The Ostend Film Festival on one the largest film festival in Belgium and is an annual highlight for the Flemish film profession. This unique programme runs for ten days and the city will transform into a vibrant festival where international and national film and television professionals come together to an audience of over 46,000, mixed with cinema lovers, locals and tourists. The festival started back in 2007, and is extremely audience friendly, inclusive and welcoming to everyone. Combining an extensive range of Flemish film and television, there has been important and famous stars on the Ostend Walk of Dame seafront which includes Rupert Everett, Bille August, Pierce Brosnan, Adrien Brody, Moran Atias, Steven Knight to name a few.
Read more to know what to expect at this year’s Ostend Film Festival 2023.
When is the Ostend Film Festival Starting?
This year’s festival will take place January 27th until February 4th 2023, taking place across the three festival locations, Kinepolis Oostende, Kursaal Oostende and De Grote Post. This will be the festival’s fifteenth edition and this is the first time the event will take place on a January. Festival director Peter Craeymeersch, has named January “ a real film month” due to the greatly increasing range of films on offer.
Where can you buy Tickets?
Tickets for the Ostend Film Festival are available online or from three sales outlets, Box Office Toerisme Oostende, Box Office Kinepolis Ostend and UiTloket Ostend, City Hall. The prices vary from hours and ages, between 6pm – 9pm: €11, the reduction rate between 6pm- 9pm is €9 and short and children films are €6.
What to Expect
At the Ostend Film Festival you will you get to see over seventy previews, more than hundred showing, the opening film will be film ‘The Chapel’ by Dominique Deruddere which is about about the twenty-three-year-old virtuoso pianist named Jennifer Rogiers who has lived most of her life with a terrible secret. You will also get to watch works such as ‘Aller/Retour’ by Dorothée van den Berghe, ‘Baghdad Messi’ by Sahim Omar Kalifa and ‘LUKA’ by Jessica Woodworth. The four Belgian films will premiere at the festival and the cast of crew of each of these works will also be present. Other premieres at the festival include the Dutch thriller ‘Faithfully Yours’ and the documentaries ‘Argwaan’ and ‘Marieke – Addicted to Life’ about Paralympian Marieke Vervoort. The Ostend Film Festival will unveil new works by Darren Aronofsky, Steven Spielberg and other famous Oscar entries. Master Natali Broods made a selection around the theme ‘Family Dynamics’, which is about “families that have it good, but where something happens that comes to disrupt that,” she said. The film festival traditionally concludes on the 4th of February with the Ensors’ Gala. Presenters Kawtar Ehlaloush and Erhan Demirci will announce that evening which fiction, documentary and animation will be awarded an Ensor.
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