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Bruges International Film Festival Wraps Up Third Edition!

The Bruges International Film Festival would like to thank all their guests for coming out to enjoy a selection of new independent cinema from around the globe at the second edition of its festival, which concluded last Wednesday. A warm thank you also to special guests in attendance: Arash Tagarian, Tim Jans, Julie Ducrocq, Simon Heymans, Delphine Duez and Jonas Hollevoet.

This year, the festival was privileged to receive over a thousand entries, of which 28 made it to the final official selection. Bruges IFF is pleased to share with you today the 2023 award winners, as chosen by the jury panel:

Best Narrative Feature Film

Courage (Mexico) by Rubén Rojo Aura

Best Documentary Feature Film

Berlin Bytch Love (Germany) by Heiko Aufdermauer, Johannes Girke

Best Narrative Short Film

Nocturnal Burger (United States) by Reema Maya

Best Documentary Short Film

What If Women Ruled The World? (Italy) by Giulia Magno

Best Animated Short Film

Limits (Switzerland) by Simon de Diesbach

Best Underground Film

Poor Boy Long Way From Home (Belgium) by Jonas Hollevoet

Best Experimental Film

Kiss/Crash (United Kingdom) by Adam Cole

Best Belgian Film

Daydrift (Belgium) by Tim Jans

Best Music Video

Shaka Shams - Balrog (Belgium) by Yoann Stehr, Alice Khol

Congratulations to all!

Today, a new Call for Entries has been launched on FilmFreeway for the next edition, which will take place in October 2024. Submit your film now


The Bruges International Film Festival showcases innovative independent cinema by emerging artists from around the world. The festival provides a platform for films with a unique voice and message, regardless of how low the budget might be. Aiming to inspire, motivate and award new talent. Focusing on the art of filmmaking rather than on the box office, the festival aims to introduce quality, non-mainstream films from global filmmakers as well as local talent. By recognizing the important role independent films have in the history of filmmaking, storytelling, and culture, the Bruges International Film Festival wants to help empower the next generation of artists.


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