Michael Van Ostade (1986) started his artistic career as a member of the popular band ‘School is Cool’, winning Humo’s Rock Rally 2010 but left to pursue his interest in filmmaking. In his first year, he was noticed by his teachers as having an unusual approach to film, balancing arthouse with approachable mainstream cinema. In his first year, he was awarded The Jessica-Award for most promising first year student. In his bachelor year he won the VAF Wildcard. With his Wildcard he made ‘Danse Macabre’ a smart children’s short which won the Children’s Jury for best shortfilm at the European Youth Film Festival. Currently, together with his brother Andrew, he is working on his first feature film, also directed at children, The Ghastly Brothers.

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