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Shorts galore in Brussels

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The 11th edition of the Brussels International Short Film Festival closed on Sunday, May 5, with a second screening of the prize-winning films, which were announced on Saturday evening.

French shorts dominate the international prize list, having scooped five of the seven awards.

The Grand Prize – awarded by the jury (Joachim Lafosse, François Pirot, Yannick Rénier and Willy Stassen) – was shared by Franco Lolli’s Como Todo el Mundo, a final-year film by the Femis graduate; and Mompelaar, by Belgian directors Marc Roels and Wim Reygaert. Both films attracted attention at the Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival in February, winning the National Competition Grand Prize and the Special Jury Prize, respectively.

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The two acting awards went to Cécile Ducrocq and Raphaël Goldmann for the French film Leçon Particulière by Raphaël Chevènement.

Samir Guesmi – the talented actor who recently starred in Alain Gomis’ Andalucia [+see also:
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and will soon appear in Musée haut, Musée Bas and Le Bal des Actrices – presented his debut directorial short, C'est dimanche (also lauded at Clermont-Ferrand), which picked up the Be TV award.

The Audience Award went to David Chahron’s Le Secret de Salomon, sealing the French triumph.

Milan by Serbian/German director Michaela Kezele also received a prize in the international competition.

In the national competition, Vincent Bierrewaerts’ Le Pont scooped the top award, drawing attention to one of the major trends in contemporary Belgian film: the popularity of animated works.

(Translated from French)

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