"Grand me" awarded at CPH:DOX

We are proud to announce that Atiye Zare Arandi's intimate debut documentary 'Grand me' has been awarded the Next:Wave Award at CPH:DOX, the Copenhagen International Documentary Festival 2024!
The film is also selected for the Movies That Matter film festival.

Atiye Zare Arandi tells the story of Melina, a nine year old Iranian girl living with her grandparents. Since her parents' divorce neither of them is willing to take on her legal custody. 

Jury report: “‘The film we chose to award skilfully materialises the in-between and uncertain space of an ongoing custody battle in which the nine year old Melina is caught between her parents and the consequent disillusioning confrontation with the real, as well as the chasm between the separate realities of Melina, her mother, and her grandparents. The film finds its merit in this intersection, drawing attention to questions of motherhood, transformation, and the notion of belonging, indirectly interrogating the unequal position and rights of women in contemporary Iranian society. The film is ultimately a testament to the resilience of Melina and her grandparents, but also to the inherent imperfection and shortcomings of what it is to be human. The winner is: ‘Grand Me’”

"The Pasha, my Mother and I" nominated for Ensor

While Nevine Gerits' The Pasha, my Mother and I is touring around the world, the film was awarded an Ensor nomination as Best Flemish Documentary Film.

The Ensor awards are the industry awards in Flanders. The winner will be revealed at the gala event during the Ostend Film Festival. 
Outside Belgium, the film has won the Diversity Award at the Traces de Vies festival in Clermont-Ferrand, France. It also traveled to Germany, Turkey, Indonesia, Tunesia and was the opening film at the Kurdish Film Festival in New York.
Starting February 2024, ScreenBox will support a release for cinema and cultural screeners, mainly in French speaking Belgium.

"ZAAD" Belgian and Dutch première

ZAAD will have its simultaneous Belgian and Dutch première in January 2024 ! 

The film will screen at Dr. Guislain Museum in Ghent on Wednesday 17th January & on Monday 15th January in Amsterdam at The Bluest Monday Festival in De Hallen. 
Both screenings will be followed by a panel of renowned professionals and experts by experience, accompanied by the filmmaker Dries Meddens.


"Grand me" winner at DMZ Docs Pitch Award!

Last September director Atiye Zare and producer Bram Crols travelled to Korea with their nearly completed feature film ‘Friday At The Window’, retitled as 'Grand Me', to participate in the DMZ Docs Pitch. We were very happy to welcome them back home as the winners of the Rough Cut pitch award! DMZ Docs is the industry event of the 2023 DMZ International Documentary Film Festival which took place between 14 and 21 September.

Four short films in production!

It has been a busy summer at Associate Directors with four short documentaries on the table! 

The proven concept of Ket&Doc provided five really strong idea's again this year. We will be working with Liesbeth De Mey to produce her short children's documentary about a young boxing girl.

As part of their Scienceville program, for the first time at Docville festival, a professional jury chose from a selection of eight film proposals two winning idea's to make two short documentaries based on scientific research. Associate Directors is producing both films, Testerep directed by Vincent Langouche, and Coral City by Charlotte De Cort and Camille Ghekiere.

Camille Ghekiere will also be working with us on her VAF supported documentary Simeon, about a 20-year-old boy from the Dominican Republic who will be starting an internship in a Flemish nursing home. 

Four beautiful projects we are looking forward to introducing to the world in 2024. 


Scienceville: Filming in Sri Lanka & on the North Sea!

The directors duo Charlotte De Cort and Camille Ghekiere just returned from a three week shoot in Sri Lanka for their short science documentary. They accompanied Marc Kochzius and a team of VUB scientists on their research trip studying coral reefs in the Indian Ocean.

Closer to home Vincent Langouche sailed out on to the North Sea with scientists from VLIZ on the research ship Simon Stevin. Their excursion is part of a bigger project of an interdisciplinary group of scientist studying the evolution of the Belgian coastal line. With his short documentary Vincent will introduce us to the scientific world behind their research project Testerep. 

"Marieke - Addicted to Life" at Film Festival Oostende

Marieke - Addicted to Life had its Flemish premiere at the Ostend Film Festival, on January 28, 2023, in the presence of director Pola Rapaport, DOP Wolfgang Held and Marieke's parents. The film got a standing ovation from a sold out theatre (420 seats).

Earlier this year, our American co-production Addicted to Life won the Best of Women's Voices Award at the Portland International Film Festival on October 22nd 2022.

As from February 1, the film has been released in Belgian cinemas.

Nelly & Nadine: 100+ festival selections!

Our international co-production Nelly & Nadine is now selected for over 100 film festivals and has received more than 20 international awards.

The Belgian release of Nelly & Nadine has been a  succes! The film will continue playing in Belgian theaters throughout November and December 2022.