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VIEWPOINT Documentary
Film Festival

Ghent - April 24-28, 2019

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FILM + DRINK
only 6€

all screenings take place at Studio Skoop Ghent

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Ghent Viewpoint Documentary Film Festival, an annual, weeklong event that highlighted documentary talent for more than a decade, returns!

The Filmplaneet in Ghent founded the Ghent Viewpoint Documentary Film Festival in 1994, to focus explicitly on documentary films.



During its original nine year run, the festival has become a respected international festival and is renowned for its strong, qualitative and independent film selection. Highlights were Frederic Wiseman's Domestic Violence, which had it’s World Premiere at the Venice Film Festival, and the Focus dedicated to the work of American documentary filmmaker Alan Berliner, who presented his latest film personally. In association with SMAK it also hosted Harmony Korine photo series ‘Milk Chicken Review’ and ‘Coke Head Swingers’ and the video installation ‘The Diary of Anna Frank. Part II’. The festival has hosted many noteworthy filmmakers: Peter Entell, Albert Maysles, Sergeï Dvortsevoy, Steve James, Heddy Honigman, Kim Longinotto, Michael Glawogger, Hans Van den Broeck, Monteith McCollum, Gabriel Noble, Deborah Hoffmann, Frances Reid, Thom Vander Beken. Unfortunately, in its original incarnation, the festival came to an end in 2003.



Inspired by that original movement, the revived Ghent Viewpoint Documentary Film Festival, now in it’s 11th edition, will continue to emphasize lesser known, vanguard documentary works and further its tradition of galvanizing budding talent.



Most importantly, the Ghent Viewpoint Documentary Film Festival will create a space for unique visionaries and voices. True to its history, the festival will screen films of both novices and veterans—with medium and low budgets—from all over the globe. The festival’s goal is to create a warm, open atmosphere in which filmmakers, fans, critics, and producers can watch the films of emerging talents, explore new cinematic techniques and styles, and award cinematic excellence.

The Ghent Viewpoint Documentary Film Festival will create an intimate atmosphere in which to revel in the beauty and wonder of the cinema with like-minded cineastes from all over the globe.




The Ghent Viewpoint Documentary Film Festival will take place at Studio Skoop, the leading arthouse cinema in Ghent, Belgium on April 24 to 28, 2019.

2019 Screening Schedule
and official selection

Tickets are 6 Euros/session (= one feature documentary and a few short documentaries),
including a free drink at the Studio Skoop bar.



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All screenings take place at Studio Skoop, Sint-Annaplein 63, 9000 Gent.
All films are English spoken or English subtitled.

Wednesday, April 24 // 20:00-22:00 // Doel + shorts
Thursday, April 25 // 20:00-22:00 // Frozen Conflict + shorts
Friday, April 26 // 20:00-22:00 // Acta Non Verba + shorts
Friday, April 26 // 22:30-0:30 // Vivian, Vivian + shorts
Saturday, April 27 // 20:00-22:00 // Midnight Ramblers + shorts
Saturday, April 27 // 22:30-0:30 // Far Tides + John 746 + shorts
Sunday, April 28 // 17:30-19:30 // Kev + shorts
Sunday, April 28 // 20:00-22:00 // By the Name of Tania + shorts

Screening Schedule
Wednesday, April 24 // 20.00-22.00

Tickets are 6 Euros/session (= one feature documentary and a few short documentaries),
including a free drink at the Studio Skoop bar.
All screenings take place at Studio Skoop, Sint-Annaplein 63, 9000 Gent.
All films are English spoken or English subtitled.

Pain is Mine (Australia)

by Farshid Akhlaghi

One day, One room, One take. After her spinal surgery, she was always in pain, intense pain, unendurable pain. Painkillers have been her refuge for a long time, but one day, she decided to stop.
Duration: 00:12:30

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The Velvet Underground Played at My High School (United States)

by Robert Pietri, Tony Jannelli

This animated documentary is the story of the Velvet Underground's disastrous first public performance.
Duration: 00:04:29

Shooting Crows (Switzerland)

by Christine Hürzeler

A park in the fog. Crows flap and caw in the sky. A homeless man sleeps between the trees. A woman disappears. Now and then a crow is shot.
Duration: 00:20:00

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Doel (Denmark)

by Frederik Sølberg

Doel is a ghost town in Belgium, surrounded by a nuclear power plany, with only 26 inhabitants left - a colorful crowd of common and uncommon people clinging onto the idea of keeping their vandalized and abandoned town alive.
Duration: 01:10:00

Screening Schedule
Thursday, April 25 // 20.00-22.00

Tickets are 6 Euros/session (= one feature documentary and a few short documentaries),
including a free drink at the Studio Skoop bar.
All screenings take place at Studio Skoop, Sint-Annaplein 63, 9000 Gent.
All films are English spoken or English subtitled.

A Dog's Luck (Belgium)

by Lotte Van Craeynest

Several dogs are being trained as patrol dogs. Longingly gazing upwards, the dogs seem intimately connected with their owners. They are tamed and domesticated; their life is directed by humans.
Duration: 00:23:26

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Mudanza Contemporanea (Spain)

by Teo Guillem

It’s hot in a ramshackle attic, full-blown fans stir the atmosphere generated by the “exercises” of a weird tenant who manipulates objects. He twists cardboard, builds object castles, admires them, talks to them, breaks them, dresses and dances with them.
Duration: 00:19:40

Reborn (United States)

by Peter Pahor

A young woman alone in a dark and obscure place finds her strength to reborn into a new self.
Duration: 00:03:00

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Frozen Conflict (Germany)

by Steffi Wurster

A Moldovan, a Russian and a Transnistrian soldier are living together in a peacekeeping post. A 'Waiting for Godot' scenario at the Dnister river: the Transnistrian deadlock.
Duration: 01:00:23

Screening Schedule
Friday, April 26 // 20.00-22.00

Tickets are 6 Euros/session (= one feature documentary and a few short documentaries),
including a free drink at the Studio Skoop bar.
All screenings take place at Studio Skoop, Sint-Annaplein 63, 9000 Gent.
All films are English spoken or English subtitled.

Monte Amiata (Italy)

by Tommaso Donati

Monte Amiata Housing is a residential complex. It was created with the idea to represent a parallel microcosm, a kind of a futuristic alternative city. His inhabitants called it the "Red Dinosaur”.
Duration: 00:22:04

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I, bloom (South Africa)

by Zanre Reed

A film about dirt, gender and separations - told from a garden in Brussels.
Duration: 00:14:26

Acta Non Verba (Switzerland)

by Yvann Yagchi

2012, a Swiss banker, Michel Yagchi, committed suicide. Three years later, Michel’s son Yvann began investigating his father’s mysterious suicide.
Duration: 01:11:00

Screening Schedule
Friday, April 26 // 22.30-0.30

Tickets are 6 Euros/session (= one feature documentary and a few short documentaries),
including a free drink at the Studio Skoop bar.
All screenings take place at Studio Skoop, Sint-Annaplein 63, 9000 Gent.
All films are English spoken or English subtitled.

Moments 3°37'33.5"S 78°35'14.4"W (Norway)

by Patrik Säfström, Ad Stoop

One Location. One Position. One Camera. One Microphone. One Take.
Duration: 00:08:00

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Hunters (Switzerland)

by Benjamin Bucher

Two men in their sixties spend day and night in a camper. They hunt meteorological balloons coming down to earth. These objects don't have a value for the scientists anymore, but do become the reason for a treasure hunt.
Duration: 00:17:06

V/IRL (United States)

by Malia Bruker

Self-proclaimed feminist nihilist Lena NW creates post-internet video games, rap, and comics. NW's hypersexual art engages the complex relationship between commodification, domination, and self-empowerment in the internet age.
Duration: 00:10:48

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Bert Huyghe - horizons of expectation (Belgium)

by Christophe Vanhoutte

Contemporary Belgian artist Bert Huyghe throughout the course of one year while he's working on a series of - the Simpsons - landscapes.
Duration: 00:12:20

Giant Women, Micro-Budget (United States)

by Jason Kartalian

A trophy wife, two classically trained actresses, a veteran director and his very unique crew make cinema history.
Duration: 00:09:40

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Vivian, Vivian (Netherlands)

by Ingrid Kamerling

Vivian, the sister of director Ingrid Kamerling, is no more. Ingrid Kamerling tries to get inside the head of her sister.
Duration: 00:54:00

Screening Schedule
Saturday, April 27 // 20.00-22.00

Tickets are 6 Euros/session (= one feature documentary and a few short documentaries),
including a free drink at the Studio Skoop bar.
All screenings take place at Studio Skoop, Sint-Annaplein 63, 9000 Gent.
All films are English spoken or English subtitled.

Missed Call (United Kingdom)

by Victoria Mapplebeck

Shot on an iPhone X, Missed Call explores my relationship with my teenage son, as we discuss how we'll reconnect with his father, who's been absent for a decade.
Duration: 00:19:31 0

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Comments (Germany)

by Jannis Alexander Kiefer

Real commentary from YouTube is interpreted and presented afresh in different chapters. Actors embody the protagonists of the virtual conversations and give them human form.
Duration: 00:04:58

Vaarheim (Belgium)

by Victor Ridley

Out Skerries Island, 70 inhabitants. Following the closure of the high school and the fish farm, Julie sees her family split and her house emptying. Powerless.
Duration: 00:29:59

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Midnight Ramblers (France)

by Julian Ballester

Night after night, Kye, Tobie, Paul, Kim and Tattoo wander through the streets and alleys of Montreal. They support each other, and they are all drug users.
Duration: 00:57:00

Screening Schedule
Saturday, May 26 // 22.30-0.30

Tickets are 6 Euros/session (= one feature documentary and a few short documentaries),
including a free drink at the Studio Skoop bar.
All screenings take place at Studio Skoop, Sint-Annaplein 63, 9000 Gent.
All films are English spoken or English subtitled.

Bye-bye (Netherlands)

by Pien van Grinsven

A film about the farewells we wish for. One day the director and her two sisters receive a letter from their father, writing he doesn't want to see them for 6 months. That letter is now 12 years ago. Duration: 00:18:33

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Tripe Club (New Zealand)

by Beth Phillips

With the fate of the North Harbour Tripe and Onion Club hanging in the balance, we are led into the colourful world of 'Tripe Club', a heart-warming tale of the weird and wonderful.
Duration: 00:17:01

Vigilant Guardian (Belgium)

by Sèbastien Lheureux

The film follows the daily life of the soldiers and shows the biggest Belgian military operation on its own territory since 1945.
Duration: 00:17:53

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Far Tides (Belgium)

by Setareh Samavi

I, Setareh, Iranian woman, 36, have been looking for a trusted friend, to help me overcome my phobia of deep dark cold water. A fear that began at age of 18 after a panic attack while swimming in the open water, when I worried that my then-husband was going to leave me dead in the sea.
Duration: 00:24:50

John 746 (Romania)

by Ana Vijdea

In a room packed with objects of all sorts, a man passes the time painting a mural remake of Picasso's Guernica, giving books away and taking care of his dog Bakunin.
Duration: 00:30:00

Screening Schedule
Sunday, April 28 // 17.30-19.30

Tickets are 6 Euros/session (= one feature documentary and a few short documentaries),
including a free drink at the Studio Skoop bar.
All screenings take place at Studio Skoop, Sint-Annaplein 63, 9000 Gent.
All films are English spoken or English subtitled.

Time machine (Poland)

by Jan Bujnowski

A lonely 55-year-old street artist from Poland lives in London. His parents decide to visit their son after many years of separation.
Duration: 00:25:56

Finding Nasseebi (United Arab Emirates)

by Andrea Yu-Chieh Chung

This self-reflexive documentary follows one woman's journey to understand Islam and to love, regardless of differences in faith.
Duration: 00:09:45

The Hood is a Movie (Netherlands)

by Judith de Leeuw

This film starts out as a inquiry into the history of a cabin in the Dutch town of Den Helder where a group of men of the Dutch Antilles came together in 'the hood'.
Duration: 00:25:00

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Kev (Belgium)

by Clèmence Hèbert

Kevin is a child who runs away, breaks things, cannot speak, has a partly cut-off ear. The type of autism he suffers from is said to be so severe that most institutions refuse to care for him.
Duration: 00:50:00

Screening Schedule
Sunday, April 28 // 20.00-22.00

Tickets are 6 Euros/session (= one feature documentary and a few short documentaries),
including a free drink at the Studio Skoop bar.
All screenings take place at Studio Skoop, Sint-Annaplein 63, 9000 Gent.
All films are English spoken or English subtitled.

Minds On Mute (Belgium)

by Lander Haverals, Annick Timmermans

How our society will perish in a future saturated with technology? It will collapse/disintegrate. There will be a group of people who can compete with all technological developments, the others who cannot adapt, they will withdraw from society.
Duration: 00:09:00

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Tungrus (India) by Rishi Chandna

by Beth Phillips

A middle-class suburban Mumbai household. The once adorable chick has survived his early days and grown into a hell-raising, willful rooster.
Duration: 00:12:56

By the Name of Tania (Belgium)

by Mary Jimenez & Bènèdicte Liènard

Based upon real testimonies, this hybrid film tells the story of Tania, a teenage girl who is forced into prostitution in the gold mining regions of Peru.
Duration: 01:25:00

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SUBMIT A FILM

The Ghent Viewpoint Documentary Film Festival accepts short and feature documentaries up to 120 minutes. Go to our Filmfreeway listing to enter your film.



SUBMISSIONS
All non-English language films must be subtitled in English. Entry does not guarantee acceptance into the festival. Submissions WILL NOT be returned. We also accept submissions that have premiered elsewhere and that may have distribution agreements already in place. Rough cuts and incomplete projects are not accepted. Multiple entries are allowed, however a separate entry form must be submitted for each. The festival has the capability to screen BluRay, DVD, Digital and DCP.

EXHIBITION & SCREENING
Screenings are scheduled during the Festival at the discretion of the Ghent Viewpoint Documentary Film Festival. Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the published schedule, Ghent Viewpoint Documentary Film Festival reserves the right to make changes at any time for any reason. Ghent Viewmpoint Documentary Film Festival will not be liable for any costs claimed as a result of a change in scheduling. No film may be withdrawn from the festival program after its selection. If chosen as an official selection, Ghent Viewpoint Documentary Film Festival is granted the permission to exhibit the film at the 2018 Ghent Viewpoint Documentary Film Festival and all associated screenings. Location and timing of any screenings of the film shall be the sole decision of the organizers of the Ghent Viewpoint Documentary Film Festival. Filmmakers will be solely responsible for all costs resulting from the submission of the film to the Festival including but not limited to postage or insurance of the film, and expenses of your staff or any representatives of the film. Producer will indemnify the organizers of the Festival against all claims, demands, costs, damages, expenses (including legal fees), proceedings and losses resulting from the screening of the film at the Festival or from claims by any third parties.

LOSS OR DAMAGE
Although every precaution will be taken to prevent loss or damage to materials while in the possession of the festival, The Ghent Viewpoint Documentary Film Festival is not responsible should any materials be damaged while in transit to or from, or while in the possession of the festival.

ENTRY LIABILITY
The filmmaker holds the Ghent Viewpoint Documentary Film Festival, its management, juries, subsidiaries, agents, sponsors, affiliates, and etc. harmless from any and all claims of liability resulting from entry. The filmmaker certifies to have full rights. Producer will indemnify the organizers of the Festival against all claims, demands, costs, damages, expenses (including legal fees), proceedings and losses resulting from the screening of the film at the Festival or from claims by any third parties.

SCREENING FEE
The festival does not offer screening fees for its films. By submitting through FilmFreeway you are agreeing to NOT request a screening fee as a requirement for your film's participation in the festival, should your film get selected for the program.

WAIVER REQUESTS
Since the festival only requires a nominal entry fee, we will NOT accept requests for other entry fee waivers.

Contact Us

Viewpoint Documentary Film Festival
T. +32 (0)800 26666
info@viewpointdocfest.be