The VAF backs new films by Koen Mortier, Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah
by Aurore Engelen
- The Flanders Audiovisual Fund will also support Under My Skin, the feature debut by promising young director Lukas Dhont
The Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF) has announced the decision of its latest film production support committee, in the feature-length section. The VAF will back directing duo Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, who just picked up two Ensors (the Flemish film awards) for the direction and editing of Black [+see also:
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The VAF will also be supporting Koen Mortier with his new project, Engel, an adaptation of a short story by Dimitri Verhulst, who is really riding high in the world of Flemish cinema (he wrote The Misfortunates [+see also:
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Also selected by the VAF is young filmmaker Lukas Dhont for his feature debut, Under My Skin. A graduate of the Faculty of Arts at the University College Ghent (KASK), his short films, Headlong and L’Infini, have been selected and awarded at myriad festivals. Under My Skin follows the complex journey of Louise, a 15-year-old transgender girl. Born into a boy’s body, she has resolved to continue living her life as a girl, and to make every effort to turn her dream of becoming a ballet dancer into a reality. As she awaits hormonal treatment, her male body turns out to be quite an obstacle. Under My Skin will be produced by Menuet.
Lastly of note is the fact that the VAF is providing production aid for two minority French-language debut films: Tueurs by François Troukens and Jean-François Hensgens, produced by Versus and co-produced by Savage, and Une part d’ombre by Samuel Tilman, produced by Eklektik and co-produced by Serendipity.
(Translated from French)