The Professional Meetings

For the first time, the Groupement de Redéploiement Économique de Liège (GRE-Liège) and the Festival International du Film de Comédie de LiègeFIFCL) are joining forces to bring together audiovisual professionals on the theme: “It’ s high time to take comedy seriously! An optimistic and proactive round table bringing together authors, filmmakers, actors and managers of public funding for the cinema, determined to ask (themselves) fundamental questions, such as the means invested in the development of scripts!

The history of French-speaking Belgian cinema is littered with comedies that reflect one of the fundamental components of this country: a humor based on self-mockery! Yet, with a few glorious exceptions, these comedies are poorly, if at all, funded.

Faced with this bittersweet observation, should we speak of a lack of ambition, or a lack of (re)knowledge of the tastes of the general public? The first Rencontres Professionnelles du Cinéma were held in conjunction with the 6th edition of the Liège International Comedy Film FestivalFIFCL), whose selection did not include any Belgian feature films due to a lack of fighters.

The 2021 Panel:

Willy Borsus (Vice-President of Wallonia, Minister of Economy, Foreign Trade, Research and Innovation, Digital, Agriculture, Spatial Planning, IFAPME and Competence Centres), Fadette Drouard (Screenwriter/CineComédies Lab), Virginie Nouvelle (General Manager of Wallimage), Vincent Roget (Same Player Producer), Bastien Sirodot (co-CEO of the Umedia Group), Peter Bouckaert (Producer Eyeworks), Marc Janssen (Head of Fiction at RTBF), Jean-Luc Pluymers (Director General of GRE-Liège) and Philippe Reynaert (Audiovisual Consultant & Director – Xanadu).