‘May Day’ big winner at short film Festival Leuven

The film ‘May Day’ of the Brussels based directing duo Fedrik De Beul and Olivier Magis is during the closing night of the Leuven short film Festival Saturday night with three awards, the big winner in the Flemish league.

Olivier Magis and Fedrik De Beul © BELGA

‘May Day’ is about a Brussels krantenbedeler who is looking for a successor. He collects a dozen applicants, with intense discussions and big chaos as a result. “We wanted to especially the contemporary tragedy around work express. On the one hand, there are people who have their own job kotsbeu, on the other hand, there are others who are so desperately in search of his to work, that they are there any what would do to find one. It is the reality in a city like Brussels, ” says Fedrik De Beul.

The short film got in Flemish Fictiecompetie both the jury Award as the Audience award. In addition, the award for best acting performance to actor Thierry Slopes..

In the Flemish Competition was also the prize for the best debut to ‘Poor Kids’ Michiel Dhont. The best animated film was ‘Wildebeest’ by Nicolas Keppen and Matthias Philips, the best documentary ‘Girlhood’ by Heleen Declercq.

In the European Competition went to the Jury prize for “Le Bleu Blanc Rouge-Mes Cheveux’, an autobiographical film of Josza Anjembee about a woman who is a French national who wishes to obtain, but encounters any resistance due to her haircut. ‘Graduation ’97’, a humorous film from the Ukraine, was by the jury nominated for the European Film Awards.

The European Award was given for ‘Les Heures-encre” of the Swiss Wendy Pillonel.

With the awards ceremony, came Saturday evening to an end the 23rd edition of the Leuven short film Festival. For this edition, are still no bezoekerscijfers known, but in recent years the festival count on approximately 10,000 attendees. The focus was this year partly on Finnish short films. The visitors were therefore, during the entire festival in the courtyard of the PIECE a short view in a sauna.

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