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Jeremy Butler <[log in to unmask]>
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Film and TV Studies Discussion List <[log in to unmask]>
Thu, 1 Jun 1995 11:04:41 -0700
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I just found this film festival Web site at:
Info on the festival follows...
Jeremy Butler
> What is the Flanders International Film Festival - Gent?
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> The Flanders International Film Festival, which started in 1974 as a
> student's film festival, has developed into one of Europe's foremost
> film events. Every year in October, the Decascoop multiplex, Studio
> Skoop art-house and Sphinx cinema present some 100 films from all
> over the world in various sections of the Ghent Festival to an
> audience of some 60,000 spectators.
> The Flanders Film Festival is recognized by the IFFPA as a
> competitive festival, focusing on "The Impact of Music on Film" at
> which some 13 films compete for two prizes. Music is the festival's
> main theme, with musical films, films on music and concerts of film
> music, presentations of silent films with live musical accompaniment
> etc. Renowned film composers such as Ennio Morricone, Georges
> Delerue, Nicola Piovani, Stanley Myers and Michael Nyman attended
> the festival to perform some of their music.
> The Flanders Film Festival is a festival for the public: the
> audience are given an occasion to see and appreciate films which
> did, for some reason, not manage to find a distributor for Belgium.
> The festival's aim is to help create a climate that enables more
> difficult films to find their way to the public. It is therefore
> always useful for professionals to see what happens in Ghent,
> because they might do business. The Ghent festival differs from the
> other Belgian festivals not only because of its main theme (music),
> but also because of its professionalism. Its aim is to give each
> film and filmmaker what he deserves: promotion of his film to the
> press, the public and the profession. The festival exerts itself to
> offer its guests a comfortable and pleasant stay.
> As a contribution to the support of the art film, the festival
> organizes a special competition urging the distributors to buy films
> and venture a release of one of the successful festival films.
> Furthermore, Belgian Television acquires some titles for broadcast
> after the festival.
> The Flanders Film Festival also does special efforts to launch and
> support filmmaking in Belgium. Every year, it presents important new
> Belgian productions and it tries to create a national climate of
> confidence and self-respect by organizing the annual Night of the
> Film, at which the Belgian profession hands out awards to Belgian
> filmmakers: the Joseph Plateau Awards. Furthermore, the festival
> organizes a competition for new Belgian short films.
> The Flanders Film Festival could not be organized without financial
> support from various sources. European, national and local
> authorities such as the Commission of the European Community, the
> Flemish Culture Ministry, the Ministry of Economic Affairs, the
> Province of Eastern Flanders and the City of Ghent are most helpful.
> Furthermore, the Festival raises funds from sponsoring, enabling the
> organisation to work professionally. The revenue from the box office
> amounts to about 25% of the global budget.
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