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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

EXCLUSIVE: Magnus Gertten’s documentary Nelly & Nadine sells to five new territories

Industry / Market - Sweden/Belgium/Norway

EXCLUSIVE: Magnus Gertten’s documentary Nelly & Nadine sells to five new territories

After premiering at the Berlinale and being selected for over 40 festivals, the picture will now be distributed theatrically in Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Austria and Israel  

29 August 2022

In Brussels, experts discuss the implementation of the 2019 EU Copyright Directive

Institutions / Legislation - Belgium/Europe

In Brussels, experts discuss the implementation of the 2019 EU Copyright Directive

During the event, the panellists pointed out that much work is still needed, as only half of the member states have adjusted their respective legal frameworks  

15 July 2022

Studiocanal acquires Dutch FilmWorks

Industry / Market - France/Belgium/Netherlands/Luxembourg

Studiocanal acquires Dutch FilmWorks

The French giant has bought a majority stake in the Dutch production and distribution outfit operating in the Benelux region  

23 June 2022

Twenty-five projects selected for the Alentours Forum

Alentours Forum 2022

Twenty-five projects selected for the Alentours Forum

The Rhinish Co-Production Meeting will unspool from 28-30 June in Strasbourg and will showcase French- and German-language projects, encompassing both fiction and documentaries  

03 June 2022

The Wallonia-Brussels Federation raises the budget of the Centre du Cinéma by €1 million

Industry / Market - Belgium

The Wallonia-Brussels Federation raises the budget of the Centre du Cinéma by €1 million

French-speaking Belgian cinematic creation will benefit from a raise in funds allocated to production aid, among others  

02 June 2022

Lumière Publishing acquires Benelux rights for Lukas Dhont’s Close

Cannes 2022 – Competition

Lumière Publishing acquires Benelux rights for Lukas Dhont’s Close

CANNES 2022: The film is world-premiering in competition, and Lumière is piloting a new accounting solution with innovative tech company FilmChain  

25 May 2022

Nine European public funds launch New Dawn to increase diversity in film

Cannes 2022 – Marché du Film

Nine European public funds launch New Dawn to increase diversity in film

CANNES 2022: Due to be set in motion at the Marché du Film on 22 May, in its first year, the new joint effort will grant total bursaries of €900,000  

20 May 2022

12 European film funds join forces for Ukrainian Films Now

Cannes 2022 – Marché du Film

12 European film funds join forces for Ukrainian Films Now

The fundraising and networking event will unspool at Cannes and aims to back Ukrainian films currently in post-production  

16 May 2022

The 6th Brussels Co-Production Market boasts a first-class line-up

BRIFF 2022 - Brussels Co-Production Market

The 6th Brussels Co-Production Market boasts a first-class line-up

The market is returning on 29 and 30 June, showcasing 21 projects whose teams are hoping to link up with potential production partners  

05 May 2022

The Alentours Forum – Rhinish Co-Production Meeting launches its call for projects

Alentours Forum 2022

The Alentours Forum – Rhinish Co-Production Meeting launches its call for projects

25 French- and German-language projects in development will be selected for the event unspooling 28th to 30th June in Strasbourg  

25 February 2022

Benoit Mariage is part of the Be For Films line-up

Berlinale 2022 – EFM

Benoit Mariage is part of the Be For Films line-up

The Brussels-based international sales company Bruxelles is heading to the Berlinale with a few cards up its sleeve, including Habib  

09 February 2022

Best Friend Forever to lay siege to Berlin armed with Bertrand Bonello’s latest offering

Berlinale 2022 – EFM

Best Friend Forever to lay siege to Berlin armed with Bertrand Bonello’s latest offering

The sales agent is tackling this year’s Berlinale with the French director’s newest movie, the tantalising Coma  

08 February 2022

The Wallonia Brussels Federation signs a co-production agreement with Burkina Faso

Industry / Market - Belgium/Burkina Faso

The Wallonia Brussels Federation signs a co-production agreement with Burkina Faso

The Federation has signed its 13th bilateral co-production agreement, opening itself up to new opportunities for film and audiovisual co-operation  

25 November 2021

Virtual cinema platform Picl launches in Belgium

Distribution / Releases / Exhibitors - Belgium/Netherlands

Virtual cinema platform Picl launches in Belgium

The Dutch platform is a flexible digital distribution model for newly released films, organised in close collaboration with distributors and cinemas, and launches in Belgium on 27 October  

27 October 2021

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

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