Peter Monsaert studied Germanic Languages at Ghent University and Audiovisual Arts at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KASK), where he currently teaches. After graduation, he started working as a video artist and theatre and film director. Monsaert was the brain and driving engine behind several community projects, including Vitrinetelevisie, a street TV project in the Macharius district of Ghent (which won the City of Ghent’s neighbourhood art contest) and TV DELUXE, a similar project in the city’s Dampoort area, commissioned by VictoriaDeluxe. Monsaert has worked on projects at a broad range of theatre companies, including Antigone, Bronks, NTGent, Kopergietery, Company Cecilia and Studio Orka. His Fimosis (2006, Antigone), Chasse Patate (2017), and Craquelé (2019, Studio Orka) all snatched up nominations at Belgium’s TheaterFestival, which celebrates the season’s best plays each year. Monsaert’s debut as a feature film director, Offline, was praised both at home and abroad. It garnered him 15 awards, including no fewer than three Ensors (Ostend Film Festival), four awards in Amiens, and the title of Best Director at the Saint-Petersburg International Film Festival (SPIFF). Monsaert’s second feature film, Le Ciel Flamand, was part of the official selection of the Toronto, San Sebastian, London, Rotterdam and Gothenburg film festivals and two dozen other international film festivals. It won two Ensors and was crowned Best Film by both Belgium’s screenwriters’ guild and its union of directors in 2016. Nowhere, the director’s third film, opened the Ostend Film Festival. It took home the award for Best Feature Film at the Rhode Island International Film Festival and the audience award at the Arras Film Festival. The film was successfully released in cinemas in both Belgium and the Netherlands, and will be broadcast on Belgian TV (VRT) in 2024. Monsaert is currently working on the scenario for his fourth film, 1989, a French-Polish-Belgian co-production. 

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