Project leader - Coach
Master in Architecture UNI. Master in film production INSAS, Studied directing actors with Ron Burrus Stella Adler studio in Los Angeles.
She has been teaching : film production and directing actors in Escuela de los Baños, Cuba, Lausanne (ECAL) at the INSAS and IAD in Brussels. She has directed 4 feature films and ten documentaries shown in selected festivals. The 56th Festival dei Popoli organised a retrospective
of her work in 2015. Her last film By the name of Tania was shown at the Berlinale 2019 and got several awards.
Visual artists who live and work together since 1999. Studied at the Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem and the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam. Their work is not confined to a specific discipline but often involves video, performance and participatory elements. In their work they are interested in collective and symbolic identities and the way they are constructed through myths, beliefs, memory, self design and the like. Apart from their own art projects, they collaborate with other artists as editors, cameramen and effects designers. They facilitate video workshops worldwide to various audiences.
Jorge León studied film in Brussels (INSAS). His interests led him into the documentary field as director and director of photography. He’s been working as photographer and videomaker, with a.o. Eric Pauwels, Thierry De Mey, Benoît Lachambre, Meg Stuart. His films have been widely presented in film festivals worldwide and were awarded on several occasions. He’s been working as a dramaturg on several productions and together with Simone Aughterlony he directed stage performances. Jorge teaches documentary practice at INSAS.
In her work Julie Pfleiderer explores the border of documentary and fiction. She is interested in the shift where fiction becomes truth and truth starts to be fictional. Julie enjoys collaborative processes where different media and approaches are put in dialogue to create friction out of permanent differentiation.
Graduated as a director from the film school Ritcs, and with a post-graduate in Cultural Studies from VUB, he wrote and directed the short films "Los Hervideros" and "The Thread", which won awards at the Locarno festival. As an editor, he works on documentary films, experimental films and video installations, as well as short fiction films. Among others, he collaborated with Renzo Martens on his films Enjoy Poverty (2008) and White Cube (2020). Every year, he supervises film students at KASK School of Arts.
Passionate about sound and music, Charles took different training music courses and bought his first synthesiser very young. Enjoying photography too, he subsequently enrolled in the Brussels School of Photography. He soon showed a desire to merge image and sound, thus he began studying film at Brussels and became a sound editor afterwards.
Filmmaker and former SIC participant. Sophie Sherman is part of the team for the coordination of the SIC program.
Master degree in Documentary Cinema from the Province University of Aix en Provence (Fr). Master degree in Fine Arts from the Fine Arts College of Marseille (Fr). She was then admitted at Le Fresnoy, Studio National des Arts Contemporains (Fr). She has made several documentery films and short fictions.
Artist and former SIC participant, Susanne Weck is part of the team for the coordination of the SIC program. Master in fine arts from the Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weissensee, co-founder of the artist group FMSW, part of Repondeur Automatik.
Beny Wagner - Guests 2023
Sasha Litvintseva and Beny Wagner are artists, filmmakers and writers. Their collaborative work has been presented globally, including at the Berlinale, Rotterdam, CPH:DOX, Courtisane, EXiS Seoul film festivals, CAC Vilnius, Los Angeles Filmforum, Museum of the Moving Image NY, Transmediale, Sonic Acts, Berlin Atonal and Impakt Festivals, the Moscow Young Art and Wroclaw Media Art biennales, the Baltic Triennial and was featured on the Criterion Channel. Their films have won numerous awards including the Silvestre Best Short Film at IndieLisboa and Best Short Documentary at Guanajuato Film Festival. They are the authors of All Thoughts Fly: Monster, Taxonomy, Film (Sonic Acts Press: 2021). Beny Wagner is currently a PhD candidate at the Archaeologies of Media and Technology Research Group at Winchester School of Art, and was a researcher at Jan van Eyck Academy in 2015-6. Sasha Litvintseva is a senior lecturer in film at Queen Mary University of London, and holds a PhD in Media, Communications and Cultural Studies from Goldsmiths
Anouk De Clercq explores the potential of audiovisual language to create possible worlds. She is interested in what lies behind ‘reality’ or in between the visible and the imaginary. Her recent work is based on the utopian idea of ‘radical empathy’.
Her work has been shown in Tate Modern, Centre Pompidou, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, MAXXI, Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève, BOZAR, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Berlinale, Ars Electronica, among others. portapak.be/
Israeli filmmaker and video artist Avi Mograbi was born in 1956 in Tel Aviv, where he lives and works to this day. Having studied art and philosophy, he gained his first production experiences working as an assistant director on commercials and feature films, while his own filmmaking career began in 1989. Since 1999, he has taught documentary and experimental film at Tel Aviv University and the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem. Mograbi, one of Israel’s most distinguished filmmakers, is known for his unwavering commitment to social, cultural and political justice in the Middle East, as well as his experimentalism and innovative contribution to cinematic language. His documentary films have been programmed by festivals worldwide, including: Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Rome, New York, FID Marseille, Vision du Reel and San Francisco, among others.
Andrea Luka Zimmerman is a Jarman Award winning artist, filmmaker and cultural activist whose multi layered practice calls for a profound re-imagining of the relationship between people, place and ecology. Films include the Artangel-produced 'Here for Life' (2019) that won a Special Mention at Locarno Film Festival, 'Erase and Forget' (2017), premiering at the Berlin Film Festival and nominated for the Original Documentary Award, 'Estate, a Reverie' (2015) and 'Taskafa, Stories of the Street' (2013), written and voiced by the late John Berger. Selected exhibitions include 'Art Class' at METAL and LUX, 'Shelter in Place' at Esturary Festival, 'Civil Rites', the London Open, Whitechapel Gallery, 'Common Ground' at Spike Island, Bristol and 'Real Estates' at Peer Gallery. Andrea co-founded the cultural collectives Fugitive Images and Vision Machine. She co-edited the books 'Estate’ and 'Doorways: Women, Homelessness Trauma and Resistance' and has published extended essays in Anthologies as well as open access platforms such as 'Open Democracy', 'La Furia Umana', ‘Another Gaze’, among others. Andrea grew up on a large council estate and left school at 16. https://www.fugitiveimages.org.uk/
Sirah Foighel Brutmann is a Brussels based audio-visual artist. She is working through installation, moving image and performance in collaboration with Eitan Efrat.
Sirah and Eitan's practice focuses on the performative aspects of the moving image. In their work they aim to mark the spatial and durational potentialities of reading of images – moving or still; the relations between spectatorship and history; and the temporality of narratives and memory.
Sirah is a founding member of Messidor an artist-run organisation for AMI production and exchange. She is an active member of Engagement arts, a peer to peer platform that fights sexism in the arts. Sirah works from Level Five an artist run cooperative studio in Brussels.
Their works have been produced by Auguste Orts and Argos (BE) and distributed by EYE institute (NL), they have won prizes in IMAGES (CA) and Oberhausen Film Festival (DE). Sirah and Eitan have presented their work as featured artists at the 59th Flaherty Film Seminar (US), and have participated in artists talks and presentations in institutions such as Doc’s Kingdom, FLACC, Genk, LUCA BFA class, Brussels, DocNomads 2014, and Bezalel MFA class, Tel Aviv. Sirah and Eitan teach video at l’erg, Brussels.
Ana Vaz is an artist and filmmaker born in the Brazilian highlands inhabited by the ghosts buried by its modernist capital: Brasília. Originally from the cerrado and wonderer by choice, Ana has lived in the arid lands of central Brazil and southern Australia, in the mangroves of northern France and in the northeastern shores of the Atlantic. Her filmography activates and questions cinema as an art of the (in)visible and instrument capable of dehumanising the human, expanding its connections with forms of life — other than human or spectral. Consequences or expansion of her cinematography, her activities are also embodied in writing, critical pedagogy, installations or collective walks. Recent showings of her work include: "Penumbra", group show at Complesso dell'Ospedaletto (Venice, Italy); “It is Night in America”, solo show at Jeu de Paume (Paris, France); “The Films of Ana Vaz”, solo show at Dazibao (Montréal, Canada); 36th Panorama of Brazilian Art “Sertão”, group show at MAM – Museum of Modern Art (São Paulo, Brazil); Berlinale - Forum Expanded (Germany,) New York Film Festival (USA) and the 12th Yebisu International Festival for Art and Alternative Visions (Tokyo, Japan). Ana is also a founding member of the collective COYOTE along with Tristan Bera, Nuno da Luz, Elida Hoëg and Clémence Seurat, an interdisciplinary group working in the fields of ecology and political science through an array of conceptual and experimental forms.
Basma al-Sharif is an artist of Palestinian heritage raised between France, the US, and the Gaza Strip who developed her practice nomadically. She works between cinema and installation to explore the legacy of colonialism through satirical, immersive, and lyrical works. Major exhibitions include: the Ruttenberg Contemporary Photography Seriesat the Museum of the Art Institute of Chicago, Modern Mondays at MOMA, CCA Glasgow, the Whitney Biennial, les Rencontres d'Arles, les Module at the Palais de Tokyo, Here and Elsewhere at the New Museum, Al Riwaq Biennial Palestine, The Berlin Documentary Forum, the Sharjah Biennial, Videobrasil and Manifesta 8, and has participated in international film festivals in Locarno, Rotterdam, Berlin, Milan, London, Toronto, New York, Montreal, and Yamagata. Basma is represented by Galerie Imane Farés in Paris, and distributed by Video Data Bank and Arsenal. She is currently based in Berlin.
Case Study 2022
Nina de Vroome (1989) is an independent filmmaker. She studied film at KASK /
School of Arts in Ghent. Her graduation work Waves (2013) is a reflection on sound
and the way it influences senses of community. In 2016 she completed A Sea
Change, a feature documentary film about a maritime boarding school near the
Belgian coast. The short documentary A Dog’s Luck (2018) is a portrait of a group of
police dogs during their training. Her films were shown at international festivals like
Visions du Réel and International Film Festival Rotterdam. She is a writer and editor
for Sabzian, a Belgian magazine on cinema. As a teacher she is involved in various
educational projects. She makes collages and engages in collaborations as a sound
engineer and editor.
Emily Wardill's practice spans film, video, sculpture, performance, photography and installation. It has been an ongoing enquiry into the imagined image – what it is, what it has been used for and how it leaves indelible motes and shrapnel behind it. This has taken her from examples of entropy to case studies on risk detailing fires attributed to paranormal activity. It has travelled from psychoanalytical case studies on negative hallucination to memory palaces and their relationship to colourless vision. From stained glass as an early device to communicate with the illiterate right up to the filmic technique of 'day for night' - reversing it to reflect on technological vision, performed gender and imagined utopias.
Wardill’s work has been exhibited at Secession, Gulbenkian Project Spaces, SMK , de Appel arts centre, List Centre MIT , The ICA, XYZ Collective Tokyo ,The Biennale of Moving Images Geneva, The Serpentine Gallery, The Hayward Gallery, MUMOK Vienna; and MOCA, Miami. She has shown in the Berlinalle Forum Expanded and the New York and London Film festivals. Her work was awarded the Jarman Award in 2010, the Leverhulme Award in 2011 and the EMAF award in 2021. She participated in the 54th Venice Biennale and the 19th Sydney Biennale.
Case Study 2022
Rebecca Jane Arthur (b. Edinburgh, UK) is a Brussels-based visual artist working predominantly with the moving image and writing. In recent years, she was artist-in-residence at Cité internationale des arts, Paris, JAI at Tabakalera,San Sebastian, WIELS, Brussels, Conversation #4, an initiative of Centre Vidéo de Bruxelles (CVB) and GSARA, in partnership with Beursschouwburg, Brussels, and participant of SoundImageCulture (SIC), Brussels. She recently exhibited her work at ARGOS, Brussels; Beursschouwburg, Brussels; Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles, Paris; Courtisane Festival, Ghent; FESTIFREAK, Buenos Aires; FRACTO, Berlin; Musée de la Photographie, Charleroi; Open City Documentary Festival, London; Punto de Vista, Pamplona; Size Matters, Vienna; Tallinn Photomonth: Contemporary Art Biennial; WIELS, Brussels; 25FPS, Zagreb, among others. In 2018, she co-founded an artist-run production and distribution platform for film and media arts in Brussels called elephy (www.elephy.org). Parallel to her artistic practice, Arthur worked as Coordinator of the Creative Europe-funded project On & For Production and Distribution (2018-2021) at Auguste Orts and currently works as Coordinator of Audiovisual Productions at argos centre for audiovisual arts in Brussels.
Maïder Fortuné, studied literature and theatre (École Jacques Lecoq in Paris) before entering Le Fresnoy National Studio for Contemporary Arts, where she developed a performance-related practice of the technological image. With its great formal rigor, Fortuné’s work commands all the viewer’s attention for a genuine experience of the image and its processes. Recently, her practice turned to more narratives preoccupations. Lecture performances and films deeply rooted in writing, are the mediums she process to open up new narrative strategies.
Her work has been exhibited internationaly (Europe, Brazil, Canada, China, Japan). In 2010 she won the Villa Medicis fellowship in Roma, Italy. Recent shows and performances have been held at Gallery 44, Toronto, Centre Pompidou Paris, and the Toronto International Film Festival.
In 2020, Communicating Vessels won the Accomodo Tiger award at IFFR Rotterdam, the Main Award of Moscow International Experimental Film Festival, the Student Award of Black Canvas film festival in Mexico, and was part of Indie Lisboa film festival, FID Marseille film festival, Montreal documentary Film Festival, Bucharest Film Festival. Outhere (for Lee lozano) is her last film codirected with Annie Mac Donell.
Guest 2020/21 & 2022
Rosine Mfetgo Mbakam was born in Cameroon in 1980 and started working at the NGO COE where she was trained in editing and directing and made several documentaries. In 2003, she joined the team of STV (Spectrum Television) where she made audiovisual programs. Mbakam left Cameroon to study film at INSAS in Belgium in 2007. In 2018 she founded Tândor Productions, together with Geoffrey Cernaix.
Case Study 2022
Laure Portier was born in 1983 in Deux-Sèvres. After a degree in modern literature in Toulouse and a year at the ESAV, she joined the INSAS in Brussels in the image department. After graduating, she became a camera assistant and worked on feature films. In 2019
she presented her first short film, Dans L'œil du Chien, winner of the Short Film Prize at the Cinéma du réel festival. Soy Libre is her first feature film.
Case Study 2022
Born in Namur, Belgium in 1993. From 2005 to 2012, she attended the Athénée Royal Jean Tousseul in Andenne, and went on to complete a bachelor’s degree in Cinematographic Technique at the Haute École Libre de Bruxelles Ilya Prigogine (HELB). Petit Samedi is her first feature-length film.
Workshop Production 2022
After studying in Paris, Alice Lemaire settled in Brussels to devote herself entirely to cinema. She worked for Wallonie-Bruxelles Images for two years promoting and exporting Belgian French-speaking films abroad. Today, she works mainly as a producer for Michigan Films and develops singular documentary and experimental projects. She has accompanied numerous films selected in international festivals: "Qui es-tu Octobre ?" by Julie Jaroszewski (Visions du Réel), "Une fille de Ouessant" by Eléonore Saintagnan (Silver Sesterce at Visions du Réel), "D’un château l’autre" by Emmanuel Marre (Pardino d’Oro in Locarno).
Walter Hus is a composer and pianist with a taste for experimentation.
In the 1980’s he co- founded the Belgian avant-garde group Maximalist and toured the world with them. He then became a more classical composer and performs a classical repertoire and his own piano music and collaborates with orchestras and ensembles, writers, visual artists, cartoonists, rock and techno artists, as well as theatre directors, choreographers, filmmarkers and video game developers.
In 2000, he discovered the Decap Orchestrion, a computer controlled automated setup of organs and percussion instruments developed by the belgian company Decap. He sets out to explore the new instrument, composing soundscapes,operas, film scores, stage music and rock songs, collaborating with wind energy research projects, revisiting techno hits from the 1990’s and numerous other projets..
In 2015, he received the Ensor Award at the Ostend International Film Festival for his soundtrack to the film N- The Madness of Reason be Peter Krüger.
A former student of the Ecole Normale Supérieure, Jean-Pierre Rehm has taught the history and theory of art and cinema in many Art Schools in France (Valence, Nancy, Reims, Cergy, Arles), then was in charge of a mission at the Ministry of Culture (DAP).
He regularly curates contemporary art exhibitions in France and abroad (Cairo Museum of Modern Art and Alexandria Museum of Modern Art, Yokohama Art Center in Japan, Witte de With in Rotterdam, Paço das Artes in Brazil, Caixa Foundation in Barcelona).
In addition, he pursues a critical activity on various supports, books, collective works, art and cinema reviews, national and international. He was in charge of the Post-Diploma at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts in Lyon from its inception until recently. He was awarded the title of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres. Finally, since 2001 he has been the General Delegate of the FIDMarseille International Film Festival.
Carlos Casas (b. 1974, Barcelona, Spain) is a filmmaker and artist whose practice encompasses film, sound and the visual arts. His films have been screened and awarded in festivals around the world, like the Venice Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Buenos Aires International Film Festival, Mexico International Film Festival, CPH DOX Copenhagen, FID Marseille, etc. Retrospectives of his films have been presented at international festivals and cinemateques from Madrid, Mexico to Bruxelles, his work has been exhibited and performed in international art institutions and galleries, such as Tate Modern in London, Fondation Cartier, Palais de Tokyo, Centre Pompidou in Paris, NTU CCA Singapore; Hangar Bicocca, and La Triennale in Milan, CCCB Barcelona, Matadero Madrid, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía Madrid, MAAT Lisbon, GAM Torino, Bozar, Kunsten Festival des Arts Bruxelles among others. http://www.carloscasas.net
Ben Russell (1976) is an American artist, filmmaker and curator whose work lies at the intersection of ethnography and psychedelia. His films and installations are in direct conversation with the history of the documentary image, providing a time-based inquiry into trance phenomena. Russell was an exhibiting artist at documenta 14 (2017) and his work has been presented at the Centre Georges Pompidou, the Museum of Modern Art, the Tate Modern, the Museum of Modern Art Chicago, the Venice Film Festival and the Berlinale, among others. He is a recipient of a 2008 Guggenheim Fellowship, a FIPRESCI International Critics Prize (IFFR 2010, Gijón 2017), and premiered his second and third feature films at the Locarno Film Festival (2013, 2017). Curatorial projects include Magic Lantern (Providence, USA, 2005-2007), BEN RUSSELL (Chicago, USA, 2009-2011), and Hallucinations (Athens, Greece, 2017). He is currently based in Marseille, France. https://www.dimeshow.com
Film editor and researcher. After university studies in Rome and Paris, she graduated at HEAD - Geneva University of Art and Design and her film Cunta su was selected for the 26th Festival Entrevues Belfort. With the same commitment to creation, she then devoted herself to editing, which she considered an art in its own right. She edited several films, including Pietra tenera by Aurélie Mertenat (Fuori Concorso at the Locarno Festival 2017) or Des Hommes qui veillent by Diane Sorin. As a researcher, she worked on the essay form (with the publication of eux Sérieux, cinema and contemporary art transform the essay in 2014) and recently co-directed Montage, an anthology (1913-2018), published by HEAD and the Geneva Museum of Contemporary Art.
Guest Lecturer 2020/2021
Stoffel Debuysere is a researcher and curator of cinema and audiovisual arts. He has organised numerous film programmes in collaboration with a variety of organisations and institutions. He is a head programmer for the Courtisane collective and he is a lecturer in Critical Film Studies at the KASK School of Art, Ghent, where he recently obtained a PhD with the project Figures of Dissent (Cinema of Politics, Politics of Cinema).
Syed’s films have been shown at numerous institutions around the world including Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 2012-13, 5th Moscow Biennale (2013); Museum of Modern Art, New York (2010); Museo National Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid (2009); XV Sydney Biennale (2006); Hayward Gallery, London (2005); Tate Britain, London (2003); and Glasgow Museum of Modern Art (2002). She has also held several solo exhibitions at Talwar Gallery. Her Work is Distributed by LUX London and she is represented by Talwar Gallery in New York and New Delhi.
Her unique approach sutures different subject positions in relation to culture, diaspora and location. She was shortlisted for the 2015 Jarman Award. Her new film Meta Incognita is currently showing at Talwar Gallery in New York
Artist filmmaker editor. Her critically acclaimed feature-length debut film ODYSSEY was awarded Best Film by a jury of international film critics within the Doc Alliance competition, and Best Experimental Feature at the Istanbul Experimental Film Festival. Apart from festivals including Doclisboa and FidMarseille, the film travels art institutes including the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London. Her work is distributed by Fabrique Phantome, Argos and LightCone. Sabine is a visiting lecturer and tutor at the Master Artistic Research in and through Cinema at the Film Academy in Amsterdam.
Jelena Jureša is a visual artist born in Novi Sad (Yugoslavia) who lives and works in Ghent. She has been extensively working with the questions of identity, politics of memory and oblivion through the media of photography, video and text. Being an artist who works with history and with archives, Jureša investigates the notion of truth on the verge of representation, hence combining private memories with artifacts and political and historical narratives.
Born in 1980 in Paris. After a Master's degree in literature in Paris, he returned to the IAD (Institute of Media Arts, Belgium) in 2004 and obtained a Master degree in production in 2008. He lives and works in Brussels where he shares his time between documentary cinema and fiction. He is looking for a freer work method based on writing during filming, breaking the line between documentary and fiction, in direct relation to his creative material, the actors, the environment and the chaos of life. His 1st feature film "Rien à foutre" codirected with Julie Lecoustre is selected at La semaine de la critique at Cannes, 2021. "The Summer Movie" (Le Film de l'été) received the Jean Vigo prize in 2017 and "Castle to Castle" (D’un château l’autre) received the award : "Pardi di domani" in the short film competition in Locarno, 2018. He directed numerous documentaries, including Chaumière (2013), and short fiction films such as "La Vie qui va avec" (2008), "Le Petit Chevalier" (2010) and "Le Désarroi du flic socialiste Quechua" (2014).
Louis Henderson is a filmmaker who is trying to find new ways of working with people to address and question our current global condition defined by racial capitalism and ever-present histories of the European colonial project. Interested in exploring the sonic space of images his work aims to develop an archaeological method in cinema, listening to the echos and spirals of the stratigraphic. Since 2017 Henderson has been working within the artist group The Living and the Dead Ensemble. Based between Haiti and France they focus on theatre, song, slam, poetry, and cinema. Henderson has shown his work at various film festivals, exhibitions and biennials worldwide. His work is in the public collection of the Centre National des Arts Plastiques, France and is distributed by Lux (UK) and Video Data Bank (USA).
The team of mentors and coaches evolved throuout the years.
Founding members An van Dienderen, Laurent Van Lancker and Rudi Maerten coached for many years,
as well as Els Opsomer, Eric Pauwels and Pieter Van Bogaert.
Fairuz was editing mentor 2014 / 2015, Charo Calvo mentor for sound in 2018 / 19
Every year SIC invites also different filmmakers, artists and academics
to join the team, to give feedback and to inspire the projects by masterclasses and lectures.
During the last years these guests were :
Angela Olga Anderson
Anja Dornieden & Juan David Gonzales Monroy
Dr. Chris Wright
Eleonore de Montesquieu
Geoffroy De Volder
Lonnie Van Brummelen & Siebren de Haan