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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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The 35th edition of the Ghent International Film Festival has officially started

The 35th edition of the Ghent International Film Festival has officially started with the premiere of The Visitor in the six screening rooms of Kinepolis in Ghent and Young@Heart at Vooruit. The three main actors of the film The Visitor namely Richard Jenkins, Danai Gurira and Haaz Sleiman, the International Jury and the actor Woody Harrelson were there! Jenkins received a Joseph Plateau Honorary Award for his career. Woody Harrelson will present this Wednesday his new film Transsiberian. Check out the first pictures

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Four festival films nominated for European Discovery 2008

As part of the European Film Awards, the European Film Academy annually presents the award European Discovery to a young and upcoming director for a first full-length feature film. This year's nominations are Hunger (Steve McQueen), Snow (Aida Begic), Summer Book (Seyfi Teoman) and Tulpan (Sergey Dvortsevoy). These films are also being screened at the Ghent International Film Festival.

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The uncompromising cinema of Cis Bierinckx

He once jotted down the following reminder to himself: "No stars. No happy endings. Only time". The perfect way to describe Cis Bierinckx's selection for A Look Apart. With this quirky programme, film fans get a thought-provoking alternative to the usual commercial blockbusters and mindless action movies that have long plagued the silver screen.

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Almost Cinema 2008

Vooruit Arts Centre and the Ghent Film Festival join forces for Almost Cinema: a twelve-day programme during which Vooruit presents its unique vision on cinema. Almost Cinema starts where traditional film stops. The featured artists are influenced by the cinematic medium but leave the beaten track, opting for new unknown paths instead.

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The Visitor, opening film of the 35th Ghent Film Festival

The 35ste edition of the Ghent Film Festival opens on 7 October with The Visitor by Tom McCarthy. It is a very warm, humane and at times touching film that critically looks into the immigration politics in the United States. The full programme of the festival will be announced on 24 September.

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Woody Harrelson presents Transsiberian

The Ghent International Film Festival has just announced that Woody Harrelson will be attending the 35th edition of the festival. The actor, best known for his roles in Cheers, Natural Born Killers, The People vs Larry Flynt and No Country for Old Men, will be in Ghent on Wednesday 15 October to present Transsiberian.

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Ghent Film Festival puts Harold Lloyd in the spotlight

For the 35th edition of the Ghent Film Festival (7-18 October), American silent film actor Harold Lloyd will be back under the spotlight, with an exhibition and a retrospective of newly restored films. The exhibition, co-organised by the Province of East Flanders, will be on view from 10 October to 21 December 2008 at the Carmelite Friary - Provincial Centre of Art and Culture in Ghent. Sue Lloyd, the late actor's granddaughter and manager of his legacy, will be attending the exhibition opening.

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Joseph Plateau Honorary Award for Parkes and MacDonald

Producers Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald will be honored with the Joseph Plateau Honorary Award at the upcoming 35th Ghent International Film Festival. This prestigious award will be presented to Parkes and MacDonald at a gala ceremony on October 11th. 3-time Oscar nominee Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald have produced or executive produced over 30 films together including Best Picture Oscar winner Gladiator, Minority Report, Catch Me If You Can, Awakenings, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, Amistad, Terminal, the Men in Black series and the Golden Globe winning adaptation of Stephen Sondeheim's musical thriller, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

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The Wall Street Journal: Ghent ranked among the top European film festivals

According to the prestigious American business daily, The Wall Street Journal, the Ghent Film Festival is among the top five European film festivals with character, largely due to its particular focus on film music compared with major festivals such as Cannes, Venice and Berlin. This accolade from a newspaper that is also popular in the business world adds to the compliment paid by the film trade magazine Variety when it stated that Ghent was among the fifty "must attend" film festivals worldwide.

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'This Is England' bought for Belgian release by A-Film

Benelux-rights to Ghent competition title This Is England have recently been bought by independent Amsterdam- and Antwerp based distributor A-Film. The film was presented during the previous edition of the Flanders Int'l Film Festival, and was the best scoring (at that time) non-distributed title in the audience poll. The film will get its Belgian release on February 20th, 2008.

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Winners of the European Film Awards 2007

The 20th European Film Award winners were announced at the Arena in Berlin on Dec. 1, 2007. In attendance at the Berlin ceremony were veterans Liv Ullmann, Jeanne Moreau, and Wim Wenders, among others. Actors Emmanuelle Béart and Jan Josef Liefers are hosting the event. Cristian Mungiu's abortion drama 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days won the European Film Award for best European film.

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Nominations for The European Film Awards 2007

At the Seville Film Festival the European Film Academy and EFA Productions announced the nominations for the 20th European Film Awards. The 1,800 EFA Members will now vote for the winners which will be presented during the Awards Ceremony on 1 December in Berlin.

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