Anniversary edition film Festival Oostende attracts more than 35,000 visitors

The tenth edition of the Filmfestival Oostende (FFO) has more than 35,000 visitors. Also, the final day on Saturday drew a lot of people. “Everything went well. We can only very satisfied”, says managing director Peter Craeymeersch.

© Pieter Clicteur/FFO

“Film noir”, that was the theme of master Kevin Janssens for FFO16. The world premiere of “Everybody Happy”, the new movie from Nic Balthazar, pulled the film Festival on Friday 9 september. The premieres, tributes and movie stars from home and abroad followed each other in quick succession. The highlight of the film Festival was, again, the ceremony of the Ensors, the Flemish film awards, in the Kursaal.

“We have a lot of positive responses. For the Ensors are we this year moved to the auditorium, and on that decision the public was enthusiastic,” says Craeymeersch. “From the opening night to the closing, everything went very smoothly. The good weather also made for a lot of people around the Kursaal. Nonetheless, that very many rooms full. The directors were sometimes a little anxious just because the weather was so good that no people would be. That turned out to be not needed at all.”

During FFO16 experienced sixty films premiered. There were tributes brought to, inter alia, Jaco Van Dormael, Renée Soutendijk, Chris Lomme, Jo De Meyere. (Belga)

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