European Film Promotion and the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival are thrilled to announce that the acclaimed Belgian director Felix van Groeningen – fresh from receiving the Directing Award: World Cinema Dramatic for his new feature film “Belgica” at the Sundance Film Festival – is pleased to be this year’s mentor for the young filmmakers taking part in FUTURE FRAMES at the KVIFF from July 4 – 5. The director will share his wide-ranging experience in film-making – including a masterclass on occasion of the KVIFF premiere of “Belgica”. His exceptional commitment is part of an intensive programme introducing the emerging professionals to the media and the film industry and presenting their work to the festival audience. The EFP initiative is supported by the Creative Europe – Media Programme of the European Union and the respective EFP member organisations.

About the director:

Born in 1977, Felix van Groeningen studied Visual Arts at the Koninklijke Academie voor Schöne Kunsten (KASK) in Ghent, Belgium. Following his master‘s degree in 2000 he started working for the stage as well as a director and an actor. His passion for the cinema made him return to directing films, and he has realized five feature films with his producer Dirk Impens since 2007. His second feature “The Misfortunates“ (2009) was selected for the Quinzaine des réalisateurs at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, but it was the following film, “The Broken Circle Breakdown“ (2012), which brought him international recognition. The musical drama received an Oscar Nomination for Best Foreign Language Film, among many other awards, and was released worldwide. His latest film, „Belgica“ (2016), premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival.

Films presented by their directors in FUTURE FRAMES


Austria / AFC Austrian Films

Maria Luz Olivares Capelle
WALD DER ECHOS (Forest of Echoes)
realized at
Film Academy Vienna (University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna)


Croatia / Croatian Audiovisual Centre

Tonći Gaćina
TURIZAM! (Tourism!)
realized at
Academy of Dramatic Art, Zagreb


Georgia / Georgian National Film Center

Davit Pirtskhalava
MAMA (Father)
realized at
Artschool Royal District Theater


Norway / Norwegian Film Institute

Rebecca Figenschau
ELEFANTHUD (Elephant Skin)
realized at
Westerdals


Romania / Romanian Film Promotion


Roxana Stroe

NOAPTE ȊN TOKORIKI (A Night In Tokoriki)
realized at
The National University of Theatre and Cinema “I. L. CARAGIALE”


Sweden / Swedish Film Institute


Ahmed Abdullahi

FRANCIS
realized at
Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts


Partners of FUTURE FRAMES 2016 are the Sundance Channel and Nespresso

Interviews with this year's FUTURE FRAMES participants will be published by EFP's media partners: Variety, Cineuropa, Film New Europe, Fred Film Radio, NISI MASA

The ten EFP members supporting the programme are: AFC Austrian Films, Croatian Audiovisual Centre, Flanders Image, German Films, Georgian National Film Center, Norwegian Film Institute, Polish Film Institute, Romanian Film Promotion, Swedish Film Institute, and Swiss Films.

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