The Flemish Audiovisual Fund (VAF) is the beating heart of the Flemish film industry and actively supports young, emerging film talent. To this end, the VAF annually awards "Wildcards" to the most promising graduation projects of bachelor or master students from Flemish film schools. The coveted wildcards are allocated by a specific jury per category and are traditionally awarded at the Leuven Short Film Festival.
The long list of former winners who went on to build a successful career in film proves that a single wildcard can be a serious boost for any motivated film maker. But wildcards bring about a lot of beauty in the short term too, as the prize money is used to make a new short film. This year, check out the Flemish competition with a film by wildcard winner Abel Bos (Bug).