Kristof Hoornaert (1980, Belgium) studied Audiovisual Arts in Ghent and Brussels.
His first short film "Kaïn" got nominated for the Golden Bear at the 59th Berlin International Film Festival.
He wrote, directed and produced his second short film "The Fall", a 17 minute no-budget short film that was shot in only 1 day. The film won several awards and screened at more than 40 film festivals worldwide. The film also screened several times on national television.
His third short film "Empire" premiered in the world competition of the 39th Montreal World Film Festival
and got selected for the 59th BFI London Film Festival.
He also edited the short film "Nuclear Waste" by Ukrainian filmmaker Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy (The Tribe), which won the Silver Leopard at the 65th Locarno International Film Festival.
His first feature film "Resurrection" premiered at the 44th Film Fest Gent. Furthermore the film got selected for the 21th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (First Features Competition) and the 47th International Film Festival Rotterdam (Bright Future). The film won several awards worldwide, was sold to several countries and is available on DVD.
Hoornaert believes in cinema as a visual art and prefers to express and explore his themes through a carefully constructed cinematographic language. His films often deal with the cruelty of man in the context of nature and civilization.
His favourite filmmakers are Carlos Reygadas, Terrence Malick and Andrei Tarkovsky.