About FFO

13 years of FFO

A shared love of cinema inspired a small core of film enthousiasts to start a festival with its own unique dynamics.

FFO is a yearly boost for everyone who loves (arthouse) films! The main focus is Flemish film, with a different look on the international program. There's special attention for cinematographic excellence in the ‘LOOK!’-competition and unexplored films get a highlighted in our ‘TASTE OF EUROPE’-competition. 

One of the highlights is the yearly ‘ENSOR’ award show.

Since the start of the festival in 2007 we were able to welcome both national and international talent on our red carpet. The names of these guests were engraved in a star on our ‘Walk Of Fame’ (Ostend promenade).

Among these guests: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Rupert Everett, Bille August, Pierce Brosnan, Adrien Brody, Moran Atias, Steven Knight, Anton Corbijn, Jane Birkin, Jennifer Saunders, Michel Piccoli, Tahar Rahim, Dominic Cooper, Ben Elton, Rik Mayall, John Nettles, Jeroen Krabbé, Sofie Gråbøl, Jan Bijvoet, Veerle Baetens, Matthias Schoenaerts,...