CIMS @ Film Fest Gent 2020

(09-10-2020) Several CIMS members are actively involved in events taking place at Ghent’s film festival.

It has become a yearly tradition that CIMS has a strong presence at Film Fest Gent, Belgium’s most important film festival. For the 2020 – corona proof – edition, CIMS co-operates with Film Fest Gent for events and screenings on three consecutive days:

On 14 October, Film Fest Gent pays tribute to Belgian filmmaker Robbe De Hert, who passed away on 24 August 2020. Under the title ‘Robbe De Hert: The Fugitive Years’, the festival focuses on De Hert’s early films, marked by their social commitment and formal experiments. CIMS member Gertjan Willems will introduce two short films and will have a conversation with De Hert’s collaborator Willem Thijssen and critic Patrick Duynslaegher.

On 15 October, prof. Daniel Biltereyst and his team will present Cinema Belgica, an open-access platform for sharing, enriching, analyzing and sustaining data on cinema history in Flanders and Belgium from 1896 onwards. This platform will significantly improve the understanding and further exploration of cinema as a dominant public entertainment industry and as lived popular culture.

On the same day, prof. Biltereyst, together with Bruno Mestdagh from CINEMATEK, will present a historical selection of film clips that have been censored by the Belgian Board of Film Control. For more information, see here. This screening, titled ‘Unseen/Ongezien/invisible’ is connected to the Screening Censorship conference, which prof. Biltereyst organizes together with prof. Ernest Mathijs (University of British Columbia) on 16 and 17 October.

On 16 October, prof. Sofie Van Bauwel will give a talk on gender and the film industry at the festival’s yearly ‘Day of the Film Profession’. Together with WIFTM Belgium (Women in Film, Television & Media Belgium), Wanda Collective, Represent and the Union of Directors, the film festival will focus on gender and cultural diversity in the film and media landscape. Prof. Sofie Van Bauwel will provide a state of the art by examining the absence of women at important film awards, as well as their limited presence in influential positions in the sector.

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