THE QUEEN short film



Having a Mysterious Encounter in New York...

Out, out, brief candle!

Life is but a walking shadow, a poor player

That struts and frets his hour upon the stage

And then is heard no more.

- William Shakespeare -

I, I will be King, And You, You will be QUEEN

- David Bowie - R.I.P. -

TVP services Video Art Productions


August 2016

Hugo Teugels (TVP services Video Art Production)

wins Awards in the Accolade Global Film Competition, the Best Shorts Competition, at the Hollywood International Moving Pictures, IndieFest film Awards, and the L.A. Neo Noir Film Festival.

Heverlee, Vlaams-Brabant, Belgium, August 2016 – Hugo Teugels, TVP services Video Art Productions, has won a prestigious Award of Merit from The Accolade Global Film Competition, as well as an Award of Merit and an Award of Recognition (-> Leading Actress student) in the Best Shorts Competition 2016. He also received an Award Foreign Short Student from The Hollywood International Moving Pictures FF of L.A., and an Award of Recognition from the IndieFest Film Awards. ‘The Queen’ also won a Silver Award at the L.A. Neo Noir Film Festival.

At the Martial Con Film Festival  L.A., U.S. and at the Best Short Fest, Ontario, Canada, ‘The Queen’ made it to the Semi-Finals of the Official Selections.


• World Award of Merit at the World Film Awards 2016 Film Festival in Jakarta, Indonesia, and

• Gold Award for Directing & Editing at the Documentary & ShortInternational Movie Award Film Festival in Jakarta, Indonesia

• Special Festival Mention at the 5th Bangalore Shorts Film Festival in

  Bangalore, India

The award was for Hugo Teugels’ suspenseful / high-tension short film, "The QUEEN".

The QUEEN features a special and mysterious ‘film noir’ story line about the struggle between life and death, symbolized by the black Queen chasing the white Queen. This is shown in daily flashes from New York City, where the girl lives, with many references to castles (skyscrapers), knights (horses), the Church with the cross of the King, bishops (runners), who keep on running,and of course pawns, represented by the hundreds of bollards along the streets in NYC.

Starring Jessica Roth (Switzerland) and Evi Stamatiou (Greece), ‘The Queen’ was shot in New York City, based on a project-idea of 5 NYFA students (Sara, Daria, Jessica, Evi, and Hugo) (New York Film Academy, New York City, Directors' & Actors' Class - August 2015).

A mysterious encounter in Manhattan unveils that something is not right... A girl meets herself while playing chess at night in a New York City park. This short film asks the question “What if you would meet that one person who can make you realise something is not right..? Or very wrong? Would you believe it?”, and was selected more than 30 times worldwide and has won 13 awards so far.

U.S. screenings will start in Los Angeles in September, and the director will be present at the AOF and The Martial Con Film Festival in Monrovia, L.A., CA. ‘The Queen’ has received 3 nominations for each festival.

The nominations for Best Sound Design & Score (MartialCon) are the result of an education built up over the years and an evolution of the director, who, as an ex-radio presenter of a 90s-film program based on soundtracks, experienced the importance of sound in movies and tried to transfer this to his listeners. He successfully concluded the 2 extra years (on top of 5 regular years) in Digital Imaging @ Art Academy with his project "The Influence of sound", with a storyline (someone is followed by herself...) serving as the basis for this short.

The two promising actresses, the Amsterdam-based Swiss Jessi Roth and the London-based Greek Evi Stamatiou,gave the best of themselves during the shoot in New York city the last week of August of that hot Summer of 2015.

The story and the plot twist are a direct result of the love of the director/writer for inspiring movies such as The Sixth Sense, Inception,  Vanilla Sky, and the atmosphere in The Others and the Dark Knight.

Originally, the music of James Newton Howard was used (The Dark Knight, The Sixth Sense, and The Happening). It was a real challenge to replace this score and to edit the film in such a way the atmosphere didn’t get lost...(Nomination for Best Editing & Best Visual Effects in a Short – AOF Film Festival)

The Cinematography (Nomination Best Cinematography - Martial Con FF) grew out the photography background of the director and his passion for still images and sound, which turned into a passion for moving images andfilmmaking.

Director Hugo Teugels :

“I Learned to look at the world in a different way and then try to put this in my movies, big or small.”

“I am happy when people want to watch it a second time to find out or check the clues and symbolic values. That’s what I did with ‘The Sixth Sense’ and many other films...

AND ... people, be careful when using a pedestrian crossing!”

The nomination for ‘Best experimental Project’ (AOF Film Festival) is a precious gift, given the last years’ evolution of this project.

The Accolade, The IndieFEST Film Awards and The Best Shorts Competition recognize film, television, videography and new media professionals who demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and creativity, and those who produce standout entertainment or contribute to profound social change. Entries are judged by highly qualified professionals in the film and television industry.

Rick Prickett, who chairs The Accolade Global Film Competition, The IndieFEST Film Awards and The Best Shorts Competition had this to say about the latest winners, “These are not easy awards to win. Entries are received from around the world from powerhouse companies to remarkable new talent. The Accolade, IndieFest andBest shorts Competition help set the standard for craft and creativity. The judges were pleased with the exceptional high quality of entries. The goal is to help winners achieve the recognition they deserve.”


Information about the Accolade and a list of recent winners can be found at

In winning an Accolade, THE QUEEN, by Hugo Teugels joins the ranks of other high-profile winners of this internationally respected award including the Oscar winning production of The Lady in Number Six by Malcolm Clarke, the very talented Dave Bossert of Disney for his short documentary, The Tunes Behind The Toons, Hollywood industry veteran Ron Howard for When You Find Me and Highwire Films Australia for their popular ABC TV series twentysomething.

Information about the IndieFEST and a list of recent winners can be found at

In winning an IndieFEST Film Award, (company or organization) joins the ranks of other high-profile winners of this internationally respected award including Liam Neeson as the narrator of Love Thy Nature, A Path AppearsDocumentary featuring George Clooney and Blake Lively, Radical Grace executive produced by Susan Sarandon, a searing expose Davids and Goliath by Leon Lee, and Touched with Fire starring Katie Holmes.

Information about Best Shorts and a list of recent winners can be found at

In winning a Best Shorts Award, (company or organization) joins the ranks of other high-profile winners of this internationally respected award including The Weinstein Company for Market Hours, Disney Interactive for Vinlymation: A Love Story and Oscar winning production Mr. Hublot from Laurent Witz from Luxembourg.

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September 2016

Hugo Teugels (TVP services Video Art Production)

wins BEST EXPERIMENTAL PROJECT for the SHORT THE QUEEN (across all genres)!

in Los Angeles @ AOF Film Festival 2016

What a whirl-wind week in L.A. with our 2 official Screenings of THE QUEEN on Monday and Thursday, followed by the impressive gala event on Saturday night in Pasadena where I had the honour of accepting this amazing award in front of academy award and Palm d'dor winning filmmakers, martial arts movie legends, Olympic athletes and the phenomenal AOF community.

This heavy-weight festival was an important milestone for myself and for THE QUEEN

We won that second week of September 3 Awards in Los Angeles :

Best Experimental Project - short film - Action On FilmFest - ( THE QUEEN - Hugo Teugels)

Best SCORE - short film - Martial Con Film Fest (THE QUEEN)


Best CINEMATOGRAPHY - short film - Los Angeles Film Awards (Hugo Teugels, Daria El-Zhamad & Sara El-Batal)

WHAT a WEEK, as said!

A big shout out to all the awesome people who were part of this journey, especially Jessica Roth aka The Queen and Evi Stamatiou (aka the black Queen) for the breath-taking acting-talent and Arnav Srivastav (909Music), Brent Rowley, Jonathan Wright, Martijn De Man (Holland) for the outstanding film score. Daria El-Zahmad and Sara EL-Batal, the assistant directors & cinematographers,

I could never have created this super slick post/production, with such an artistic force as the director/editor, without my friends and colleagues, being so patient and understanding for my never stopping ‘urge’ to create & promote this short film worldwide, I love you ❤️and I love this job!

And last but not least a big thank you to “TVP services for being a brilliant producing partner!” 

Del Aof Weston and Theresa Aof Weston, thank you so much for this huge honour and for recognising our talents, we love you too and shall be ever grateful.

The QUEEN short film

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November 2016

Hugo Teugels (TVP services Video Art Production)



SILVER AWARD for THE QUEEN (as well as for "Hoko-Bang-Sing", the previous short film and a MERIT AWARD for the Trailer "Hoko-Bang-Sing").


Winner Diamond Award BEST EDITING

Winner Platinum Award BEST SCORE


Winner Silver Award BEST DIRECTOR

The QUEEN short film

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April 2017

Hugo Teugels (TVP services Video Art Production)



RECOGNITION AWARD Best International short Film


The QUEEN short film

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April 2017


* ‘InDvue’, Episode 6, New York Review on Vimeo, April 2017 :

"It’s amazing what a short film can present and especially when there is no real dialogue".

"I did enjoy there was no dialogue in the film, which at first I was kind of incomprehensive about, because I wasn’t sure I would be able to understand the whole story, but really through the music, and through the acting and the visuals I totally understood what was going on." "You’re led Into the mood, into the emotion, you’re not so much paying attention by hearing, it’s the FEEL that you get from The Queen”.

November 2017

* BELIFF – ‘Be Epic!’ Film Fest LONDON :

"The short film "The Queen" is a truly intriguing one.

There is a strong experimental approach for the exploration of Death and Life/ Survival

(battle with oneself) theme through image and sound.

The choice of no dialogue is fitted with the abstract feel of the short."