Edition 1999

A persistent rumour is going around !
Brussels seems to have become the capital of Fantasy!
And as every respectable rumour, it’s based on real facts…
At the arrival of March the city of Brussels – for the 17th time already – adorns itself in the colours of the festival (red & black). This year, the Festival is expanding once more. The centre remains the Passage 44, of course, but it will also take place at Cinema Nova, at the Halles de Schaerbeek, at the KultuurKaffee of the VUB, at the Belgian Centre of the Comic-Strip, at the Old Ice cellars of Brussels, at the Media Library of the French Community, at the Maison du Livre, at the Gallery “d’Enfer” and at the Royal Belgian Film Museum.
Fantasy Brussels has always been more than just film. Besides some 130 films presented during 16 days, you will also be able to enjoy several exhibitions, the Vampire Ball, the Unusual Fashion Show, Theatre (at the Auditorium and at the Halles), Body Painting and Make-up contests, the Comic-Strip, Music, and – for the first time – literature with “Imaginary ’99”.
Fantasy in all its forms penetrates Brussels during the entire month of March (the Carpenter retrospective in the Royal Belgian Film Museum starts on the 4th of March.). But the Festival isn’t limited to Brussels. In the rest of the country, Nights of Fantasy Films will take place in Liège, Ostend, Namur, Antwerp, Ghent, La Louvière, Hasselt and Louvain. When we close our doors, the Cynénygma festival in Luxembourg will keep the fire burning from 26 March till 2 April.
Forget about rumours. we’re talking about solid facts here ! Isn’t the Brussels Fantasy Film Festival the centre of the European Federation of Fantasy Film Festivals, which consists of the festivals of Sitges (Spain), Porto (Portugal), Rome (Italy), Espoo (Finland), Lund (Sweden), Luxembourg, San Sebastian (Spain), Amsterdam (The Netherlands) and Brussels.
That’s enough introduction. What will be the guiding principle of this 17th edition ?
Well, dear friends of the festival, we are going to return to “the source”.
After all, more than the feast, the originality, the efficiency, the pragmatic approach and the performance, it is friendship that strikes out as the primary characteristic of the festival.
This friendship between us and you, the audience, enables us to promote film together with the distributors, the producers, the directors, the actors and the film professionals. This friendship enables us to use the best of our abilities, together with our sponsors and the official authorities. And it is this friendship that ties together our festival team and our numerous volunteers.
The Festival is a long history of trust and solidarity in a hopelessly complicated and materialistic world that constantly balances on the edge of chaos.
Have a great festival

  • DATES :
    12/03 until 27/03/1999
  • LOCATION : Nova, Passage 44
  • # movies : 107
  • # short : 29
  • # previews : 27
  • # tickets : 59.026

Opening

Closing

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Jude Law (Wisdom of Crocodiles, eXistenZ) bifff 1999 (11) bis
  • Peter Jackson (Retrospective) - Bifff 1999 (18) bis
  • Jean-Pierre Finotto - Rick Baker (Mighty Joe Young) bifff 1999 (5) bis
  • Jonathan Frakes (Star Trek 9 Insurrection) Bifff 1999 (8)
  • Alex Proyas - INTERNATIONAL JURY  - Bifff 1999 (11)
  • Gaspard Noé (seul contre tous - la bouche de jean pierre BIFFF 1999 (7)
  • Lucille Hadzihalilovic (seul contre tous - la bouche de jean pierre BIFFF 1999 (3)
  • Jack Sholder, Paul Johansson & Andrew Divoff - Wishmaster - bifff 1999 (13)
  • Jean-Claude Dreyfus - bifff 1999 (3)
  • Stuart Gordon (The Progeny) bifff 1999 (6)
  • Dario Argento (Phantom of The Opera) bifff 1999 (5)
  • Brian Yuzna Bifff 1999 (5)
  • Jude Law (Wisdom of Crocodiles, eXistenZ) bifff 1999 (10) bis
  • Jean-Claude Dreyfus - bifff 1999 (1)
  • Peter Jackson - Biffff 1999
  • Jude Law - Bifff 1999 (1)
  • Jonathan Frakes (Star Trek 9 Insurrection) Bifff 1999 (10)
  • Jonathan Frakes (Star Trek 9 Insurrection) Bifff 1999 (2)
  • Jack Sholder Paul Johansson & Andrew Divoff - Wishmaster - bifff 1999 (17)
  • Rick Baker (Mighty Joe Young) bifff 1999 (4) bis
  • Jack Sholder  - Wishmaster - bifff 1999 (16)
  • Alex Proyas - INTERNATIONAL JURY -  Bifff 1999 (2)
  • Jude Law (Wisdom of Crocodiles, eXistenZ) bifff 1999 (9)
  • Workshop - Stuart Gordon - bifff 1999 (3)
  • Art Exhibition Bifff 1999 (15)
  • Shows Bifff 1999 (17)
  • Make Up Bifff 1999 (18)
  • Unusual Fashion Show Bifff 1999 (27)
  • Vampire Ball Bifff 1999 (1)
  • Rafting on Human Sea Bifff 1999 (2)
  • Shows Bifff 1999 (5)
  • Audience Bifff 1999 (6)

COMPETITION WINNERS

  • CUBE
    International Competition-Silver Raven
  • DARK CITY
    -Audience Award
  • IN DREAMS
    International Competition-Silver Raven
  • RING
    International Competition-Golden Raven
  • THE WISDOM OF CROCODILES
    European Méliès Competition-Silver Méliès
  • EYE FOR AN EYE by Emil Stang Lund
    European Short Film Competition-International Television Stations Award - Grand Prize

Highlighted competitions

Highlighted sections

Opening

Closing

17th Fantastic Night

Hommage Peter Jackson

Hommage Dario Argento

Hommage Gaspar Noe & Lucile Hadzihalilovic

Hommage Raoul Ruiz

Retrospective Edgar Allen Poe

Splatter-Movies Retrospective

Kultuurkaffee VUB

MOVIES

FEATURES FILMS

100 YEARS OF HORROR Documentary Horror
4 FLIES ON GREY VELVET Crime Mystery Thriller
99.9 Horror Mystery Thriller
ABRE LOS OJOS Drama Mystery Science-Fiction
ANGEL OF THE NIGHT Comedy Horror
ANIMALS Fantasy Romance
ARLINGTON ROAD Action Crime Drama
BAD TASTE Comedy Horror Science-Fiction
BELOVED Drama Historical Horror
BONE DADDY Crime Horror Thriller
BRAINDEAD Comedy Fantasy Horror
BRIDE OF CHUCKY Comedy Horror
BROWN’S REQUIEM Crime Drama Thriller
BULLET BALLET Crime Drama Science-Fiction
BURIED ALIVE Horror Thriller
CARNE Crime Drama
CONVERGENCE Mystery Thriller
CREDO Thriller
CUBE Drama Mystery Science-Fiction
DARK Fantasy Horror Thriller
DARK CITY Fantasy Mystery Science-Fiction
DIVORCING JACK Comedy Thriller
DR. K. Drama Fantasy Romance
eXistenZ Horror Science-Fiction Thriller
FULL MOON Drama Mystery Thriller
GODZILLA Documentary
HEART Drama Thriller
HISTOIRES EXTRAORDINAIRES Drama Horror Mystery
IN DREAMS Drama Fantasy Thriller
JIN-ROH Animation Drama Fantasy
JUDAS KISS Crime Drama Thriller
KUNOICHI, THE LADY NINJA Action Adventure Fantasy
L’ILE AU TRESOR Adventure Fantasy
LA PORTA SUL BUIO I Drama Horror Mystery
LA PORTA SUL BUIO II Drama Horror Mystery
LE CHAT NOIR Adventure Crime Horror
LE CORBEAU Crime Horror
LE FANTOME DE LA RUE MORGUE Crime Horror Mystery
LE JOUEUR D’ECHECS Dystopia Mystery
LE TUEUR DE LA RUE MORGUE Crime Horror Mystery
LETTERS FROM A KILLER Crime Drama Mystery
MEET THE FEEBLES Comedy Musical
MIGHTY JOE YOUNG Action Adventure Family
MISGUIDED ANGEL Drama Mystery Romance
MORDBÜRO Drama Fantasy Mystery
MY FAVORITE MARTIAN Comedy Family Science-Fiction
NEKROMANTIK I Comedy Gore Romance
NIGHT TIME Horror Mystery
NO TRACE Comedy Crime
OF FREAKS AND MEN Comedy Drama Historical
PHANTASM IV: OBLIVION Fantasy Horror Science-Fiction
PLEASANTVILLE Comedy Drama Fantasy
QUE LA LUMIERE SOIT! Comedy Fantasy
RESURRECTION Crime Drama Horror
REWIND Science-Fiction Thriller
RING Horror Mystery
SAMURAI FICTION Action Adventure Comedy
SEUL CONTRE TOUS Crime Drama Thriller
SHATTERED IMAGE Crime Drama Fantasy
SIX STRING SAMURAI Action Adventure Comedy
SIX WAYS TO SUNDAY Comedy Crime Drama
STAR TREK: INSURRECTION Action Adventure Science-Fiction
STRINGER Thriller
SUNSET HEIGHTS Dystopia Thriller
THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE Horror Mystery Thriller
THE CAT O’NINE TAILS Horror Mystery Thriller
THE CLOWN AT MIDNIGHT Horror Mystery Thriller
THE DENTIST II Horror Thriller
THE FACULTY Horror Mystery Science-Fiction
THE PROGENY Horror Science-Fiction Thriller
THE PROPHECY II Fantasy Horror Thriller
THE QUIET FAMILY Comedy Crime Horror
THE RUGRATS MOVIE Adventure Animation Comedy
THE SOUL GUARDIANS Action Horror Thriller
THE STORMRIDERS Action Adventure Fantasy
THE TERRITORY Drama Horror
THE WISDOM OF CROCODILES Crime Mystery Romance
TOP OF THE FOOD CHAIN Comedy Horror Science-Fiction
TRANCE Horror
UN CHIEN ANDALOU Fantasy Horror
UNLUCKY MONKEY Action Comedy
URBAN LEGEND Horror Mystery Thriller
WEBMASTER Science-Fiction Thriller
WEEK-END Action Thriller
WINTER LILY Crime Mystery Thriller

SHORT FILMS

VR MOVIES

ALL GUESTS

  • Alex Proyas

    You can’t say that Alex Proyas made his directing debut without being noticed....


  • Andrew Divoff

    We can’t help it. Once you’ve been a guest at our festival, you’re hooked ...


  • Brian Yuzna

    Yuzna grew up in Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, and Panama before he moved to the US in...


  • Dario Argento

    Genre icon Dario Argento has given us many timeless classics. It all started whe...


  • Gaspar Noé

    Gaspar Noé is one of those gifted filmmakers that likes to confront the audienc...


  • Jack Sholder

    In 1994 Jack Sholder surprised us with 12:01, a dashing sci-fi adventure about t...


  • Jean-Claude Dreyfus

    Jean-Claude Dreyfus became known with his part as the butcher of a small communi...


  • Jonathan Frakes

    It was love at first sight between Star Trek and Jonathan Frakes. Ever since he ...


  • Jude Law

    a television soap, he quits school and starts a professional career as an actor,...


  • Lucille Hadzihalilovic

    You wouldn’t suspect it, when looking at her somewhat timid appearance, but Lu...


  • Paul Johansson

    ...


  • Peter Jackson

    At the age of 22, New Zealander Peter Jackson (Wellington, 1961) started working...


  • Rick Baker

    Rick Baker is a special make-up effects legend. He (literally) made his first st...


  • Stuart Gordon

    In 1985, he surprised the audiences with his first feature film Re-Animator, wit...


  • Alexandra Finlay

    ...


  • Andrew Piddington

    Andrew Piddington started his career at the British television. He made document...


  • Angus Scrimm

    American actor Angus Scrimm became a cult-celebrity in 1979 with his part as the...


  • Arthur Joffe

    Arthur Joffe starts his career as a long feature film director in 1985 with Hare...


  • Barbara Häbe

    ...


  • Bernard Heinsman

    Managing Director of Buena Vista Belgium and vice-president of Walt Disney Belgi...


  • Cécille Pallas

    French actress Cécille Pallas makes her long feature film debut in 1991 with th...


  • David Caffrey

    After directing some remarkable shorts like Bantams, British director David Caff...


  • David Djylson

    Jean-Claude Van Damme and David Djylson have three things in common. They’re b...


  • Dennis Paoli

    For years, American screenwriter Dennis Paoli has been a faithful collaborator o...


  • Enrico Ghezzi

    Rai Broadcaster...


  • Feodor Atkine

    Born in France in 1948, raised in Latin America and with Russian, Chinese and Br...


  • Fondation Maxwell Miller

    ...


  • Fredi M. Murer

    Swiss director Fredi M. Murer (1940°) studied photography at the Institute for ...


  • Henri Sonet

    Is a film critic working for the Belgian French speaking radio station RTBF and ...


  • Hitoshi Ozawa

    Japanese actor-director Hitoshi Ozawa made his acting debut in the television se...


  • Jason Freeland

    The corrupt and decadent universe of James Ellroy, the self-proclaimed “demon ...


  • Jean-Pierre Finotto

    Jean-Pierre Finotto starts his career as a dancer for the Ballet of the XX centu...


  • João Garção Borges

    Rtp & Onda Curta Award Broadcaster...


  • Jorg Buttgereit

    Jörg Buttgereit loves his fellow human, especially in small, bloody pieces. Jö...


  • Josef Ostyn

    Studied history at the university of Ghent. In 1995 he obtains his doctor’s ti...


  • Karel Segers

    ...


  • Kathleen de Decker - de Bethune

    General Secretary of the Brussels Audio-Visual Centre since 1979. She produced a...


  • Kwang-Choon Park

    Korean director-screenwriter Kwang-Choon Park studied at the prestigious Tisch S...


  • Lionel Kopp

    The French director-producer Lionel Kopp is a very busy man. After three success...


  • Manu Gomez

    Born March 14, 1956 in Belgium, Gomez is not only a painter, sculpter, decor and...


  • Mark Pellington

    Ever since it started, MTV has been a fertile source for upcoming talent. Mark P...


  • Michel Schopfer

    Tsr (Télévision Suisse Romande),...


  • Nacho Cerdá

    If you’re a convinced short filmmaker, you cannot help being irritated by the ...


  • Olaf Ittenbach

    As a child, German director Olaf Ittenbach (1969°) was already fascinated by fa...


  • Peter Fratzscher

    In 1970, after studying German and Philosophy in Frankfurt, Peter Fratzscher (Ka...


  • Peter McNamara

    Peter McNamara is a specialist in the making of trailers, those summaries of com...


  • Philippe Dumont

    Philippe Dumont was born in 1954 in Brussels. He works for more than ten years a...


  • Richard O'Brien

    In 1965 Richard O’Brien enters the world of movies with a tomahawk in his hand...


  • Rick Stallaerts

    Co-wrote and co-directed with Robbe de Hert the documentary Henri Storck, Eyewit...


  • Roland N'guyen

    France 3 Broadcaster...


  • Roshell Bissett

    Canadian director Roshell Bissett (Ottawa, 1968°) studied the Fine Arts at the ...


  • Rudolf Mestdagh

    One of our most talented short film makers. His debut Vol-au-vent (1991) was awa...


  • Sergio Gobbi

    The films of French director Sergio Gobbi (1938°) are known for their attractiv...


  • Sophie Rétif

    ...


  • Thierry Vandersanden

    Studied English in the USA, script writing and editing at the Institut des Arts ...


  • Tomorowo Taguchi

    In a short time Japanese actor Tomorowo Taguchi has worked himself in the pictur...


  • Véronique Franssen

    ...


  • Vincent Ward

    New Zealand director-scriptwriter Vincent Ward (1956°) makes an impressive feat...


  • William Harpur

    ...


  • Yves Hanchar

    Up till now, Yves Hanchar has only made one long feature film. But it was a rema...


EVENTS

    Hommage Peter Jackson

    • Peter Jackson - Biffff 1999 (3)
    • Peter Jackson - Biffff 1999 (5)
    • Peter Jackson - Biffff 1999 (6)
    • Peter Jackson & Fran- Biffff 1999
    • Peter Jackson - Biffff 1999
    • Peter Jackson - Biffff 1999 (4)
    • Peter Jackson (Retrospective) - Bifff 1999 (15)
    • Peter JAckson & Rick Backer - Vampire Ball - Biffff 1999
    • Peter JAckson & Rick Backer - Vampire Ball - Biffff 1999 (4)
    • Peter JAckson & Rick Backer - Vampire Ball - Biffff 1999 (3)
    • Peter JAckson & Rick Backer - Vampire Ball - Biffff 1999 (2)
    • Peter JAckson & Rick Backer - Vampire Ball - Biffff 1999 (1)
    • Peter Jackson - Biffff 1999 (2)
    • Peter Jackson - Biffff 1999 (Johanna) (51)
    • Peter Jackson - Biffff 1999 (Johanna) (78)
    • Peter Jackson - Biffff 1999 (Johanna) (77)
    • Peter Jackson - Biffff 1999 (Johanna) (76)
    • Peter Jackson - Biffff 1999 (Johanna) (75)
    • Peter Jackson - Biffff 1999 (Johanna) (74)
    • Peter Jackson - Biffff 1999 (Johanna) (73)
    • Peter Jackson - Biffff 1999 (Johanna) (72)
    • Peter Jackson - Biffff 1999 (Johanna) (69)
    • Peter Jackson - Biffff 1999 (Johanna) (67)
    • Peter Jackson - Biffff 1999 (Johanna) (66)
    • Peter Jackson - Biffff 1999 (Johanna) (65)
    • Peter Jackson - Biffff 1999 (Johanna) (64)
    • Peter Jackson - Biffff 1999 (Johanna) (63)
    • Peter Jackson - Biffff 1999 (Johanna) (62)
    • Peter Jackson - Biffff 1999 (Johanna) (61)
    • Peter Jackson - Biffff 1999 (Johanna) (60)
    • Peter Jackson - Biffff 1999 (Johanna) (59)
    • Peter Jackson - Biffff 1999 (Johanna) (58)
    • Peter Jackson - Biffff 1999 (Johanna) (57)
    • Peter Jackson - Biffff 1999 (Johanna) (56)
    • Peter Jackson - Biffff 1999 (Johanna) (55)
    • Peter Jackson - Biffff 1999 (Johanna) (54)
    • Peter Jackson - Biffff 1999 (Johanna) (53)
    • Peter Jackson - Biffff 1999 (Johanna) (52)

    5th Unusual Fashion Show

    • Unusual Fashion Show Bifff 1999 (27)
    • Unusual Fashion Show Bifff 1999 (1)
    • Unusual Fashion Show Bifff 1999 (26)
    • Unusual Fashion Show Bifff 1999 (25)
    • Unusual Fashion Show Bifff 1999 (24)
    • Unusual Fashion Show Bifff 1999 (23)
    • Unusual Fashion Show Bifff 1999 (22)
    • Unusual Fashion Show Bifff 1999 (17)
    • Unusual Fashion Show Bifff 1999 (16)
    • Unusual Fashion Show Bifff 1999 (15)
    • Unusual Fashion Show Bifff 1999 (14)

    BIFFF FRIENDS 1999

    • Bifff Friends bifff 1999 (12)
    • Bifff Friends bifff 1999 (17)
    • Bifff Friends bifff 1999 (15)
    • Bifff Friends bifff 1999 (3)
    • Bifff Friends bifff 1999 (13)
    • Bifff Friends bifff 1999 (9)
    • Bifff Friends bifff 1999 (20)
    • Bifff Friends bifff 1999 (21)
    • Bifff Friends bifff 1999 (19)
    • Bifff Friends bifff 1999 (18)
    • Bifff Friends bifff 1999 (24)
    • Axelle Carolyn - Bifff Friends bifff 1999 (16)
    • Bifff Friends bifff 1999 (14)
    • Bifff Friends bifff 1999 (11)
    • Bifff Friends bifff 1999 (1)
    • Bifff Friends bifff 1999 (10)
    • Bifff Friends bifff 1999 (8)
    • Bifff Friends bifff 1999 (7)
    • Bifff Friends bifff 1999 (6)
    • Bifff Friends bifff 1999 (5)
    • Bifff Friends bifff 1999 (4)
    • Bifff Friends bifff 1999 (2)

ALL EVENTS