The Ensor Award (for the first two years Vlaamse Filmprijzen) is an accolade presented by the Ensor Academy of Belgium to recognize cinematic achievement in the film industry and is the highest film honour in the Flemish speaking part of the country. Named after James Ensor, it is the successor of the Joseph Plateau Award that honoured films from the entire country. Since its discontinuation, the Magritte Awards are given to French speaking movies, while the Ensors honour Flemish productions.

Ensor Award
Awarded forExcellence in cinematic achievements
Presented byEnsor Academie
First awarded2010

The trophy was created by Ostend artist Yves Velter from Ostend. It is given out at the Ostend Film Festival in September. At the ninth edition, two films tied for the top prize as best film.[1] The tenth Ensor Awards ceremony was held on September 14, 2019 and saw the film Girl dominating by winning eight trophies including best film.[2]

The nominees are decided by a jury panel. While the winners are voted by the entire board of Ensor Academie, which consists of members from the film industry.[3] In 2018 categories for achievement in television were introduced.


Current awardsEdit

Retired awardsEdit

  • Best Debut: 2010 to 2018
  • Best Actor in a Supporting Role: 2010 to 2017
  • Best Actress in a Supporting Role: 2010 to 2017
  • Best Costume Design: 2011 to 2017

Awards ceremoniesEdit

The following is a listing of all Magritte Awards ceremonies.

Ceremony Date Best Film winner
1st Ensor Awards 10 September 2010 The Misfortunates
2nd Ensor Awards 10 September 2011 Bullhead
3rd Ensor Awards 14 and 15 September 2012 Time of My Life
4th Ensor Awards 13 and 14 September 2013 The Broken Circle Breakdown
5th Ensor Awards 20 September 2014 Marina
6th Ensor Awards 19 September 2015 N – The Madness of Reason
7th Ensor Awards 16 September 2016 The Ardennes
8th Ensor Awards 15 and 16 September 2017 Home
9th Ensor Awards 15 September 2018 Racer and the Jailbird and Zagros
10th Ensor Awards 14 September 2019 Girl
11th Ensor Awards 23 January 2021 Patrick
12th Ensor Awards 12 March 2022 Dealer

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Bradshaw, Lisa (17 March 2020). "Tie leads to two Best Film winners at Ensor awards | Flanders Today".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ Engelen, Aurore (2019-09-16). "Girl dominates the 10th Ensor Awards ceremony - Cineuropa". Cineuropa. Retrieved 2020-03-17.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ "Ensor Academie - Industrie - Festival 2019 | Film Festival Oostende".

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