The 25th edition of Kortfilmfestival Leuven is opening its doors in arts centre STUK from November 30 until December 7. For the first time the programme of the prestigious festival includes screenings and activities based on games. Here’s what’s in store next week. Do read on, because we have free tickets to hand out!
In the exhibition Small Games, Big Screens the courtyard of STUK will showcase a visually arresting video game on a big screen from 17:00 until 23:00. Passers-by can marvel at the beautiful visuals or get to grips with indie classics like GRIS, Celeste, Journey and INSIDE themselves. Each night a different game will be screened, so check out the programme to see when your favourite’s up!
Game On! is a unique compilation of 7 shorts that shows what happens when the worlds of film and game making collides. The compilation includes short films that use the visual language of computer games to tell their own story and shorts by video game developers parallel to their own game, as a way of promoting the game or as a stand-alone concept. Game On! is screening on November 30 at 16:30, December 3 at 22:30, December 4 at 15:15 and December 6 at 17:00. Tickets are € 8,50.
On the final day of the festival, games are celebrated even more. In the Gamestorm (December 7 at 15:30) competition film and game design students come up together with a game concept they have to pitch in front of a jury. Earlier in the day, there’s also a master class video games (December 7 at 13:00) by game writer Dagmar Blommaert and film director Hans Van Nuffel. Together they will explore the possibilities and pitfalls of writing for video games.
Tickets for this double bill master class are € 8,50, but thanks to VAF/GAME we’re able to give some away for free. Afterwards there’s a network event with a free drink. We’re pretty awful when it comes to clever questions, so all you have to do is send a mail. First come, first served!