Press 25 JAN 2015

FIPA Biarritz: Four prizes for French-speaking Belgian films

A documentary and a fiction awarded at Biarritz festival

Last Saturday the FIPA – International Festival for Audiovisual Programmes (FIPA) - in Biarritz was concluded with a fine roll of honour for French-speaking Belgian filmmaking.

Both the audience and the critics were deeply impressed by Rwanda, la vie après, a documentary by Benoit Dervaux and André Versaille in which Rwandese women give staggering accounts of the genocide. This Dérives production was awarded the Télérama Prize and the Audience Award.

Olivier Masset Depasse (Illégal), who was in Biarritz to present his first television film, also took a couple a prizes home. His Sanctuaire, an original Canal Plus creation in co-production with Versus which delivers a revealing portrait of the Basque separatist movement ETA, won two prizes: the FIPA d’Or for best original script and the FIPA d’Or for best actress for Juana Acosta.

French-speaking Belgian audiovisual production obviously catches on in the international market: this year FIPA selected no less than 10 productions – ranging from short films to creative documentaries.

The winning films both received support from the Centre du Cinéma et de l'Audiovisuel of the Federation Wallonia-Brussels.