‘Houses with small windows’ wins Ensor award

Congrats to Bulent Ozturk and the whole crew and cast for winning the Ensor award for his short fiction film ‘Houses with small windows‘ at the Film Festival Ostend.
Congrats also to Hadewych Cocquyt who’s been awarded at the same festival with the SBC award for her work as D.O.P. on ‘Houses with small windows’.

Picture by Pieter Clicteur

‘Samuel in the clouds’ pitch at DocMontevideo

Picture © Andrea Lopez Ortiz

DocMontevideo gave us the opportunity to pitch Samuel in the clouds’ at their forum.

After a very useful exchange during the writing workshop with Bruni Burres and a lot of talented Latin-American filmmakers, we finally made it to the pitch and even won the award, which gives us access to the coproduction market of Señal Colombia.

We would like to thank the organization, the tutors and all filmmakers present. It was a great experience!

Note: Pieter was the first European filmmaker to pitch at DocMontevideo.

 

Waiting for August wins award for best documentary at Karlovy Vary

For a beautiful and precise portray of a modern-day family in absence of their mother.
For walking into a home almost unnoticed and drawing a complex and round portrait of seven siblings, boys and girls, fending on their own, under the rule of the eldest daughter, a 15-year-old, herself still at school, and the hands-on reign of a satellite mother, and for doing so, with much detail and sensitivity.
For avoiding the condescending and pity traps.
For making what could have been heartbreaking, heartfelt.
For outstanding editing.
For its cinematic approach, from the wide opening and closing, to a two room apartment.
For the subtle flow between seasons and holidays, challenges and victories at home and at school throughout a tangible cycle of a year.
For the longing for the month of August the Grand Prix for Best Documentary Film over 60 minutes is given to WAITING FOR AUGUST.
– Jury Karlovy Vary International film festival 2014

Through this link, you can watch Teodora’s speech.

Media support for Samuel in the clouds

Good news from Creative Europe : Samuel in the clouds received Media’s development support.

Fanaticos will be broadcast as from thursday the 12th of June

Fanaticos, documentary series by Damien Chemin, will be broadcast as from Thursday the 12th on RTBF & Canvas.

From Saturday on, the films will also be available for online streaming through the daily paper De Morgen.be

First review available in the focus knack (see attachment)

Fanaticos_persberichtFocusKnack

 

Waiting for August heads for Karlovy Vary & International Film festival Ghent

We’re proud to announce that Waiting for August by Teodora Mihai has been selected for competition in Karlovy Vary & for the International Film Festival of Ghent.

 

Samuel in the clouds wins best pitch @Mooov 2014

We are very happy that our project Samuel in the clouds won the best pitch @Good Mooov 2014.

We would like to use this opportunity to thank the organization of Mooov, Flanders Doc, Flanders Audiovisual Fund, Kauri and of course Pix Mix for organizing this very important event.

 

Best international feature length documentary goes to Waiting for August @Hot Docs

We’re so honored to receive the award of best international feature length documentary for Waiting for August @Hot Docs 2014.

Jury statement : Tonight’s winner is a beautifully crafted vérité film that reveals its central characters through the details of everyday life. With balance and nuance it shows a family dealing with the stress created by harsh economic realities. However, what makes Waiting for August truly special is that by the time it is over you will have laughed, cried, and become one of the family.

The film received also a special jury mention @Visions du Réel.

Jury statement : For their humanity, for the precision of their mise-en-scene and their future impact . All the best ! Boa sorte ! Buena suerte ! Buona fortuna !

Stefan Kloos and his company Rise & Shine is attached a the world sales agent.

The Hollywood Reporter wrote an article about the film. Read through this link.

Waiting for August will world premiere at Visions du réel

Waiting for August, documentary by Teodora Ana Mihai, will world premiere at Visions du réel (Nyon) on Saturday the 26th of April.

On the 29th of April we will present the film at Hot Docs in Toronto.

For more information go to waitingforaugust.be

Waiting for August was produced by Clin d’oeil films and coproduced by A Private View. The film received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund, le Centre du cinéma de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, the Belgian Tax Shelter and Fonds Pascal Decroos.

Waiting for August heads for Hot Docs (Toronto)

We are proud to announce that the documentary ‘Waiting for August’ by Teodora Ana Mihai, has been selected for the main competition at Hot Docs in Toronto.

Through this link you can watch our trailer.

Waiting for August, is a Clin d’oeil films production,  in coproduction with a Private View. The film was supported by the Flanders Audiovisual Fund, La Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Canvas, Fonds Pascal Decroos & the Belgian Tax Shelter.

More news on the festival selections will follow in the next weeks.

 

First recce for ‘Samuel en las nubes’

Just wrapped the first recce for the documentary ‘Samuel en las nubes’ by Pieter Van Eecke with cameraman Johan Legraie & sound engineer Félix Blume and … lots of snow…

We’ll be pitching in Thessaloniki at the end of the month

The art of becoming wins two awards at Festival des Libertés 2013

GRAND PRIX DU FESTIVAL DES LIBERTES

La question récurrente de notre non gestion des flux migratoires souligne que les politiques actuelles de migration ne fonctionnent pas et, surtout, ne sont pas adaptées au mouvement des migrants dans le monde d’aujourd’hui.
Et, depuis plusieurs jours, ce sont des afghans, déboutés de leur demande de reconnaissance de la qualité de réfugié qui sont au cœur du cyclone. D’occupation de lieux à des manifestations réprimées durement, ils se retrouvent aujourd’hui pour une part importante d’entre eux arrêtés ou dans des logements de fortune.
A eux seuls, ces afghans symbolisent l’échec de notre aveuglement.
Avec ces regards et destins croisés que nous offre « the art of becoming », l’occasion nous est donnée de nous rappeler cette évidence trop rapidement écartée : ceux que l’on nous présente uniquement sous la forme de statistiques ou sous la casquette de fraudeur sont des êtres humains. Avec leurs vies, leurs parcours, leurs angoisses et leurs espoirs.
« Je suis au bout de l’enfer » affirme un des jeunes ainsi suivi. Il en a quitté un en décidant de partir de son pays, nous lui en avons offert un autre en guise d’accueil.
Pourtant, cet ordre socio-économique particulier qu’on nous impose est le résultat de décisions humaines prises à l’intérieur d’institutions humaines. Les décisions peuvent être modifiées ; les institutions peuvent être changées. Et si nécessaire, elles peuvent être renversés et remplacées.
A nous de ne pas l’oublier au moment où nous recherchons ici collectivement les ressorts de nos engagements.
PRIX RTBF

Si la  RTBF a choisi de primer The art of becoming, de Hanne Phlypo et Catherine Vuylsteke.  c’est parce que nous avons estimé que ce film , par sa forme  presque fictionnelle, avec ses personnages attachants  — eux qui sont arrivés en Belgique en quête d’ une vie meilleure avec pour tout  bagage, un courage incomparable – permet d’incarner  des questions au cœur de notre actualité   brûlante, ici et maintenant.
Nous pensons que la diffusion de ce film sur nos antennes permettra à un large public d’aiguiser son regard critique, de se forger une opinion, voire même de changer son regard sur ce qui, pour le plus grand nombre, n’est aujourd’hui souvent qu’une affaire de chiffres et de statistiques. Ce film nous montre aussi, au-delà des destins tragiques de ces jeunes migrants qui pourraient s’appeler Aref ou Leonarda, que restent possibles, toujours, l’humanité, la tolérance et le sens de la solidarité.