This episode of Congolive looks into the career of Belgian filmmaker Kristof Bilsen and his journey into making a film on the Congo.
Kristof Bilsen (director/DOP/producer) completed a filmmaking BA in Brussels and his Masters at the National Film & TV School (UK). Aside his film practice, he works as cinematographer, editor and director for the performing arts and collaborated in the past with directors such as Peter Missotten, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Meg Stuart. His first film THREE WOMEN (about female detainees in a Belgian prison) was shortlisted for the Henri Storck Prize and shown twice on Belgian National Television. He also made the short documentary Fez-return-ticket, about a mixed marriage in Morocco before beginning his Masters at the National Film and Television School. He also completed the short Werner Herzog Film Course in Los Angeles and attended the Berlinale Talent Campus 2012. ELEPHANT’S DREAM, his first feature film, is a co-production with Limerick Films, Associate directors, Man’s Films and RTBF and is currently traveling festivals worldwide. Overall, his work screened at more then 50 festivals worldwide (IDFA, DOK Leipzig, Hot Docs, Margaret Mead, Thessaloniki, a.o.) and won several awards, such as the Nanook/Jean Rouch Grand Prize in Paris. Along with his film practice, he is one of the 8 founding members of Kitchen Sink collective and also runs his boutique company Limerick Films