In 2010, The Ostend Film Festival initiated an annual award show that acknowledges remarkable film performances in the local AV-sector. The Flemish Film Awards became The Ensors, an annual gala at The Ostend Kursaal. A fitting closing event for the festival.
The Ensors fitted in perfectly with the DNA of the Ostend Film Festival, which has always paid ample attention to home-grown talent since its inception. Today, The Ensors symbolize the growing international recognition of the Flemish audiovisual creation sector.
In order to offer The Ensors every opportunity for further development, FFO consulted with the Flemish Independent Film and Television Producers (V.O.F.T.P.), the Union of Directors, the Screenwriters Guild, the Belgian Society of Cinematographers (S.B.C.), Montage.be and the Actor's Guild, in coordination with the Flemish Audiovisual Fund. This resulted in the creation of a separate entity for The Ensors. Find all the information and details ensors.be.
Flanders is bursting with talent. There's great work for film and TV but also online a lot of great content is created. YouTube, TikTok, Instagram Stories and Reels or live on Twitch (and sporadically on Facebook): Flemish creatives are active and popular with making online videos. However, those creators don't always get the recognition they deserve, buy now the Jamies want to change that. In January 2021, FFO will honour the best the best online video makers of 2020 with its own awards: The Jamies, a nod to 'James' Ensor.
Anyone can nominate their favorite online videomaker on www.dejamies.be. After closing the entries, the professional jury will choose 10 nominees per category. After that, both the jury and the general public will vote on the nominees to select the winner per category. The jury is chaired by creative director Hannes Coudenys (Hurae, Smile Safari and Ugly Belgian Houses). Each category is represented by a jury member who is an expert in a respective field. All information about the Jamies can be found on jamies.be.
Lifetime Achievement Award
Every year, icons from the (inter)national film world are honoured during FFO.