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Donate to UNICEF's Haiti Earthquake Children's Appeal

A devastating earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale has struck Haiti causing an unfolding humanitarian crisis. Children have been killed and injured - many are in desperate need of clean water, shelter and medical help. Early reports indicate a large number of casualties and widespread damage.

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Young jury gives Mine Xplore Award to Ajami

The jury of the youngsters of the Ghent Film Festival gives the Mine Xplore Award to the Israelian film Ajami of the directors Scandar Copti & Yaron Shani. The distributor will get a free media campaign in the daily De Morgen and on the radio Studio Brussel with a value of 20.000 euro and an amount of 6.000 cash money given by Mine/BNP Paribas Fortis. A L'ouest de Pluton received a Special Mention.

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Eyes Wide Open wins the Grand Prize for Best Film

Eyes Wide Open by the Israelian director Haim Tabakman wins the Grand Prize for the Best Film at the 36th Ghent International Film Festival. This was announced this Wednesday 14th of October by the International Jury at the town hall of Ghent. Other awards went to Zion and his Brother (Best Script), A Rational Solution (Best Music) and the short film Amor by Thomas Wangsmo.

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36th Ghent International Film Festival is succesfully halfway

After 6 days, the 36th Ghent International Film Festival is succesfully halfway so it is time for a round-up. With an overwhelming attention of the media and nothing than positive reactions we can say that the opening film The Misfortunates was a real succes. But also the other screenings are doing well. And it is not finished yet!! Tonight we will be enjoying the concert of Kevin Costner at the Handelbeurs. On Wednesday 14th of October the french composer Alexander Desplat and the Traffic Quintet pay a musical tribute to the mythical women called "Divine Féminin. The japanese composer Shigeru Umebayashi will enchant us on the 15th of October with two concerts in Vooruit. Andy Garcia will present on the 16th of October his film City Island. And last but not least, the french composer Alexandre Desplat will close the festival after de World Soundtrack Awards.

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Ghent Int'l Film Fest kicks of with The Misfortunates

The 36th Filmfestival of Ghent has started with the premiere of The Misfortunates by Felix van Groeningen in 6 screening rooms. In total 3000 persons attended, 2300 guest at the Kinepolis and 700 spectators at the Vooruit in the presence of the whole crew.

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A different view with A Look Apart

The festival's A Look Apart series showcases a selection of films curated by Cis Bierinckx, director of the Beurschouwburg theatre in Brussels. Bierinckx has a keen eye for films that raise questions about culture, people and society while casting a critical glance on film as an art form. Is film the reflection of our collective subconscious? Can film capture the truth, in all its ambiguity? A Look Apart's quirky selection gets to the heart of these issues, challenging viewers to engage with the work and draw their own conclusions.

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Complete programme now online

The complete programme of the 36th Ghent International Film Festival is now online available. Click on 'programme' or 'tickets' on top of this page and browse through the different sections of the festival. If you want to find a specific film you can use the search field in the website header. Tickets can be ordered directly online.

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Closing film Soul Kitchen by Fatih Akin

The Ghent Film Festival is proud to bring its 36th edition to a close with Soul Kitchen, by award-winning German-Turkish director Fatih Akin. This will be Akin's second time in Ghent, after gracing our shores in 2007 for The Edge of Heaven.

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Oscar nominee Andy García to receive Honorary Award

Oscar nominated actor Andy García will be honored with the Joseph Plateau Honorary Award at the upcoming 36th Ghent International Film Festival. This prestigious award will be presented to Garcia prior to the screening of his new film City Island on October 16th.

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Joseph Plateau Honorary Award for Kevin Costner

On 11 October, the American actor Kevin Costner will receive a Joseph Plateau Honorary Award at the Ghent International Film Festival. Costner is coming to Ghent for a concert with his country band Modern West in the Handelsbeurs, an ideal opportunity, the festival thought, to present this award. The prize is the highest award of the festival. Previous luminaries to be presented with the award include Morgan Freeman, Juliette Binoche, Jeanne Moreau, Vanessa Redgrave, Robert Altman and Sydney Pollack.

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First Festival Film has arrived in Ghent!

Peng Tao's Floating in Memory is the first festival film to arrive at the festival offices. The film is selected for the World Cinema section and fits the fest focus on China. Tickets will be available starting September 22 at filmfestival.be.

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Ghent Film Festival to Showcase Studio Ghibli and Animation Legend Miyazaki

Japanese animation film fans are in for a real treat at the 36th edition of the Ghent Film Festival (6-17 October), with its film retrospective on Studio Ghibli, Japan's premiere animation studio founded by directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata. The retrospective reflects the festival's Asia theme and ties in with the anime exhibition held at The Carmelite Friary - Provincial Centre of Art and Culture.

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'The Misfortunates' opens the 36th Ghent Film Festival

The latest film by Felix van Groeningen, The Misfortunates, opens the 36th edition of the Ghent Film Festival on 6 October. A première of the film will be shown simultaneously in four of the cinemas in the Kinepolis complex and in the Vooruit arts centre.

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The Market wins festival competition

The Market by Ben Hopkins wins the Grand Prize of the Flemish Community for Best Film at the 35th Ghent International Film Festival. The international jury presided by Danish producer Vibeke Windeløv announced the winners on Wednesday 15 October at the Ghent city hall. Other winning films are Two-Legged Horse (Samira Makhmalbaf), Stella (Sylvie Verheyde) and O'Horten (Bent Hamer).

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Hunger wins Xplore Award 2008

Hunger, the poignant debute of brittish artist Steve McQueen wins the Xplore Award of the 35th Ghent International Film Festival. The young XploreZone jury give a special mention to Worlds Apart by danish director Niels Arden Oplev.

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Songes d'une Femme de Ménage Best Belgian Short

Songes d'une Femme de Ménage by Banu Akseki has won the National Lottery Price for Best Belgian Short Film. The director receives a premium of 5.000 euro. Jazzed by Anton Senola receives a special mention. The price was given by Marc Frederix, marketing director of the National Lottery.

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Finding Home Best Flemish Student Short Film

The documentary Finding Home by Christopher Daley (KASK) has won the ACE-price for Best Flemish Student Short Film at the 35th Ghent Film Festival. Minister Bert Anciaux has given the price on this Monday evening at the Vooruit. The price includes a premium of 2.000 euro for the director and a postproduction premium of 7.500 euro.

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Already 75.000 tickets sold!

The 35th edition of the Ghent International Film Festival has a record! In total there are 75.000 tickets sold of which 35.000 were sold at the anniversary price of 5 euro! The sales of the tickets has gone up by 12 % compared to last year. The reactions of the public are mainly positive and the media covering is larger than ever!

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Woody Harrelson on the red carpet!

The American actor Woody Harrelson presented his last film Transsiberian at the 35th Ghent International Filmfestival. He also received a Joseph Plateau Honorary Award, given by the actor Richard Jenkins (The Visitor). 

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Unspoken of Fien Troch in premiere

The first belgian film on the festival programme was in premiere : Unspoken by Fien Troch! On the 12th of October two other belgian films will go in premiere : Vinyan by Fabrice du Welz, in presence of Emmanuelle Béart, and also Elève Libre by Joachim Lafosse.

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