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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.