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'Petite fille' and 'Servants' triumph at 47th Film Fest Ghent

The inspiring documentary Petite fille by Sébastien Lifshitz has won the Grand Prix for Best Film at the 47th edition of Film Fest Ghent in an enthralling Official Competition, also featuring Nomadland, Vitalina Varela, First Cow and L'ennemi a.o. The 2020 Georges Delerue Award for Best Music and Sound Design goes to the black-and-white film Servants by Ivan Ostrochovský.

 

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'Gagarine' by Fanny Liatard and Jérémy Trouilh receives the Explore Zone Award 2020 at Film Fest Ghent

Gagarine, the feature debut of Fanny Liatard and Jérémy Trouilh, wins the Explore Zone Award 2020. The French directing duo were in Ghent last week to present their debut. The Explore Zone Award, presented to them by the Explore Zone youth jury, gives them a promotional boost thanks to a media campaign in De Morgen, Knack Focus and at Studio Brussel worth 27,000 euros.

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Soundtrack Maestro Podcast: from blank page to iconic soundtrack

Always wanted to read the thoughts of film composers? Now is your chance: listen to Soundtrack Maestro - our podcast made together with Radio 1 - in which Annelies Moons and FFG music director Dirk Brossé interview four world-renowned film composers, in honour of the twentieth anniversary of the World Soundtrack Awards. Get to know the secrets of these musicians, discover the petites histoires behind their greatest works and follow their journey from blank page to iconic soundtrack.

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'Tussen de bijen en de tarbot', 'Versailles' and 'Perpetual Night' are awarded at Film Fest Ghent

'Tussen de bijen en de tarbot', the poetic animated short by Linnea Lidegran Correia (KASK) received the Award for Best Belgian Student Short at the closing evening of the short film weekend at Film Fest Ghent. The winner of the ACE Image Factory & The Fridge Audience Award for Best Belgian Short is 'Versailles' by Hyun Lories. 'Perpetual Night' by Pedro Peralta won the Best International Short Award.

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Viggo Mortensen receives the Joseph Plateau Honorary Award at Film Fest Ghent

Viggo Mortensen received the Joseph Plateau Honorary Award 2020 in Ghent on Sunday 18 October. With this prize for his full oeuvre, Film Fest Ghent honours his impressive track record as an actor, now director and his eminent contribution to the art of filmmaking. He received the award from the hands of Film Fest Ghent programme director Wim De Witte before the Belgian premiere of his directorial debut Falling.

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47th Film Fest Ghent kicked off, with and without alcohol

No traditional opening reception, but lots of liquor and above all a lot of cinephile entertainment. That is how the opening night of Film Fest Ghent on Tuesday 13 October can be summarized. With Thomas Vinterberg's opening film Drunk, Belgium's biggest film festival has got off to a flying start. In a safe and corona-proof setting, 110 feature films and 32 short films will be screened on the wide-screen over the next ten days. There are also VIDEODROOM concerts at Kunstencentrum Vooruit and the festival will close with a special anniversary edition of the 20th World Soundtrack Awards, on Saturday 24 October.

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Film Fest Ghent supplements screenings in theaters with a VOD platform

Film Fest Ghent will reach further then ever by launching a brandnew online VOD platform. During the festival period, film fans, based in Belgium, can watch and experience 60 full-length films - about half of the entire FFG2020 offer - at home too. These films are also supplemented with pre-recorded Q&As with filmmakers and actors who are unable to come to Ghent due to Covid-19.

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Belgian Student Shorts Competition at the 47th edition of Film Fest Ghent

Seven young filmmakers from recognized Belgian film schools will present their graduation project during the Competition for Belgian Student Shorts at the 47th edition of Film Fest Ghent. Here, they have a chance at winning the Prize for Best Belgian Student Short Film - awarded by a professional jury - thanks to Amplo and the ACE Image Factory & The Fridge Audience Award, respectively with a value of 5,000 and 6,500 euro that can be used as a budget for post-production in an upcoming project.

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Disney and Pixar's new animated feature 'Soul' will close the 47th edition of Film Fest Ghent

The 47th edition of Film Fest Ghent will close with the highly anticipated film, Disney and Pixar's Soul, directed by Pete Docter and co-directed by Kemp Powers. Pixar's latest revelation is an accessible, enchanting and above all heart-warming escapade that also happens to ask some of life's biggest questions. An ode to living, Soul is peppered with incredible music by jazz artist Jon Batiste and represents the perfect closing film for Film Fest Ghent 2020.

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Film Fest Ghent 2020 announces full programme

Film Fest Ghent’s distinctive, varied and adventurous programme for 2020, based on a few unconventional choices, clearly shows that the festival has refused to be discouraged by the coronavirus crisis. The programme includes a revelatory focus on German film, pays continued attention to short film and gender issues, and introduces a new section: 'Official Selection: Masters & New Voices'. We welcome, as our international guests, Viggo Mortensen and Maïwenn. Moreover, Jérémie Renier will come down from Brussels. In addition, Film Fest Ghent pays homage to the recently deceased Robbe De Hert, with the screening of his Dood van een Sandwichman (Death of a Sandwichman) and De Bom (The Bomb).

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'Drunk' by Thomas Vinterberg will be the opening film at the 47th edition of Film Fest Ghent

Drunk, the latest dark comedy by Danish director Thomas Vinterberg will kick off the 47th edition of Film Fest Ghent. The film received a Cannes label after the festival was cancelled and had its world premiere in Toronto last week. For the seventh time, Film Fest Ghent will present a film by Dogme 95 filmmaker Vinterberg, who walked the red carpet in Ghent two years ago. On 13 October, Drunk will be screened as the Official Opening Film of Film Fest Ghent 2020.

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Golden Lion winner 'Nomadland' and 'Vitalina Varela' selected for the Official Competition of Film Fest Ghent

Nomadland, winner of the Golden Lion Award in Venice last weekend, and Pedro Costa's Vitalina Varela will compete among an international selection of films for the Grand Prix for Best Film and the Georges Delerue Award for Best Music and Sound Design at the 47th edition of Film Fest Ghent. The competition will be opened by the avant-premiere of the Belgian film L'ennemi, inspired by a true story. 

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Relive film classics The Shining and Solaris with a novel score during VIDEODROOM 2020

Film Fest Ghent will explore the cross-pollination between film and music at its 47th edition with VIDEODROOM 2020. In collaboration with Kunstencentrum Vooruit, the festival will present film classics such as SolarisKoyaanisqatsi and The Shining while giving them a VIDEODROOM make-over. Live music concerts and performances will propose experimental perspectives on the film canon while offering unforgetable experiences.

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Golden Bear winner and Venice entries 'I Am Greta' and 'Mandibules' at the 47th edition of Film Fest Ghent

Film Fest Ghent unveils some of what the 47th edition in October has to offer. Adapted to the circumstances and safety regulations, this corona-proof edition will offer a platform to cinema from all over the world, including this year's Golden Bear winner There Is No Evil by Mohammad Rasoulof. In addition, this year's programme takes a fascinating look at cinematographic developments in neighbouring Germany, including Undine by Christian Petzold. Roméo Elvis' acting debut in Mandibules and the adaptation of the novel Kom hier dat ik u kus stand out as proof of local talent.

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Get your Film Fest Ghent festival brochure

The Knack Focus FFG festival brochure gives you the full overview to discover the full programme of the 47th edition of Film Fest Ghent. 

The brochures are being printed at the moment and are available from next week onwards on several locations: libraries in Ghent, cultural centres, our festival locations (Sphinx, Vooruit, Kinepolis, Miry Concerthall) and in bars and restaurants in Ghent. Also outside of Ghent you will be able to find your copy: locations will be specified next week. 

Can't wait? Read the digital version of our festival brochure here

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Film Fest Ghent reveals campaign poster for 47th corona-proof edition

More than four months ahead of the festival, Film Fest Ghent is releasing the campaign poster of its 47th edition: this year it is a double portrait of film icon Romy Schneider and German actor August Diehl, referring to the focus on German cinema in this year's festival programme. During the festival edition in October, safety first will be our motto and we will take into account all the measures against the corona virus that will be in force at that time.

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Why German cinema today is more provoking than ever

For its 47th programme, Film Fest Ghent is looking at the cinematographic lay of the land in neighbouring country Germany. Programme Director Wim De Witte and programmer Michiel Philippaerts delineate why the contemporary cinema of our neighbours is so extremely compelling. "It is certain that the diversity has never been so great."

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Discover our festival square

In front of the impressive façade of Kinepolis Ghent, you will find Film Fest Gent’s official festival square: the beating heart and buzzing home of the festival. Don’t forget to bring your camera: the festival square puts you in the front row for our red carpet!

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Late Entries: 3 new films at the festival!

Film Fest Gent adds films by Terrence Malick, James Mangold and Taika Waititi to the programme. Film Fest Gent added three movies by film studio FOX (released in Belgium via The Walt Disney Company-Benelux starting in October) and they are sure to bring a solid addition to the programme. 'Jojo Rabbit' and 'A Hidden Life', two films tackling extreme ideologies and 'Le Mans '66', an economic race for glory based on real events.

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International Jury 2019

A film festival naturally includes an array of awards: on Wednesday 16 October, the international jury awards the Grand Prix for Best Film and the Georges Delerue Award for Best Soundtrack/Sound Design. But who is in our international jury this year?

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Spain in the spotlight of Film Fest Gent 2019

For its 46th edition, which will take place from 8 to 18 October, Film Fest Gent 2019 is bringing the Spanish cinematographic sphere to Ghent, traditionally with much emphasis on soundtracks. Actress Rossy de Palma, the muse of one of the most famous Spanish directors - Pedro Almodóvar – is the face of the campaign. 

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