Joe Vanhoutteghem

Some people are struggling to fit in, to go with the flow. Others are fighting to stand out. Who wants to be in a rat race that leaves no room for personality? The fact is: we never get any younger, no matter how much we buy the illusion. In the end there’s only a painful cycle of disappointment. This is an accidental film. One scene led to another. A kind of story occurred.

Director – Joe Vanhoutteghem
Writer – Joe Vanhoutteghem
Producers – Eurydice Gysel & Koen Mortier (Epidemic)
Cinematographer – Nicolas Karakatsanis
Editor – Dieter Diependaele
Cast – Eva Brvar Ravnikar, Radomir Milosevic, Lidija Iskric, Bostjan Pouse, Lojze Rutar

Promotion support from VAF (Flanders Audiovisual Fund) 

Bio Director
Joe started out as an animation director of commercials but developed into a very versatile all-round director. In 1999 he joined fellow director Koen Mortier to establish the production company Czar in Brussels which quickly became one of the most creative production companies on the Belgian market. He directed many remarkable and award winning films for international clients such as Sexual Abuse Awareness ‘Innocence and danger’ (Silver Lion for Direction), Amnesty International, Arte, Randstad, Unicef, Nike and Ikea. In 2010 he released his short film ‘Rivers Return’ which was selected for, among others, the international competition of the prestigious Pardi di Domani section at the Film Festival of Locarno. He then directed his next short film Homesick in 2017. 

Festival selections

  • Nominated for Golden Pardinoa & International premiere at the Locarno International Film Festival, 2012
  • Nominated for Audience Choice Program B at New York City Short Film Festival, 2012
  • Selected for Bilbao International festival of Documentary and Short Film, Spain, 2012 
  • Selected for 29th Warsaw Film Festival, Russia, 2012
  • Selected for Brussels Film Festival, Belgium, 2012
  • Selected for Film Festival Oostende, Belgium, 2012
  • Selected for Signes De Nuit Paris, France, 2012
  • Selected for Festival Internationale du Court Métrage Lille, France, 2012
  • Selected for Festival du nouveau cinéma Montréal, Canada, 2012
  • Selected for Abu Dhabi Film Festival, United Arabic Emirates, 2012
  • Selected for Schnitt Film Festival, Switzerland, 2012
  • Selected for Filmfest Braunschweig, Germany, 2012
  • Selected for Aguilar Filmfestival, Spain, 2012
  • Selected for ShortList Film Festival, Belgium, 2012 
  • Selected for International Short Film Festival Leuven, Belgium, 2012

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