Masterclass Mythical Creatures

A native from Nancy, Jean-Michel Roux is self-taught when it comes to cinema. At nineteen, he realises his first short feature, a fantasy adventure film called Quartier sauvage. At the same time, he discovers the work of the renowned science-fiction writer Philip K. Dick, an author whom he admires for his ability to mix philosophical… Continue reading Masterclass Mythical Creatures

Masterclass Serial Killer

It all started with a tragedy: the savage assassination of Stéphane Bourgoin’s companion, in 1976, by what was not yet called a serial killer, a term popularized shortly after by Robert Ressler, an FBI agent, during Ted Bundy’s trial. 30 years later, Stéphane Bourgoin has become an essential specialist in serial killers and he is… Continue reading Masterclass Serial Killer


The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Cannibal Holocaust, Mad Max, The Human Centipede, A Serbian Film… fantastic film has often caused outrage and controversy, exciting the censor’s  scissors, which proved as deadly for the freedom of expression as Freddy Krueger’s claws. For some, fantastic film is the last remaining haven for thematic and narrative freedom. For others… Continue reading THE HUMAN RIGHTS LEAGUE – MASTERCLASS 2013 – NO MORE BLOOD FOR ME

Masterclass Tonino Benacquista

Tonino Benacquista, the prolific writer of novels and comic strips, has seen a lot of his work adapted to the big screen: Love Bites by Antoine de Caunes, The Black Box by Richard Berry, L’Outremangeur by Thierry Bistini, Holy Money, by our Belgian friend Maxime Alexandre and, more recently, Malavita by our Knight of the… Continue reading Masterclass Tonino Benacquista

Masterclass Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Director of Amelie and The City of Lost Children was at the BIFFF, Brussels International Film Festival to give a masterclass. He talked to the audience about how he started to make movie at the age of 9 and about his experiences as director in France and in the US during the making of Alien 4, Resurrection.

Everybody knows the unique universe of Jean-Pierre Jeunet. The man is a true master of lyrical and dreamlike storytelling, having delighted us with pearls such as Delicatessen, The City of Lost Children or Amélie. Even his excursion to Hollywood did not affect his artistic integrity. Alien Resurrection has Jeunet’s touch all over it. But in… Continue reading Masterclass Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Masterclass Indi Gaming

To complete the Gaming Madness Days, the BIFFF and The House Of Indie will organize an afternoon centred around indie games, followed by a ceremony to attribute the awards for the tournament winners. What’s on the menu? A premiere of the documentary Game Loading: Rise Of The indie. A movie about the indie gaming community… Continue reading Masterclass Indi Gaming

Masterclass Synthesis (SFX)

Synthésis Workshop 2015, Georges Lucas, Pixar… and why not you? The masterclass Synthésis Workshop returns in 2015 with three themes: Georges Lucas, Pixar and… You. Synthésis Workshop is an event that explains in an interactive manner what special effects are. Jean-Yves Arboit is the master of ceremonies. His explanation will this year be spread over… Continue reading Masterclass Synthesis (SFX)

Masterclass Dr. Vibes

Every day we communicate non-stop through a various array of digital gadgets, spending hours in front of flickering screens to feed the social media with failed pictures of our pets and petty life or to post and copy paste not very original opinions and ideas. We do not stop to think how omnipresent this technology… Continue reading Masterclass Dr. Vibes

Masterclass Genre Cinema

GENRE CINEMA IN FRENCH SPEAKING BELGIUM The Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival ( BIFFF ) and the ‘Association des Scénaristes’ ( ASA ) present a master class around the situation of genre movies in French speaking Belgium. The idea for this discussion comes from preconceptions that genre cinema is seen as a subgenre meant for… Continue reading Masterclass Genre Cinema

Masterclass Fabrice du Welz

The ASA (the association of French-speaking audiovisual screenwriters) is pleased to propose an encounter around the cinema of Fabrice du Welz. It’s been more than 10 years since Fabrice stubbornly started directing talented genre films, something rare on the Frenchspeaking side of this country. This voracious and demanding movie buff has developed a critical body… Continue reading Masterclass Fabrice du Welz

Masterclass Soundtrack

It is well known that cinema is not all about the image, but also and especially about sound! Nothing better than masterfully chosen music to accentuate fear, to disturb, to bring tears to the eyes or to turn a fistfight into an epic event. In rare cases, the music transcends the picture: the harmonica of… Continue reading Masterclass Soundtrack

Masterclass Deon Meyer

The written word versus the silver screen – BIFFF/Boulevard du Polar present: From novel to screenplay: a meeting with Deon Meyer During the 36th edition of the BIFFF, literature and film enter into a fruitful relationship. With the cooperation of the Festival Boulevard du Polar, we present a meeting with Deon Meyer. Originally from South… Continue reading Masterclass Deon Meyer

Masterclass Steve Johnson

For three decades, multiple Emmy-Award winning Steve Johnson has been transforming raw elements, cutting-edge technology, and pure thought into mind-boggling creations. His company is responsible for the make-up effects in over two hundred films, countless television shows, commercials, and music videos. He’s blown the doors off audience’s expectations with unbelievable characters and FX in some… Continue reading Masterclass Steve Johnson

Masterclass Costa-Gavras

Costa Gavras – Political excesses as a basis for the fantastic? Costa-Gavras  and  fantastic cinema don’t seem to share much at first sight.  And yet… “Z”, “The Confession”, “State of Siege”, “Special  Section”, “Missing”… aren’t exactly brimming with fantastic elements. Costa-Gavras’  films first and  foremost  conjure up  the image of a certain kind of political… Continue reading Masterclass Costa-Gavras

Masterclass Make up SFX

This year, the BIFF will welcome the most talented Belgian make-up artists from the world of practical special effects. They will gladly share with you the passion and experience that they have gathered throughout their international career. We‘ve all watched a making-of on a DVD submenu, but we don’t often get to contemplate the entire… Continue reading Masterclass Make up SFX


The Tax Shelter 2.0, a Win-Win investment for investors and for the local economy Since 1 January 2015, the Tax Shelter reform is now in force. This reform considerably changes this fiscal measure for the investor. The legislator proposes a fiscal exemption of 310% on the total amount of the transferred sum. During the BIFFF… Continue reading TAX SHELTER 2015

Tax shelter 2014

TAX SHELTER CONFERENCE 9h00 -11h00 am On 14 February 2014 the Council of Ministers approved the changes, proposed by Minister of Finance Koen Geens, to the Tax Shelter Law. Casa Kafka Pictures, which has often denounced the many abuses in the sector and which has worked together with the producers to reform the system, is… Continue reading Tax shelter 2014

Masterclass Neil jordan

Starting from his debut feature, the political thriller Angel (1982), this talented Irishman showed he was a directing force to be reckoned with. It didn’t take long for him to establish himself as one of the leading directors of our time. Neil Jordan gathered no less than 13 Oscar nominations and won the coveted little… Continue reading Masterclass Neil jordan


It’s almost fifty years now that the enfant terrible of Wallonia’s industrial wasteland is waging his cinematic guerilla ! With more than forty movies on the shelves, among which Furor Teutonicus, La Revanche du Sacristain Cannibale and Karminsky Grad (BIFFF 2010), this self-taught filmmaker clearly has no intention to be classified as the Belgian Ed… Continue reading EVERYTHING YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT JEAN-JACQUES ROUSSEAU BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK


TAX SHELTER SEMINAR At the occasion of the 31st Brussels International Festival of Fantastic Film, we’ll look back on 10 years of the Tax Shelter scheme ! Today, its positive impact on the Belgian film industry is unanimously recognized. Every year, a growing number of big and small enterprises use this fiscal tool, where they… Continue reading TAX SHELTER 2013


With the participation of Diana Elbaum (Entre Chien et Loup), producer of Patrice Leconte’s next film, THE SUICIDE SHOP, adapted from Jean Teulé’s novel. Since its introduction in 2003, the tax shelter has become a very important tool for the funding of audiovisual projects in the French Community. The most effective method to keep the… Continue reading TAX SHELTER 2011


Since its introduction in 2003, the tax shelter has become an essential tool for the funding of audiovisual projects in the French Community. The most effective method to keep the system going is to make it as transparent as possible.  That’s why the Middle Class Union (UCM) is organising a seminar where audiovisual and financial… Continue reading TAX SHELTER 2009


COLLOQUIUM + ARTEFACTS SCREENINGPlease note that entrance is free, but candidates are kindly requested to subscribe at the festival’s box office before April 1, or to contact the Middle Class Union UCM ( ). Since its introduction in 2003, the tax shelter has become a very important tool for the funding of audiovisual projects… Continue reading TAX SHELTER 2008


“Tax shelter” has become, since its introduction in 2003, a very important tool for the funding of audiovisual projects in the French Community.The most effective method keep the system going, is to make it as seethrough as possible, by organising with the Middleclass Union, a seminar where audiovisual and fiscal system’s professionnals can clearly and… Continue reading TAX SHELTER 2007

Masterclass Barry Sonnenfeld

Despite his extraordinary talent, New Yorker Barry Sonnenfeld never really intended to direct. The Coen brothers’ regular DOP (BLOOD SIMPLE, RAISING ARIZONA, MILLER’S CROSSING) – apart from a few side-steps with the likes of Rob Reiner (WHEN HARRY MEETS SALLY) or Penny Marshall (BIG) – had just finished shooting MISERY, when he got his hands… Continue reading Masterclass Barry Sonnenfeld

Masterclass John McTiernan

In 1986 NOMADS premiered at the BIFFF. This first feature of a certain John McTiernan already showed a lot of pretty exceptional craftsmanship. According to legend, a famous Austrian actor’s mind got blown by the film and he immediately asked McTiernan to wade through the hostile jungle with him and a certain… PREDATOR. And we… Continue reading Masterclass John McTiernan

Masterclass – Witches

From the very beginning, cinema has taken hold of the figure of the witch, starting with HÄXAN in 1922 and has never let her go since, going as far as terrifying our childhoods with Disney’s SNOW WHITE or Nicolas Roeg’s THE WITCHES. Of course, she has also featured heavily in our BIFFF selection since our… Continue reading Masterclass – Witches

Masterclass – Censorship

Well… beats us! That’s why we asked Jake West, director of “Doghouse” and expert on Video Nasties, Srdjan Spasojevic, director of the hyper-controversial “A Serbian Film”, Xavier Gens, who can tell us lots of anecdotes about the making of “Frontier(s)”, and Kamal Messaoudi, a true encyclopedia on all things media and popular cinema, to discuss… Continue reading Masterclass – Censorship