From 2019 Film Fest Gent decides to no longer limit itself to a European short film competition, but to open the competition to short films from all over the world.
The International Short Film Award is a cash prize worth € 5,000 and is awarded by the short film jury to the best short film from the International Short Film Competition. In this way, short film talent is put in the spotlight.
Fiction, animation, documentary as well as everything that could be considered an 'experiment' is eligible for the Award.
Winners Best International Short Award:
Winner 2019: Community Gardens (Lithuania) by Vytautas Katkus
Winners Best European Short Award:
Winner 2018: Dark Chamber (Hungary, Sweden) by Ottó Bánovits
Winner 2017: My Second Eye (Germany) by Ahmad Saleh
Winner 2016: Timecode (Spain) by Giménez Peña Juanjo
Winner 2015: Le Mur (Belgium) by Samuel Lampaert
Winner 2014: Washingtonia (Greece) by Konstantina Kotzamani
Winner 2013: Whale Valley (Denmark, Iceland) by Gudmundur Arnar Gudmundsson
Winner 2012: As Ondas (The Waves) (Portugal) by Miguel Fonseca
Winner 2011: Demain Ça Sera Bien (France) by Pauline Gay
Winner 2010: Berik (Denmark, Sweden) by Daniel Joseph Borgman
Winner 2009: Amor (Norway) by Thomas Wangsmo (Prix UIP)
Winner 2008: Zwemles (Belgium) by Danny De Vent (Prix UIP)
Winner 2007: Raak (Netherlands) by Hanro Smitsman (Prix UIP)
Winner 2006: Kwiz (Belgium) by Renaud Callebaut (Prix UIP)
Winner 2005: Delivery (Germany) by Till Nowak (Prix UIP)
Winner 2004: Little Terrorist (UK) by Ashvin Kumar (Prix UIP)
Winner 2003: J'attendrai le suivant (France) by Philippe Oreindy (Prix UIP)
Winner 2002: La chanson-chanson (Belgium) by Xavier Diskeuve (Prix UIP)
Winner 2001: Muno (Belgium) by Bouli Lanners (Prix UIP)
Winner 2000: The Heist (Denmark) by Dennis Petersen & Frederik M. Nørgaard (Prix UIP)
Jayro Bustamante (CO)
Guatemalan director Jayro Bustamante is back at Film Fest Gent after his remarkable debut ‘Ixcanul’ in 2015. Next to his jury duties, his film ‘La Llorona’ (p. 26) will be screened in our official competition this year after a run in Venice, while his other project ‘Temblores’ featured at the Berlinale.
Neil Young (UK)
Neil Young is a British journalist, programmer and filmmaker, who regularly writes for The Hollywood Reporter and Sight & Sound among other publications. He works as curator or consultant at several European festivals, including prominent events in Austria, Norway and Serbia. His feature-length directorial debut ‘Rihaction’ premiered in March.
Amira Daoudi (BE)
Graphic designer and art director Amira Daoudi leads her own Studio Daoudi, an international creative communication company. She specialises in the creation of film posters, including Academy Award Nominee ‘Bullhead’, but was also involved in the brand new identity of the Brussels Royal City Theater. In 2015, she presented her first solo exhibition ‘From Film to Poster’.