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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.