Godfathers

Director Erik Van Looy and stand-upcomedian Kamal Kharmach make sure everything goes smoothly during the Youth Film Festival.

Kamal Kharmach
Kamal Kharmach is very familiar with the Youth Film Festival, as he is an ex-volunteer. He studied economics at the University of Antwerp, worked as a journalist for StampMedia and was even the director of the Flemish-Moroccan cultural centre Daarkom. In 2014 he won second place in Humo’s Comedy Cup as a rookie stand-up comedian. Most of all, we know Kamal from his run on De Slimste Mens ter Wereld, where he made it to the finale weeks. In 2016, Kamal made his film debut in Everybody Happy by Nic Balthazar. We certainly haven’t seen the last of Kamal yet!

Erik Van Looy

Erik Van Looy is a film director and studied at the RITCS in Brussels. In 1993, he directed his first feature film Ad Fundum. His first box office hit was The Alzheimer Case, a film adaptation of the Jef Geeraerts novel of the same name. The film sold more than 700 000 tickets. Erik van Looy was also the creator of the most successful Belgian film ever. Loft drew more than 1 million people to the cinema. His latest film, The Prime Minister, hit cinemas in 2016. On television, we mostly know him as the presenter of De Slimste Mens ter Wereld.