13 years of Filmfestival Ostend

A shared love of cinema inspired a small core of film enthousiasts to start a festival with its own unique dynamics.

Filmfestival Oostende is an annual boost for those who love cinema.  The recurring focus on Flemish film, the separate approach for the international procutions, the attention for cinematographic gems in the LOOK! - competition and the Flemish and Dutch co-productions in the COOP! competition, provide a complementary programme that combines an (inter)national image with a glamorous view of the film profession in Flanders.

One of the highlights is the yearly Ensor Gala, the Flemish film prizes.

Since the start of the festival in 2007 we were able to welcome both national and international talent on our red carpet. The names of these guests were engraved in a star on our ‘Walk Of Fame’ (Ostend promenade).

Among these guests: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Rupert Everett, Bille August, Pierce Brosnan, Adrien Brody, Moran Atias, Steven Knight, Anton Corbijn, Jane Birkin, Jennifer Saunders, Michel Piccoli, Tahar Rahim, Dominic Cooper, Ben Elton, Rik Mayall, John Nettles, Jeroen Krabbé, Sofie Gråbøl, Jan Bijvoet, Veerle Baetens, Matthias Schoenaerts and many more.