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Gilles Coulier

Writer / Director

Coulier studied Audiovisual Arts at the Sint-Lukas Brussels University College of Art and Design. Graduation film of the 3rd Bachelor year was the Short film ‘Iceland’.[1] This short was selected for the 2010 Cannes Film Festival[2] in the Cinefondation section, Abu Dhabi Film Festival[3] and The Leeds Film Festival.

‘Iceland’ won a ‘Flemish Film Fund’ Wildcard[4]in 2010 for Best Fiction Short at the International Shortfilm Festival of Leuven in December 2009 and the Sabam Prize for Best Belgian Short at the FIFIB Brussels.
The film was shot in Ostend and tells the story of an ex-prisoner trying to pick up life.

The shortfilm ‘Paroles’[5] was nominated for several International Film Festivals and was the Jury Prize Winner at the International Shortfilm Festival of Leuven[6] in December 2010.
The film was shot in Ostend and tells the story of 2 brothers in search of their father.

Coulier graduated in September 2011 and used the ‘Flemish Film Fund Wildcard’ to create his first professional short ‘Mont Blanc’.
This short was produced by Dirk Impens for Menuet Films[7] and was coached by Felix Van Groeningen, known as the director of ‘The Misfortunates‘ and ‘The Broken Circle Breakdown‘.
‘Mont Blanc’ was selected in April 2013 for the 2013 Cannes Film Festival in the Official Shortfilm Competition.[8]

In 2012 he joined the writers room of Bevergem (The Natives) with Bart Vanneste, Wannes Cappelle and Dries Heyneman. Coulier founded production company ‘De Wereldvrede‘ with actor Gilles De Schryver and Wouter Sap to produce the series. Coulier directed the series in 2014 and when Bevergem aired in 2015 the results were unforeseen. A 25% marketshare for second channel CANVAS, several international festivalselections and prizes.

In 2015 Coulier co-wrote and directed his first feature film, ‘Cargo’ with an international premiere at the San Sebastian Film Festival and a national premiere at The Ostend Film Festival. Cargo was nominated for over 20 festivals with highlights at the BFI London Film Festival, Göteborg Film Festival and the prize for ‘Best Screenplay’ at the Thessaloniki Film Festival. In 2017 Cargo was nominated for Les Magrittes du Cinema for Best Flemish Film.

In 2018 the series ‘De Dag’ (‘The Day’) aired. Coulier directed 8 out of 12 episodes, written by Jonas Geirnaert and Julie Mahieu. De Dag was sold to over 32 countries and claimed to be ‘The best Belgian TV-serie’. De Dag won several festivals, such as Best European Series on Festival de La Fiction Télé La Rochelle.

In 2018 Gilles Coulier was awarded the Jo Röpke Award and the prestigious Cultural Award of the Royal University of Leuven for his work.

Gilles is currently directing ‘War of the Worlds’ for Canal Plus and Fox.

Credits

FEATURE FILM
Date: 2017
Production (role):
CARGO (Director / Co-Writer)
Company:
De Wereldvrede / 100% Halal / Dutch FilmWorks
Project details:
Winner: Thessaloniki Film Festival, Best Screenplay 2017
Winner: Riviera International Film Festival, Best Actor 2017
Nominated for First Feature Competition at London Film Festival 2017
San Sebastian new directors competition official selection 2017 (SPA)
Film Festival Oostende official opening film 2017
Film Festival Oostende new look competition 2017
Participant Torino Film Lab 2015
TELEVISION
Date: 2019
Production (role):
WAR OF THE WORLDS
Company:
Urban Myth / Canal Plus / Fox
Project details:
Lead director
Wr. Howard Overman
Date: 2018
Production (role):
DE DAG (Director)
Company:
Woestijnvis / Dynamic Television / Vier
Project details:
Nominated at Series Mania 2018
Date: 2015
Production (role):
THE NATIVES (Writer / Director)
Company:
De Wereldvrede / Canvas
Project details:
(Original title: BEVERGEM)

Winner: Flemish Television Awards, Best Comedy, Best Actress, Best Drama 2016
Winner: HA! Van Huomo
SHORT FILM
Date: 2012
Production (role):
MONT BLANC (Writer / Director)
Company:
Wildcard Film
Project details:
Nominee: Palme D'Or Best Short Film at Cannes Film Festival 2013
Winner: Brussels International Film Festival, Best Short Film 2013
Date: 2010
Production (role):
PAROLES (Writer / Director)
Company:
Watch and Behave Pictures
Project details:
Winner: Leuven International Short Film Festival, Best Flemish Short, Best Flemish Short Jury Prize 2010
Date: 2010
Production (role):
ICELAND (Writer / Director)
Project details:
Winner: Leuven International Short Film Festival, Best Short Film, 2009
Nominee: Cinefondation Award at Cannes Film Festival 2010

Credits

  • Date
    Production (role)
    Company
    Project details
  • Date: 2017
    Production (role): CARGO (Director / Co-Writer)
    Company: De Wereldvrede / 100% Halal / Dutch FilmWorks
    Project details: Winner: Thessaloniki Film Festival, Best Screenplay 2017
    Winner: Riviera International Film Festival, Best Actor 2017
    Nominated for First Feature Competition at London Film Festival 2017
    San Sebastian new directors competition official selection 2017 (SPA)
    Film Festival Oostende official opening film 2017
    Film Festival Oostende new look competition 2017
    Participant Torino Film Lab 2015
  • Date
    Production (role)
    Company
    Project details
  • Date: 2019
    Production (role): WAR OF THE WORLDS
    Company: Urban Myth / Canal Plus / Fox
    Project details: Lead director
    Wr. Howard Overman
  • Date: 2018
    Production (role): DE DAG (Director)
    Company: Woestijnvis / Dynamic Television / Vier
    Project details: Nominated at Series Mania 2018
  • Date: 2015
    Production (role): THE NATIVES (Writer / Director)
    Company: De Wereldvrede / Canvas
    Project details: (Original title: BEVERGEM)

    Winner: Flemish Television Awards, Best Comedy, Best Actress, Best Drama 2016
    Winner: HA! Van Huomo
  • Date
    Production (role)
    Company
    Project details
  • Date: 2012
    Production (role): MONT BLANC (Writer / Director)
    Company: Wildcard Film
    Project details: Nominee: Palme D'Or Best Short Film at Cannes Film Festival 2013
    Winner: Brussels International Film Festival, Best Short Film 2013
  • Date: 2010
    Production (role): PAROLES (Writer / Director)
    Company: Watch and Behave Pictures
    Project details: Winner: Leuven International Short Film Festival, Best Flemish Short, Best Flemish Short Jury Prize 2010
  • Date: 2010
    Production (role): ICELAND (Writer / Director)
    Company:
    Project details: Winner: Leuven International Short Film Festival, Best Short Film, 2009
    Nominee: Cinefondation Award at Cannes Film Festival 2010
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