European Competition (Méliès)

Movies

Jury

Erwan Simon

Erwan Simon is a cross-disciplinary sfx make- up artist and sculptor who has been active for over twenty years. Together with Daphnée Beaulieux, his partner, he started the special effects studio Squid Lab in 2011 in Brussels. Sub- sequently the couple is active on a lot of movie sets and also very busy promoting ‘Exoskin’, a Belgian brand of silicon masks. In 2021 they won the Ensor for best make-up for the film “Yummy” by Lars Damoiseaux.

Zoé Wittock

Zoé Wittock is an award-winning screenwriter and director. Originally from Belgium, she grew up all over the world and followed the prestigious directing program of the American Film Institute (AFI), in Los Angeles, where she graduated as the youngest and first of her class and received the Hal and Robyn Berson Scholarship for Excellence in Directing. At the same time, she was also selected in the Berlinale Talent Campus for her work as a director of photography. She directed a short in France, “A demi-mot”, screened on OCS and Netflix, before making her feature film debut with “JUMBO” which was the subject of numerous festival selections throughout the world, notably at SUNDANCE and BERLINALE, where it was awarded in the Generation section. Zoé was also nominated for the Discovery Award at the European Film Awards and was named one of the 20 female directors to watch in 2020 by the Hollywood Reporter. As an active member of the SRF (Society of Film Directors), Zoé Wittock campaigns for greater equality in films, while defending copyright protection in an ever evolving industry.

Daphnée Beaulieux

Daphnée Beaulieux is a costume designer and a sfx make up artist who has been active in the cinema and entertainment industry for more than twenty years. Together with Erwan Simon, her partner, she started the special effects studio Squid Lab in 2011 in Brussels. Subsequently the couple is active on a lot of movie sets and also very busy promoting’ Exoskin’, a Belgian brand of silicon masks. In 2021 they won the Ensor for ‘Best Make Up’ for the film Yummy by Lars Damoiseaux.

Olivier Bonjour

Born in Brussels, he started his artistic career in 1982 at the age of 20. In 1984 he co-created the Ligue d’Improvisation, where he stayed for 9 seasons. Olivier Bonjour was also part of the Magic Land Theatre for 5 years, which included the inevitable (and no less memorable) performances at the BIFFF! As a theater actor, he has performed in more than 1500 cultural and commercial events of all kinds. He has also been part of the duo Les Frères Taquins for 30 years, which represents more than 5,000 public shows in more than 40 countries to date. He also acts in movies, of course. His unique, cheeky humor has recently been seen in Terrible Jungle, Hutsulka Ksénia, Le Calendrier, En passant Pécho, and in series such as Zone Blanche, Ennemi Public, Unité 42, and Baraki.

Constance Gay

She was a music journalist until she enrolled in the Classe Libre du Cours Florent in Paris, which made her abandon the domain of music to focus on her acting career. In Belgium she was chosen as the principal character of the series Unité 42 of Belgian television channel RTBF, broadcasted on Netflix and France 2. Ever since she’s been juggling between series and film sets, and theater performances. Next to actress she’s also a photographer and director of documentaries and music clips.

 

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