Pierce Brosnan. Adrian Brody. Évelyne Brochu. These are just a few of the names associated with Film Festival Oostende, which has invited Hollywood’s finest to converge upon the lovely coastal city of Ostend every September since 2007.
As for this year? The festival will run from September 8-16, so be sure to keep your eye out for stars discretely catching rays on the Belgian beaches nearby.
What makes Film Festival Oostende particularly special is the attention it pays to Flemish and Belgian films, while maintaining an international scope. This year’s festival will host two global competitions, “LOOK!” and “Taste of Europe.” The former focuses on the “aesthetic qualities of cinema,” and awards participants the chance of competing for a 10,000 euro prize. The latter is dedicated to European films that “never make it to Belgian cinemas,” boasting a 7,500 euro prize for the lucky winner.
But don’t fret — the cost to get into Film Festival Oostende doesn’t reach those heights. You can fetch a single ticket for 9.50 euros, and a weekly ticket at 30 euros. That is, it won’t break your bank, and you’ll have the chance to celebrity stalk beaches in the meantime.