene but get carried away by its success. Stef Aerts (Oxygen, Cub) and A Band-frontman Tom Vermeir take the lead. Belgian electronic/rock band Soulwax is responsible for the film’s original score.

Belgica will open the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at Sundance, a section that traditionally presents works by emerging filmmakers. Throughout the years, it has screened such films as An Education, Bloody Sunday, 28 Days Later and Goodbye, Lenin! Belgica is the fifth film by van Groeningen whose bluegrass drama The Broken Circle Breakdown was nominated for the Foreign Language Oscar last year. Sales agency The Match Factory represents Belgica worldwide.

Previous films from Flanders that have screened at the US’s prime film event include Emma and Marc’s animation short Oh Willy…; Johan Grimonprez’s documentary Double Take; Khadak by Brosens and Woodworth; and various shorts by Belgian filmmaker Nicolas Provost.

Dirk Impens produced Belgica for Menuet (The Broken Circle Breakdown, The Misfortunates). Belgica received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz and was also backed by the Screen Flanders economic fund, under the aegis of Flemish Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Gatz.

21/11/2015 Labyrinthus wins another two awards in India

Following the recent award wins for Labyrinthus in São Paulo and Chicago, Douglas Boswell’s family adventure has won another two, this time in India. The film was awarded the Golden Elephant - the Grand Prize of the Children’s Jury – at the International Children’s Film Festival in Hyderabad (14-20 November).  It also picked up the Second Prize of the Adult Jury.

Douglas Boswell’s debut feature premiered at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival, followed by a blossoming international festival career that included stops in Cleveland and Edinburgh and awards in São Paulo, Chemnitz, Giffoni and Chicago. Attraction Distribution has already sold the film to several territories including Brazil, Turkey, Estonia, Italy, Southeast Asia, Japan and France.

Based on a screenplay by Pierre De Clercq, the story follows 14-year-old Frikke who knows his way around computer games. When an evil mastermind mysteriously uploads his friends into a computer game, he has to race against time to free them from their cyberprison. The cast is headed by Spencer Bogaert (Vincent and the End of the World), Pepijn Caudron (Cut Loose), Emma Verlinden, Felix Maesschalk (Time of My Life) and Ivan Pecnik.

Bart Van Langendonck produced Labyrinthus for Savage Film (The ArdennesBullhead). The film received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz and was also backed by the Screen Flanders economic fund, under the aegis of Flemish Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Cultural Affairs Minister Gatz.

09/11/2015 Three Screen Flanders supported features in competition in Gijón

The Screen Flanders supported features The Ardennes, Phantom Boy and Cafard will be in official competition at the Gijón International Film Festival in Spain (20-28 November). 

In the festival’s official competition we see Robin Pront’s debut feature The Ardennes, starring Jeroen Perceval (Borgman), Veerle Baetens (The Broken Circle Breakdown) and Kevin Janssens in a drama about two brothers who head to the Ardennes with a specific mission in mind. Savage Film (Bullhead) produced.

Jan Bultheel’s animation feature Cafard, which he wrote, designed and directed, is part of the animaFIX competition. Based on true events, Bultheel’s debut feature tells the story of wrestler Jean Mordant who enrols in the WW1 Armoured Car Division, and ends up on a dramatic journey around the world. Tondo Films produced the film.

Also competing in the animaFIX competition is Phantom Boy, the latest animation feature by Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli. The film follows the adventures of the seriously ill 11-year-old boy Leo. He has the ability to leave his body at will and can fly and pass through walls like a phantom, invisible to all. Thanks to him, an injured police officer and an intrepid journalist will assume the roles of guardian angels when a disfigured gangster is threatening the city. Annemie Degryse of Lunanime (The TeamOffline) co-produced the film for Flanders.

All mentionned films, received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz and were also backed by the Screen Flanders economic fund, under the aegis of Flemish Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Gatz.

04/11/2015 The Ardennes to compete in Les Arcs

Robin Pront’s feature debut The Ardennes will take part in the Official Competition at the European Film Festival in Les Arcs, France (12-19 December). 

The Ardennes is one of 10 feature films selected for Official Competition in Les Arcs and is thus in line for the festival’s main prize, the Crystal Arrow. Kevin Janssens, Jeroen Perceval (Borgman) and Veerle Baetens (The Broken Circle Breakdown) play the main roles in this Flemish noir thriller, which is produced by Savage Film (Bullhead), about two brothers who head to the Ardennes with a specific mission in mind.

The Ardennes will also be featured in the Les Arcs Summit, an annual platform bringing together independent distributors and film professionals to focus on the exhibition of European films in France. 

The Ardennes received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz and was also backed by the Screen Flanders economic fund, under the aegis of Flemish Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Gatz.

02/11/2015 Labyrinthus scores twice in Chicago

Douglas Boswell’s family adventure Labyrinthus has won two awards at the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival (23 October – 1 November). The film not only won the Children’s Jury Prize, one of the main awards of the Festival, but was also handed a prize by the Adult Jury.

Director Douglas Boswell accepted the Children’s Jury Prize and was called to the stage a second time to be handed the Second Prize for Live Action Feature Film by the Adult Jury.

Boswell’s debut feature stars Spencer Bogaert as Frikke, a 14-year-old boy who must race against time to destroy the evil mastermind who is imprisoning his friends in a computer game. Pierre De Clercq wrote the original screenplay; the producer is Bart Van Langendonck of Savage Film (The ArdennesBullhead).

Labyrinthus premiered at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival, followed by selections in Cleveland, Edinburgh and São Paulo, where it won the Youth Award. The film was also one of the winners at the Giffoni Film Festival and picked up the Schlingel Junior Film Award in Germany. Rights have already been sold to a number of territories including Brazil, Turkey, Italy, Southeast Asia, France and Japan; international sales are handled by Attraction Distribution.

Labyrinthus received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz. The film was also backed by the Screen Flanders economic fund, under the aegis of Flemish Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Gatz.

23/10/2015 France’s Arras Film Festival ends on a musical note

Belgian Rhapsody, Vincent Bal’s romantic musical comedy about two rival Belgian brass bands, is to close this year’s Arras Film Festival in France (6-15 November). The line-up also includes Jan Bultheel’s animated feature Cafard. Both films are to have a French theatrical release later this year.

In the summer, the Montreal World Film Festival created a precedent by offering Vincent Bal’s Belgian Rhapsody the festival’s closing slot. The Arras Film Festival will end on an equally cheerful note in choosing the musical comedy as this year’s closing film. The storyline revolves around two rival brass bands competing for the European finals. When trumpet player Hugues changes sides, the tension escalates. Amaryllis Uitterlinden and Arthur Dupont make up the main cast. Vincent Bal and Pierre De Clercq wrote the script; Peter Bouckaert of Eyeworks produced the film.

Arras’s retrospective section about the Great War invited Cafard, an animated feature scripted, directed and designed by Jan Bultheel. Based on true events, it is the story of Jean Mordant who enrols in the first Armoured Car Division and embarks on a dramatic journey that will eventually take him all the way around the world.

Cafard was the closing film at the Ostend Film Festival in September, followed by an international premiere at the Busan Film Festival and a North American screening at Montreal’s Festival du Nouveau Cinema. Arielle Sleutel of Tondo Films produced.

Belgian Rhapsody and Cafard received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz. They were also backed by the Screen Flanders economic Fund under the aegis of Flemish Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Cultural Affairs Minister Gatz.

21/10/2015 More distribution deals for The Ardennes

Robin Pront’s debut feature The Ardennes is in high demand with international distributors. Theatrical rights have now been sold to the UK, Sweden, Poland, Estonia and the Netherlands. Italy’s Satine Film and France’s Diaphana had already picked up the film following its world premiere in Toronto last month.

Handling the film’s international sales, Attraction Distribution has closed distribution deals with several new territories. StudioCanal has acquired the rights for the UK, while Njutafilms – which has released such films from Flanders as The Broken Circle Breakdown and Bullhead – will distribute the film in Sweden. Paradiso Filmed Entertainment plans to release Pront’s ‘Flemish noir crime drama’ in the Netherlands in February 2016. Polish rights have been picked up by M2 Films.

The Ardennes has also been bought for Estonia by Estin Film, who previously released Douglas Boswell’s family adventure Labyrinthus and several European arthouse hits, including We Are the BestJagten and Maryland, starring Matthias Schoenaerts.

Pront’s debut feature also attracted the attention of international press at last month’s Toronto Festival. IndieWire listed Pront as one of seven ‘breakout’ directors to watch, while Nick James, editor of Sight & Sound, listed The Ardennes in his top 10 favourite films.

The Ardennes will have its US premiere at the Chicago International Film Festival (15-29 October 15) this month, with more festival invitations expected to follow soon.

Bart Van Langendonck produced The Ardennes for Savage Film (Bullhead, Labyrinthus). The film received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz and was also backed by the Screen Flanders economic fund, under the aegis of Flemish Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Cultural Affairs Minister Gatz.

13/10/2015 Good start for Ghent Film Fest

Robin Pront's feature debut The Ardennes is the opening attraction at the 42nd Film Fest Ghent (13-24 October). The film will receive its European première at this year’s edition of Belgium's oldest and largest festival. Also screening in Ghent are Gilles Coulier's TV series The Natives and the animated feature Phantom Boy by Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli.

Opening the Fest is The Ardennes starring Veerle Baetens (The Broken Circle Breakdown), Kevin Janssens and Jeroen Perceval, with the latter also co-writing the script with director Robin Pront. The film has already attracted attention at this year's Toronto International Film Festival where it had its world premiere and was picked up by distributors in such key territories as France (Diaphana) and Italy (Satine). Producer is Bart van Langendonck for Savage Film, the company behind Oscar-nominated Bullhead. International sales are handled by Montreal-based Attraction Distribution.

The 'Serial Madness' sidebar will show the final four episodes of Gilles Coulier's TV series The Natives (producer: De Wereldvrede) about a local stand-up comedian who flees to a picturesque village where the contrast between him and the grotesque residents could not be greater. The first two episodes broke all season records on the second public channel, Canvas, reaching live-viewing audience shares of 25%.

Finally, the animated feature Phantom Boy by Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli will screen in the Belgian Cinema Today selection of the festival. The film was co-produced for Flanders by Lunanime.

The Ardennes and Phantom Boy received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz. The Natives received support from the VAF/Media Fund of Flemish Minister of Media Gatz. All of these productions were additionally backed by the Screen Flanders economic fund, under the aegis of Flemish Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Cultural Affairs Minister Gatz.

30/09/2015 Cafard travels to Montreal’s Festival du Nouveau Cinéma

Jan Bultheel’s debut feature Cafard is to have its North American premiere at the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma (7-18 October) in Montreal. An animated feature inspired by true events, the film will screen in the Festival’s Panorama programme. Rights have already been sold to France, where Eurozoom will release Cafard in theatres on 18 November.

Following its world premiere at the Ostend Film Festival, Cafard is set for its international premiere at the Busan International Film Festival (1-10 October). The Festival du Nouveau Cinema will now be the film’s North American premiere, with Cafard screening in the Panorama section. FNC’s Stéphane Defoy notes “the way the film distinguishes itself because of the visual splendour of its refined graphic universe”.

In France, Paris-based distributor Eurozoom will release Cafard in theatres on 18 November, preceded by a special French premiere on 11 November.

Starting in 1914, Cafard tells the story of Jean Mordant. While he’s away winning the title of World Wrestling Champion in Buenos Aires, his daughter is raped by German soldiers in Ostend. Jean swears vengeance and embarks on a journey that will take him around the world.

Scripted, designed and directed by Jan Bultheel, the film uses advanced techniques such as ‘motion capture’ and ‘facial tracking’ to translate the actors’ movements into animated imagery. Main actors include Wim Willaert (Offline, When The Sea Rises), Sebastien Dewaele (The Natives, Home Grown), Dinara Drukarova (Amour) and Maarten Ketels (De Ridder, Code 37). Arielle Sleutel produced the film for Tondo Films.

The FNC’s line-up also includes several co-productions with Flanders, notably Jaco Van Dormaels The Brand New Testament (co-produced by Caviar), which will open the Festival and La tierra roja by Diego Martinez Vignatti (co-produced by A Private View).

All films mentioned above received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz. They were also backed by the Screen Flanders economic fund, under the aegis of Flemish Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Cultural Affairs Minister Gatz. 

22/09/2015 Café Derby premieres at The Hamptons

Lenny Van Wesemael’s feature debut Café Derby has been invited to the Hamptons International Film Festival (8-12 October). The film, inspired by true events, will receive its international premiere at the Festival.

Lenny Van Wesemael’s debut film is a tragic-comic story based on her own father’s life and the official visit of Pope John Paul II to Belgium in 1985, as seen through the eyes of a young girl.

Georges is a natural stallholder who can sell anything to anyone. When he hears that the Pope is coming to Belgium, he senses an opportunity when the adjacent Café Derby is put up for rent. Georges is convinced that there is a fortune to be made, but his world-weary wife and five children have seen it all before.

Wim Opbrouck (In Flanders Fields, Salamander) plays Georges, alongside Monic Hendrickx (Penoza, Unfinished Sky), Ben Segers (Quiz Me Quick) and the young Chloë Daxhelet as George’s youngest daughter. Photography was by Ruben Impens; editing by Thomas Pooters; and Lady Linn wrote the film’s soundtrack.

The Hamptons International Film Festival – holding its 23rd edition this year – celebrates independent film and introduces a varied spectrum of international films and filmmakers to its audiences. Each year, the festival attracts over 25,000 visitors with its programmes boasting numerous films that later turn up in the Oscars race, such as 12 Years a Slave, Birdman, Blue Is the Warmest Colour, Argo and The King’s Speech. In 2009, Felix van Groeningen’s The Misfortunates received its American premiere at the Hamptons, taking home the prize for Best Film, Best Photography and Best Script.

Lenny Van Wesemael and Geert Verbanck scripted Café Derby. Producer is Dirk Impens of Menuet (Belgica, The Broken Circle Breakdown, The Misfortunates). The film received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz and was also backed by the Screen Flanders economic fund, under the aegis of Flemish Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Cultural Affairs Minister Gatz.

17/09/2015 Paradise Trips en route to Germany

Raf Reyntjens’s Paradise Trips has been invited into Competition at the International Film Festival in Mannheim-Heidelberg (9-24 October), where the film is to have its international première. The festival line-up also includes two Screen Flanders supported co-productions with Flanders.

In the film, which marks Reyntjens’s directorial debut, Gene Bervoets (Schneider vs Bax, Salamander) plays Mario, a grumpy coach driver who has spent his life shuttling old age pensioners to the sunny south. On the verge of his own retirement, he has to bring a motley crew of partygoers to a music festival in Croatia. His journey soon turns into a life-changing trip that confronts him with his own prejudices - and with his long-lost son.

Paradise Trips will also screen at the Netherlands Film Festival in Utrecht where it will be part of a special showcase of Belgian Cinema from Flanders. On September 24, the film will be released in cinemas in the Netherlands, distributed by Cinéart.

Also selected for the International Competition in Mannheim-Heidelberg is La tierra roja, starring Geert Van Rampelberg (The Treatment) and co-produced by A Private View. The children’s section features another co-productions with Flanders: Tim Oliehoek’s The Amazing Wiplala, co-produced by Ciné Cri de Coeur.

Paradise Trips and La tierra roja received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz and were also backed by the Screen Flanders economic fund along with The Amazing Wiplala. The Screen Flanders Economic Fund ressorts under the aegis of Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muytters and Cultural Affairs Minister Gatz.

16/09/2015 France’s Diaphana Distribution takes a trip to The Ardennes

Paris-based Diaphana Distribution has picked up Robin Pront’s feature debut The Ardennes for French distribution following a bidding war after the film’s world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Rights to Italy had already been sold to Satine Film prior to the first public screening, and it is likely that more deals will follow soon.

‘This is a stunning debut from an important new filmmaker and, from the reaction this film has already received from audiences at TIFF, it will no doubt make a lasting impression on our audiences in France’, says Diaphana’s Karin Beyens.

The Ardennes centres on two criminal brothers, Dave and Kenny, who are reunited on Kenny’s release after four years in prison because of a robbery that went wrong. Dave has got his life back on track and tries to help his brother wherever possible, but has to cope with the highly-strung Kenny’s attempts to win back his ex-girlfriend. The main cast includes Jeroen Perceval (Borgman), The Broken Circle Breakdown’s Veerle Baetens and Kevin Janssens.

The deal was negotiated by Xiaojuan Zhou’s Attraction Distribution during the Toronto International Film Festival, where The Ardennes premiered in the Discovery section. Satine Film acquired the Italian rights, having previously released Felix van Groeningen’s Oscar-nominated The Broken Circle Breakdown.

Pront and Jeroen Perceval scripted The Ardennes. Producer is Bart Van Langendonck of Savage Film, whose credits include Michaël R. Roskam’s Oscar-nominated Bullhead and who will team up again with Roskam on his next project, The Faithful, starring Matthias Schoenaerts and Adèle Exarchopoulos.

The Ardennes received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz and was also backed by the Screen Flanders Economic Fund, under the aegis of Flemish Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Cultural Affairs Minister Gatz.

01/09/2015 Schneider vs. Bax and The Brand New Testament invited to BFI London Film Festival

Alex van Warmerdam’s Schneider vs. Bax and Jaco van Dormael’s The Brand New Testament (Le tout nouveau testament) are both invites to the 59th edition of the BFI London Film Festival (7 – 18 October). Both features were co-produced with Flanders and received support from the VAF/Film Fund and Screen Flanders.

Jaco Van Dormael’s surreal comedy The Brand New Testament stars Belgian actor Benoît Poelvoorde as God. He actually lives with wife (Yolande Moreau) and daughter (Pili Groyne) in Brussels. However the Almighty is not the nicest of characters. And then his daughter decides to rebel against him. Belgian co-producers are Terra Incognita Films, Climax Films and, for Flanders, Frank Van Passel for Caviar (BlackParadise Trips). 

Schneider vs. Bax by Alex van Warmerdam is about a hit man played by Tom Dewispelaere (Cordon), who gets an assignment on the morning of his birthday. An apparently simple job becomes more complex than expected… Eurydice Gysel of Czar TV (Waste LandThe MissingThe White Queen) co-produced the feature for Flanders.

The Brand New Testament and Schneider vs. Bax received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz and were also backed by the Screen Flanders economic fund, under the aegis of Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Cultural Affairs Minister Gatz.

 

28/08/2015 Cafard and The Brand New Testament selected for Busan

Cafard by Jan Bultheel is to premiere at this year's Busan International Film Festival (1-10 October) as part of the Wide Angle: Animation Competition program. The Brand New Testament of Jaco Dormael will be presented in the World Cinema section of the festival.

Cafard, which received its world premiere at this year's Film Festival of Ostende, Belgium, is based on historical facts. The story of this animated feature with a graphic novel look and feel starts in 1914. While Jean Mordant wins the Wrestling Champion of the World title in Buenos Aires, his daughter Mimi is violently abused by German soldiers in Ostend. Determined to avenge this crime Jean, along with his coach and young nephew, enrols in the prestigious Armoured Car Division (AMC). War is ruthless, however, and he and his friends embark on a dramatic journey that will ultimately drag them around the world.

For his feature-length debut, Bultheel used motion capture technology. The main cast consists of Wim Willaert (as Jean), Sebastien Dewaele, Maarten Ketels and Dinara Drukarova. Arielle Sleutel produced the film for Tondo Films. UDI sells the film internationally.

Screening in the World Cinema section of the festival is Jaco Van Dormael's The Brand New Testament. Van Dormael’s surreal comedy stars Belgian actor Benoît Poelvoorde as God. Living in Brussels, he is a despicable coward with pathetic morals who is mean to his wife and his daughter. Frustrated by her father’s unacceptable behaviour, the girl takes revenge by posting the dates of death of the entire world population on the Internet.

Belgian co-producers of The Brand New Testament are Terra Incognita Films, Climax Films and Frank Van Passel of Caviar (Black, Paradise Trips).

Cafard and The Brand New Testament received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz and are also backed by the Screen Flanders economic fund, under the aegis of Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Cultural Affairs Minister Gatz.

25/08/2015 Toronto adds The Ardennes, Phantom Boy and Schneider vs Bax to its line-up

Robin Pront’s feature debut The Ardennes is to receive its world premieres as part of the ‘Discovery’ strand at this year’s 40th Toronto International Film Festival (10-20 September). The Screen Flanders supported co-productions Phantom Boy and Schneider vs Bax also made it into the final selection.

The Ardennes (D’Ardennen) is Robin Pront’s feature debut, starring Jeroen Perceval (Borgman, Bullhead), Kevin Janssens (Storm Force) and Veerle Baetens (The Broken Circle Breakdown). It’s the story of two brothers. When a brutal robbery goes hopelessly wrong, Dave manages to run off leaving his brother Kenneth behind. Four years later, his brother is released from prison and much has changed. Dave has his life back on track and is trying to help Kenneth wherever possible, but is witnessing how his highly-strung brother tries to win back his ex-girlfriend Sylvie. After Toronto the film is also set to open the Film Fest Ghent in October.

Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol’s (A Cat in Paris) Phantom Boy will be presented at TIFF Kids. The animated feature follows the adventures of the seriously ill 11-year-old boy Leo. He has the ability to leave his body at will and can fly and pass through walls like a phantom, invisible to all. Thanks to him, an injured police officer and an intrepid journalist will assume the roles of guardian angels when a disfigured gangster is threatening the city. Annemie Degryse of Lunanime (The Team, Offline) co-produced the film for Flanders.

Screening in the Contemporary World Cinema section of the festival is Alex van Warmerdam’s latest feature Schneider vs. Bax starring Tom Dewispelaere (Cordon) in the role of hit man Schneider. Flemish co-producer of Schneider vs. Bax is Eurydice Gysel of Czar TV (Waste LandThe MissingThe White Queen).

The Ardennes, Phantom Boy and Schneider vs. Bax all received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz and the Screen Flanders Economic Fund, under the aegis of Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Cultural Affairs Minister Gatz.

20/08/2015 Belgian Rhapsody to close World Film Fest Montreal

Vincent Bal's musical romantic comedy Belgian Rhapsody is to close the 39th edition of the Montréal World Film Festival (27 August-7 September). The film is one of the four features and five shorts from Flanders premiering at this year's Fest.

Other films on the programme are Lukas Bossuyt's debut feature Sum Of Histories, which is presented as part of the First Feature Competition, Kadir Balci's Marry Me, and 46, xx by Guido De Craene. Two shorts from Flanders, Empire and Nkosi Coiffure, premiere in the World Competition section, while the programme also contains short titles OlavThe Soul Is Wandering and Dissonant.

In Belgian Rhapsody, two brass bands, the Flemish “Sint Cecilia” and the Walloon “En Avant”, have both been selected for the great European final. The Walloons are blown into the final by Hugues, their exceptionally talented and handsome trumpet player. When Sint Cecilia’s soloist drops dead on stage, Elke, daughter of the band’s conductor Joseph, has the solution: let’s buy that Walloon super talent out. 

Amaryllis Uitterlinden and Arthur Dupont share the major roles in Belgian Rhapsody, together with Tom Audenaert, Jos Verbist, Marc Weiss, Koen Van Impe, Philippe Résimont, Erika Sainte, and Ivan Pecnik. Bal and Pierre De Clercq wrote the original screenplay.

Vincent Bal previously directed such films as Man Of SteelMinoes and The ZigZag Kid. Together with Colette Bothof, he wrote and directed the animated series Kika & Bob.

Sum of HistoriesBelgian RhapsodyMarry MeEmpire and Nkosi Coiffure received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz. The Screen Flanders Economic Fund, under the aegis of Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Cultural Affairs Minister Gatz, also backed Sum of Histories and Belgian Rhapsody.

11/08/2015 Sum of Histories and Belgian Rhapsody selected for Montreal

Sum of Histories, Lukas Bossuyt’s feature debut, is to have its world premiere in the First Films Competition at the Montreal World Film Festival, which takes place from August 27 till September 7. Belgian Rhapsody, the musical comedy by director Vincent Bal will screen in the festival’s World Greats selection. Both features are support by the Screen Flanders Economic Fund.

A love story with a touch of sci-fi, Sum of Histories tells the story of Viktor, a brilliant young professor who discovers a way to manipulate time. Now he can finally change the past and help his beloved Lena, but not without risk… Koen De Graeve (Time of My Life, The Misfortunates) plays the main role, joined by Matteo Simoni (Marina, Crazy About Ya) and Robrecht Vanden Thoren (Come As You Are). Producers are Frank Van Passel and Ivy Vanhaecke of Caviar (Black, Paradise Trips).

Vincent Bal’s Belgian Rhapsody, an Eyeworks (Lee & Cindy C., The Verdict) production about two brass bands competing to represent Belgium, has been picked for the festival’s World Greats selection. Screenwriters are Vincent Bal and Pierre De Clercq (Labyrinthus, Halfway, Come As You Are).

Sum of Histories and Belgian Rhapsody received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz and the Screen Flanders Economic Fund, under the aegis of Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Cultural Affairs Minister Gatz.

Still Sum of Histories: © Jo Voets

28/07/2015 Matthias Schoenaerts knighted by French Ministry of Culture

French Cultural Affairs Minister Fleur Pellerin has appointed Flemish actor Matthias Schoenaerts a chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters (Ordre des Arts et des Lettres).

The Order of Arts and Letters was established in 1957 to recognise emerging artists and writers, as well as people who have contributed significantly to furthering the arts in France and throughout the world. The distinction is awarded three times a year, with two sessions for French citizens and one for foreigners, and is made up of three ranks: commander, officer and chevalier.

Schoenaerts began his film career in 1992 with a role in Stijn Coninx’s Oscar-nominated Daens. For his appearance in Dorothée van den Berghe’s Meisje (2003), he was selected to take part in the Berlinale’s Shooting Stars programme. Then followed roles in such films as Any Way the Wind BlowsThe One Thing to DoBlack BookLove Belongs to EveryoneLeft BankLoftThe Emperor of Taste and My Queen Karo.

He made his international breakthrough with his performance as a pumped-up cattle farmer in Michaël R. Roskam’s Oscar-nominated Bullhead. This landed him the main role opposite Marion Cotillard in Jacques Audiard’s Rust & Bone, for which Schoenaerts won the French César for Best Male Newcomer. This was followed by Guillaume Canet’s Blood Ties in which he starred alongside Mila Kunis and Clive Owen and which premiered in Cannes.

Next came roles in The DropThe LoftA Little ChaosSuite FrançaiseFar from the Madding CrowdMaryland, A Bigger Splash and The Danish Girl. Schoenaerts is currently on the set of Lewis and Clark, an HBO miniseries, and will also be involved in Roskam’s upcoming film project, The Faithful, produced by Savage Film (BullheadThe Ardennes).

Still: The Loft © Woestijnvis

27/07/2015 Labyrinthus and The Amazing Wiplala among Giffoni prize-winners

Douglas Boswell’s debut feature Labyrinthus won the Gryphon Award for Best Feature Film in the +10 section of the Giffoni Film Festival in Italy (17-26 July). The Amazing Wiplala, a Dutch-Flemish co-production, took the second prize in the +6 programme. Both films were backed by Screen Flanders.

Labyrinthus tells the story of 14-year-old Frikke who discovers a computer game in which the protagonists are real children. To play or not to play is the question, especially if the fate of loved ones is at stake. Spencer Bogaert (Vincent and the End of the World) plays the main part, accompanied by Emma Verlinden, Pepijn Caudron (Cut Loose) and Felix Maesschalk (Time of My Life). Pierre De Clercq wrote the original screenplay.

The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2014, followed by festivals such as Cleveland, Edinburgh and São Paulo, where Labyrinthus won the Youth Award for Best International Film. With Attraction Distribution handling international sales, the film has already been sold to various territories including Brazil, Turkey, Estonia, Italy, Southeast Asia, Japan, Hungary, Romania, France and the Czech Republic.

Based on the book of the same name by Dutch children’s author Annie M.G. Schmidt, The Amazing Wiplala tells the story of a magical little man named Wiplala who befriends the lonely Johannes. When one of Wiplala’s spells accidentally shrinks Johannes and his family, an action-packed adventure awaits them.

Tamara Bos adapted the book for the screen with the main roles being played by Géza Weisz, Peter Paul Muller, Sasha Mylanus and Kee Ketelaar. Ghent-based Grid VFX handled the special effects; and Galaxy Studios recorded and mixed the original score, which was performed by the Brussels Philharmonic.

Bart Van Langendonck and Peter Bouckaert produced Labyrinthus for Savage Film (Bullhead, The Ardennes). The film received the support of the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz. Flemish co-producer of The Amazing Wiplala is Jacqueline de Goeij of Cri de Croeur (Allez, Eddy!). Both films were backed by the Screen Flanders Economic Fund, under the aegis of Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Cultural Affairs Minister Gatz.

17/07/2015 Two Emmy Nominations for The Missing

The Screen Flanders-supported drama series The Missing received two Emmy Award nominations. This in the categories for Outstanding Directing For A Limited Series, Movie Or A Dramatic Special (Tom Shankland) as well as for Outstanding Music Composition For A Limited Series, Movie Or A Special - Original Dramatic Score (Dominik Scherrer). Mainly shot in Belgium, the BBC series was co-produced for Flanders by Czar TV with the support of the Screen Flanders economic fund and the Belgian federal tax shelter.

The Missing is the third British-Belgian co-production in a row to be nominated for the prestigious Emmy Awards. In 2013 Parade’s End got nominated in five categories, followed by The White Queen last year with four nominations. Previously The Missing got nominated for the Golden Globes and Bafta TV Awards and was awarded two Golden Nymph Awards last month at the Monte Carlo Television Festival. The 67th edition of the Emmy Awards ceremony will be held on 20 September in the Microsoft Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles.

When five-year-old Oliver disappears on a family holiday in France, it sets off a manhunt that will last for years. The Missing explores the mind of a father, Tony, who is desperate to find his lost son. Exploring the emotional cost of a child's abduction, this gripping relationship thriller is told simultaneously over two time frames in two countries.

Written by Harry and Jack Williams and directed by Tom Shankland, The Missing boasts an international cast including James Nesbitt (Tony), Frances O'Connor (Emily), Tchéky Karyo (Julien Baptiste), Jason Flemyng, Saïd Taghmaoui and Belgian talent such as Titus De Voogdt, Emilie Dequenne, Johan Leysen, Hilde Heijnen and Lotte Heijtenis.

Shot mainly in Belgium, the series also employed local crew members in key positions as well as local production and post-production facilities. For the title track of the series, the production used Belgian rock band Amatorski.

The Missing is produced for the BBC by New Pictures and Company Pictures in association with Two Brothers Pictures and Playground. Belgian co-producers are Eurydice Gysel and Koen Mortier for Czar TV; public broadcasters VRT and RTBF; and BNP Paribas Fortis Film Finance, which handled the financing through the Belgian federal Tax Shelter.

The Missing is supported by the Screen Flanders economic fund, under the aegis of Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz. International sales are handled by All3Media International.

17/07/2015 Screen Flanders-supported Schneider vs. Bax invited to Locarno

Schneider vs. Bax, the new feature film from Alex van Warmerdam, has been selected for the International Competition at the Locarno Film Festival (5-15 August). Starring Flemish actor Tom Dewispelaere, the film was co-produced for Flanders by Czar TV.

Coming after Borgman, The Last Days of Emma Blank, Waiter and others, Schneider vs. Bax is van Warmerdam’s ninth feature and revolves around hit man Schneider. On the morning of his birthday he’s offered a rush job: to liquidate writer Ramon Bax. Schneider reluctantly accepts, only to discover that the apparently simple job is more complex than he expected.

Van Warmerdam, Maria Kraakman and Flemish actor Tom Dewispelaere (Borgman, Cordon) play the main roles, alongside Gene Bervoets (Paradise Trips, Image, Salamander). Eurydice Gysel and Koen Mortier of Brussels production company Czar TV (The Missing, The White Queen) co-produced the film for Flanders; international sales are handled by Fortissimo Films.

Schneider vs. Bax received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz. The film was also backed by the Screen Flanders Economic Fund, under the aegis of Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Cultural Affairs Minister Gatz.

17/07/2015 M-Appeal to represent Raf Reyntjens’s Paradise Trips internationally

Berlin-based sales agency M-Appeal has picked up world sales rights to Paradise Trips. The film, starring Jeroen Perceval and Gene Bervoets, is the feature debut of director Raf Reyntjens, who previously shot video clips for various artists, including Belgian musician Stromae.

Paradise Trips centres on bus driver Mario, who has spent his life ferrying senior citizens to their holiday destinations. Although retired now, he decides to accept one last trip. But this time his passengers are not elderly, but a motley crew of partygoers on their way to a music festival in Croatia. His last journey soon turns into a mind-bending trip that not only confronts him with his prejudices, but also with his long-lost son.

Maren Kroymann, CEO of M-Appeal, said: “We all fell in love with Paradise Trips the moment we saw it. We have been looking for just such a charming film with crossover potential, appealing to both young and middle-aged audiences at the same time.”

Reyntjens previously wrote and directed two short films: A Message From Outer Space (2004), which was shown at several international film festivals; and Tunnelrat (2008), which was part of the ‘Great War’ exhibition at MoMA in New York last autumn. Reyntjens has also directed various commercials and video clips, including the video of ‘Papaoutai’ for up-and-coming Belgian musician Stromae which has attracted more than 270 million views on YouTube.

Paradise Trips is produced by Caviar (BlackThe Sum of Histories) and will be theatrically released in Belgium on August 19. The film received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz and was also backed by the Screen Flanders Economic Fund, under the aegis of Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Cultural Affairs Minister Gatz.

07/07/2015 Audience Award for The Treatment in Zagreb

The Treatment, a thriller by Hans Herbots based on Mo Hayder’s best-selling crime novel, has won the Audience Award at Fantastic Zagreb. The fifth edition of the genre festival took place in the Croatian capital from June 26 to July 4.

Adapted for the screen by scriptwriter Carl Joos (The Broken Circle BreakdownThe Alzheimer Case), Herbots’s thriller follows inspector Nick Cafmeyer, a successful, good-looking policeman who seems to have it all. But, since the age of nine, Nick has been haunted by the unsolved disappearance of his younger brother. When a disturbing kidnapping case comes to light, Nick heads the relentless manhunt that ensues.

Since its debut early last year, The Treatment has screened at a number of festivals including Montreal, Austin, Palm Springs, Tallinn, Warsaw and Glasgow. Sales agent Be for Films has also sold the film to a number of territories, including the UK, where it is due to open next month.

Produced by Peter Bouckaert for EyeworksThe Treatment received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz and was also backed by the Screen Flanders Economic Fund, under the aegis of Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Cultural Affairs Minister Gatz.

06/07/2015 Brosens & Woodworth’s Kebab Royal wraps

Kebab Royal, a dramatic comedy by Venice Lion-winners Jessica Woodworth and Peter Brosens, had its last day of shooting on July 4. Shot in Brussels, Istanbul and Bulgaria, this Belgian-Dutch-Bulgarian coproduction is a comic road movie about the last King of the Belgians lost in the Balkans.

King Nicolas II, played in the film by Peter Van den Begin (The Fifth SeasonWaste Land), is on a symbolic mission to Istanbul with his entourage. They are joined by a British filmmaker, Duncan Lloyd, who has been commissioned by the palace to shoot a documentary intended to improve the image of the King. Back home, however, Wallonia (the southern half of Belgium) declares its independence. The Kingdom has collapsed and the King must return home at once to fulfil his only true royal duty: to keep the bickering Belgians united. But the fates decide otherwise. A solar storm causes air travel and communications to shut down. Thus begins the King's odyssey across the Balkans which includes marvellous encounters, mayhem and moments of grace.

Directed by Jessica Woodworth and Peter Brosens, this is the fourth film on the directing duo’s slate. In 2006, their first film Khadak won the Luigi de Laurentiis Award at the Venice Days, while follow-up Altiplano (2009) was invited to the Critics’ Week in Cannes. The third instalment in their trilogy, The Fifth Season, premiered in competition at the Venice Film Festival in 2012.

Kebab Royal is produced by Bo Films, in co-production with Entre Chien et Loup (Belgium), Art Fest (Bulgaria) and Topkapi Films (the Netherlands). The film received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz and was also backed by the Screen Flanders Economic Fund, under the aegis of Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Cultural Affairs Minister Gatz.

24/06/2015 Screen Flanders-supported A Quiet Passion completes Flanders shoot

Principal photography has wrapped on the Flanders shoot of Terence Davies's A Quiet Passion. The Emily Dickinson biopic starring Cynthia Nixon (Sex and the City), Jennifer Ehle (Fifty Shades of Grey) and Keith Carradine (Fargo) was in production for a total of 26 days in the Flanders region, using local talent both in front of and behind the camera. The film is produced by Roy Boulter and Sol Papadopoulos of UK-based Hurricane Films. Peter De Maegd of Potemkino co-produced for Flanders with the support of the Screen Flanders economic fund and the Belgian federal tax shelter.

A Quiet Passion tells the story of American poet Emily Dickinson from her early days as a schoolgirl to her later years as a reclusive, unrecognised artist. Terence Davies (The House of Mirth, Of Time and the CitySunset Song) also wrote the script of his eighth feature as a director.

 

Cynthia Nixon, known for her role in the HBO television series and features Sex and the City, plays the role of Dickinson alongside Jennifer Ehle (Vinnie Dickinson) and Keith Carradine (Edward Dickinson). They are joined by Flemish acting talent including soprano and actress Noémie Schellens, Sara Louise Vertongen (The Divine Monster), Maurice Cassiers (De Ridder) and Simone Milsdochter (Deadline 25/5).

Mainly shot in Flanders, the production used local crew members in key positions including production designer Merijn Sep, art director Toon Mariën, key grip Bo Molderez, gaffer Dieter Van der Eecken and sound mixer Johan Maertens. Flanders-based audiovisual companies LITES, SPOTS Unlimited, Bulletproof Cupid and Cine-qua-non provided the technical equipment for the shoot.

A Quiet Passion shot for 26 days in the Flanders region, both in the AED Studios and on location in Antwerp and Ghent. The second part of the shoot will take place in Massachusetts.

The film received support from the federal tax shelter system and the Screen Flanders economic fund, under the aegis of Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Minister Gatz. 

still: © A Quiet Passion 2015

19/06/2015 The Missing a double winner in Monte Carlo

Screen Flanders-supported drama series The Missing grabbed the Golden Nymph Award for Best Miniseries and Best Actress in a Miniseries (Frances O’ Connor) at this year's 55th Monte Carlo Television Festival (13-18 June). The BBC series is co-produced for Flanders by Czar TV with the support of the Screen Flanders economic fund and the Belgian federal tax shelter.

When five-year-old Oliver disappears on a family holiday in France, it sets off a manhunt that will last for years. The Missing explores the mind of a father, Tony, who is desperate to find his lost son. Exploring the emotional cost of a child's abduction, this gripping relationship thriller is told simultaneously over two time frames in two countries.

Written by Harry and Jack Williams and directed by Tom Shankland, The Missing boasts an international cast including James Nesbitt (Tony), Frances O'Connor (Emily), Tchéky Karyo (Julien Baptiste), Jason Flemyng, Saïd Taghmaoui and Belgian talent such as Titus De Voogdt, Emilie Dequenne, Johan Leysen, Hilde Heijnen and Lotte Heijtenis.

Shot mainly in Belgium, the series also employed local crew members in key positions as well as local production and post-production facilities. For the title track of the series, the production used Belgian rock band Amatorski.

The Golden Nymph Awards, which are held during the Monte Carlo Television Festival, are among the most prestigious prizes in international television, rewarding the world's best TV programs and actors. The competition is separated into four categories: TV Series (Drama and Comedy), Television Film, Miniseries and News. Earlier on this year The Missing also received three BAFTA nominations and was also nominated for the Golden Globes in the categories Best Miniseries or TV Movie and Best Actress (Frances O'Connor).

The Missing is produced for the BBC by New Pictures and Company Pictures in association with Two Brothers Pictures and Playground. Belgian co-producers are Eurydice Gysel and Koen Mortier for Czar TV; public broadcasters VRT and RTBF; and BNP Paribas Fortis Film Finance, which handled the financing through the Belgian federal Tax Shelter.

The Missing is supported by the Screen Flanders economic fund, under the aegis of Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz. International sales are handled by All3Media International.

18/06/2015 Screen Flanders invests €2 million in eight new productions

Screen Flanders is to invest a total of €2 million ($2.18 million) in eight projects, it has been announced by Flanders Economic Affairs minister Philippe Muyters. Projects that will receive support from the economic fund include work from directors such as Terence Davies (A Quiet Passion), Julien Temple (You Really Got Me) and Cristiano Bortone (Coffee). Together, the projects account for well over €8.8 million ($9.63 million) in audiovisual expenditure in the Flanders region.

Through the Screen Flanders economic fund, the Flanders government provides financial support to audiovisual productions that spend part or all of their budgets within the Flanders region. Belgian producers can apply for up to €400,000 ($438,000). Foreign producers can access the fund by co-producing with a Belgian producer who meets the selection criteria.
 
The main condition of the fund is that the (co-)production must invest a minimum of €250,000 ($273,000) in the Flanders region, and that every euro awarded to a producer must generate at least one euro of audiovisual expenditure in the region.
 
Screen Flanders's first call of 2015 ended on 6 March and saw a total of €2 million ($2.18 million) shared between eight productions. Amounts per project varied between €125,000 ($137,000) and €400,000 ($438,000). Together, the eight titles will represent well over €8.8 million ($9.63 million) of audiovisual expenditure in the Flanders region.
 
International co-productions with Flanders awarded support in the first call of 2015 include the Italian-Chinese-Belgian co-production Coffee directed by Cristiano Bortone; Emily Dickinson biopic A Quiet Passion directed by Terence Davies and starring Cynthia Nixon; and the Kinks biopic You Really Got Me directed by Julien Temple. The German-Belgian co-production Robbi, Tobbi und das Fliewatüüt, based on the popular German children’s book by Boy Lornsen, also received support from the fund.
 
In the animation sector the feature Marnie’s World, a modern adaptation of the famous folktale of the Town Musicians of Bremen, and the stop-motion series George & Paul both received support.
 
Also selected were two local productions: Emmy award-winning director Tim Van Aelst’s first feature Safety First – The Movie; and Dode Hoek, directed by Nabil Ben Yadir.
 
The last call of 2015 with €1.5 million ($1.64 million) available in support will close on 11 September. Applications are assessed by a jury consisting of economic and cultural experts.
 
Coffee
Director: Cristiano Bortone
Main producer: Orisa Produzioni (IT)
Belgian co-producer: Savage Film
IT – BE – CN; fiction
 
Dode Hoek
Director: Nabil Ben Yadir
Main producer: Wrong Men North SPRL, Antilope Joyeuse SPRL (BE)
Flemish co-producer: Eyeworks
BE; fiction
 
George & Paul  
Director: Joost van den Bosch, Erik Verkerk
Main producer: Pedri Animation BV (NL)
Belgian co-producer: Beast Productions
NL – BE; animated series
 
Marnie's World 
Director: Christoph and Wolfgang Lauenstein
Main producer: Scopas Medien AG (DE)
Belgian co-producer: Grid Animation
DE – BE; animation
 
A Quiet Passion                                    
Director: Terence Davies
Main producer: Hurricane Films (UK)
Belgian co-producer: Potemkino
UK – BE; fiction
 
Robbi, Tobbi und das Fliewatüüt          
Director: Wolfgang Groos
Main producer: Wüste Film (DE)
Belgian co-producer: Walking The Dog
DE – BE; animation
 
Safety First – The Movie            
Director: Tim Van Aelst
Belgian producer: Carambole (BE)
BE; fiction
 
You Really Got Me
Director: Julien Temple
Main producer: Recorded Picture Company (UK)
Belgian co-producer: Zilvermeer Productions
UK – BE; fiction
 
Since its launch in 2012, Screen Flanders has provided support for a large variety of international co-productions, including Europacorp’s latest animated feature Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart; BBC drama series The White Queen and The Missing; DR TV series The Team; and the latest feature films from directors Peter Greenaway (Eisenstein in Guanajuato), Wolfgang Becker (Me & Kaminski), Jaco Van Dormael (The Brand New Testament) and Felix van Groeningen (Belgica).

21/04/2015 New Jaco Van Dormael feature invited to Directors’ Fortnight

The Brand New Testament, the new feature film by Jaco Van Dormael, has been invited to the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes (14-24 May). A co-production between Belgium, France and Luxembourg, the film boasts on-camera talent from Flanders including Laura Verlinden, Johan Leysen, Viviane De Muynck and Johan Heldenbergh, plus An Pierlé in the music department.

Van Dormael’s surreal comedy The Brand New Testament stars Belgian actor Benoît Poelvoorde as God. Living in Brussels, he is a despicable coward with pathetic morals who is mean to his wife (Yolande Moreau) and his daughter, played by young Pili Groyne (Two Days, One Night, Alleluia). Frustrated by her father’s unacceptable behaviour, the girl takes revenge by posting the dates of death of the entire world population on the Internet.

Catherine Deneuve, François Damiens, Romain Gellin and Marco Lorenzinni also appear, joined by Flemish acting talent including Laura Verlinden (Image, Ben X), Johan Leysen (The American, The Missing, The Verdict), Viviane De Muynck (Flying Home) and The Broken Circle Breakdown’s Johan Heldenbergh. An Pierlé composed the film’s original score.

In 1991, Van Dormael’s international career was launched in Cannes when his debut feature Toto The Hero won the Caméra d’Or. In 1996, The Eighth Day (Le huitième jour) picked up the award for Best Actor, shared between Daniel Auteuil and Pascal Duquenne. The Brand New Testament is Van Dormael’s fourth feature.

Belgian co-producers of The Brand New Testament are Terra Incognita Films, Climax Films and Frank Van Passel of Caviar (Black, Paradise Trips). Following its world première in Cannes, the film is scheduled for a theatrical run in the Benelux in the autumn through Belga Films. Le Pacte handles international sales.

The Brand New Testament received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz and was also backed by the Screen Flanders economic fund, under the aegis of Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Cultural Affairs Minister Gatz.

08/04/2015 Screen Flanders-supported series The Missing nominated for three BAFTA TV Awards

The Screen Flanders-supported drama series The Missing has been nominated for three BAFTA Television Awards. The eight-parter, co-produced with and mainly shot in Belgium, is nominated in the categories Best Leading Actor (James Nesbitt), Best Supporting Actor (Ken Stott) and Best Drama Series. The series is also nominated for the Radio Times Audience Award. Czar TV co-produced the series for Flanders with the support of the Screen Flanders economic fund and the Belgian federal tax shelter.

When five-year-old Oliver disappears on a family holiday in France, it sets off a manhunt that will last for years. The Missing explores the mind of a father, Tony, who is desperate to find his lost son. Exploring the emotional cost of a child's abduction, this gripping relationship thriller is told simultaneously over two time frames in two countries.

Written by Harry and Jack Williams and directed by Tom Shankland, The Missing boasts an international cast including James Nesbitt (Tony), Frances O'Connor (Emily), Tchéky Karyo (Julien Baptiste), Jason Flemyng, Saïd Taghmaoui and Belgian talent such as Titus De Voogdt, Emilie Dequenne, Johan Leysen, Hilde Heijnen and Lotte Heijtenis.

Shot mainly in Belgium, the series also employed local crew members in key positions as well as local production and post-production facilities. For the title track of the series, the production used Belgian rock band Amatorski.

The BAFTA Television Awards are awarded by the members of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and celebrate the very best in television broadcast on British screens in 2014. This year’s ceremony will be held at the Theatre Royal in London on Sunday 10 May. Last year, The Missing also received two Golden Globe nominations in the categories Best Miniseries or TV Movie and Best Actress (Frances O'Connor)

The Missing is produced for the BBC by New Pictures and Company Pictures in association with Two Brothers Pictures and Playground. Belgian co-producers are Eurydice Gysel and Koen Mortier for Czar TV; public broadcasters VRT and RTBF; and BNP Paribas Fortis Film Finance, which handled the financing through the Belgian federal Tax Shelter.

The Missing is supported by the Screen Flanders economic fund, under the aegis of Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz. International sales are handled by All3Media International.

08/04/2015 Admiral: Michiel de Ruyter selected for the Beijing International Film Festival

Roel Reiné’s (The Man with the Iron Fists 2Seal Team Eight: Behind Enemy Lines) historical drama Admiral: Michiel de Ruyter is to receive a gala presentation at this year’s fifth edition of the Beijing International Film Festival (17-20 April). Co-produced for Flanders by Ciné Cri de Coeur, the film was supported by the Screen Flanders Economic Fund.

Set in the mid-17th Century, Admiral: Michiel de Ruyter tells the story of the legendary Dutch admiral and takes us back to the time when the Netherlands was one of the world’s largest maritime nations. Politically, the Orangists and the republicans are locked in a battle for power. While republican Johan de Witt is the most powerful man in the the country, his opponents try to appoint the inexperienced but very ambitious young prince William III to the key position of ‘stadtholder’. The republicans are dedicated to winning the war against the English. When De Ruyter succeeds in defeating the English fleet he becomes incredibly popular, but conspiracies lead to a conflict with the supporters of the prince. The House of Orange sharpens its knives and De Ruyter is sucked into a political battle.

Admiral: Michiel de Ruyter is a Farmhouse Film production, co-produced for Flanders by Jacqueline De Goeij of Ciné Cri de Coeur. Alex van Galen and Lars Boom developed the script, with Roel Reiné as director and DOP. The film stars Frank Lammers (Michiel de Ruyter), Sanne Langelaar (Anna de Ruyter), Barry Atsma (Johan de Witt) and Egbert-Jan Weeber (Willem III), alongside Flemish actors Gene Bervoets (Paradise Trips, Schneider vs. Bax, Image), Filip Peeters (The Bunker, The Team, Loft) and Axel Daeseleire (Missing Persons Unit, Crimi Clowns).

Flemish talent was also employed in key positions in the camera, light and sound departments as well as costume and make-up. Ghent-based post-production company GRID VFX created the impressive visual effects for the film.

The film - which has already registered over 600,000 admissions on its home turf - has recently been sold to the UK, Germany, Japan, Vietnam and Kuwait. International sales are being handled by Arclight Films.

Admiral: Michiel de Ruyter received support from the Screen Flanders economic fund, under the aegis of Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz.

16/03/2015 Life according to Nino voted best youth film in Malmö

Simone van Dusseldorp's Dutch/Belgian co-production Life according to Nino has won the prize for best youth film at the International Children and Young People's Film Festival (9-14 March) in Malmö, Sweden. Earlier this year the film picked up the prize for best children’s film at the Cinekid Festival in Amsterdam.

When his mother dies, eight-year-old Nino no longer goes to school, stops bathing and eats crisps for breakfast. Nino isn’t the only one acting strangely in the family: his brother Lucas starts to raise hell in the city and even his father Bruno is no longer his usual self. At first this seems great fun, but Nino soon starts missing the affection of his father and brother. When Nino discovers he can talk to animals, he sets things to right with his rabbit Bobby.

Life according to Nino is directed by Simone van Dusseldorp and stars Koen De Graeve as Nino’s father, Rifka Lodeizen as his mother and Rohan Timmermans as the stubborn but courageous Nino. Dutch production companies Family Affair Films and Waterland Film produced the film with Brussels-based Savage Film (Labyrinthus, Bullhead) as their Belgian co-production partner.

Partly shot in Antwerp, the film also utilised Flemish talent, crew members and service companies. Catherine Van Bree was costume designer; Ludo Volders and Manu Meuleman were location scouts; and companies including STORM Post Production Antwerp, Cinénumerique (audio post-production studio), Lites (camera & lighting equipment) and Cine Qua Non (grip equipment) also supplied their services.

Life according to Nino received support from the Screen Flanders economic fund, the Belgian Tax Shelter and the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz.

06/03/2015 Screen Flanders to invest €1.43 million in seven productions

Screen Flanders is to distribute a total of €1.43 ($1.59) million among seven projects, it was announced by Flanders Economic Affairs minister Philippe Muyters. Projects that are to receive support from the economic fund include work from directors such as Jan Matthys (In Flanders Fields), Peter Brosens & Jessica Woodworth (The Fifth Season) and Nic Balthazar (Ben X). Together, the projects account for well over €6.9 million ($7.7 million) in audiovisual expenditure in the Flanders region.
 
Through the Screen Flanders economic fund, the Flanders government provides financial support to audiovisual productions that spend part or all of their budgets within the Flanders Region. Belgian producers can apply for up to €400,000 (appr. $445,000). Foreign producers can tap into the fund by co-producing with a Belgian producer who meets the selection criteria.
 
The main condition of the fund is that the (co-)production must invest a minimum of €250,000 (appr. $278,000) in the Flanders Region, and every euro awarded to a producer must generate at least 1 euro of audiovisual expenditure in the region.
 
Screen Flanders' last call of 2014 ended mid-December and saw a total of €1,430,000 ($1.59 million) shared between seven productions. Amounts per project vary between €50,000 (appr. $55,600) and €400,000 (appr. $445,000). Together the seven titles represent well over €6.9 million ($7.7 million) of audiovisual expenditure in the Flanders region.
 
Two calls have already been confirmed for 2015, with a total budget of €3.5 million ($3.89 million). The application deadline of the first call is set today. Applications are assessed by a jury consisting of economic and cultural experts.
 
The seven projects that receive Screen Flanders support are:
 
Als de dijken breken
Director: Jan Matthys
Main producer: Joco Media (NL)
Belgian co-producer: Menuet
NL – BE; fiction
 
FC De Kampioenen 2 – Jubilee Generale
Director: Jan Verheyen
Belgian producer: Skyline Entertainment
BE; fiction
 
J. Kessels
Director: Erik de Bruyn
Main producer: CTM Pictures (NL)
Belgian co-producer: Czar TV
NL – BE; fiction
 
Kebab Royal
Directors: Jessica Woodworth & Peter Brosens
Main Belgian producer: Bo Films
BE – BG; fiction
 
My First Highway
Director: Kevin Meul
Main Belgian producer: Fobic Films
BE – NL; fiction
 
Say Something Funny
Director: Nic Bathazar
Main Belgian producer: Eyeworks
BE- NL; fiction
 
Trollie
Director: Gert Embrechts
Main producer: Johan Nijenhuis & Co BV (NL)
Belgian co-producer: Zilvermeer Productions
NL - BE; fiction
 
Since its launch in 2012 Screen Flanders has granted support to a large variety of international co-productions, including Europacorp’s latest animated feature Jack and Cuckoo-Clock Heart, BBC’s drama series The White Queen and The Missing, DR TV series The Team and the latest feature films of directors Peter Greenaway (Eisenstein in Guanajuato), Wolfgang Becker (Me & Kaminski), Jaco Van Dormael (Le tout nouveau testament) and Felix van Groeningen (Belgica).

19/02/2015 Belgian Rhapsody nabs foreign sales

Belgian Rhapsody, the new feature film by Vincent Bal, has been sold to France, Japan, South Korea and Turkey. The film screened at the European Film Market (EFM) during the Berlin Film Festival. Negotiations with distributors for other countries are ongoing.

Belgian Rhapsody had its market premiere in Berlin, where it attracted considerable attention. Distributor Paradis Films (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Soeur Sourire) acquired the rights to release the film in France, while Fine Films (Under the Skin, Dallas Buyers Club) acquired Japanese distribution rights. Seed will distribute the film in South Korea and Mor Film will handle its Turkish release.

Pamela Leu of Brussels-based Be For Films represents the film internationally and is still in talks with other interested territories.

Belgian Rhapsody, an Eyeworks production, is a musical comedy about the competition between a brass band from Flanders and one from Wallonia, both contenders for national pre-selection for the final of a major European contest. Screenwriters are Vincent Bal and Pierre De Clercq (Labyrinthus, Halfway, Come As You Are).

Belgian Rhapsody received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz and was also backed by the Screen Flanders economic fund, an initiative under the aegis of Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Cultural Affairs Minister Gatz.

16/02/2015 Filip Peeters assembles Flemish all-star cast for directorial debut

Flemish actor Filip Peeters starts shooting his directorial debut Wat mannen willen (What Men Want) on February 16, bringing together a team of established Flemish actors including Tom Audenaert (Come As You Are), Gene Bervoets (Borgman) and Evelien Bosmans (Marina).

Wat mannen willen is about six men who have one thing in common: they’re all looking for the perfect love - a quest that is far from easy these days, since men (and women too) don’t seem to know what women want any more.

For his debut behind the camera, Filip Peeters (Loft, Hell in Tangier, Salamander) chose to direct a remake of Männerherzen, a German feature of which a Dutch remake - Mannenharten – has also been made. Tom Audenaert, Gene Bervoets, Evelien Bosmans, Jonas Van Geel (Amateurs), Adriaan Van den Hoof (Aspe), Louis Talpe (De Ridder), Ruth Becquart (Clan, Deadline 25/5) and Nathalie Meskens (Code 37) will play the main roles.

Willem Wallyn wrote the screenplay of Wat mannen willen, and the director of photography is Danny Elsen, who was also responsible for the cinematography of Belgian Rhapsody, Time of My Life and Loft among others. Producer is Yoshi Asaert of Marmalade Films, in co-production with Lion Film Productions from the Netherlands. The Belgian release is scheduled for autumn 2015.

Wat mannen willen received support from the Screen Flanders economic fund, an initiative under the aegis of Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz.

Still: Filip Peeters from the series Salamander

19/01/2015 Herbots’s The Treatment sold to the US

Hans Herbots’s psychological thriller The Treatment has been sold to the US, where Artsploitation Films will be releasing the film. Earlier this month, Herbots’s film was well received at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, where it had its North American premiere.

The Treatment screened as part of the World Cinema Now section in Palm Springs, creating such a buzz that an extra venue had to be added for the second scheduled screening of the film. Following its successful festival launch, Artsploitation Films acquired North American rights. A distributor specialising in genre films, Artsploitation plans on releasing the film later this year.

Hans Herbots’s psychological thriller has already been sold to France, Germany, the UK and Ireland, and Latin America. Another deal has recently been done with HBO to release it in Eastern Europe. International sales are handled by Pamela Leu’s recently founded sales agency Be for Films.

Since its international premiere at the World Film Festival in Montreal, The Treatment has been invited to Austin’s renowned Fantastic Film Festival, Black Nights in Tallinn and the BlackBear Film Fest in Warsaw. Next month, the film is to be shown at the Glasgow Film Festival.

Carl Joos wrote the screenplay of The Treatment, based on Mo Hayder’s bestselling novel. Actor Geert Van Rampelberg takes the lead as Nick Cafmeyer, a police inspector who is still haunted by the unsolved disappearance of his younger brother. When a disturbing disappearance comes to light bearing a remarkable resemblance to his brother’s case, Nick takes the lead in a relentless manhunt.

Director of photography was Frank Van den Eeden, with editing by Philippe Ravoet. Peter Bouckaert of Eyeworks produced. The Treatment received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz and was also backed by the Screen Flanders Economic Fund, under the aegis of Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Minister Gatz.

12/01/2015 Screen Flanders supported The Team and The Missing selected for FIPA

The top European crime series The Team, has been selected for Official Competition at this year’s FIPA, the Festival International de Programmes Audiovisuels held in Biarritz, France, from 20-25 January. The BBC series The Missing, also co-produced with Flanders, is to receive a special screening at the festival. Both series received support from the Screen Flanders Economic Fund.

Co-produced for Flanders by Lunanime, The Team unites three experts from Belgium, Denmark and Germany who form a Joint Investigation Team to solve a triple murder. Killing star Lars Mikkelsen, The Broken Circle Breakdown’s Veerle Baetens and German actress Jasmin Gerat take the main roles. The series was partly shot in Belgium with a mainly Belgian crew.

In addition to The Team, FIPA is also presenting The Missing in its Special Screenings session. Having premiered on BBC One at the end of October 2014, this prestigious drama series follows Emily and Tony Hughes whose five-year-old son Oliver goes missing while on holiday in France. The dramatic event sets off a manhunt that will last for years to come. Brussels-based production outfit Czar TV (The White Queen) co-produced the series for Flanders.

Also showing at FIPA are the TV series Marsman, directed by Mathias Sercu and Eshref Reybrouck, Lieven Corthouts’s cross-media documentary project Emergency Exit, which has been selected for Smart FIP@, and Before The Last Curtain Falls – a co-production with Flanders – screening out of competition in Biarritz.

The Missing and The Team received support from the Screen Flanders Economic Fund, under the aegis of Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Minister Gatz. The Team was also backed by the VAF/Mediafund of Flemish Cultural Affairs & Media Minister Sven Gatz.

Still The Team © Sofie Silbermann

22/12/2014 Screen Flanders to invest a total of €1.57 million in eight productions

Philippe Muyters, the Economic Affairs Minister of the Flanders government has announced the latest list of projects to receive support through the Screen Flanders Economic Fund. A total of € 1,570,000 ($1.93 million) is to be distributed in the Fund's second round of 2014. Eight projects receive support, including work from such established directors as Stijn Coninx, Alex van Warmerdam and Arthur Harari, as well as the animation series Ziggy and the Zootram. Between them, they account for well over € 7.5 million ($9.2 million) of audiovisual expenditure in the Flanders region.

Through Screen Flanders, the Flanders government provides financial support to audiovisual productions that spend part or all of their budgets within the Flanders Region. Belgian producers can apply for up to € 400,000 (just under $ 500,000). Foreign producers can tap into the fund by co-producing with a Belgian producer who meets the selection criteria.

The main condition of the fund is that the (co-)production must invest a minimum of € 250,000 (about $307,000) in the Flanders Region, and every euro awarded to a producer must generate at least 1 euro of audiovisual expenditure in the region.

Screen Flanders' second call of 2014 ended mid-September and saw a total of € 1,570,000 ($1.93 million) shared between eight productions. Amounts per project vary between € 95,000 ($116,650) and € 360,000 ($442,000). Together the eight titles represent well over € 7.5 million ($9.3 million) of audiovisual expenditure in the Flanders region.

Applications are assessed by a jury consisting of economic and cultural experts.

The eight projects that receive Screen Flanders support can be consulted in the overview supported projects.

Since its launch in 2012 Screen Flanders has granted support to a large variety of international co-productions, including Europacorps’ latest animated feature Jack and Cuckoo-Clock Heart, BBC’s drama series The White Queen and The Missing, DR TV series The Team and the latest feature films of directors Peter Greenaway (Eisenstein in Guanajuato) and Wolfgang Becker (Me & Kaminski).

16/12/2014 Between 10 and 12 selected for IFFR Limelight

Between 10 and 12, the debut feature by director Peter Hoogendoorn, has been selected for the International Film Festival Rotterdam (21 January – 1 February). The film will receive its Dutch premiere in the new Limelight section of the festival, which highlights striking work by talented newcomers. Minds Meet and Mollywood co-produced the feature for Flanders with the support of the Screen Flanders Economic Fund.

Between 10 and 12 shows how a devastating piece of news delivered by two officers in a police car changes the lives of a family forever. As the journey progresses, the vehicle becomes more and more crowded with family members, picked up from home, work, the hairdressers… As they sit in the back seat, alone with their memories, what they thought they knew about life and relationships is violently altered. And while the focus of their despair is all too clear, around them everyday things begin to lose meaning as the world becomes increasingly absurd.

Writer-director Peter Hoogendoorn developed the script at the Binger Filmlab in Amsterdam and presented the project at Rotterdam's CineMart co-production platform in 2010. Earlier this year, the film received its international premiere in the Official Competition of the Venice Days.

Between 10 and 12 is produced by Keren Cogan Films and Phanta Film from the Netherlands, in co-production with Dutch broadcaster AVRO‐TROS and Unlimited from France. Belgian co-producers of this real-time road movie are Guy and Wilfried Van Baelen of Mollywood and Tomas Leyers of Brussels-based Minds Meet (Lucifer, I’m the same I’m an other, Violet).

Between 10 and 12 is supported by the Screen Flanders economic fund, under the aegis of Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz.

15/12/2014 Screen Flanders-supported Eisenstein in Guanajuato selected for the Berlinale

The Screen Flanders-supported feature Eisenstein in Guanajuato has been selected for the 65th Berlin International Film Festival (5–15 February). The new film by Peter Greenaway about legendary filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein will have its international premiere in Official Competition. An international co-production, the film is co-produced for Flanders by Potemkino (Cub) and received support from the Screen Flanders Economic Fund.

Eisenstein in Guanajuato is about one of the world's greatest filmmakers, with Finnish actor Elmer Bäck (The Spiral) playing the title role of Sergei Eisenstein, and tells of how the Soviet director, curious about Guanajuato’s Museum of the Dead, spent 10 days in that Mexican city in 1931 whilst he was trying to make the film Que Viva Mexico. His sensual and emotional experiences with sex and death over those 10 days influenced his later films.

Director Peter Greenaway has been nominated for various prestigious film awards at film festivals such as Cannes, Venice and Berlin. His first feature film The Draughtsman’s Contract (1982) launched his international career, while he confirmed his reputation with films like The Cook, the Thief, his Wife and her Lover (1989) and The Pillow Book (1996). He has made more than 65 films, with his most recent works including Nightwatching (2007), Rembrandt’s j’Accuse (2008) and Goltzius and the Pelican Company (2012).

Eisenstein in Guanajuato is an international co-production, led by Dutch production companies Submarine and Fu Works and Paloma Negra Films from Mexico. The film was co-produced by Edith Film (Finland) and the Belgium-based Potemkino and Mollywood, in association with broadcasting organizations VPRO (The Netherlands), ZDF/Arte (Germany/France) and YLE (Finland).

Eisenstein in Guanajuato is supported by the Screen Flanders economic fund, under the aegis of Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz.

15/12/2014 Two Golden Globe Nominations for Screen Flanders-supported series The Missing

The Screen Flanders-supported drama series The Missing has been nominated for two Golden Globes. The eight-parter, co-produced with and mainly shot in Belgium, is nominated in the categories Best Miniseries or TV Movie and Best Actress (Frances O'Connor). Czar TV co-produced the series for Flanders with the support of the Screen Flanders economic fund and the Belgian federal tax shelter.
 
When five-year-old Oliver disappears on a family holiday in France, it sets off a manhunt that will last for years. The Missing explores the mind of a father, Tony, who is desperate to find his lost son. Exploring the emotional cost of a child's abduction, this gripping relationship thriller is told simultaneously over two time frames in two countries.

Written by Harry and Jack Williams and directed by Tom Shankland, The Missing boasts an international cast including James Nesbitt (Tony), Frances O'Connor (Emily), Tchéky Karyo (Julien Baptiste), Jason Flemyng, Saïd Taghmaoui and Belgian talent such as Titus De Voogdt, Emilie Dequenne, Johan Leysen, Hilde Heijnen and Lotte Heijtenis.

Shot mainly in Belgium, the series also employed local crew members in key positions as well as local production and post-production facilities. For the title track of the series, the production used Belgian rock band Amatorski.

The 72nd edition of the Golden Globes will be held on January 11 2015. Recognising excellence in film and television, both domestic and foreign, the Golden Globes are awarded by the members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA). Last year, the historical drama series The White Queen, also a Company Pictures/Czar TV co-production shot in Belgium, received three nominations in the categories Best Miniseries, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress.

The Missing is produced for the BBC by New Pictures and Company Pictures in association with Two Brothers Pictures and Playground. Belgian co-producers are Eurydice Gysel and Koen Mortier for Czar TV; public broadcasters VRT and RTBF; and BNP Paribas Fortis Film Finance, which handled the financing through the Belgian federal Tax Shelter.

The Missing is supported by the Screen Flanders economic fund, under the aegis of Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz. The final episode screened on BBC One this week. International sales are handled by All3Media International.

Still © New Pictures, Company Pictures with All3Media International

04/12/2014 Felix van Groeningen’s Belgica starts shooting

Earlier this week, Flemish director Felix van Groeningen began filming Belgica, a story about two brothers who get swept away by their own success. Last year, van Groeningen’s bluegrass drama The Broken Circle Breakdown was nominated for a Foreign Language Oscar.

Belgica tells the story of Jo and Frank, two brothers who have their differences over the years but, when their paths cross once more, decide to start a bar called Belgica. The place becomes a hotspot in Belgium’s nightlife scene in no time, but both brothers threaten to get swept away by their success.

Stef Aerts (Cub, Oxygen) and Tom Vermeir, better known as the lead singer/guitarist of Belgian rock band A Brand, play the brothers. Other characters are played by Charlotte Vandermeersch (Deadline 25/5, Turquaze, With Friends Like These), Titus De Voogdt (The Missing, Cub, Ben X), Hélène De Vos, Boris Van Severen, Sam Louwyck (The Wonders, Bullhead, Lost Persons Area) and Johan Heldenbergh (The Broken Circle Breakdown).

As in van Groeningen’s previous film, the Oscar-nominated drama The Broken Circle Breakdown, music will be a key element. For the Belgica soundtrack, van Groeningen approached David and Stephen Dewaele of Soulwax, also known as 2manydj’s, an alternative Belgian electronic band.

Van Groeningen and Arne Sierens joined forces to write the script, having also scripted With Friends Like These together. The director also teams up, as he did on his previous films, with DOP Ruben Impens and editor Nico Leunen. Dirk Impens of Ghent-based production outfit Menuet (Café Derby, In Flanders Fields, Turquaze) is producer, marking his fifth collaboration with van Groeningen after The Broken Circle Breakdown, The Misfortunates, With Friends Like These and Steve+Sky.

Filming continues until mid-February. The film will be theatrically released in Belgium in October 2015. Belgica received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz and Screen Flanders, the economic support measure for audiovisual works of Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz.

30/10/2014 Labyrinthus amazes Brazil

Douglas Boswell’s feature film debut Labyrinthus has won the Youth Award for Best International Film at the São Paulo International Film Festival in Brazil (16-29 October), with Brazilian media giant Globo picking up the rights for the film.

The International Film Festival of São Paulo screened Labyrinthus as part of its Youth Festival, a five-day event showcasing films for a younger audience. Boswell’s debut took the Festival’s top prize as Best International Film.

Scripted by Pierre De Clercq, Labyrinthus focuses on 14-year-old Frikke. The boy knows his way around computer games but this one has a shocking surprise: its protagonists are real kids and real animals whose lives are mysteriously uploaded into the game’s labyrinth. To play or not to play is the question, especially when the fate of loved ones is at stake in this cyberworld.

For the main roles, young actors including Spencer Bogaert, Felix Maesschalk (Time of My Life) and Nell Cattrysse (The Broken Circle Breakdown) were cast. Other names include Tine Embrechts (Quiz Me Quick), Pepijn Caudron (Cut Loose), Herwig Ilegems (Germaine) and Ivan Pecnik (Nymphomaniac).

Bart Van Langendonck of Savage Film (Bullhead, Alleluia) produced the film, with Jan Hameeuw doing the editing and Reinier Van Brummelen responsible for photography. The film’s score was composed by Pieter Van Dessel.

After its international launch at the Toronto International Film Festival, Labyrinthus has made various other festival stops. International sales agent Attraction Distribution has already sold the film to Japan, Italy, Germany and Estonia. With Globo entering the picture, Brazil can now be added to that list.

Labyrinthus received support from the Screen Flanders economic fund and the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund.

27/10/2014 Screen Flanders-supported series The Missing premieres on BBC One

The new drama series The Missing, written by Harry and Jack Williams and directed by Tom Shankland, starts this week (Tuesday 28 October) on BBC One. The eight-part series was mainly shot in Belgium and stars James Nesbitt and Frances O’Connor alongside local talent like Titus De Voogdt, Emilie Dequenne, Johan Leysen and Hilde Heijnen. Czar TV co-produced the series for Flanders with the support of the Screen Flanders economic fund and the Belgian federal tax shelter.

When five-year-old Oliver disappears on a family holiday in France, it sets off a manhunt that will last for years. The Missing explores the mind of a father, Tony, who is desperate to find his lost son. The Missing is a thrilling and heart-breaking drama of a life consumed by hope, love, truth and obsession. Exploring the emotional cost of a child's abduction, this gripping relationship thriller is told simultaneously over two time frames in two countries.

Written by Harry and Jack Williams and directed by Tom Shankland, The Missing boasts an international cast including James Nesbitt (Tony), Frances O'Connor (Emily), Tchéky Karyo (Julien Baptiste), Jason Flemyng, Saïd Taghmaoui and Belgian talent such as Titus De Voogdt, Emilie Dequenne, Johan Leysen, Hilde Heijnen and Lotte Heijtenis.

Mainly shot in Belgium, the series also employed local crew members in key positions including Koen Fransen (production manager), Ann Lauwerys (costume designer), Didier Lechien (location manager), Jean-Paul Van Calster (props master), Luc Cuveele (sound recordist), Patrick Hella and Brigitte De Witte (Belgian casting), Olivier Bisback (fight coordinator), Merijn Sep and Miriam Matthys (art direction), Jo Vermaercke (DOP 2nd unit), Wim Temmerman (gaffer) and Bo Molderez (key grip). For the title track of the series, the production used Belgian rock band Amatorski.

Part of the production and post-production facilities were supplied by Belgian companies such as Lites, who provided the light and camera equipment; and Eastwood & Brent, who constructed part of the sets. Other Belgian partners included L’affaire Culinaire (set catering), Cine Qua Non (grip equipment), Jules Logistics (location management equipment), Work@Dreams (lighting equipment), Caruur (rental cars) and Globus Reizen.

The series is produced for the BBC by New Pictures and Company Pictures in association with Two Brothers Pictures and Playground. Belgian co-producers are Eurydice Gysel and Koen Mortier for Czar TV; public broadcasters VRT and RTBF; and BNP Paribas Fortis Film Finance, which handled the financing through the Belgian federal Tax shelter.

The Missing is supported by the Screen Flanders economic fund, under the aegis of Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz.

The Missing will be aired every Tuesday on BBC One at 9pm (GMT) starting on October 28. International sales of the series are handled by All3Media International.

Still © New Pictures, Company Pictures with All3Media International

20/10/2014 Life According to Nino wins Best International Children’s Film at Cinekid

Simone van Dusseldorp's Dutch-Belgian co-production Life According to Nino has won Best International Children’s Film at this years’ Cinekid in Amsterdam. Starring Koen De Graeve, Rifka Lodeizen and introducing Rohan Timmermans, the film received support from both Screen Flanders and the VAF/Filmfund. Flemish co-producer is Brussels-based production company Savage Film (Labyrinthus, Bullhead).

Life According to Nino follows the everyday life of eight-year-old Nino. After his mother's death, Nino skips school, stops washing and eats crisps for breakfast. At first it seems great fun, but the boy comes to miss his dad’s and brother's attention and affection. When he discovers he can talk to animals, his pet rabbit Bobby proves invaluable.

Dutch production companies Family Affair Films and Waterland Film produced the film with Savage Film as their Belgian co-production partner. Partly shot in Antwerp, the film also utilised Flemish talent, crew members and companies. Koen De Graeve stars as Nino’s father, while Catherine Van Bree was costume designer; Ludo Volders and Manu Meuleman were location scouts; and companies such as STORM Post Production Antwerp, Cinénumerique (audio post-production studio), Lites (camera & lighting equipment) and Cine Qua Non (grip equipment) also supplied their services.

Life According to Nino received support from the Screen Flanders economic fund, the Belgian Tax Shelter and the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz.

08/10/2014 Mannheim-Heidelberg Fest honours Geoffrey Enthoven as Master of Cinema

Director Geoffrey Enthoven is to receive the Master of Cinema Award at this year’s Mannheim-Heidelberg Film Festival (6-16 November). To accompany the Award, the Festival will screen Enthoven’s two most recent features, Halfway and the award-winning Come As You Are (Hasta la vista). Former recipients of the Master of Cinema Award include such renowned filmmakers as Zhang Yimou, Wim Wenders and Atom Egoyan.

Geoffrey Enthoven and the Mannheim-Heidelberg Film Festival share a long history. In 2002, the director’s debut feature film, Les enfants de l’amour, was invited to the Festival and received a Special Jury Award. Enthoven returned in 2006 with The Only One (Vidange perdue), a story about a headstrong pensioner struggling with growing old, which won the festival’s Grand Prize. And a couple of years later, Enthoven’s The Over The Hill Band was invited to open the festival. The director’s portrayal of an elderly woman restarting her old girl group with the aid of her R&B-loving son quickly became a festival favourite with audiences and professionals alike.

This year, the Mannheim-Heidelberg event welcomes Enthoven back as Master of Cinema and has programmed his two most recent features for the occasion. Halfway is the story of Stephen, who is involved in a bitter divorce and moves into a luxury home he managed to buy at a rock-bottom price. But his peace and quiet is soon disturbed by a man claiming to be the legal owner. In the ensuing territorial battle, Stephen discovers the truth: the man did indeed own the house… but died two years ago.

Also on the bill is Come As You Are, Enthoven’s widely acclaimed festival hit about three disabled teens who embark on a journey to Spain hoping to get laid there. The film won prizes at festivals including Montreal, Valladolid, Alpe d’Huez, San José and Karlovy Vary. Come As You Are also won the People’s Choice prize at the European Film Awards in 2012.

With the Master of Cinema Award, the International Film Festival Mannheim-Heidelberg honours directors who have promoted the art of cinema both uncompromisingly and with artistic innovation. In the past, internationally renowned filmmakers such as Theo Angelopoulos, Otar Iosseliani, Zhang Yimou, Wim Wenders and Atom Egoyan have been presented with the Award.

All the above-mentioned films by Geoffrey Enthoven received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz.

24/09/2014 Screen Flanders supported animation series Dimitri wins in Ottawa

The Crocodile’s Tears (Les larmes du crocodile), an episode from the stop motion series Dimitri has been awarded the price for Best Animation Series for Children at the Ottawa International Animation Festival (17-21 September). The series directed by Fabien Drouet, Steven De Beul, Ben Tesseur and Agnes Lecreux is a French-Belgian-Swiss co-production supported by Screen Flanders and the VAF/Media Fund. Stop-motion animation studio Beast Animation co-produced the series for Flanders.

A stop-motion series for children aged three to six, Dimitri follows a little bird originating from northern Europe that ends up on the African plains of Ubuyu. Gradually, Dimitri overcomes his fears and discovers a world full of surprises. Being different is an asset that he will share with Mabeka the giraffe, Oko the zebra and Pili the meerkat.

Dimitri, which was successfully presented at Cartoon Forum in 2011, is a production of Vivement Lundi! (France), Nadasdy Film (Switzerland) and Beast Animation from Flanders. The stop-motion studio Beast Animation is currently also in the running for this year’s Cartoon d’Or with The Christmas Log, a co-production with France. Emma De Swaef and Marc James Roels’s Oh Willy…, another Beast Animation coproduction won this prestigious award in 2012.

Dimitri was granted support by the Screen Flanders economic fund, VAF/Media Fund and the Belgian Tax Shelter.

23/09/2014 Screen Flanders-supported Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart shortlisted for the European Film Awards

Mathias Malzieu and Stéphane Berla’s French-Belgian co-production Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart has been nominated for the European Film Awards in the category ‘Best European Animated Feature’. Brussels-based animation studio Walking The Dog co-produced the film for Flanders and played an important role in the animation, lighting and rendering of the film. The feature was one of the first to receive support from Screen Flanders last year.

A committee consisting of EFA Board Members announced the shortlist of animated features, which also includes Minuscule – Valley of the Lost Ants, directed by Thomas Szabo & Hélène Giraud (France/Belgium) and the Italian The Art of Happiness, directed by Alessandro Rak. The nominated films will be sent to the 3,000-plus EFA members who will choose the winner. The European Animated Feature Film 2014 will then be presented at the European Film Awards ceremony in Riga, Latvia, on Saturday 13 December.

Based on Mathias Malzieu’s bestselling short novel, the film tells the story of Jack, who is born on a day so cold that his heart remains frozen. In her house on top of a big hill, Madeleine the midwife replaces the defective organ with a cuckoo-clock. It will work, she warns him, as long as Jack doesn't touch the hands of the clock, doesn't lose his temper and, above all, doesn't fall in love. But Jack's encounter with a fiery-eyed little girl singing on a street corner and his decision to chase her across Europe to Andalusia tests the resistance of his makeshift heart to breaking point...

Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart is a co-production between Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp, Duran and France 3 Cinéma. Belgian co-producers are the Tax Shelter intermediary Umedia and independent animation and production studio Walking The Dog, founded in 2000 by Eric Goossens and Anton Roebben. Since then, the duo have boarded high-level international animation projects such as The Triplets of Belleville, Brendan and the Secret of Kells, A Monster in Paris and, more recently, Enzo d’Alò’s Pinocchio and Ari Folman’s The Congress. Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart received support from the Screen Flanders economic fund and the Belgian Tax Shelter system.

19/08/2014 Toronto Checks Out Douglas Boswell’s labyrinth

Labyrinthus, a family fantasy film directed by Douglas Boswell, has been confirmed for Toronto’s upcoming International Film Festival (4-14 September). Two Days, One Night by the Dardenne brothers, a co-production with Flanders, was also selected. With Flemish titles Waste Land and Cub already announced, talent from Flanders will be omnipresent in Toronto this year.

With less than a month to go, the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) has announced a new round of films to be discovered at the prestigious Canadian festival this September. Among them is Douglas Boswell’s family fantasy film Labyrinthus, which will be shown as part of the fest’s ‘entertaining and illuminating’ section, TIFF Kids.

The film marks Boswell’s feature debut after directing several local television series and a number of prize-winning shorts, including Romance.

Based on an original screenplay by Pierre De Clercq, Labyrinthus follows 14-year-old Frikke, who knows his way around computer games. But this one has a shocking surprise: its protagonists are real kids and real animals whose lives are mysteriously uploaded into the game’s labyrinth. To play or not to play is the question, especially when the fate of loved ones is at stake in the cyberworld…

Spencer Bogaert takes the lead, joined by other young actors including Emma Verlinden, Felix Maesschalk (Time of My Life) and Nell Cattrysse (The Broken Circle Breakdown, The Verdict). Pepijn Caudron (Cut Loose), Tine Embrechts (In Flanders Fields, Quiz Me Quick) and Ivan Pecnik (Nymphomaniac, Deadline 14/10) make up the rest of the cast. While the exterior shots were mainly filmed in the city of Ghent, a green-screen studio was used to construct the virtual world in which about a third of the film takes place.

Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne’s Two Days, One Night has been invited for Toronto’s Special Presentations. Starring Marion Cotillard, the film premiered in Cannes earlier this year and is produced by Les Film du Fleuve. Peter Bouckaert of Eyeworks Belgium (The Treatment, Marina) co-produced for Flanders.

With these latest additions, Belgian Cinema from Flanders will be particularly well represented in Toronto. As previously announced, Pieter Van Hees’s Waste Land will have its world premiere in the Vanguard section, which also includes Belgian co-production Alleluia by Fabrice du Welz. Jonas Govaert’s horror film Cub is set for a Midnight Madness screening. In addition, Toronto will also screen The Drop by Bullhead director Michaël R. Roskam who assembled an all-star cast including Flemish actor Matthias Schoenaerts. Closing the festival is Alan Rickman’s A Little Chaos, which also stars Schoenaerts.

Bart Van Langendonck’s production banner Savage Film (Rain, Bullhead) produced Boswell’s Labyrinthus. Van Langendonck was also Flemish co-producer on du Welz’s Alleluia. DOP on Labyrinthus was Reinier Van Brummelen, and Jan Hameeuw edited the film for which Pieter Van Dessel composed the original soundtrack. Attraction Distribution is handling international sales.

Labyrinthus received support from Screen Flanders, the economic support measure for audiovisual works and the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz.

05/08/2014 The Treatment selected for Montreal World Film Fest

The Montreal World Film Festival has picked up The Treatment by Hans Herbots for its 38th edition, taking place from August 21-September 1. Herbots’s psychological thriller will have its international premiere in the festival’s Focus on World Cinema section. The film received support from both the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund and Screen Flanders.

The Treatment stars Geert Van Rampelberg as police inspector Nick Cafmeyer, a man who seems to have it all. Yet a dark shadow hangs over his life: since the age of nine, he has been haunted by the disappearance of his younger brother. A new kidnapping case brings it all back. Carl Joos scripted The Treatment, based on the novel by Britain’s bestselling crime author Mo Hayder. Peter Bouckaert of Eyeworks Belgium (Marina, Time of My Life) produced the film.

In addition, Sahim Omar Kalifa will present his latest short film Bad Hunter in Official Competition. Kevin Meul’s short Cadet and the animation project 12 Minutes About Peace, a collection of 12 one-minute shorts commemorating WWI, are also set to screen in Montreal. All of these productions were granted support by the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund.

Over the past few years, Belgian Cinema from Flanders has proved to be a valuable asset for the programming team of the Montreal World Film Festival. Last year, four feature films - Marina, The Verdict, 82 Days in April and Brasserie Romantique - found their way into the line-up, while various Flemish titles – including Ben X, Oxygen, Come As You Are, North Sea Texas and The Verdict have managed to take home awards in the past.

24/07/2014 Screen Flanders supported Between 10 and 12 selected for the Venice Days

Screen Flanders supported Between 10 and 12 by Peter Hoogendoorn is selected for the Venice Days (Aug 27 to Sept 6), an independent sidebar of the Venice Film Festival. Flemish co-producers Minds Meet and Mollywood joined Keren Cogan Films and Phanta Film in the Netherlands, Unlimited (FR) and Dutch broadcaster AVRO.

In Between 10 and 12, a devastating piece of news delivered by two officers in a police car changes the lives of a family forever. As the journey progresses, the vehicle becomes more and more crowded with family members, picked up from home, work, the hairdressers. As they sit in the backseat, alone with their thoughts, what they thought they knew about life, about relationships, has been violently altered. And while the focus for their despair is all too clear, around them everyday things begin to lose meaning as the world becomes increasingly absurd.

Writer/director Peter Hoogendoorn developed the script at the Binger Filmlab in Amsterdam. The project also got selected for Rotterdam's CineMart co-production platform in 2010. The ensemble cast is made up of Dutch actors Raymond Thiry, Nasrdin Dchar, Cynthia Abma, Olga Louzgina, Elise van 't Laar and Ko Zandvliet.

Key positions within the international crew are assigned to Flemish professionals such as Jan Lemmens (steadicam), Tom Denoyette (editor), Henk Rabau (sound engineer), Ludo Volders (location scout) and Karine Uvijn (make-up). Also part of the production and postproduction services are provided by Flanders based companies such as Lites (camera and lighting equipment) and Galaxy Studios (sound & image postproduction). Belgian co-producers of Between 10 and 12 are Guy and Wilfried Van Baelen of Mollywood and Tomas Leyers of Brussels based production outfit Minds Meet (I’m the same, I’m another, Violet, Blue Bird).

Besides Screen Flanders, this real-time road movie also got support from the Netherlands Film Fund, Eurimages, Region Alsace and the CoBO Fund.

12/07/2014 Four Emmy nominations for The White Queen

The White Queen, a BBC/Starz series co-produced with and almost entirely shot in Flanders is nominated for four Emmy Awards. This for Oustanding Miniseries, Music Composition (John Lunn), Costumes and Hairstyling. The series was the very first project ever to receive support from the Screen Flanders economic fund.

Recognizing excellence in the television industry, the Emmy Awards are what the Academy Awards mean for film. The Emmys are held on an annual basis, this year marking its 66th edition. The awards ceremony will be held on 25 August in the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.  Last year, BBC/HBO series Parade’s End, also a coproduction with Flanders was nominated in five categories.

Based on Philippa Gregory’s bestselling novel series ‘The Cousin’s War’ and adapted for TV by Emma Frost, The White Queen is set in 1464, during the height of the War of the Roses. Directed by James Kent, Jamie Payne and Collin Teague and starring a.o. Max Irons (Red Riding Hood), James Frain (The Tudors), Rebbeca Ferguson and Janet McTeer (Parade’s End), The White Queen tells the thrilling story of three women caught up in the ongoing conflict for the throne.

The shoot took 125 days of which 120 were shot in studio or on location in Flanders. Amazed by the authenticity of its medieval architecture, the production decided to base their production centre in the city of Bruges. Flemish talent and crew also joined the production, with actress Veerle Baetens (The Broken Circle Breakdown) starring in the role of Margaret of Anjou and Lize Feryn (In Flanders Fields), Joren Seldeslachts (Little Black Spiders) and Ben Van den Heuvel (Crazy About Ya) taking on smaller parts. Over 120 local professionals and companies were involved in the production with key functions for Kurt Loyens (art director), Jimmy Van Meel (standby art director), Wim De Waegenaere (location manager), Jan Deca (sound recordist), Raissa Hans (costume supervisor), Wim Temmerman (gaffer), Kurt Reybrouck and Bo Molderez (key grip) and Koen Fransen (production manager).

The White Queen is a co-production of the UK based Company Pictures and Belgian production company CZAR TV. Also the Flemish public broadcaster VRT supported the series. The BNP Paribas Fortis Film Fund provided the financing share through the Belgian Tax Shelter system. The series was granted support by the Media Fund of the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF) and by Screen Flanders.

 

Set photo The White Queen, main actress Rebecca Ferguson © Czar TV

13/06/2014 European Film Promotion presents The Treatment to North American buyers

Hans Herbots’s thriller The Treatment is one of six European films which will be screened for US buyers and industry professionals in New York at the end of the month. Newly founded Brussels-based sales agency Be For Films is representing Herbots’s feature internationally.

Launched in 2005 by European Film Promotion (EFP), the New York industry screenings are aimed at introducing new European films to North American buyers. The previews raise awareness of European films and provide sales companies with additional opportunities to secure deals on the US market. Each year, EFP’s members and European sales agents choose the selected films, focusing on pictures with significant festival chances and/or distribution potential.

The private screenings take place at the Tribeca Grand Hotel in New York over a two-day period, with a sales representative of each film in attendance. Pamela Leu will be representing The Treatment for Be For Films, the new sales agency she recently set up in Brussels. Leu learned the trade at Films Distribution, where she worked for over 10 years.

For his latest feature, director Hans Herbots turned to international bestseller ‘The Treatment’ by British crime novelist Mo Hayder. The story sees Flemish star Geert Van Rampelberg (Cordon, Clan, Time of My Life) as Nick Cafmeyer, a good-looking, intelligent and successful police inspector who is haunted by the unsolved disappearance of his younger brother. When a disturbing new case comes to light involving a missing nine-year-old boy, Nick heads a massive search which turns into a relentless manhunt.

In addition to The Treatment, the two-day screening programme also features the creative documentary Radical Face by The Counterfeiters director Stefan Ruzowitsky; Tony Gatlif’s Geronimo; and Bridges of Sarajevo, which has a number of directors, including Jean-Luc Godard. Yalom’s Cure, a biographical documentary directed by Sabine Gisiger, and Jorge Torregrossa’s The Unexpected Life complete the screening list.

Carl Joos adapted the story into a screenplay, with Frank Van den Eeden as DOP. Philippe Ravoet is the editor. Peter Bouckaert of Eyeworks Belgium produced The Treatment, which received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Joke Schauvliege. The film was also backed by Screen Flanders, the economic support measure for audiovisual works created by Flemish Minister-President Kris Peeters and Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Joke Schauvliege.

03/06/2014 Lukas Bossuyt set to shoot debut feature

Principal photography on Lukas Bossuyt’s directorial debut The Sum of Histories (working title) is to start on August 4. Set against the university climate of the city of Leuven, in Belgium, the storyline combines elements as drama, romance and science fiction.

What would you do if you discovered a way to change the past? The Sum of Histories tells the story of Viktor, a young and brilliant professor, who discovers a way to send e-mails back in time. Now he can finally prevent the car crash that paralyzed his wife Lena more than 20 years ago. But Viktor soon learns that changing the past is not risk-free.

The general cast includes Flemish acting talent such as Koen De Graeve (Halfway, Time of My Life, Madly in Love), Matteo Simoni (Marina, Crazy About Ya) and Robrecht Vanden Thoren (Come As You Are, The Over The Hill Band).

The Sum of Histories marks Lukas Bossuyt’s debut as a feature film director. A London Film School graduate, Bossuyt already scripted episodes of various Flemish television series (Aspe, The Rodenburgs) and wrote and directed shorts as Strawberry Flavour and Elisabeth.

Frank Van Passel and Ivy Vanhaecke are producing the film for production banner Caviar Films, known for films as Madly in Love, My Queen Karo and Bo and television drama including Clan and The Emperor of Taste. The Sum of Histories can count on the support of the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of the Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister and Screen Flanders, the economic support measure for audiovisual works.

22/05/2014 Nine projects to receive a total of €2 million in Screen Flanders funding

Kris Peeters, Minister-President of Flanders, has announced the latest list of projects to receive support through the Screen Flanders Economic Fund. A total of €2 million ($2.74 million) is to be distributed in the Fund's first round of 2014. Nine projects receive support, including work from such established directors as Jaco Van Dormael, Felix van Groeningen and Wim Vandekeybus, as well as the Company Pictures/BBC series Breakdown. Between them, they account for well over €9.3 million ($12.7 million) of audiovisual expenditure in the Flanders region.

Through Screen Flanders, the Flanders government provides financial support to audiovisual productions that spend part or all of their budgets within the Flanders Region. Belgian producers can apply for up to €400,000 (just under $550,000). Foreign producers can tap into the fund by co-producing with a Belgian producer who meets the selection criteria.

The main condition of the fund is that the (co-)production must invest a minimum of €250,000 ($342,000) in the Flanders Region, and every euro awarded to a producer must generate at least 1 euro of audiovisual expenditure in the region.

Screen Flanders's first call of 2014 ended in mid-March and saw a total of €2 million ($2.75 million) shared between nine productions. Amounts per project vary between €100,000 ($137,000) and €400,000 ($550,000). The nine titles together represent well over €9.3 million ($12.7 million) of audiovisual expenditure in the Flanders region.

Applications are assessed by a jury consisting of economic and cultural experts.

Since its launch in 2012 Screen Flanders has granted support to a large variety of international co-productions, including Europacorps’ latest animated feature Jack and Cuckoo-Clock Heart, the BBC historical dramaseries The White Queen, DR TV series The Team and Peter Greenaway’s Eisenstein in Guanajuato.

In 2014 a budget of in total €5 million will be divided among three calls.

The 9 projects that receive Screen Flanders support can be consulted in the overview supported projects.

17/05/2014 Savage Film and Eyeworks Belgium join forces

Flemish production outfits Savage Film (producer of Oscar and César nominated picture Bullhead) and Eyeworks Belgium (Ben X, The Verdict, Marina, …) are joining forces. This through Eyeworks' acquisition of a minority stake in Savage Film. The two have been co-producing features (among which Bullhead) and documentary films since 2010.

Bullhead director Michael R. Roskam (whose Fox Searchlight pic The Drop will get an international release in September) has also become a minority partner in the company. He will act as an executive producer on several projects in Savage Film's current line-up such as director Robin Pront's feature debut The Ardennes (starring Matthias Schoenaerts, Jeroen Perceval and Jan Bijvoet - scheduled to start shooting early 2015) and Galloping Mind, director and choreographer Wim Vandekeybus' first feature (starring Jerry Killick, Natali Broods and Orsi Tòth - scheduled to start shooting in August).

(Quote Michael R. Roskam) 'Joining Savage Film means a lot to me. This is the team I made Bullhead with. This is the consolidation of a professional friendship and I'm looking forward to be part of it.'

(Quote Bart Van Langendonck) 'With this merger we intend to strengthen the company's position and that of our titles on both the national and international market. With new films in the pipeline such as Roskam's The Faithful (a coproduction with Stone Angels in France and with Matthias Schoenaerts in the leading role) and Flemish helmer Nathalie Teirlinck's first feature film Tonic Immobility, we will be reaching out to actors, distributors, financiers and audiences in France as well as in English-speaking territories.'

(Quote Peter Bouckaert) ‘The collaboration between Savage Film and Eyeworks has proven to be very successful. With this next step we want both to strengthen this partnership and expand our joined forces in the field of international co-productions.’

In February, the announcement was made that the Warner Bros. Television Group and Eyeworks reached an agreement whereby Warner Bros. will acquire all of Eyeworks’ businesses outside the US, in the 15 countries across Europe. Eyeworks Belgium will thus become part of WB and through the partnership between Eyeworks Belgium and Savage Film both companies will continue to focus on European productions.

A new Savage Film-Eyeworks co-production, Labyrinthus (directed by Douglas Boswell), will get a wide release in Flanders and Brussels this summer (Benelux distributor is Paradiso Filmed Entertainment), with Attraction Distribution handling the international sales of this highly anticipated family fantasy. 

Savage Film founder and managing director Bart Van Langendonck is in Cannes as co-producer on Fabrice du Welz's Alleluia, selected for Director's Fortnight, and Eyeworks' managing director Peter Bouckaert as co-producer of the Dardenne brothers competition film Deux jours, une nuit.

07/03/2014 Walking The Dog named European Animation Producer of the Year at Cartoon Movie Tributes

Flemish animation studio Walking The Dog by Eric Goossens and Anton Roebben has been chosen as European Producer of the Year during Cartoon Movie Tributes, the awards for outstanding contribution to the development of European animation.

Divided into three categories – director, distributor and producer of the year – the Cartoon Movie Tributes bring together the best European animated features as well as some of the continent’s most active companies within the industry. Its aim is to reward exceptional achievements, companies or personalities that have a dynamic and positive influence on the animation industry. Over 730 professionals attending Cartoon Movie selected the winners, choosing Brussels-based animation hub Walking The Dog as European Producer of the Year.

Other competitors in the producers’ category included French Label Anim and Mélusine Productions from Luxembourg. Thomas Szabo and Hélène Giraud won Director of the year for Minuscule, leaving Mathias Malzieu and Stéphane Berla of French-Belgian co-production Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart empty-handed. European Distributor of the Year is Le Pacte from France.

Founded in 2000 by Eric Goossens and Anton Roebben, Walking The Dog has become one of Flanders’ main animation studios concentrating on international artistically animated projects. Its portfolio covers a wide range of productions, ranging from shorts (Nuru) over series (Picnic With Cake, Kika & Bob) to international co-productions as Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart, The Congress, Pinocchio, A Monster in Paris or The Secret of Kells. Last summer, Brussels-based Walking The Dog also launched a second Belgian division in the city of Genk.

The Tributes were awarded during the 16th edition of Cartoon Movie, Europe’s prime pitching and co-production platform on animation. For the second consecutive year, a Flemish animation producer was laureled as animation studio GRID also received the honours at last year’s Cartoon Forum in Toulouse.

23/02/2014 Jack & The Cuckoo-Clock Heart and animation studio Walking The Dog nominated for Cartoon Tributes

French-Belgian co-production Jack & The Cuckoo-Clock Heart by Mathias Malzieu and Stéphane Berla is one of the finalists for Cartoon Tributes, the awards for outstanding contribution to the development of European animation of the last year. Brussels-based animation hub Walking The Dog, which co-produced the feature for Flanders, is also among the nominees, vying for the award as producer of the year. The Cartoon Tributes will be announced on 7 March during Cartoon Movie in Lyon.

Divided into three categories – director, distributor and producer of the year – the Cartoon Tributes bring together the best European animated features as well as some of the continent’s most active companies within the industry. Over 730 professionals attending Cartoon Movie will eventually select the winners.

Jack & The Cuckoo-Clock Heart is one of four nominees in the director of the year category. Based on Mathias Malzieu’s bestselling novella, the film tells the story of Jack, born on a day so cold that his heart remains frozen. The midwife replaces the defective organ with a cuckoo clock. When Jack falls in love with a fiery-eyed little girl, the resistance of his makeshift heart is put to the test.

Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart is a co-production of Luc Besson’s powerhouse EuropaCorp, Duran and France 3 Cinema. Belgian co-producers are the tax shelter intermediary Umedia and Walking The Dog. The latter, an independent animation and production studio founded in 2000 by Eric Goossens and Anton Roebben, is also competing at Cartoon Tributes, featuring on this year’s shortlist as producer of the year.
Walking The Dog has previously boarded high-level international animation projects such as The Triplets of Belleville, Brendan and the Secret of Kells, A Monster in Paris and more recently Enzo d’Alò’s Pinocchio and Ari Folman’s The Congress.

Winners of the Cartoon Tributes are to be announced on 7 March in Lyon, where Cartoon Movie takes place. The 16th edition of the European pitching- and co-production platform will showcase 60 animated film projects from 23 European countries.

Jack & the Cuckoo-Clock Heart received support from the Screen Flanders economic fund and the Belgian tax shelter system.

17/01/2014 Screen Flanders supported Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart selected for the Berlinale

The prestigious French-Belgian co-production Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart of Mathias Malzieu & Stéphane Berla has been selected for the 64th International Film Festival of Berlin. The 3D animation feature will screen in official competition in the Generation Kplus programme. The project was amongst the first to receive Screen Flanders support last year. Flemish co-producer Walking The Dog played an important role in the animation, lighting and rendering of the film.

Based on Mathias Malzieus bestselling short novel, the film tells the story of Jack, born on a day so cold that his heart remains frozen. In her house on top of a big hill, Madeleine the midwife replaces the defective organ with a cuckoo-clock. It will work, she warns him, as long as Jack doesn't touch the hands of the clock, doesn't lose his temper and, above all, doesn't fall in love. But Jack's encounter with a fiery-eyed little girl singing on a street corner and his decision to chase after her across Europe to Andalusia tests the resistance of his makeshift heart to breaking point...

Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart is a co-production of Luc Besson’s powerhouse EuropaCorp, Duran and France 3 Cinema. Belgian co-producers are the Tax Shelter intermediary Umedia and Walking The Dog. The independent animation and production studio Walking The Dog was founded in 2000 by Eric Goossens and Anton Roebben. Since then, the duo has boarded high-level international animation projects such as The Triplets of Belleville, Brendan and the Secret of Kells, A Monster in Paris and more recently D’Alò’s Pinocchio and Ari Folmans The Congress. Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart received support from the Screen Flanders economic fund and the Belgian Tax Shelter system.

16/01/2014 The Broken Circle Breakdown nominated for Foreign-language Oscar

Felix van Groeningen’s The Broken Circle Breakdown, which is representing Belgium at the Academy Awards, is among the five films nominated for this year’s Best Foreign-language Oscar, it was announced by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) today. The film is Belgium’s seventh nomination in this category. The winners of the 86th Academy Awards will be announced in Hollywood on 2 March.

The Broken Circle Breakdown tells the story of the great love affair between tattoo artist Elise (Veerle Baetens) and bluegrass musician Didier (Johan Heldenbergh). After bonding over their shared enthusiasm for American music and culture, they dive headfirst into a sweeping romance that plays out on and off stage – but when an unexpected tragedy hits their new family, everything they know and love is put to the test.

Already a box office hit in several territories, The Broken Circle Breakdown features a breakthrough performance by Veerle Baetens, who won Best Actress at both the Tribeca Film Festival and the European Film Awards. Director Felix van Groeningen co-wrote the award-winning screenplay with Carl Joos. The film also picked up the Panorama Audience Award at Berlin, the Best Screenplay Award at Tribeca, and nine Ensor Awards (including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress, and Best Music) in Belgium. Variety also selected van Groeningen as one of its ‘10 Euro Directors to Watch’. On Sunday, the film also grabbed the top prize at the Palm Springs International Film Festival.

The Broken Circle Breakdown’s soundtrack, scored by Björn Eriksson, has been number one in the soundtrack charts in all the territories where it has been released and has become the best-selling soundtrack of all time in Belgium. Co-stars Baetens and Heldenbergh perform their own songs in the film, and are part of the offscreen Broken Circle Breakdown Bluegrass Band, whose European tour is sold out all through 2014.

Director of photography is Ruben Impens, while Nico Leunen signed for the editing. Jan Deca was responsible for the sound department, with Michael Schöpping in charge of sound design. Production designer is Kurt Rigolle, with Ann Lauwerys as costume designer and Diana Dreesen responsible for make-up.

The Broken Circle Breakdown is produced by Dirk Impens for Menuet, in co-production with Topkapi Films (NL). The film is released in the US by Tribeca Film. International sales are handled by The Match Factory. The film received production and promotional support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF).

Two years ago, Belgium’s Bullhead by Michaël R. Roskam, starring Matthias Schoenaerts, also made it to the list of the five Foreign-language nominees.

15/01/2014 Jan Roekens appointed Head of Production of Screen Flanders

Jan Roekens has been appointed Head of Production of the Screen Flanders economic fund. From mid-January on he will follow in the footsteps of Alain Collart for the analysis and evaluation process of the Screen Flanders applications. This will happen in close cooperation with the Enterprise Flanders Agency.

Jan Roekens graduated as master in Economic Sciences and earned a postgraduate in marketing. He followed producers' training classes ACE and EAVE.
Since 1995 Roekens is active within the production company Sophimages, where he produced both short and long features, documentaries and dance films. Roekens is also a founding member of Flanders Doc and national coordinator for EAVE

Screen Flanders is an initiative of the Flemish Minister-President Kris Peeters and the Flemish Minister for Cultural Affairs Joke Schauvliege. Via Screen Flanders the government of Flanders offers financial support to audiovisual productions that spend (part of) their budget within the Flanders Region. Belgian producers can apply to receive up to € 400,000 ($546,680) refundable advances by way of economic support to cover their audiovisual expenses in the Flanders Region. Foreign producers interested in applying for the fund can coproduce with a Belgian producer that satisfies all the selection criteria.
The Screen Flanders fund has processed 3 calls since its launch in 2012 (1 call in 2012, 2 calls in 2013). A total of 40 applications have been approved for a total amount of € 9.2 million ($12.5 million) repayable support. This amount stands for € 36.2 million ($49.3 million) of audiovisual expenses in the Flanders region.

The annual budget of Screen Flanders is provided and distributed by Agentschap Ondernemen (Enterprise Flanders). The Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF) manages the applications and promotes the fund.

08/01/2014 Screen Flanders distributes € 2,215,000 among 10 productions

Minister-President of Flanders Kris Peeters presented the list of 10 productions that are to receive support through the Screen Flanders economic fund. A total amount of € 2,215,000 million ($3,027,240) is to be distributed in the fund's second call of 2013. The 10 supported titles together stand for well over € 7.5 million ($10,250,250) of audiovisual expenses in the Flanders region.

Via Screen Flanders the government of Flanders offers financial support to audiovisual productions that spend (part of) their budget within the Flanders Region. Belgian producers can apply to receive up to € 400,000 ($546,680) refundable advances by way of economic support to cover their audiovisual expenses in the Flanders Region. Foreign producers interested in applying for the fund can coproduce with a Belgian producer that satisfies all the selection criteria.

The main condition of the fund is that the (co-)production must enrich the cultural heritage of Flanders and invest a minimum of  € 250,000 ($341,675) in the Flanders Region. Every euro entrusted to a producer must yield at least 1 euro of audiovisual expenditure in the region. The maximum support per project is € 400,000 ($546,680).

The Screen Flanders fund has processed 3 calls since its launch in 2012 (1 call in 2012, 2 calls in 2013). A total of 40 applications have been approved for a total amount of € 9.2 million ($12.5 million) repayable support. This amount stands for € 36.2 million ($49.3 million) of audiovisual expenses in the Flanders region.

The second call of 2013 for Screen Flanders ended in October. In this session a total of € 2,215,000 ($3,027,240) is distributed among 10 productions. Amounts per project vary between € 90,000 ($123,000) en € 400,000 ($546,680) per project. The 10 supported titles together stand for well over € 7.5 million ($10,250,250) of audiovisual expenses in the Flanders region.

Applications are assessed by a jury consisting of both economic and cultural experts. The aim of the selective system is to support (co-)productions that are made, in part or entirely, in the Flanders region.

The 10 projects that receive Screen Flanders support can be consulted in the overview supported projects.

03/01/2014 Director Jan Matthys receives EuroFIPA of Honor

Flemish director Jan Matthys is to receive the EuroFIPA of Honor at the upcoming International Festival of Audiovisual Programmes (FIPA), which takes place from 21-26 January in Biarritz. Matthys will be presented with the award for his entire body of work, including his latest prestigious war series In Flanders Fields, an episode of which will be shown in Biarritz.

For its 27th edition FIPA decided present its EuroFIPA of Honor to Flemish helmer Jan Matthys, who is no unknown at the festival. In 2009, his prestigious series The Emperor of Taste scooped the FIPA d’Or for best series, best actress (Marieke Dilles) and best music (Wim De Wilde) in Biarritz.

Matthys’ latest work will also be on display at this year’s FIPA. Following the awards ceremony on 22 January, an episode of his war series, In Flanders Fields, will be screened.

Produced by Flemish powerhouse Menuet (The Broken Circle Breakdown, Code 37, The Misfortunates), In Flanders Fields follows the Boesman family in Ghent, trying to survive World War I. All five family members are going through their own war, with 15-year-old Marie taking central stage as the daughter who dreams of becoming a doctor but who ends up as a nurse on the front line. There, she will find the strength to build up a balanced perspective on the world and her family.

The series boasts an all-star Flemish cast including Barbara Sarafian (Moscow, Belgium, Bullhead, Clan), Wim Opbrouck (Madonna’s Pig), Wietse Tanghe (Quiz Me Quick), Jurgen Delnaet (Parade’s End, Copacabana, Moscow, Belgium) and Hilde Heijnen (Deadline 14/10, Parade’s End). Rising star Lize Feryn was cast as Marie.

Jan Matthys started his career in non-fiction, making the switch to fiction by directing episodes of Flemish series including Aspe and Kinderen van Dewindt and the 2007-hit series Cataract. This success was soon followed by The Emperor of Taste, a story about three generations of gin distillers in Hasselt. In 2012, Matthys scored another hit with Quiz Me Quick, conceived by Bart De Pauw, which won two Rocky Awards at the Banff World Media Festival.

In Flanders Fields, Quiz Me Quick, The Emperor of Taste and Cataract were all able to rely on the support of the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Media Fund of Flemish Minister of Media Ingrid Lieten.

20/12/2013 The Broken Circle Breakdown joins Oscar shortlist

Felix van Groeningen’s The Broken Circle Breakdown, Belgium’s official Oscar entry, is among the nine films competing in the Best Foreign Language Film category in the the shortlist announced today by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (A.M.P.A.S.). On 16 January five of them will be officially nominated for the 86th Academy Awards.

The Broken Circle Breakdown was one of 76 entries for Best Foreign Language Film this year. Culled from that number by an exhaustive review process, nine films are now advancing to the next round of voting, van Groeningen’s bluegrass drama among them.

The next phase of the selection process requires that the current nine candidates be narrowed to five, to be announced on 16 January in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater. Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2013 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, 2 March 2014, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center and televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

A box office success in Europe, The Broken Circle Breakdown has won a string of awards on the festival circuit, including the Panorama Audience Award at the Berlin Film Festival; the Best Actress Award for star Veerle Baetens and Best Screenplay for a Narrative Feature at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival; and nine Ensor awards in Belgium. Veerle Baetens also took home the best European actress trophy at the European Film Awards, beating, among others, Keira Knightley and Naomi Watts. Most recently, the film won the European Parliament's Lux Prize as the Best European Film and was named Best Foreign Language Film by the Washington DC Film Critics Association (WAFCA).

The film, distributed by Tribeca Film in the US, began its stateside release on 1 November and is currently playing in select theaters. Carl Joos and Felix van Groeningen scripted The Broken Circle Breakdown, based on a hit play by Johan Heldenbergh and Mieke Dobbels. Dirk Impens at Menuet produced the film and was able to count on the support of the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Joke Schauvliege.

12/12/2013 Three Golden Globe nominations for the historical dramaseries The White Queen

The White Queen, a BBC/Starz series coproduced with and almost entirely shot in Flanders found itself nominated for three Golden Globes. The miniseries was nominated in the categories Best Miniseries or TV Movie, Best Actress (Rebecca Ferguson) and Best Supporting Actress (Janet Mc Teer). The series was the first project to receive support from the Screen Flanders economic fund.

The 71st edition of the Golden Globes will be held on 12 January 2014. Recognizing excellence in film and television, both domestic and foreign the Golden Globes are awarded by the members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA). In 2012, The Brussels Philharmonic en Brussels Jazz Orchestra scooped a Golden Globe for their contribution to the soundtrack of The Artist.

Based on Philippa Gregory’s bestselling novel series ‘The Cousin’s War’ and adapted for TV by Emma Frost, The White Queen is set in 1464, during the height of the War of the Roses. Directed by James Kent, Jamie Payne and Collin Teague and starring a.o. Max Irons (Red Riding Hood), James Frain (The Tudors), Rebbeca Ferguson and Janet McTeer (Parade’s End), The White Queen tells the thrilling story of three women caught up in the ongoing conflict for the throne.

The shoot of the series took 125 days of which 120 were shot in studio or on location in Flanders. Amazed by the authenticity of its medieval architecture, the production decided to base their production centre in the city of Bruges. Flemish talent and crew also joined the production, with actress Veerle Baetens (The Broken Circle Breakdown) starring in the role of Margaret of Anjou and Lize Feryn (In Flanders Fields), Joren Seldeslachts (Little Black Spiders) and Ben Van den Heuvel (Crazy About Ya) taking on smaller parts. Over 120 local professionals and companies were involved in the production with key functions for Kurt Loyens (art director), Jimmy Van Meel (standby art director), Wim De Waegenaere (location manager), Jan Deca (sound recordist), Raissa Hans (costume supervisor), Wim Temmerman (gaffer), Kurt Reybrouck and Bo Molderez (key grip) and Koen Fransen (production manager).

The White Queen is a co-production of the UK based Company Pictures and Belgian production company CZAR TV. Also the Flemish public broadcaster VRT supported the series. The BNP Paribas Fortis Film Fund provided the financing share through the Belgian Tax Shelter system. The series was granted support by the Media Fund of the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF) and by Screen Flanders. Rights in the US together with most international territories have been secured by Starz in a deal brokered by All 3 Media International.

Set photo: The White Queen © Company Pictures & A3M

07/12/2013 Veerle Baetens wins Best Actress at European Film Awards

Veerle Baetens has received the award for Best Actress at the European Film Awards for her role in Felix van Groeningen’s The Broken Circle Breakdown. Director Tom Van Avermaet was also summoned to the stage; he collected the statue for Best European Short with Death of a Shadow. The European Film Awards are internationally considered as the European equivalent of the Academy Awards. This year’s ceremony took place in the Haus der Berliner Festspiele, Germany.

Veerle BaetensVan Groeningen’s The Broken Circle Breakdown sees Veerle Baetens as Elise, a tattoo-artist who bonds with Didier, a bluegrass banjo player (Johan Heldenbergh), over their shared enthusiasm for American culture and music. They dive headfirst into a sweeping romance off and on stage, but when an unexpected tragedy hits their new family, everything they know and love is put to the test.
By grabbing the European Film Award as Best Actress - handed to her by Christophe Lambert - Veerle Baetens beat strong contenders as Keira Knightley (Anna Karenina), Naomi Watts (The Impossible), Luminita Gheorghiu (Child’s Pose) and Barbara Sukowa (Hannah Arendt).

It’s not the first time however that Baetens is praised for her role in The Broken Circle Breakdown. She already received the prize for Best Actress at the Tribeca Film Festival this year while following the US release of the film early November, The New York Times featured her as one of the standout performances of the holiday film season.

The European Film Awards also revealed a Belgian prizewinner in the short film section. Tom Van Avermaet’s short film Death of a Shadow was given the award for Best European Short Film, being eligible for the European Film Awards after winning the qualifying award at the Valladolid International Film Festival.

Animation studio and production company Walking The Dog can also be pleased on The Congress winning Best Animated Feature. The Brussels-based studio was taken on board to work on the animation sequences of the film.

Earlier this year, it was already revealed that The Zigzag Kid by Flemish director Vincent Bal was the winner of the EFA Young Audience Award. The film was co-produced with Flanders through Antonino Lombardo’s Prime Time (Kid, Little Black Spiders).

Since the inauguration of the European Film Awards in 1988, Belgium managed to collect nine awards, the 2013 prizes excluded. Jaco Van Dormaels Toto the hero tops the list with four wins; other laureates include a.o. the Dardenne brothers (The Kid with a Bike) and Hans Van Nuffel (Oxygen). The People’s Choice Award was won two times so far; Jaco Van Dormael grabbed it a first time in 2010 with Mr Nobody, while last year the European public chose Geoffrey Enthoven’s Come As You Are as their favourite.

Felix van Groeningen and Carl Joos wrote the screenplay of The Broken Circle Breakdown, based on the theatre play ‘The Broken Circle Breakdown featuring the Cover-Ups of Alabama’ by Johan Heldenbergh and Mieke Dobbels. DoP was Ruben Impens, Nico Leunen took care of editing. The Broken Circle Breakdown Band, led by Björn Eriksson, performed the film’s soundtrack. Dirk Impens of Menuet (In Flanders Fields, The Misfortunates) produced the film with the support of the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Joke Schauvliege. Death of a Shadow and The Zigzag Kid could also rely on support from the Fund.

27/11/2013 Screen Flanders distributes € 2 million among 10 productions

Minister-President of Flanders Kris Peeters presented the list of 10 productions that are to receive support through the Screen Flanders economic fund. A total amount of € 2 million ($2,750,400) will be distributed in the fund's first call of 2013. The 10 supported titles together stand for well over € 8.5 million ($11,689,200) in audiovisual expenses in the Flanders region.

Via Screen Flanders the government of Flanders offers financial support to audiovisual productions that spend (part of) their budget within the Flanders Region. Belgian producers can apply to receive up to € 400,000 ($550,080) refundable advances by way of economic support to cover their audiovisual expenses in the Flanders Region. Foreign producers interested in applying for the fund can coproduce with a Belgian producer that satisfies the selection criteria.

The main condition of the fund is that the (co-)production must enrich the cultural heritage of Flanders and invest a minimum of  € 250,000 ($343,800) in the Flanders Region. Every euro entrusted to a producer must yield at least 1 euro of audiovisual expenditure in the region. The maximum support per project is € 400,000 ($550,080).

The first call of 2013 ended in June. In this session a total of € 2 million ($2,750,400) got distributed among 10 productions. Amounts per project vary between € 50,000 ($68,760) en € 400,000 ($550,080) per project. The 10 supported titles together stand for well over € 8.5 million ($11,689,200) of audiovisual expenses in the Flanders region.

Applications are assessed by a jury consisting of both economic and cultural experts. The aim of the selective system is to support (co-)productions that are made, in part or entirely, in the Flanders region.

The 10 projects that receive Screen Flanders support can be consulted in the overview supported projects.

03/11/2013 The NY Times praises Veerle Baetens for Broken Circle Breakdown role

The way Veerle Baetens impersonates Elise, one of the protagonists in Felix van Groeningen’s The Broken Circle Breakdown, has earned her praise from leading US newspaper The New York Times. Film critic Logan Hill describes Baetens’ work as one the standout performances of the holiday film season.

Entitled ‘Star Turns Amid a Winter Flurry – Jared Leto, Veerle Baetens and Other Standout Performances’ the article appears simultaneous with the American release of Felix van Groeningen’s The Broken Circle Breakdown in New York theatres. According to The New York Times journalist Logan Hill, Baetens’ role is one of four noteworthy performances to look forward to this season. Other laureates are Jared Leto for his appearance in Dallas Buyers Club, Oscaar Isaac in Inside Llewyn Davis and Tiger Chen in Man of Tai Chi.

Hill describes how Veerle Baetens ‘never less than bristles with intensity, as if the tattoos that cover her skin are not just rendered in ink but filigreed with raw nerves’. He’s also impressed by the chemistry between the actress and the male lead played by Johan Heldenbergh. ‘Their chemistry ranges from passionate physicality and aching tenderness, to dumbstruck grief and reckless cruelty.’

It’s not the first time the acting performances in Felix van Groeningen’s fourth feature film draws worldwide attention. The film was presented with the award for Best Actress at the Tribeca Film Festival in April, while other international media have also shown themselves advocates of the film. The Telegraph’s Tim Robey talks about ‘two of the most moving performances of the year’, while Yahoo Movies draws a parallel with Walk The Line and Blue Valentine.

Baetens's star is rising, with local success in Jan Verheyen’s courtroom drama The Verdict, as well as recognition from abroad earning her the modest, but impressing role of merciless Margaret of Anjou in the BBC’s drama series The White Queen. Baetens can currently be found on the set of international police series The Team, coproduced for Flanders by Lunanime, starring opposite The Killing-star Lars Mikkelsen.

The Broken Circle Breakdown started its American tour in New York theatres on November 1 and will also open this month in other major cities as Los Angeles, Boston, Washington, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Seattle among others. US rights are handled by Tribeca Film.

02/11/2013 Clan seals script development deal for American remake

A&E is preparing an American remake of Belgian hit series Clan, a dark comedy in which the Murphy sisters come up with various schemes to kill their unbearable brother-in-law. Steve Blackman (Private Practive, Bones) will write and executive produce.

Clan is all about the Goethals sisters who are to become the Murphy sisters in the American remake. Tied together by the premature death of their parents, they’ve clung to each other like a real clan. But ever since their fifth sister’s marriage the bond has frayed. Together, the four of them plot the murder of their brother-in-law Jean-Claude, a pain in the ass just asking to be liquidated. But while planning a murder is easy, committing it is another story. Originally scripted by Malin-Sarah Gozin, the Flemish series was released in the fall of 2012 and became in instant hit with an average market share of 34%. Clan also swiped three Flemish television awards, including the one for most popular TV programme.

Showrunner Steve Blackman is to adapt the original screenplay into an American version and will also executive produce the remake. Blackman already worked on shows as Private Practice and Bones and recently got involved as a consulting producer in Fargo, the spin-off series based on the Coen brothers’ film by the same name.

The Stateside version of Clan is ordered by A+E Studios, the production branch of A&E, in co-production with eOne. Brussels-based production company Caviar will also be involvend in the project as executive producer.

The original series of Clan, produced by Caviar and vtm, could count on the support of the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Media Fund of Flemish Minister of Media Ingrid Lieten.

03/10/2013 Flanders joins European police series The Team

Key Flemish stars Veerle Baetens (The Broken Circle Breakdown) and Koen De Bouw (The Verdict, The Memory of a Killer), as well as Filip Peeters (Salamander) and Hilde Van Mieghem are to join the international cast of The Team, a new European police series that also stars Lars Mikkelsen (The Killing). Co-produced for Flanders by Ghent-based Lunanime, the series will be partly shot in Flanders.

On January 1st 2010, a whole new era dawned for European policing. On that day, most European countries joined a treaty of police co-operation preventing and fighting organised international crime such as corruption, counterfeit food, money laundering or modern slavery by setting up cross-border units, so-called Joint Investigation Teams.

The Team follows the members of such a new European Joint Investigation Team: Harald from Denmark (Lars Mikkelsen), Jackie from Germany (Jasmin Great) and the Belgian Alica, portrayed by Flemish actress Veerle Baetens. Baetens shot to stardom since her appearance in Felix van Groeningen’s intense drama The Broken Circle Breakdown, Belgium’s Foreign Language Oscar entry this year.

The unit of experts is set up after three dead bodies are discovered in Copenhagen, Berlin and Antwerp - all apparently murdered by the same perpetrator. The team will soon find out that there is a lot more to these murders than meets the eye – it’s just the tip of the iceberg. They will have to take on the emotionally blunted leader of an unscrupulous European criminal organization.

With their much acclaimed International Emmy-award-winning cop shows, Unit One, The Eagle, and The Protectors, scriptwriters Mai Brostrøm and Peter Thorsboe have not only proved their ability to create huge ratings in Scandinavia, but also to attract an international audience. The Team will build on the success of Scandinavian crime series, taking it to a new level, and spreading Nordic-Noir style and quality over the continent, working exclusively with top-creatives such as director Kathrine Windfeld, director of photography Morten Søborg, art director Knirke Madelung or production designer Søren Gam and renowned European actors like Lars Mikkelsen (DK), Jasmin Gerat (GER), Nicholas Ofczarek (AUT) or Carlos Léal (SUI).

Besides Veerle Baetens, actors Koen De Bouw, Filip Peeters and Hilde Van Mieghem are also boarding The Team. De Bouw can currently be seen in Jan Verheyen’s courtroom thriller The Verdict that scooped Best Direction in Montréal this summer. Filip Peeters played the lead in popular Flemish crime series Salamander, which was sold to BBC Four and is set for a North American remake, while actress-director Hilde Van Mieghem has films as Madly in Love on her laurels and will appear in the much-awaited war series In Flanders Fields.

In co-operation with German broadcaster ZDF, producer Peter Nadermann, previously involved in the smash-hit series The Killing and The Bridge, has put together a large international coproduction between six different countries that proves it's not only the police joining forces.

Producing The Team will be creating the very first European “road movie cop show” – benefitting from Europe’s cultural diversity and shot authentically in original languages - offering an insight not only into the reality of today's organised crime but also into the fates behind crime. Justice is to give back dignity to the victims. Filming starts October 21, 2013 in Copenhagen, with a total of 133 days of shooting in Denmark, Belgium, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. A large number of the exterior shots is scheduled to take place in Antwerp as well as all the pre-shoots and interior shots. Main post-production, except editing, will also be done in Belgium.

The Team received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Media Fund of Flemish Media Minister Ingrid Lieten. The project is also submitted to Screen Flanders, the economic support measure for audiovisual works launched by Flemish Minister-President Kris Peeters and Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Joke Schauvliege.

30/09/2013 Pinocchio and The Congress shortlisted for European Film Awards

Enzo d’Alò’s Pinocchio and Ari Folman’s The Congress are both nominated for the European Film Awards in the category Animated Feature Film. Brussels-based animation studio Walking The Dog coproduced Pinocchio for Flanders and played an important role in animating The Congress.

The European Film Academy (EFA) announced its shortlist of animation features. Besides French contender Jasmine, the list consists of Enzo d’Alò’s Pinocchio and Ari Folman’s The Congress. Walking The Dog, the animation and production company founded by Eric Goossens and Anton Roebben, played an important role in the creation process of both features.

An international co-production between Italy, Luxembourg, France and Belgium with Walking The Dog covering for Flanders, Pinocchio is based on the original novel by Carlo Collodi. The film tells the well-know story of carpenter Giupetto who carves a puppet out of wood and names it Pinocchio. The marionette’s tale opened the Venice Days last year, was selected for film festivals such as Busan and Abu Dhabi and attracted a full house at Cartoon Movie this year.

Walking The Dog also cooperated in Ari Folman’s science fiction story The Congress, co-produced for Belgium by Entre Chien et Loup. The animation studio was given the task to complete the transitions from live action to animation. Eventually four senior animators also travelled to Israel to assist in completing the film. The Congress opened Cannes’ Director’s Fortnight this year.

Eric Goossens and Anton Roebben founded Walking The Dog, an independent animation and production studio, in 2000. Since then, the duo has boarded high-level international animation projects such as The Triplets of Belleville, Brendan and the Secret of Kells and A Monster in Paris. The company is currently working on Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart, a 3D animation feature in coproduction with Luc Besson’s powerhouse EuropaCorp.

Pinocchio, Brendan and the Secret of Kells and The Triplets of Belleville received support through the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Joke Schauvliege. Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart is supported by Screen Flanders, the economic support measure for audiovisual works launched by Flemish Minister-President Kris Peeters and Cultural Affairs Minister Schauvliege.

20/09/2013 Flemish animation company Grid Animation elected European Animation Producer of the Year

Ghent-based animation studio and producer Grid Animation has been elected European Animation Producer of the Year at Cartoon Forum, the Pan-European coproduction and financing platform for animation programmes. The French speaking Belgian broadcaster RTFB was also nominated in the category European Broadcaster of the Year, the award eventually went to Super RTL/ RTL Disney.

Both Jan Goossen and Mark Mertens of Grid were present to receive the award. The duo was pleasantly surprised by the choice of the jury within the category European Animation Producer of Year in which they had to compete with some well renowned companies within the industry. The other four nominees were 2 Minutes (a.o. 64 Zoo Lane, The Fridge) and Ellipsanime Productions (a.o. Taratabong), both from France, and Spider Eye (a.o. Jungle Junction, Moshi Monsters) and Tiger Aspect Productions (a.o. Mister Bean, the Animated Series, Tinga Tanga Tales) from the United Kingdom.

Goossen stated in a first reaction: ‘We definitely owe this award to the grand enthusiasm of all our co-workers and to the trust granted to us by our partners, co-producers, broadcasters and distributors, and to the support of the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF) and Screen Flanders.’ The award is a sign of recognition by the industry itself, as the winner is chosen by the more than 850 producers, buyers, distributors, financiers and funds that attend Cartoon Forum.

Grid was founded in 1995 as a postproduction company specialised in a.o. 3D, visual effects, character design, editing, etc. It provided its services to features such as The Misfortunates, Germaine and the American Ghost Rider; animation projects such as the Oscar-nominated The Triplets of Belleville and What's the Big Idea; and television series such as Cataract, Missing Persons Unit, Code 37, Salamander and In Flanders Fields. More recently the company, which opened a second office in Brussels, profiled itself as (co-)producer of prestigious animated features and series such as the new Astérix animated feature Astérix: The Mansion of the Gods, and as an animation studio with projects like Oops Noah is Gone and Wiplala. For the moment the company is also finalising the new game Knack, which will be launched together with the new PlayStation 4 in December.

Grid presented two new projects at Cartoon Forum: Little Luke and Lucy, an animated series based on the ‘Junior Suske en Wiske’ children’s books and comics. Flemish co-producer is Tania Berkovitch for Santeboetiek. The other project is the animated series Klincus. Grid is also involved as co-producer in The Scrameustache of the Belgian At-Anim, which was also presented in Toulouse.

17/09/2013 Screen Flanders supported Between 10 and 12 starts shooting

Principal photography on Peter Hoogendoorn’s debut feature Between 10 and 12 started on 9 September. A co-production between Keren Cogan Films and Phanta Film in the Netherlands and Minds Meet (BE), Unlimited (FR) and Dutch broadcaster AVRO, this real-time road movie is supported by the Netherlands Film Fund, Eurimages, Screen Flanders, Region Alsace and CoBO. The theatrical release is expected for 2014.
 
In Between 10 and 12, a devastating piece of news delivered by two officers in a police car changes the lives of a family forever. As the journey progresses, the vehicle becomes more and more crowded with family members, picked up from home, work, the hairdressers. As they sit in the backseat, alone with their thoughts, what they thought they knew about life, about relationships, has been violently altered. And while the focus for their despair is all too clear, around them everyday things begin to lose meaning as the world becomes increasingly absurd.
 
Writer/director Peter Hoogendoorn developed the script at the Binger Filmlab in Amsterdam. The project also got selected for Rotterdam's CineMart co-production platform in 2010. The ensemble cast is made up of Dutch actors Raymond Thiry, Nasrdin Dchar, Cynthia Abma, Olga Louzgina, Elise van 't Laar and Ko Zandvliet.
 
Key positions within the international crew are assigned to Flemish professionals Richard Van Oosterhout (DoP), Chris Hacken (gaffer), Matthias Hillegeer (sound engineer), Diane Dreesen (make-up) and stills photographer Nyk Dekeyser. Also part of the production and postproduction services are provided by Flanders based companies such as Lites (camera and lighting equipment), The Image & Sound Factory (sound recording and postproduction) and Galaxy Studios (image postproduction). Belgian co-producer of Between 10 and 12 is Tomas Leyers of Brussels based production outfit Minds Meet (I’m the same, I’m another, Blue Bird).
 

06/08/2013 Universal sets US release date for The Loft

Hollywood major Universal has announced its US release date for The Loft, the American remake of Bart De Pauw and Erik Van Looy’s successful film Loft. The film is set for a grand release on 29 August 2014 in the United States and will be distributed in the rest of the world shortly thereafter. The Loft is the first remake of a Flemish film to receive worldwide distribution by a major film studio.

For Flemish director Erik Van Looy, who hopped on board for the remake after directing Loft, this is a dream come true. Attracting over 1.2 million visitors to cinemas in Flanders, the original Loft quickly became the best scoring Flemish film of all time. Its American remake is a production between Belgian production company Woestijnvis and Anonymous Content (Babel, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind). Film tycoon Joel Silver (Sherlock Holmes, The Matrix) committed to the film as executive producer and it was also Silver who brought the picture to Universal’s attention.

Besides director Van Looy, Flemish rising star Matthias Schoenaerts (Bullhead, Rust & Bone) re-joined the production. Karl Urban (Star Trek Into Darkness), James Marsden (2 Guns), Wentworth Miller (Prison Break) and Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family) team up with Schoenaerts to portray a group of five married men who secretly share a loft they use for getaways with their mistresses. But their seemingly great arrangement turns into a nightmare when one morning the body of an unknown woman is discovered in the loft.

The original screenplay and characters were devised by Bart De Pauw; Welsey Strick was hired for the American adaptation. Further Flemish additions to the remake’s crew are Nicolas Karakatsanis (Bullhead) in charge of photography, Kurt Loyens as one of two art directors, Guy De Lombaert as unit production manager, Jo Vermaercke as steadicam operator, Griet Meukens as post-production supervisor, Ann Van Aken as script and Hilde De Laere as one of the producers. Even a number of Flemish corporations had a role in the production, such as Videohouse, where an important part of the shooting took place for approximately four weeks, ACE Image Factory, which contributed to visual effects (VFX), colour grading and finalisation, and Lites.

For the moment, The Loft is the only major release planned for August 29th, Labor Day Weekend in the US and traditionally a closing date for the important summer film season in film theatres. For a major studio to set the release date for a feature film a year in advance sparks the rumour that Universal will heavily promote and support the film’s release. After its US première, The Loft will be released throughout the rest of the world.

24/07/2013 The Fifth Estate to open the Toronto International Film Festival

The Fifth Estate, Bill Condon's Wikileaks feature is to open this year's Toronto International Film Festival (5 – 15 September 2013). Starring a.o. Benedict Cumberbatch (as Julian Assange) and Daniel Brühl (as Daniel Domscheit-Berg), the film was partly shot in Flanders and got supported through the Belgian Tax Shelter system. Flemish co-producer of this Afterworks/FBO co-production is Hilde De Laere (The Loft). The Fifth Estate will be released in Belgium on 21 November by Entertainment One Benelux.

Following Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Brühl), an early supporter and eventual colleague of Julian Assange (Cumberbatch), The Fifth Estate traces the heady, early days of WikiLeaks, culminating in the release of a series of controversial and history changing information leaks. The website’s overnight success brought instant fame to its principal architects and transformed the flow of information to news media and the world at large.

The film about the controversial website stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange and Daniel Brühl as Daniel Domscheit-Berg, as well as Laura Linney, Anthony Mackie, David Thewlis, Peter Capaldi, Dan Stevens, Alicia Vikander and the Dutch actress Carice van Houten.

Bill Condon (Kinsey, Dreamgirls, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn) directed The Fifth Estate from a screenplay by Josh Singer (Fringe, The West Wing), based on ‘Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange at the World’s Most Dangerous Website’ by Daniel Domscheit-Berg and ‘WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War on Secrecy’ by David Leigh and Luke Harding. The producers are Steve Golin and Michael Sugar, with Participant’s Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King as executive producers. The Fifth Estate is a coproduction between Afterworks and FBO, with Hilde De Laere (The Memory of a Killer, The Loft) co-producing for FBO. The film was partly shot in Flanders and got supported through the Belgian Tax Shelter system.

The Fifth Estate will be released in Belgium on 21 November by Entertainment One Benelux.

25/06/2013 News from the Flanders Audiovisual Region

Caviar opens Antwerp film and TV production branch
Caviar, the producer of films, TV series, branded content, music videos, and much more recently opened a new branch in Antwerp. Most of the company’s Belgian film and TV production activities will move to the new offices. The branded content and music video activities remain in Brussels. Besides Antwerp and Brussels, Caviar also runs offices in Los Angeles, Paris, Amsterdam, London and Prague.

Ace Image Factory stays ahead with Quantel’s next generation Pablo Rio
Ace’s Quantel Pablo and Pablo PA have recently been joined by the next generation Pablo Rio with Neo panel. Ace recently produced and posted a 30 second commercial for Luminus (see the online VFX Breakdown), using its 3D animatic technique to carefully map out all the shots. CGI and live action were combined on Pablo Rio to create the end result, closely matching the pre-vis.

Galaxy Studios opens new ‘Aurotorium Dub Stage’
Galaxy Studios, innovator of the Auro 3D-fromat, opened its new Aurotorium Dub stage for future proof 2D & 3D mixing this month. This combined dubbing and screening theatre
offers the ultimate mixing tools in a dedicated 3D environment, thus providing a maximum immersive experience in sound and image.

Eye-Lite Group launches Eye-Lite Flanders
Eye-Lite Flanders, located close to Antwerp is the newest branch of the Eye-lite Group, providing camera and lighting equipment and generators for both small as larger projects. For more information on Eye-Lite Flanders and the Eye-Lite group please check www.eye-lite.be.

The Image & Sound Factory presents ‘The Hall’
Post-production company The Image & Sound Factory launched its new flexible and inspiring music recording studio ‘The Hall’. More details on The Hall and the additional facilities of The Image & Sound Factory can be consulted on www.image-sound.com.

24/06/2013 The White Queen, 10 hours of medieval mystery shot in Flanders

Currently airing on BBC One is the broadcaster’s latest prestigious drama series The White Queen. This 10-part historical series set in 15th Century England was almost entirely shot in Flanders, with the medieval city of Bruges as its prime location. Making use of both federal and regional incentives and local talent and crew, the production is a prime example of what Flanders has on offer.

Based on Philippa Gregory’s bestselling novel series ‘The Cousin’s War’ and adapted for TV by Emma Frost, The White Queen is set in 1464, during the height of the War of the Roses.

Directed by James Kent, Jamie Payne and Collin Teague and starring a.o. Max Irons (Red Riding Hood), James Frain (The Tudors), Rebbeca Ferguson and Janet McTeer (Parade’s End), The White Queen tells the thrilling story of three women caught up in the ongoing conflict for the throne.

“Bruges felt very mysterious and medieval. If we had been doing it on the outskirts of London in a studio, it wouldn’t have been half as good.”

Max Irons, lead actor in The White Queen (Company Pictures, BBC, Czar Television)

The shoot of the series took 125 days of which 120 were shot in studio or on location in Flanders. Amazed by the authenticity of its medieval architecture, the production decided to base their production centre in the city of Bruges. There the production was able to shoot in some of the exact locations that the historical characters had visited over 500 years earlier, such as the Our Lady Church in Bruges and the small village of Damme. Popular locations such as the Belfry, the Holy Blood Chapel and Provincial Hall were combined with less know locations such as the old Waterhouse and Lissewege barn to create an authentic atmosphere. Other unique medieval locations could be found in Ghent, Ypres, Ronse and Rumbeke.

Flemish talent and crew also joined the production, with actress Veerle Baetens (The Broken Circle Breakdown) starring in the role of Margaret of Anjou and Lize Feryn (In Flanders Fields), Joren Seldeslachts (Little Black Spiders) and Ben Van den Heuvel (Crazy About Ya) taking on smaller parts. Over 120 local professionals and companies were involved in the production with key functions for Kurt Loyens (art director), Jimmy Van Meel (standby art director), Wim De Waegenaere (location manager), Jan Deca (sound recordist), Raissa Hans (costume supervisor), Wim Temmerman (gaffer), Kurt Reybrouck and Bo Molderez (key grip) and Koen Fransen (production manager).

The White Queen is a co-production of the UK based Company Pictures and Belgian production company CZAR TV. Also the Flemish public broadcaster VRT supported the series. The BNP Paribas Fortis Film Fund provided the financing share through the Belgian Tax Shelter system. The series was granted support by the Media Fund of the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF) and by Screen Flanders. Rights in the US together with most international territories have been secured by Starz in a deal brokered by All 3 Media International.

Photo credits:
Set photo The White Queen, main actress Rebecca Ferguson © Czar TV, Belfry Bruges © Bart Dewaele

13/06/2013 Screen Flanders distributes 4,995,000 € among 20 productions

Minister-President of Flanders Kris Peeters presented the list of 20 productions that are to receive support through the new Screen Flanders economic fund. A total amount of €4,995,000 ($6,678,685) is to be distributed in the fund's inaugural call. The next call for projects closes on 28 June. The final call for 2013 opens op 1 September and closes on 25 October. Another €5million will be divided among applicants in both remaining calls.The first call for Screen Flanders ended on 28 February 2013. The selection of projects was made by a jury. A total of € 4,995,000 ($6,678,685) is distributed among 20 productions. Amounts per project vary between €100.000 ($133,700) en €400.000 ($535,000) per project. Money went to 10 live-action features, six animated features, three animated series and one live-action series.

Screen Flanders is an initiative of Kris Peeters, the Minister-President of Flanders who's also responsible for Economic Affairs, and Flanders Cultural Affairs Minister Joke Schauvliege. The aim of the selective system is to support (co-)productions that are made, in part or entirely, in the Flanders region. One of the conditions is that the project spends a minimum of €250,000 ($334,205) in the region. The 20 supported titles together stand for well over €20 million ($26,7m) of audiovisual expenses in the Flanders region.

Minister-President Kris Peeters: 'With Screen Flanders we created an excellent instrument to attract more international productions to our region, this giving more chances to the exceptional talent that is available in this sector in Flanders. Because of the growing socio-economic importance of this sector in Flanders I, in my capacity as Minister of Economic-Affairs, give this my full support.'

The 20 projects that receive Screen Flanders support can be consulted in the overview supported projects.

06/02/2013 Why Flanders is called ‘Hollywood by the North Sea’...

Flanders has seen lots of audiovisual activity lately. It provided sceneries, both cast and crew and financing for productions set in both historical and contemporary times. The ever-increasing number of indigenous films and television series, the appeal of the region towards international productions and the presence of top actors such as Nicole Kidman, Aaron Eckhart, Daniel Brühl or Benedict Cumberbatch make professionals refer to Flanders as the ‘Hollywood by the North Sea’. And it is expected that Screen Flanders will be responsible for a further boost in activities.

In 2011, the BBC/HBO series Parade’s End was the first of a series of international productions to land in Flanders for a longer period of time. Award-winning screenwriter Sir Tom Stoppard was on set as Benedict Cumberbatch and Rebecca Hall played the lead roles in this highly acclaimed WWI drama series directed by Susanna White (Generation Kill). Parade’s End used everything Flanders had on offer, from regional funding and crew to authentic locations and postproduction facilities. Even the film score was composed (by Dirk Brossé) and recorded in Flanders. (It’s a field of expertise Flanders, the home of the film music inspired Ghent Film Fest, has become internationally renowned for.) Local co-producers are Martin Dewitte for Anchorage Entertainment and Jan Vrints for Mollywood.

In September 2012 principal photography on yet another BBC series started in Bruges. In subsequent months, shooting for The White Queen took place in a range of unique medieval locations, mainly in Bruges (a.o. the Gothic town hall), but also in Ghent (o.a. Gravensteen castle). The entire shooting of The White Queen takes place in Belgium and lasts 125 days. Like Parade’s End, The White Queen received production support from the VAF Media Fund and made use of the Belgian tax shelter. Flemish producer is Eurydice Gysel of Czar TV.
Directed by James Kent (Inside Men), the production of the 10-part series is half way in production. The medieval scenery of The White Queen has made a big impression on the series’ protagonists. For Rebecca Ferguson, Bruges is ‘the ultimate place to film a drama based on medieval times.’ Janet McTeer, who previously starred in Parade’s End, was equally stunned, saying: ‘We’ve done loads and loads of location work on these places that need virtually nothing done other than a bit of lighting, because they’re so beautiful.’

Around the same period as The White Queen’s lift-off in Bruges, Danish director Lars von Trier landed in Ghent to shoot some scenes for his new feature Nymphomaniac, co-produced by Bert Hamelinck for Caviar and starring a.o. Charlotte Gainsbourg, Shia LeBeouf and Jamie Bell. And just like The White Queen, a lot of local talent and crew were involved. Veerle Baetens (The Broken Circle Breakdown) played Margaret of Anjou in The White Queen, while Michael Pas (Code 37) and Lien Van De Kelder (The Spiral) had supporting roles in Von Trier’s new film. Wim De Waegenaere took on location management on both productions.

In november 2012, Nicole Kidman and Tim Roth were in Belgium to play Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier III in Grace of Monaco (Olivier Dahan). Shooting took place in a.o. Antwerp, Ghent and at the Eurocam Film Studios in Lint, where the interiors of the palace of Monaco were recreated. The production was made possible by the Belgian tax shelter and highly skilled professionals.

Early 2013 the news broke that Hilde De Laere (Loft, The Loft (US), Memory of a Killer) would represent FBO as the Flemish co-producer of WikiLeaks drama The Fifth Estate. 38 days of shooting will take place in Belgium. Directed by Bill Condon (Dreamgirls, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn), The Fifth Estate will star Benedict Cumberbatch (Parade’s End, War Horse, Sherlock) as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
The Fifth Estate is supported by the Belgian Tax Shelter for Audiovisual Production. Co-financing the film with DreamWorks is Participant Media which also teamed up with the studio on such films as Steven Spielberg's Lincoln, The Help and The Kite Runner. The film is scheduled to open in US theaters on 15 November  2013.

Photo credits:
Still from Parade's End, Rebecca Hall in Castle De Borrekens, Vorselaar (Flanders) ©Mammoth Screen/BBC
Set photo The White Queen, Rebecca Ferguson in the Gothic town hall of Bruges (Flanders) ©Screen Flanders
 

27/01/2013 Stoppard grabs FIPA d’Or for Parade’s End screenplay

Oscar® winning screenwriter Sir Tom Stoppard won the FIPA D’Or for Best Screenplay at this year’s 26th International Festival of Audiovisual Programs in Biarritz, France (22-27 January 2013), for his work on the prestigious WWI drama series Parade’s End. The BBC/HBO series, which was partly produced in Flanders, got rave reviews upon its initial run in the UK. Both the US and Belgian premieres of Parade's End are set for this Spring.

Stoppard, who previously won an Oscar for Shakespeare in Love, visited the sets in Flanders on a number of occasions and was genuinely impressed: ‘These are classic vistas and one responds to them,’ he said. ‘One wants to put a camera on them and tilt the camera to follow them all the way. It’s great.’
A collaboration between HBO and the BBC, the series was brought to Flanders thanks to a winning combination of locations, financial incentives and entrepreneurial local producers. Producer David Parfitt (Trademark Films) teamed up with Flemish producer Martin De Witte (Anchorage Entertainment) and Jan Vrints (of film finance company Mollywood). Local broadcaster één (VRT) got on board as co-producer, which enabled Parade’s End to become the very first co-production to receive support from the VAF/Media Fund, an initiative of Flemish minister for Media Ingrid Lieten, aimed at supporting quality TV series in the live-action, animation and documentary field.
Directed by Susanna White (Generation Kill), Parade’s End was shot in such magnificent locations as the art nouveau house Villa Hurlebise (Nieuwpoort), Castle de Borrekens (Vorselaar), the Bommenvrij complex (Nieuwpoort) and Castle Sinte-Flora (De Moeren, Veurne). 'We could get brilliant value out of great locations, so it worked financially and creatively, which is the perfect mix for me', says producer David Parfitt. Parade’s End premiered on BBC in August 2012, was shown in its entirety at the 2012 Ghent Film Festival and will roll out internationally in 2013.

Photo (left to right): Parade's End producer David Parfitt (Trademark Films) and screenwriter Tom Stoppard ©Bart Dewaele.