First successes for the Masterplan Filmtalent Limburg

The Masterplan Film Talent Limburg, a project initiated by Elbe Stevens Films and Lumière Cinema Maastricht, can already celebrate several successes. During the International Short Film Festival in Leuven (28 Nov – 6 Dec) De Smet won the HUMO Award for Best Short Film as well as picking up the Public’s Prize. The film was also selected for the international competition of Clermont-Ferrand, the largest short film festival in the world. There was also success for the animation film Connecting Flights, which has just been included in the Selected Dutch Shorts show-reel, a selection of the 14 best Dutch short films from 2014. The selection by a committee of Dutch film professionals ensures additional promotion at prestigious festivals such as Cannes, Berlin, and Clermont-Ferrand.

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With these successes, the Masterplan Filmtalent demonstrates that Euregional investments in talent lead to concrete results in the film industry. This success offers more than just a stuffed trophy cabinet. The makers of De Smet have already received support from the Vlaams Audiovisueel Fonds (Flemish Audio-visual Fund) to develop a scenario for a television series based on the film. In addition, the films will reach an international audience thanks to a deal with an international sales agent. This has already led to the sale of both films to Japan.

In De Smet – a film by Thomas Baerten and Wim Geudens – Tom Audenaert, Sven de Ridder, and Stefaan Degand portray three stuffy single brothers with identical lives. Their well-oiled machine threatens to grind to a halt when a new neighbour moves in down the street. Geudens and Baerten are alumni of the MAD-Faculty in Genk.

Connecting Flightsis an animated film by Arthur Gorissen. In the film, Julia is on a plane when it has an unusual run-in with a barber trying to swat a fly in his barbershop. With the inclusion of Connecting Flights in the Selected Dutch Shorts,  Gorissen has been commissioned to supervise one of the Masterplan’s talents. Gorissen lives and works in Maastricht.