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
Occupation Film 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