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 € 3,000 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.
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)
Michaël Borremans (BE)
Hope Dickson Leach (UK)
Hope Dickson Leach is a British director. After multiple shorts which screened at multiple international filmfestivals, she won a range of awards for her feature debut ‘The Levelling’.
Stephen & David Dewaele (BE)
For over 20 years, brothers Stephen & David Dewaele have consistently pushed the boundaries of music with their band Soulwax and as 2ManyDJs. They have also composed and produced the soundtrack for Felix van Groeningen’s ‘Belgica’ and 'Steve + Sky'. Their music is also featured in many films and tv series.
Mireille Perrier (FR)
Mireille Perrier is a French actress who broke through with her role in the 1983 film ‘Boy Meets Girl’. In 1991, she received the Joseph Plateau Award at Film Fest Gent.
Alexandre O. Philippe (US)
Swiss-American film-maker Alexandre O. Philippe has directed numerous award-winning documentaries, many of which take on the role of unpacking the most influential works of master film-makers. In 2017, his film '78/52' premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
João Pedro Rodrigues (PO)
João Pedro Rodrigues debuted in 2000 with ‘O Fantasma.’ Since then, the Portuguese director took home prizes at acclaimed film festivals including Cannes, Venice and Toronto.
Nele Wohlatz (DE)
Nele Wohlatz is a German director of award-winning feature films ‘Ricardo Bär' and ‘The Future Perfect’. She also teaches documentary directing in Buenos Aires.