Serendipity Films is an independent production company based in Ghent, Belgium, created in 2006 by producer Ellen De Waele. In 2017, producer Elisa Heene joined the team. 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 co-produced RETROSPEKT, a feature film by Esther Rots with Flemish actresses Circé Lethem and Lien Wildemeersch in the lead roles, which had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and screened at the Berlinale Forum 2019.
Earlier productions include THE BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT, a feature film by Samuel Tilman with Fabrizio Rongione and Natacha Régnier in the lead roles; the acclaimed documentary STRIKE A POSE by Ester Gould & Reijer Zwaan, which premiered at the Berlinale Panorama 2016; the feature 82 DAYS IN APRIL by Bart Van den Bempt; and the short DEATH OF A SHADOW by Tom Van Avermaet, starring internationally acclaimed actor Matthias Schoenaerts, which won the European Film Award 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.
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