Short Film Festival in Leuven returns to STUK arts centre with four premieres

The 29th edition of the Short Film Festival in Leuven begins on Friday evening with four premieres. The festival returns to the arts centre STUK after the past editions took place in Cinema ZED.

"It feels like coming home," says programmer Vincent Langouche. In 2020, the organisation devised an online version of the Short Film Festival because of the pandemic. In the following years, the festival moved to Cinema ZED while STUK was undergoing renovations. Now the renovations are complete, the organisation is returning to the arts centre.

LaRouche says he expects around 10,000 visitors, similar to the numbers seen in previous editions.

Three world premieres and one Belgian premiere will headline the opening on Friday. The programme includes Pedro by Aline Boyen, The First Twelve Minutes of a Journey to the South by animation director Thomas Huyghe, As If It Could by Ada Güvenir and Résumé d'un Divorce by Peter Ghesquière. On Friday, Hardly Working by Robin Klengel and Leonhard Müllner, in collaboration with Susanna Flock and Michael Stumpf, will be shown as part of the focus on Austria during this season.

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Themes such as climate change and space are featured in the films, such as in Moddergat by Job Antoni, The Ballad of Holland Island House by Lynn Tomlinson and Space Surfers 2023 by Grimm Merckaert.

This year's spotlight is on director Tim Mielants, whose feature film Wil is currently in cinemas. Langouche also recommends Floating with Spirits by Juanita Onzaga, which can be viewed with a VR headset.

As in previous years, awards will be given during this edition. There are the European and Flemish Competitions, with prizes for the best Fiction, best Animation and best Documentary within the Flemish Competition. A jury selects two winners from the European films and the Flemish films which then make it onto the Oscars longlist.

The festival will screen more than 200 films selected from over 3,200 submissions. The festival runs until 2 December.


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