The Belgian Cinema Industry has been flourishing since the ’90s and has clearly gained international recognition. Beyond the artistic and creative aspects, Belgium has positioned itself as a production hub, attracting international projects, collaborations, and investments. When developing the program of the Spotlight on Belgian Cinema, the idea came to take the opportunity of having key producers and film directors visiting Dubai, to discuss the Cinema production as a creative and also a financial journey.
On January 12, at 6.30 pm, at the Belgian Pavilion, cinema professionals, investors, students, and officials, will get together for a Round-table named “Cinema production in Belgium and the UAE”. The panel will be composed of three Belgian visitors: Jacques-Henri Bronckart, Olivier Masset-Depasse, and Jérôme Tellin. They have been working together for the last two decades and they are collaborating again on the next feature film LARGO WINCH III, directed by Olivier Masset-Depasse. They will share with the audience their perspectives on this ambitious project, as a producer (Jacques-Henri Bronckart), a Film Director (Olivier Masset-Depasse), and a CFO and tax shelter expert (Jerome Tellin).
The 3 Belgian panelists will be joined by Hans Fraikin, the Abu Dhabi Film and Television Commissioner. Hans is responsible for developing a world-class production centre and film friendly community in Abu Dhabi, capable of supporting productions from around the world. Hans started his career at the US film studio Twentieth Century Fox, where he distributed nearly 100 motion pictures, including Independence Day, Mrs. Doubtfire, the Full Monty, Romeo + Juliet, the Star Wars trilogy, Alien Resurrection, Anastasia and Titanic.
After an initial panel discussion, facilitated by Hassan Nasser, the four panelists will then engage with the public to discuss further their experience, their projects, and how international collaborations can be enhanced in the future, looking at the potential roles of Belgium and the UAE.
About the panel:
- Jacques-Henry Bronckart founded VERSUS, a key player in Belgian cinema and a solid international co- production partner. Since 1999, VERSUS has championed talented directors. Their filmography includes some of the major works in contemporary Belgian and European cinema such as THE FIRST THE LAST (2016, Berlin Film Festival), and ILLEGAL (Academy Award Belgian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film 2011) by Olivier Masset-Depasse. Versus also produces larger international projects, notably with Bouli Lanners' NOBODY HAS TO KNOW, filmed in English in Scotland with Michelle Fairley.
- Hans Fraikin is the Abu Dhabi Film and Television Commissioner. Hans is responsible for developing a world-class production center and film friendly community in Abu Dhabi, capable of supporting productions from around the world. Prior to joining the commission, he was Founding Managing Director and Quebec Commissioner of Bureau du cinéma et de la télévision du Québec. He also worked several years at the US film studio Twentieth Century Fox, where he distributed nearly 100 motion pictures, including Independence Day, Mrs. Doubtfire, the Full Monty, Romeo + Juliet, the Star Warstrilogy, Alien Resurrection, Anastasia and Titanic.
- Olivier Masset-Depasse is currently preparing with VERSUS, the American remake of MOTHERS’ INSTINCT (with Jessica Chastain and Anne Hathaway). In parallel, he is writing a series (AROUND HER BODY) and a feature film (THE BATTLEFIELD), while finalising the financing of LARGO WINCH III.
- Jerome Tellin Is the CFO of VERSUS, O’Brother Distribution, INVER TAX SHELTER, and he is one of the Belgian experts when it comes to Tax Shelter, and production administration.