Nic Balthazar

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Nic Balthazar
Nic Balthazar - Seminci 2012 (2).jpg
Nic Balthazar at the 2012 Seminci
Born (1964-07-24) 24 July 1964 (age 54)
Ghent, Belgium
OccupationFilm director, television and radio presenter
Spouse(s)Lieve Blancquaert [nl]

Nic Balthazar (born 24 July 1964 in Ghent) is a Belgian film director and a TV/radio personality (presenter, reporter, producer).


Balthasar was born into a Ghent family of politicians active in the Socialistische Partij Anders. He is the son of Herman Balthazar [nl], professor and former Governor of East Flanders, and brother of Tom Balthazar [nl], a Schepen of Ghent.


His first movie, Ben X, came out in 2007 and has received critical acclaim.[1] The next feature film which Balthazar directed, Tot Altijd, was released in January 2012.

In Flanders he is well known as a movie critic and television presenter.


Year Title Role Notes
2007 Ben X Director, writer Drama
2008 The Big Ask Director, writer, producer, actor Short (environmental awareness)
2009 The Big Ask Again: Dance for the Climate Director, writer Short (environmental awareness)
2012 Tot Altijd Director, writer Drama

Awards and nominations[edit]

List of awards and nominations
Year Award Category Title Result
2007 Montreal World Film Festival Grand Prix des Amériques Ben X Won[2]
2007 Montreal World Film Festival Most Popular Film Ben X Won[2]
2007 Montreal World Film Festival Prize of the Ecumenical Jury Ben X Won
2007 Palm Springs International Film Festival Heineken Red Star Award Ben X Won[3]
2007 Sedona International Film Festival Audience Award Ben X Won
2008 European Film Awards People's Choice Award for Best Film Ben X Nominated[4]
2011 Efebo d’Oro Best book adaptation Ben X Won[1]



  • Memphis
  • Ziggurat
  • Open doek
  • Mollen en kruisen
  • Leuven Centraal
  • Dood doet leven - Radio 1
  • filminformation - Studio Brussel
  • Levende Lijven (talkshows)
  • Filmfan - Canvas
  • Vlaanderen Vakantieland - Eén


  • Boeketje Vlaanderen (1984) - BRT
  • Koste wat het kost (1997)
  • Het swingpaleis (1997-1998) (Eén)
  • Vlaanderen vakantieland (2003) - Eén
  • Fata Morgana (2006) - Eén
  • Tour 2008 - Eén
  • Masterchef (2010) - Vtm
  • De jaren stillekes (2010) - Eén


  1. ^ a b "Ben X adaptation lauded". 18 October 2011. Retrieved 2012-01-25.
  2. ^ a b "World Film Festival – Prizes 2007". Archived from the original on 26 May 2011. Retrieved 15 September 2010.
  3. ^ "Ben X | 2008 Palm Springs International Film Festival | Nic Balthazar | Belgium". 23 December 2007. Archived from the original on 8 September 2011. Retrieved 15 September 2010.
  4. ^ "EFA » 2008". European Film Academy. Retrieved 2010-09-15.

External links (further sources)[edit]

Media related to Nic Balthazar at Wikimedia Commons