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Articles, interviews, news, analysis on the Belgian audiovisual sector.

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Country profile: Belgium

Country profile: Belgium

27 December 2020

LevelK boards Latvian-Belgian dark comedy Samuel’s Travels

Industry / Market - Latvia/Belgium

LevelK boards Latvian-Belgian dark comedy Samuel’s Travels

The movie, directed by Aik Karapetian, follows the titular lead character who, in searching for his biological father, becomes a slave for a farmer’s daughter  

24 September 2021

Successful outcome for the 5th Brussels Co-Production Forum

BRIFF 2021 - Brussels Co-Production Forum

Successful outcome for the 5th Brussels Co-Production Forum

The industry section of the Brussels International Film Festival generated fruitful exchanges despite all the constraints linked to the date change and the pandemic  

21 September 2021

O’Brother Distribution joins forces with 4 new Belgian producers

Distribution / Releases / Exhibitors - Belgium

O’Brother Distribution joins forces with 4 new Belgian producers

Artémis, Frakas, Tarantula and Gapbusters join Versus in the Belgian distributor capital  

09 July 2021

The Brussels International Film Festival organises the 5th Brussels Co-Production Forum

BRIFF 2021 - Brussels Co-Production Forum

The Brussels International Film Festival organises the 5th Brussels Co-Production Forum

The market will take place on 7 and 8 September in order to support the creativity and productivity of young European producers  

05 July 2021

The Wallonia-Brussels Federation Film and Audiovisual Centre presents positive 2020 results despite the pandemic

Industry / Market - Belgium

The Wallonia-Brussels Federation Film and Audiovisual Centre presents positive 2020 results despite the pandemic

Boasting greater funds for the sector, reactive management of the health crisis and an exceptional film slate in Cannes, the Belgian Film Centre rejoices at having made it through the crisis  

10 June 2021

Documentary Arica prompts intervention from UN Human Rights Rapporteurs

Institutions / Legislation - Sweden/Chile/Belgium/Norway/UK

Documentary Arica prompts intervention from UN Human Rights Rapporteurs

Lars Edman and William Johansson’s feature documents the devastation caused by a Swedish mining giant in a Chilean desert town  

02 June 2021

The Wallonia-Brussels Federation signs a co-production agreement with Senegal

Institutions / Legislation - Belgium/Senegal

The Wallonia-Brussels Federation signs a co-production agreement with Senegal

This is the third co-production agreement the Federation has signed with an African country, following on from Tunisia and Morocco  

06 May 2021

The Belgian Society for Visual Effects Professionals is born

Industry / Market - Belgium

The Belgian Society for Visual Effects Professionals is born

Seven Belgian studios are teaming up to create a professional association uniting French- and Flemish-speaking studios  

24 February 2021

Be For Films to boast young, new talent in Berlin

Berlinale 2021 – EFM

Be For Films to boast young, new talent in Berlin

Selected for the Encounters and Panorama sections, debut feature films Azor and The World After Us shine in the vendor’s line-up, which is also brimming with other promising assets  

23 February 2021

Hervé Le Phuez named the new director of Wallonie Bruxelles Images

Institutions / Legislation - Belgium

Hervé Le Phuez named the new director of Wallonie Bruxelles Images

FIFF Namur’s former director of programming is taking the reins of the agency for the international promotion of French-language Belgian cinema  

25 January 2021

First Cut Lab expands to Western Europe

First Cut Lab 2020

First Cut Lab expands to Western Europe

The successful workshop for films in their editing phase will run its first editions in Belgium and Switzerland  

12 November 2020

RE>CONNEXT, a virtual showcase for Flemish audiovisual creation

Industry / Market - Belgium

RE>CONNEXT, a virtual showcase for Flemish audiovisual creation

The event aiming to present projects set to constitute the Flemish audiovisual landscape of the next two years to international industry professionals it taking place from 5 to 31 October  

09 October 2020

EXCLUSIVE: LevelK boards Belgian title Spaceboy

Industry / Market - Belgium/Denmark

EXCLUSIVE: LevelK boards Belgian title Spaceboy

The Danish international sales outfit has acquired world sales rights, excluding Benelux, for Olivier Pairoux’s family adventure film inspired by the antics of one Joseph Kittinger  

08 October 2020

Film shoots are guaranteed to resume in French-speaking Belgium

Industry / Market - Belgium

Film shoots are guaranteed to resume in French-speaking Belgium

The Wallonia-Brussels Federation has just confirmed the creation of a guarantee fund for film shoots  

22 June 2020

Be For Films to take Night Doctor to Cannes Online

Cannes 2020 – Marché du Film

Be For Films to take Night Doctor to Cannes Online

Awarded the Label of the Official Selection, Elie Wajeman’s work will spearhead a line-up of 14 titles, including three market premieres  

10 June 2020

€6 millions afforded to the cinema and audiovisual sector in Brussels and Wallonia

Industry / Market - Belgium

€6 millions afforded to the cinema and audiovisual sector in Brussels and Wallonia

The Culture and Media Minister has just revealed details of a plan for the relaunch of the sector, aimed at auteurs, cinemas and producers  

25 May 2020

Spamflix launches app for mobiles and TVs

Distribution / Releases / Exhibitors

Spamflix launches app for mobiles and TVs

The streaming platform’s new application is available for iOS, Android, AirPlay and Chromecast, and offers new titles for the coming months  

12 May 2020

The number of projects supported by the Wallonia-Brussels Federation’s Film and Audiovisual Centre rises

Industry / Market - Belgium

The number of projects supported by the Wallonia-Brussels Federation’s Film and Audiovisual Centre rises

The Belgian institution has published its review of 2019, which also demonstrates a clear decline in attendance levels for Belgian movies  

27 April 2020

Belgian cinema made available to local households

Distribution / Releases / Exhibitors - Belgium

Belgian cinema made available to local households

The Wallonia-Brussels Federation Film and Audiovisual Centre is supporting the VOD release of 6 recent Belgian films, as well as an online presence for Belgian cinema  

25 March 2020

Belgian distributors join forces with VoD platforms during the coronavirus crisis

Distribution / Releases / Exhibitors - Belgium

Belgian distributors join forces with VoD platforms during the coronavirus crisis

A group of independent companies are working with 6 VoD platforms to offer Belgian viewers as-yet unreleased or recently released films, including Jumbo  

20 March 2020

Be For Films to pin its hopes on Mare in the Berlinale’s Panorama line-up

Berlinale 2020 – EFM

Be For Films to pin its hopes on Mare in the Berlinale’s Panorama line-up

The group helmed by Pamela Leu is selling Swiss director Andrea Štaka’s new work, the front-runner in a hefty line-up which includes Elie Wajeman, Ève Deboise and Éric Gravel’s latest offerings  

07 February 2020

Spamflix wraps 2019 with a flurry of new releases

Distribution / Releases / Exhibitors

Spamflix wraps 2019 with a flurry of new releases

The TVoD platform has secured new fantasy, experimental and animated titles for its December slate  

05 December 2019

Spamflix launches an Alex Cox retrospective

Distribution / Releases / Exhibitors

Spamflix launches an Alex Cox retrospective

The TVoD platform is releasing five old and more recent hits by the cult English filmmaker during the month of October  

17 October 2019

Be For Films to play four trump cards at Venice, Toronto and San Sebastián

Venice 2019 – Venice Production Bridge

Be For Films to play four trump cards at Venice, Toronto and San Sebastián

Standing out on the firm’s slate and in the selections of the main post-summer festivals are The End of Love, The Barefoot Emperor and Beyond the Horizon  

29 August 2019

Spamflix announces its September releases

Distribution / Releases / Exhibitors

Spamflix announces its September releases

Ivaylo Hristov's Losers, Joonas Makkonen's Bunny the Killer Thing and the South Korean anthology flick Horror Stories are coming to the streaming platform  

26 August 2019

CineMember.eu pushes for youth access to its pan-European film platform

Distribution - Netherlands/Belgium/Luxembourg

CineMember.eu pushes for youth access to its pan-European film platform

Netherlands-based independent European platform is now aiming to reach new territories such as Eastern Europe and Scandinavia  

29 May 2019

Indie Sales opens Brussels-based subsidiary Best Friend Forever

Cannes 2019 – Marché du Film

Indie Sales opens Brussels-based subsidiary Best Friend Forever

The Parisian international sales agent has opened a subsidiary in Brussels, which is springing into action with a title in the Directors’ Fortnight, Oleg  

13 May 2019

TV programmes and the web now covered by the Swiss/Wallonia-Brussels co-production agreements

Institutions – Belgium/Switzerland

TV programmes and the web now covered by the Swiss/Wallonia-Brussels co-production agreements

The co-production agreement between the Wallonia-Brussels Federation and Switzerland has been extended to encompass TV programmes and those intended for online release  

09 May 2019

Be For Films touting the Directors’ Fortnight-selected Tlamess

Cannes 2019 – Marché du Film

Be For Films touting the Directors’ Fortnight-selected Tlamess

The subsidiary of French group Playtime, founded in Brussels five years ago, will be at Cannes to promote the new film by Tunisia’s Ala Eddine Slim, among others  

07 May 2019

The Wallonia-Brussels Federation Film Centre delivers its 2018 annual review

Industry - Belgium

The Wallonia-Brussels Federation Film Centre delivers its 2018 annual review

Each year, at the end of March, the Belgian institution reviews the year gone by and the changes yet to come for the national film industry  

28 March 2019

Pleasing results for Belgian films in 2018 despite a slight fall in attendance

Box office – Belgium

Pleasing results for Belgian films in 2018 despite a slight fall in attendance

The Flemish-language Gangsta and Don’t Shoot drew in more than 350,000 viewers, while Mon Ket and So Help Me God flew the flag for French-language Belgian cinema  

27 March 2019

Series Lab Brussels: What’s new in Belgium?

Television – Belgium

Series Lab Brussels: What’s new in Belgium?

For its third edition, the event set up shop in Brussels as an integral part of the Are You Series? Festival, and we took the opportunity to take stock of RTBF and VRT’s upcoming Belgian series  

14 December 2018

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