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Isabelle Tollenaere



Isabelle Tollenaere (born in Ghent, 1984) is an independent filmmaker. She studied documentary filmmaking at Sint-Lukas Brussels University College of Art and Design. Since then she has made 3 short films; her graduation film Still Life (2007), Trickland (2010) and Viva Paradis (2011). These short documentary films have been widely exhibited at international film festivals such as IDFA (NL), CPH:DOX (DK), FID Marseille (FR), EMAF (DE), EXiS (KR), New Horizons (PL) en Belo Horizonte International Film Festival (BR) amongst others. They were shown at art institutions like Centre Pompidou (FR), in projection or as video installation. Battles (2015) is Isabelle's first feature length film, it had its world premiere at International Film Festival Rotterdam (NL), where it won the Fipresci award.

Battles (2015) – feature documentary
Viva Paradis (2011) – short documentary
Trickland (2010) – short documentary
Still Life (2007) – short documentary (graduation film)


Viva Paradis

Viva Paradis (Orig.) / 2011 / Belgium / 18 min

Viva Paradis captures a moment in a land, Tunisia, in the midst of transformation; from an abandoned luxury hotel and the ruins of Carthage to the traces of the recent revolution. The fight has been fought, but how to proceed further now? Viva Paradis focuses on the moment after the journalists have left and the overflow of media images has stopped...



Visegrad? Where the hell is that?

Visegrad? Where the hell is that?

With this daring motto, playfully ironic visual design and primarily interesting film selection, Visegrad Film Festival presented its programme in Cork, Ireland. How was it, where does it go and why is it actually held in Ireland?

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- 26.9.2016 -

A Showcase of Asian Documentary Film Jewels? TIDF!

A Showcase of Asian Documentary Film Jewels? TIDF!

The interest in all things Asian is growing faster than capital markets in the global world. That goes for documentary films as well. The contemporary production of Asian documentary filmmakers is regularly presented by Taiwan International Documentary Festival.

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- 12.9.2016 -

Gulîstan, Land of Roses Wins Prestigious Doc Alliance Selection Award at Locarno IFF

Gulîstan, Land of Roses Wins Prestigious Doc Alliance Selection Award at Locarno IFF

On Sunday, August 7, young director Zaynê Akyol became the 9th winner of the unique Doc Alliance Selection Award that is awarded since 2008 by the international Doc Alliance platform. The Kurdish director based in Canada received the award during an award ceremony at Locarno IFF. Along with the award, the filmmaker also received financial support of 5.000 euro for her future film.

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- 8.8.2016 -

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