Serendipity Films is an independent production company based in Flanders, Belgium, created in 2006 by producer Ellen De Waele. Serendipity concentrates on (co-)producing international author driven feature films and documentaries often highlighting social relevant issues, initiated by young and established, fresh and innovative talent.
Recently, Serendipity Films produced HOWLING, a short fiction by Laura Van Haecke, which won already several awards; Most recently the prize for best international short at Palm Springs Short 2021. DARK RIDER, a documentary feature by Eva Küpper, was theatrical released in June 2021 in the Benelux and had its world premiere at Dokfest Münich 2021.
Earlier productions include On Air, a documentary feature by Manno Lanssens, which had its world premiere at the Docville International Film Festival and was selected for o.a. the Rome Film Festival, Doclisboa International Film Festival in 2019; RETROSPEKT, a feature film by Esther Rots with Flemish actresses Circé Lethem and Lien Wildemeersch in the lead roles, which premiered in 2018 at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and was selected for the Berlinale/FORUM 2019; UNE PART D’OMBRE, a feature film by Samuel Tilman with Fabrizio Rongione and Natacha Régnier in the lead roles;
STRIKE A POSE, a documentary by Ester Gould & Reijer Zwaan, which premiered in 2016 at the Berlinale Film Festival (Panorama) and is travelling the world since (Tribeca, HotDocs, etc);
and DEATH OF A SHADOW, a short film by Tom Van Avermaet starring internationally acclaimed actor Matthias Schoenaerts, which won the European Film Award for Best Short and was nominated for the Academy Award® for Best Live Action Short Film.
The word 'serendipity' was born three centuries before Serendipity Films' creation. In 1754, Horace Walpole situated his fairy-tale near the town of Serendip –a former name for Ceylon or what is nowadays Sri Lanka- the heroes of which ‘were always making discoveries, by accident and sagacity, of things they were not in quest of.’ ‘The Three Princes of Serendip’ traveling around formed the inspiration for his creation of the word “serendipity” itself. After centuries of the word leading its own unique life, the faculty of making happy and unexpected discoveries met by accident a woman, who was –by chance– involved in the movie industry. Her name was Ellen De Waele. They felt like-minded. Just like that. Maybe because it had to happen, an unforeseen fortune. She took the word and made a last longer, called it a new path for destiny and she baptised it: Serendipity Films. And since then, serendipity and films live together, looking for one thing, but discovering another flock of fortune. Finding not as a science of the anticipated, but looking for the unexpected as a way of life, that is Serendipity Films.