After its successful focus on France last year, Film Fest Gent is to include a British focus as part of its next edition. Following this focus, Film Fest Gent will also celebrate the rich tradition of British film music by organising the concert GREAT BRITISH FILM MUSIC at Music Centre the Bijloke, that will provide an anthology of the work of both classical and contemporary film composers, whom have made a remarkable contribution to the image and success of British cinema.
The Port of Ghent Public Choice Award goes to ‘Pride’ by Matthew Warchus and the Canvas Public Choice Award goes to ‘Il Capitale Umano’ by Paolo Virzì. Raphaël Crombez’ short film ‘Perdition County’ took home the ACE Image Factory Audience Award for Best Belgian Student Short Film.
Part of growing up is about learning how to deal with complex themes such as love and death, about adjusting to your surroundings, and above all about accepting that things don't always go by your standards. In ‘Still the Water,’ we follow the young protagonist Kaito in his coming of age.
On Wednesday the 22nd of October the international jury of Film Fest Gent announced the winners in different competitions.
‘Waste Land’, the third feature by Pieter Van Hees will have his European premiere at the 41st Film Fest Gent
Film Fest Gent proudly welcomes Cliff Martinez, American composer and former drummer of the rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers, to the traditional film music concert during the second part of the World Soundtrack Awards Ceremony & Concert on Saturday October 25th
20,000 Days on Earth, a documentary about singer and culture icon Nick Cave by the artists Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, will have its Belgian premiere at the 41st Film Fest Gent. The surprising and heartfelt film is the second title of the renewed music section Sound and Vision: presented by Spotify.
US author and screenwriter Bret Easton Ellis has been named president of the international jury of the 41st Film Fest Gent (14 to 25 October).
Film Fest Gent (14 to 25 October) is celebrating the 100th anniversary of Charlie Chaplin’s the Tramp with exceptional screenings of two of the greatest classics of Charles Spencer Chaplin: 'The Circus' and 'The Gold Rush'.
On 26 October, the festival will be getting an additional film music event toward its ending with a family concert of the silent film classic 'The Circus' (1928). The film be screened with music composed by Chaplin, performed by a live orchestra led by Music Director Dirk Brosse at Kuipke Gent.
Dirk Brosse: "Leading a silent film is always very exciting. Sometimes I feel like a tightrope walker who suddenly looks down, in this case almost literally. The music that Chaplin composed is compelling and efficacious. It waltzes from comedy to drama and banters from laughter to tears. And as is often the case: melancholy is never far away."
In recognition of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on 17 October, Film Fest Gent will screen 'The Gold Rush' (1925), in collaboration with OCMW Ghent at City Hall. Each year different organizations from Ghent join forces to honour the victims of poverty, exclusion and violence at the Statue of Human Rights at the St. Peter's Square. Other activities are also organised at Ghent City Hall.
Chaplin’s 'The Circus' presented by Proximus and supported by Ghent University will take place on Sunday, 26 October at Kuipke Gent at 15:00
Tickets are €15 (standard) and €12 (kids under 12) and are available through this link.
On the initiative of and in collaboration with Film Fest Gent, the Province of East Flanders presents a large-scale exhibition about the work of Italy’s most renowned filmmaker Federico Fellini.
Catherine Deneuve in all her glory and in one of her most famous roles. Who better than Deneuve in Belle de Jour (1967) as the incarnation of French cinema as we like it – chic, stylish, reserved, mysterious and a tad naughty?
In conjunction with a major exhibition at the Caermersklooster Provincial Cultural Centre, the 41st edition of Film Fest Gent (14 to 25 October 2014) is shining the spotlight on the world of Federico Fellini with various events. On Thursday 23 October, De Bijloke Music Centre is hosting the concert Rota/Fellini with symphonic music from the director of La Dolce Vita and La Strada, performed by the Brussels Philharmonic conducted by Dirk Brossé.
The 41st edition of Film Fest Gent (14-25 October 2014) is focusing on French cinema. The annually recurring sections will be complemented by a separate one-off section dedicated to recent French films (as was the case last year with American Independent Cinema). However, this doesn’t mean that French films won’t also feature in the other festival sections (Competition, Galas & Previews, Classics, Out of the Box and Artists on Film). French directors and actors have been invited to present their latest films to the festival audience. The programme also includes debates, Q&As, director talks and meetings with French film professionals. We are collaborating closely with UniFrance and, of course, with Belgian distributors for the development of the programme and the invitation of talented French film professionals. Click here for additional info.
The jury has chosen its winners and now your votes have been counted as well. The winner of the Port of Ghent Public Choice Award goes to 'Short Term 12' by Destin Daniel Cretton.
Directors, actors, composers,... everyone is a winner at Film Fest Ghent, Belgium's very own Cannes by the Leie. But now, in a strange role reversal, the festival itself – more specifically the website filmfestival.be - is nominated for an Awwward, one of the highest awards in cyberspace.
The Selfish Giant directed by Clio Barnard was awarded the Grand Prix for Best Film at the 40th edition of Film Fest Gent. This was announced on Wednesday 16 October at Ghent City Hall by the international festival jury, presided by director István Szabó. The other films that were presented with an award were A Touch of Sin by Jia Zhangke (Georges Delerue Prize for Best Music) and the short films Whale Valley by Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson (winner of the European Short Film Competition – Film Fest Gent’s nomination for the 2014 European Film Awards) and Zinneke (Nationale Loterij Prijs for Best Belgian Student Short) by Rémi Allier. A special mention went to The Missing Picture by Rithy Panh and Harmony Lessons by Emir Baigazin.
Film Fest Gent is joining forces with Poplife to end their anniversary edition with a bang. On Saturday October 19 they’ll organize a dazzling closing party. A great atmosphere and sexy vibes are always guaranteed at Poplife parties, but the match with FFGent and ‘Lovelace’ will make this evening even more special.
Directing duo Scott McGehee and David Siegel personally present their latest movie 'What Maisie Knew', based on the classic avant-garde novel by Henry James. Come on October 10, decide for yourself whether or not the book is better than the movie. The screening will be followed by a director's talk with the duo.
Scott McGehee & David Siegel @ KASKcinema – 10 October – 4.10 p.m.
2.30 p.m.: screening of ‘What Maisie Knew’ at KASKcinema
4.10 p.m.: discussion with the directors Scott McGehee & David Siegel
Screenwriter of Scorsese's 'Taxi Driver', Paul Schrader scores again, though this time as a director. His latest 'The Canyons' was enthusiastically welcomed in the festival world. On October 12, he presents his movie with us and will answer all your questions afterwards.
Paul Schrader @ Kinepolis – 12 October – 4.10 p.m.
2.30 p.m.: screening of ‘The Canyons’ at Kinepolis
4.10 p.m.: discussion with director Paul Schrader
On 11 October, the French director Jean-Pierre Jeunet presents his latest film 'The Young and Prodigious TS Spivet'(3D). This screening will be followed by a discussion led by Jan Temmerman.
Jean-Pierre Jeunet @ Kinepolis – 11 October – 4 p.m.
2.30 p.m.: screening of ‘The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet’ in 3D
4 p.m.: discussion between Jan Temmerman (De Morgen) and director Jean-Pierre Jeunet (this discussion will take place in French)