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My First Highway takes Jury Award at Tallinn’s Just Film Festival

27/11/2016

Kevin Meul’s debut feature My First Highway has won the International Jury Award for Best Film at Just Film, a sidebar of Tallinn’s Black Nights Film Festival aimed at children and young people.

Focusing on 16-year-old Benjamin, My First Highway is a tale of love and lost innocence with a bitter twist, situated in the world of teenagers. The film is Meul’s first feature film after he directed several well-received short films, including The Extraordinary Life of Rocky and Cadet.

My First Highway premiered at Film Fest Gent in October, followed by a screening at Alice Nella Città, Rome’s independent section for youth films. So far, the film has also found festival slots in Valladolid, Braunschweig, Denver and, most recently, Stockholm.

The Tallinn prize marks the film’s first international prize. Just Film is a sidebar of Tallinn’s Black Nights Film Festival, showing a selection of about 50 films for children and teenagers.

My First Highway is a Fobic Films (Brother, Come As You Are) production. The film received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz and the economic fund Screen Flanders, under the aegis of Flemish Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Cultural Affairs Minister Gatz.