The Flemish culture prize Film this year to Emmy Oost. The filmproducente of, inter alia, ‘Problemski Hotel’ and ‘No Man Is An Island’ will receive € 10,000 and a work of art by Philip Aguirre.
The price was Friday by the Flemish minister of Culture Sven Gatz presented during the film Festival of Ostend.
Emmy Eastern took its first steps in the world of film on the set of ‘Any way the wind blows’ (2003) Tom Barman. After that, she was production assistant of Felix Van Groeningen in the film ‘Steve + Sky’ (2004) and productieleidster at the “Days without love’ (2007).
In 2008, she founded her own production house ‘Cassette for Timescapes’. This produces them politically or socially committed films such as ‘Problemski Hotel‘ by Manu Riche, ‘No Man Is An Island‘ by Tim De Keersmaecker, or even ‘The Invisible City / Kakuma’ (2016) by Lieven Corthouts.
“These three films are conceptually connected with each other and carry the viewer along in the different stages of the journey that refugees travel: depart from Africa (“The Invisible City / Kakuma‘) to Lampedusa (‘No Man Is An Island”) in Europe, to end up (‘Problemski Hotel’). This is less a coincidence than it seems,’ says the jury.
‘Whether that be documentaries or fiction films, Emmy Oost has a nose for projects of quirky filmmakers with politically or socially engaged topics, it sounds still.
The 40-year-old East, also the co-founder of iDROPS, a platform for digital innovation in the cultural and creative industries and in the social sector, carries the price to Lieven Corthouts: ‘The look of quirky filmmakers is essential to be societal issues, to summarize and to distinguish, in all their complexity. This award confirms that we are this creators need to continue to support. I owe this award to them and to him in particular, assign to Lieven Corthouts and are app that refugee children reunited with their parents. Documentary, in all its forms, is an essential tool for social impact and social change.’
Sven Gatz: “The documentary sector is globally in the rise. What Emmy Oost realize, is a good example of internationalization. This award gives this penalty Flemish producer extra recognition.’
Emmy Oost was given as (co-)producer the last time a lot of recognition at home and abroad. Recently hijacked ‘Shadow World’, a special mention of the jury away on the International film Festival in Guanajuato, Mexico, and received the award for Best Documentary Feature at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. With ‘Double Take’ (2009), selected for the Berlinale 2009 and Sundance 2010, she won the Black Pearl Award in Abu Dhabi and the Grand Prize of the New Media FF in Los Angeles. (DB)