2018 Official Selection
& Screening Schedule

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, May 23 // 20:00-22:00 // The Limits of My World + shorts
Thursday, May 24 // 20:00-22:00 // AlphaGo + shorts
Friday, May 25 // 20:00-22:00 // Street Fighting Men + shorts
Friday, May 25 // 22:30-0:30 // Miss Rosewood + shorts
Saturday, May 26 // 20:00-22:00 // Zaatari Djinn + shorts
Saturday, May 26 // 22:30-0:30 // Oleg’s Choice + shorts
Sunday, May 27 // 14:00-16:00 // Documentary Master Class by Peter Entell
Sunday, May 27 // 17:00-19:30 // Josh’s Trees + Q&A Peter Entell
Sunday, May 27 // 20:00-22:00 // Grab and Run + shorts

Wednesday, May 23 // 20.00-22.00

THE LIMITS OF MY WORLD (UNITED STATES) BY HEATHER CASSANO


The Limits of My World follows a nonverbal young man’s transition from the school system into adulthood. Brian has autism and faces the daily challenges of adjusting to his new life. Filmed from the intimate perspective of his older sister Heather, this documentary seeks to understand Brian’s personality beneath his disability. The Limits of My World is an autistic coming of age story, exploring what it means to be a nonverbal disabled person in a neurotypical society.
Festivals: Independent Film Festival Boston
Duration: 01:10:05 // English spoken or English subtitled // International Premiere


MUM, ME AND THE HOUSE (BELGIUM) BY MARJOLIJN PRINS


When Debbie (47) is diagnosed with cancer her son Sam (27) decides to postpone his plans to travel the world. He is convinced the incessant work renovating her dream house on the French countryside is the main cause of her illness. Together they undertake a journey to find the right course of treatment within the alternative medicine. Though this brings them closer together than they'd ever been, whenever they get back to the house, Debbie falls straight back into her old, industrious habits.
Festivals: Hot Springs Documentary Festival, London International Documentary Festival
Duration: 00:30:47 // English spoken or English subtitled // Belgian Premiere


BIG PARTY ON THE OTHER SIDE (UNITED STATES) BY JENNY CATHERALL


After learning she has less than 6 months to live, 65-year-old Rosalee Grable lays out her plans to be buried in New York City's mass grave.
Festivals: Palm Springs International ShortsFest, St. Louis International Film Festival
Duration: 00:12:53 // English spoken or English subtitled // International Premiere

Thursday, May 24 // 20.00-22.00

ALPHAGO (UNITED STATES) BY GREG KOHS


AlphaGo chronicles a journey from the backstreets of Bordeaux, past the coding terminals of Google DeepMind, to Seoul, where a legendary Go master faces an unproven AI challenger. As the drama unfolds, questions emerge: What can artificial intelligence reveal about a 3000-year-old game? What will it teach us about humanity?
Festivals: Tribeca Film Festival
Duration: 01:30:28 // English spoken or English subtitled


THE GOOD FIGHT (UNITED KINGDOM) BY BEN HOLMAN


Alan Duarte has lost nine close family members to gun violence in his favela community in Rio de Janeiro. Now, through his boxing project, he’s fighting to build a better future for his son and his community.
Festivals: Tribeca Film Festival, Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival, Atlanta Docufest
Duration: 00:16:27 // English spoken or English subtitled


MOONLIGHT PRINCESS (ISRAEL) BY ELKE MARGARETE LEHRENKRAUSS



Despite her albinism and only 8% sight, it is the 19-years-old Ruths greatest dream to become an actress. But her way is full of small hurdles of everyday life, which we experience with her in an audiovisual voyage.
Duration: 00:13:00 // English spoken or English subtitled

Friday, May 25 // 20.00-22.00

STREET FIGHTING MEN (UNITED STATES) BY ANDREW JAMES


In a rapidly changing America where mass inequality and dwindling opportunity have devastated the black working class, three Detroit men must fight to build something lasting for themselves and future generations. Street Fighting Men, which celebrates dogged persistence in the face of overwhelming adversity, takes a deep vérité dive into the lives of three African Americans: retired cop Jack Rabbit, who continues to patrol the mean streets as a citizen; Deris, who has made bad choices in the past but wants to further his education and to serve as a role model for his baby daughter; and Luke, who labors mightily as he rehabs a seriously dilapidated house while putting together a meager living. Shot over three years in the neighborhoods of Detroit, Street Fighting Men is a modern American narrative: a story of hard work, faith, and manhood in a community left to fend for itself.
Festivals: Independent Film Festival Boston, SF DocFest, Rhode Island International Film Festival
Duration: 01:50:00 // English spoken or English subtitled


WIFI PLAZA CUBA (SWITZERLAND) BY ADRIAN KELTERBORN



The Cuban soprano singer Maria Dolores Garcia no longer has an audience. These days, the residents of her town San Antonio de los Banos prefer to spend their evenings in the central plaza, where they have access to Wi-Fi. Since the audience won’t come to the theatre, Maria Dolores Garcia decides to go to the Wi-Fi plaza and sing a song for the people gathered there.
Duration: 00:03:20 // English spoken or English subtitled

Friday, May 25 // 22.30-0.30

MISS ROSEWOOD (DENMARK) BY HELLE JENSEN


Take a plunge into the dark side of uber-sophisticated New York with performance artist, Jon Cory, performing as Miss Rosewood. She strips to full she-male nudity and shares her passion for her art and shows you just how far she's willing to go to blow your mind. Raw! Intense, and without filters, you'll explore her explicit universe from the safe distance of your plush theatre seat.
Festivals: CPH:DOX
Duration: 01:07:00 // English spoken or English subtitled


160 CHARACTERS (UNITED KINGDOM) BY VICTORIA MAPPLEBECK


160 Characters is about the story behind the message. Director Victoria Mapplebeck’s story began a decade ago when she relegated a Nokia 8310 to the back of her kitchen drawer, an elephant’s graveyard where old mobiles go to die. As she was scrolling through the inbox before she laid it to rest, she realised she had unwittingly archived a three year text message dialogue with an ex partner. A story that told the story of how they met, dated for just a few months, broke up and subsequently dealt with an unplanned pregnancy. 160 Characters begins with a personal story, but it also tells a universal story, one in which we increasingly expect more from technology and less from each other.
Festivals: BFI London Film Festival
Duration: 00:11:07 // English spoken or English subtitled


TROLL: A SOUTHERN TALE (UNITED STATES) BY MARINAH JANELLO


An eccentric artist navigates self-expression through his experiences living and growing up in the South.
Festivals: Slamdance Film Festival, Somerville International Film Festival
Duration: 00:11:30 // English spoken or English subtitled // European Premiere


JO (CANADA) BY CHRISTINE WU



Canadian writer Jo Jefferson shares their experience as a non-binary parent.
Duration: 00:07:14 // English spoken or English subtitled // World Premiere

DANNY WYLDE (UNITED STATES) BY MATTHEW KAUNDART



Inspired by an essay by former porn star “Danny Wylde”, this film explores the darker, less talked about side of the porn industry and the consequences of working in it.
Duration: 00:02:56 // English spoken or English subtitled // Belgian Premiere

SAND MEN (UNITED KINGDOM) BY TAL AMIRAN


Neculai, Aurel and Raj all left their homes in Romania for the same reason - to seek a better life for their family. Now, in Britain, with their loved ones depending on them, they survive by creating sand sculptures on London’s streets. They try to find hope in the hardships they endure, while thoughts of their children's futures keep them going.
Festivals: Brooklyn Film Festival, Cinequest Film Festival, Signes de Nuit International Film festival
Duration: 00:13:56 // English spoken or English subtitled // Belgian Premiere


Saturday, May 26 // 20.00-22.00

ZAATARI DJINN (NETHERLANDS) BY CATHERINE VAN CAMPEN


In Jordan a tent town called Zaatari has been erected in the middle of the blistering desert. It’s now home to refugees from the war in Syria. While it offers a roof over their heads, resources are scarce and the weather can be awfully harsh. Regardless, the community tries to make the best of things. The most resilient people are the kids, who make up over 80% of the town’s population. Some, like Miryam and Hammoudi, are able to survive through escapism via Shakespeare and material possessions. Others are struggling to adjust. The depressed Farras is forced to work hard, while troublemaker Fatma causes her mother grief with daily hijinks. Because of their innocence, the experience of war is different from a child’s perspective. Their spirits can be uplifted by turning paper into a soccer ball or insects into a zoo. ZAATARI DJINN tells the story of these four children from a point-of-view perspective, offering an intimate look at a day in their shoes. Despite the horrors around them, they are still beautiful little dreamers.
Festivals: IDFA Amsterdam, Cleveland International Film Festival
Duration: 01:30:00 // English spoken or English subtitled // Belgian Premiere


ASYLUM PARK (INDIA) BY SHANU SHARMA



Sometimes the war is not just outside, but also inside… An Indian girl sobs quietly in a park, trying to hide away her pain. An unknown Muslim Gambian man who approaches her, sensing her desperation, proposes a sinister deal in exchange for help.
Duration: 00:19:40 // English spoken or English subtitled

ALEX (UNITED STATES) BY BRIAN INOCENCIO, NOTTAPON BOONPRAKOB



After a near fatal car accident, Alex’s life completely changed. This is a conversation between Alex and his mother Janet.
Duration: 00:09:32 // English spoken or English subtitled

Saturday, May 26 // 22.30-0.30

OLEG'S CHOICE (FRANCE) BY ELENA VOLOCHINE, JAMES KEOGH


Oleg’s Choice is a rare immersion into the private lives and thoughts of Russian combatants who have chosen to fight on the separatists side in Ukraine. Since the summer of 2014, thousands of young Russians poured into the Donbass region. Driven by Russian propaganda, they believed they were fulfilling their patriotic duty. Among the first wave of volunteers were Oleg and Max. Oleg was appointed deputy commander of a battalion, while Max became a soldier. Their illusions were shattered on the night of June 3rd 2015, when a battle went horribly wrong. While Oleg and Max continue to fight on the ground, they must also fight creeping doubts that they have that they ended up on the wrong side of the war. The film follows their introspection over the long term; the confession they have gone adrift, the search for meaning, the shock at realizing they have been misled - that they themselves have made mistakes to the frantic rhythm of a war that crushes bodies and reason. It is the story of the human face of a lie that confuses those involved. In this war rewritten by propaganda, where two parallel realities confront each other, they try in their own different ways to find a raison d’être. This is a human story on the borders of good and evil, where men are confronted by their own choices.
Festivals: DOK Leipzig, Manhattan Independent Film Festival
Duration: 01:14:23 // English spoken or English subtitled // Ghent Premiere


KOKA, THE BUTCHER (GERMANY) BY BENCE MÁTÉ


A respected figure in Cairo’s pigeon fighting world is leading his area into a decisive battle. Under immense pressure from his conservative community to quit his passion and marry, he is faced with the possibility that the upcoming race will be his last one.
Festivals: Big Sky Documentary Film Festival
Duration: 00:38:00 // English spoken or English subtitled

Sunday, May 27 // 14.00-16.00

DOCUMENTARY MASTER CLASS BY PETER ENTELL


Peter Entell is an American-born award winning documentary filmmaker, living in Switzerland. Originally studied antropology but later decided for documentary filmmaking. He has filmed in Europe, Africa, and Asia on film projects with social, political, and environmental subjects. Recognitions include the Guggenheim Foundation grant, the Canvas Prize at the Viewpoint Documentary Film Festival and the Grand Prize of the Jury at the Montreal International Film Festival. In this unique master class Peter Entell will go deeper into his work and the life of a documentary filmmaker. Admission is included in the ticket for Josh’s Trees which is being screened at 5PM.
Duration: 02:00:00 // English spoken

Sunday, May 27 // 17.00-19.300

JOSH’S TREES (SWITZERLAND) BY PETER ENTELL


When the best friend of the film director dies, his son is less than a year old. Five years later, the boy is just beginning to ask questions about his father. How can he construct an image of the Dad he doesn’t remember? Director Peter Entell will be present during the screening to take any questions.
Duration: 01:16:00 // English spoken or English subtitled // Belgian Premiere

Sunday, May 27 // 20.00-22.00

GRAB AND RUN (SPAIN) BY ROSER CORELLA


Since Kyrgyzstan gained its Independence in 1991, there has been a revival of the ancient practice of Ala-Kachuu, which translates roughly as “grab and run”. More than half Kyrgyz women are married after being kidnapped by the men who become their husbands. Some escaped after violent ordeals, but most are persuaded to stay by tradition and fear of scandal. Although the practice is said to have its root in nomadic customs, the tradition remains at odds with modern Kyrgyzstan. Ala-Kachuu was outlawed during Soviet era and remains illegal under the kyrgyz criminal code, but the law has rarely been enforced to protect women from this violent practice.
Duration: 01:22:00 // English spoken or English subtitled // Belgian Premier

YIYI'S MOVING CASTLE (CHINA) BY HU JINGHUAN



Yiyi is a three-year-old girl. Her mother, Li Shaoyun, is a night-shift taxi driver. She came to be a single mother when Yiyi was five months old. Raising her daughter alone as a taxi driver ever since. For all those sleepless nights, it is a cramped cab, yet a moving castle of their own.
Duration: 00:12:41 // English spoken or English subtitled // Benelux Premiere

YOUR ATTENTION, PLEASE (SWITZERLAND) BY BRIGITTE GRÜTER


Philipp is 13 and Maxi 7 – both have been diagnosed with the so-called attention deficit hyperactive disorder, ADHD. While Philipp has already mostly learnt to cope with and adapt to our society, Maxi is constantly juggling with being exuberantly charming and having far too many ideas. A window onto at a disorder that seems to have no beginning and no end.
Duration: 00:16:27 // English spoken or English subtitled // Belgian Premiere

Film Submissions

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.