Photo of the week: Movie magic


Luminaries of the film industry descend on Ghent this week for the city’s renowned film festival, a celebration of cinema from near and far that opens this year with a homegrown success story

Red carpet goes rainbow

The cast and crew of Girl pose on the rainbow carpet as the 45th edition of the Ghent Film Festival opens. Girl has already gathered numerous awards at Cannes and will be in cinemas across Flanders and Brussels this week.

The film tells the story of Lara, a teenager in the midst of a gender transition as she enters a demanding ballet school. This doubles her struggle to accept her pre-operative body. Director Lukas Dhont, 27, told Flanders Today about how he came to make the film, which opened the festival in his home town earlier this week, and the real-life story that inspired him.

During the festival, more than 100 feature films will be screened, as well as dozens of shorts.

Photo: Nicolas Maeterlinck/Belga

Film Fest Ghent

Film Fest Ghent is Flanders’ largest international film festival. Each October, the festival draws acclaimed actors, directors and composers from around the world.
Soundtrack - Since 2001, the festival has hosted the World Soundtrack Awards, one of the world’s premier award ceremonies for film scores.
Student - Film Fest Ghent was originally launched as a festival for student films.
Happening - Each year, the festival hosts many side events, including concerts, exhibitions, discussion panels and parties.
1 973

first edition


films shown each year

130 000

annual visitors