Win Tickets to the Brussels Film Festival

By alison - June 7, 2013 (Updated: November 18, 2014)

The Brussels Film Festival

The Brussels Film Festival

Film buffs, mark your calendars. The 11th annual Brussels Film Festival will be hitting Place Flagey from June 19th-26th and you’re all invited. We even have 5 pairs of tickets to give away, so read on for a chance to win.

The Brussels Film Festival (BRFF) is a celebration of films, including documentaries, shorts and feature-length movies, from around the world.

The emphasis is on new work, with a few old favourites thrown in for good measure.

The festival takes place in the iconic Flagey building and, good weather permitting, outside in the square itself.

La Princesse de Montpensier

La Princesse de Montpensier

In addition to film screenings, the BRFF plays host to professionals in the film industry for a series of meetings and workshops. This year’s special guest is French film director, Bertrand Tavernier, who will be on hand throughout the festival and host two masterclasses, present a special screening of La Princesse de Montpensier, and launch a retrospective of his films.

I Anna

Charlotte Rampling stars in I Anna

Another special guest, attending the closing night on June 26th, will be British actress Charlotte Rampling. Along with her son, director Barnaby Southcombe, she will present her film, I, Anna, a noir thriller.

But the Brussels Film Festival isn’t just about the screen. For the past several years, music has been an integral part of the line-up. This year, the BRFF will be part of La Fête de la Musique, on June 21st, and host a series of concerts in Place Flagey.

BRFF will also screen music documentaries, such as a film about Pussy Riot, the Russian punk-rock collective, whose jail sentence has been making media headlines since early last year. On the lighter side, German electro-rock artist Peaches, debuts as a filmmaker, in Peaches Does Herself.

Tango Libre

Tango Libre

Lovers of dance will enjoy Tango Libre, an exploration of love and freedom through tango, by Belgian filmmaker Frédéric Fonteyne.

For those who are interested in the European film-scene, here are three more films, on offer at the Brussels Film Festival this year:

The Road North, from Finland

The Road North, from Finland

Road North (Tie Pohjoiseen) – by Mika Kaurismäki (Finland). Road North is a road movie that focuses on the complexity of the father-and-son relationship with dark humour, lucidity, and tenderness. Road North became number one in the Finnish box office only a few days after its release.

Shell, from the UK

Shell, from the UK

Shell – by Scott Graham (Great-Britain). Shell lives with her emotionally distant father in the Scottish Highlands. He is a mechanic but in winter, there is hardly any car that passes by the dilapidated petrol station. Shell shows the consequences of isolation and shakes social taboos.

The Best Offer

The Best Offer, from Italy

The Best Offer (La migliore offerta) – by Giuseppe Tornatore (Italy). The famous Italian filmmaker is back with a film that explores the life of a famous art expert who receives a call from a mystery woman to evaluate her paintings. The Best Offer enjoys an international cast: Geoffrey Rush, Sylvia Hoeks, Donald Sutherland, and Jim Sturgess.

For a full listing of this year’s Brussels Film Festival screenings, visit the BRFF website.

CONTEST – As promised in the intro, we have 5 pairs of tickets to give away: 2 for the film Ginger and Rosa, by Sally Potter and 3 for Shell, by Scott Graham. All you have to do is leave a comment below and let us know what film you are most interested in seeing at the BRFF this year. We will choose 5 winners by random number selection. Be sure to provide a valid email address as we will be contacting the winners by email on the 17th of June. Good Luck!

[All photos provided by the Brussels Film Festival]

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Alison Cornford-Matheson is a Canadian freelance writer and travel photographer and the founder of She is the author of The Foodie Guide to Brussels: Local Tips for Restaurants, Shops, Hotels, and Activities. Alison landed in Belgium in 2005 and, over the years, has become passionate about slow and sustainable travel, in Europe and beyond. She loves to discover hidden gems - be they museums, shops, restaurants, castles, gardens or landscapes, and share them through her words and photos. She has visited 45 countries and is currently slow travelling through North America in an RV, with her husband, Andrew, and two well-travelled cats. You can also follow her work on Google+
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  1. Comment by ol.

    ol. June 7, 2013 at 08:59

    Thank you Allison for this great contest!
    I would be more interested by “Shell”.

    • Comment by Alison


      Alison June 7, 2013 at 09:28

      Best of luck Ol.

      • Comment by Paddy

        Paddy June 13, 2013 at 13:24

        The Best Offer (La migliore offerta) sounds like a epic story. Would love to see it!

  2. Comment by Lisa Bennison

    Lisa Bennison June 7, 2013 at 11:13

    The scenery in the movie “Shell” looks like it will be amazing!

    • Comment by Alison


      Alison June 7, 2013 at 11:15

      Agreed Lisa! Good Luck!

  3. Comment by Jennifer

    Jennifer June 7, 2013 at 11:21

    Hi Allison!
    I would like to take part in the contest for the “Shell” film tickets
    Great blog by the way! 🙂

    • Comment by Alison


      Alison June 7, 2013 at 11:49

      Thanks Jennifer! Good luck!

  4. Comment by Belma

    Belma June 7, 2013 at 11:28

    Lovely. Thanks. I’d love to see the Shell!

    • Comment by Alison


      Alison June 7, 2013 at 11:49

      Good Luck Belma!

  5. Comment by Silvia

    Silvia June 7, 2013 at 11:45

    I would be up for Ginger and Rosa.. looks really cool!!

    • Comment by Alison


      Alison June 7, 2013 at 11:57

      Good Luck Silvia!

  6. Comment by Ivana Nastasic

    Ivana Nastasic June 7, 2013 at 11:52

    I would be interested in Ginger & Rosa. 🙂

    • Comment by Alison


      Alison June 7, 2013 at 11:57

      Good luck Ivana!

  7. Comment by Migdaz

    Migdaz June 7, 2013 at 11:53

    Two thumbs up for this article AND for “Tango libre”

    • Comment by Alison


      Alison June 7, 2013 at 11:57

      Good Luck Migdaz!

  8. Comment by Lau

    Lau June 7, 2013 at 11:53

    tango libre,because life is an ethernal dance

    • Comment by Alison


      Alison June 7, 2013 at 11:57

      Good luck Lau!

  9. Comment by czarrymarry

    czarrymarry June 7, 2013 at 12:03

    I hope I will see Tango Libre

    • Comment by Alison


      Alison June 7, 2013 at 12:04

      Good Luck!

  10. Comment by ilze

    ilze June 7, 2013 at 16:14

    Hi Alison, great blog. really like it.
    Shell might be good. like Scotland:)

  11. Comment by Morteza

    Morteza June 7, 2013 at 17:07

    Hi Alison,
    Again, Thanks for your wonderful posts.

    I am interested in participating in this contest to see “Shell”.

  12. Comment by Wendy Deyell

    Wendy Deyell June 7, 2013 at 17:27

    Hi Alison, either one looks good, but my first choice would be Ginger & Rosa.

    Fingers crossed,

  13. Comment by hope

    hope June 7, 2013 at 19:58

    how exciting! thanks for sharing … my choice would be Shell..but either look intriguing.

  14. Comment by Tracie

    Tracie June 7, 2013 at 20:01

    I watched the Ginger & Rosa trailer, WOW! This is a must see, especially for people who have young daughters coming of age. I vote for Ginger & Rosa.

  15. Comment by Marion Gevers

    Marion Gevers June 8, 2013 at 05:48

    Hi Alison, I live in Australia but am thrilled that I’ll be in Belgium from next week, in time for the festival. Belgium is my home country and I’ve been following your blog with delight. I’m looking forward to seeing “The best offer”. Love Italian movies and Geoffrey Rush is the best Aussie actor of all times in my opinion.

  16. Comment by Marion Gevers

    Marion Gevers June 8, 2013 at 05:51

    Just realise the free tickets are for only two of those movies. My preference is for Shell.

  17. Comment by Kanchan

    Kanchan June 9, 2013 at 18:18

    Hi Alison, the movie i really want to see is german – heute bin ich blond, but i think there are any screenings with English subtitles ;-/

    Thanks for this giveaway and hoping to win tickets to see ginger & rosa

  18. Comment by Ingrid

    Ingrid June 10, 2013 at 11:04

    Would love to see Shell, especially having lived in beautiful Scotland myself! Also very excited about the Road North 🙂 Cheers for another great blog post – can’t wait for the festival.

  19. Comment by Alison


    Alison June 10, 2013 at 11:07

    Keep those entries coming and best of luck to everyone who has comented so far!

  20. Comment by laura

    laura June 10, 2013 at 11:08

    Hi! I would like to watch The best offer. Thanks!

  21. Comment by Edna

    Edna June 10, 2013 at 11:09

    Hello Allison, I would love to see Shell.
    Recently we took a road trip to Scotland. I would be thrilled to see that on the big screen. Thank you !

  22. Comment by Liz

    Liz June 10, 2013 at 11:09

    Ginger and Rosa is certain to be a fantastic film. Thanks for the giveaway!

  23. Comment by lisa

    lisa June 10, 2013 at 11:14

    Hi, I’d love to win tickets to see Ginger and Rosa. Digging the 60s style. Thanks!

  24. Comment by Marta

    Marta June 10, 2013 at 12:06

    Tango Libre, because I love expression through dance and dancer’s appreciation of small things in life 🙂 Just something nice that relates to it: .

  25. Comment by Miriam

    Miriam June 10, 2013 at 12:28

    La migliore offertaaaaaaa …

  26. Comment by Giulia Mariotti

    Giulia Mariotti June 10, 2013 at 12:35

    I’m interested in both but if I had to choose I would go for Ginger and Rosa – thank you! 🙂

  27. Comment by Violeta

    Violeta June 10, 2013 at 12:57

    It will be very exciting to see Road North, because it promises to represent that type of movies which I don’t watch very often, but you need to from time to time. But I will be also exteremely glad to watch either one from Ginger and Rosa and Shell. Thanks and good luck to everybody!

  28. Comment by Marlene

    Marlene June 10, 2013 at 13:32

    Great, I woould love to see Shell or Ginger and Rosa. Thank you

  29. Comment by Sarah

    Sarah June 10, 2013 at 14:16

    Nice article, the BFF is one of the things I look forward too every year 🙂
    From the contest I would love to see Ginger&Rosa and from your list I would love to see Tango Libre.

  30. Comment by Bobbi Lee Hitchon

    Bobbi Lee Hitchon June 10, 2013 at 14:30

    I would totally entering if I was going to be in Belgium. Wish I was. I love film festivals. Great contest!

  31. Comment by LUCIA

    LUCIA June 10, 2013 at 14:37


  32. Comment by Monica Daly

    Monica Daly June 10, 2013 at 14:58

    Great Contest…. Giner and Rosa for me I think!!

  33. Comment by Joanna

    Joanna June 10, 2013 at 16:05

    Hello, I would be interested in Shell – by Scott Graham (Great-Britain). Cheers

  34. Comment by Silvia

    Silvia June 10, 2013 at 17:09

    Hi! I am interested in Shell, also!:) Thank you!

  35. Comment by Macarena

    Macarena June 10, 2013 at 17:36

    Hi! Bonjour! Hallo!
    I would love to see Tango Libre. It seems amazing film 🙂

  36. Comment by Angela

    Angela June 11, 2013 at 10:50

    Hi Allison! I just started following you. I really like your writing style and subject matter. My husband and I are going to the Tram Experience because of your article. I would love for us to win the tickets to Shell but either one will suit. Thank you

    • Comment by Alison


      Alison June 11, 2013 at 11:32

      Thanks Angela and good luck! I hope you enjoy the Tram Experience as much as we did!

  37. Comment by Eleri Anona

    Eleri Anona June 12, 2013 at 14:05

    I would love to see I Anna!

  38. Comment by Marieke de Groot

    Marieke de Groot June 12, 2013 at 14:10

    Would love to be lucky to see Ginger & Rosa, Thanks Alison

  39. Comment by Marien

    Marien June 12, 2013 at 14:19

    Hello. I would love to see Shell (but from what I read Tram Experience also seams to be very interesting, pretty certain I will see that one too) Thank you 🙂

  40. Comment by Desislava

    Desislava June 12, 2013 at 16:05

    Ginger and Rosa seems really interesting for me 🙂 Thanks!

  41. Comment by karen

    karen June 12, 2013 at 16:12

    Ginger and Rosa!!

  42. Comment by Sophie

    Sophie June 12, 2013 at 16:19

    Shell please!

  43. Comment by Asya Kovarsky

    Asya Kovarsky June 14, 2013 at 12:00

    I would love tickets for Shell! Thanks 🙂

  44. Comment by Patricia

    Patricia June 14, 2013 at 14:06

    Thanks for the great blog and chance to win! I’d love to see Ginger and Rosa!

  45. Comment by Fida

    Fida June 16, 2013 at 20:19

    Ginger and Rosa looks like the kind of movie that might cause you a ¨before¨ and ¨after¨, and not only in your day… I would love to watch this one! Regards.

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