The opening of the Brussels Independent Film Festival usually takes place in the most unique venue Brussels has to offer, the Atomium. (This year, due to social distancing concerns, we will unfortunately not be able to screen at this location.) The Atomium is a building in Brussels originally constructed for the 1958 Brussels World's Fair. Designed by the engineer André Waterkeyn and architects André and Jean Polak, it stands 102 m (335 ft) tall. Its nine 18 m (60 ft) diameter stainless steel clad spheres are connected so that the whole forms the shape of a unit cell of an iron crystal magnified 165 billion times. It is now a museum and one of the locations of our festival.
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Located on the third floor of Maison de la Poste, a renovated administrative building of what was once the largest railway station in Europe, the spacious attic was renovated in 2019 to create a new cinema room. The room’s cosy and comfortable atmosphere integrates the original architecture of the space into its new function. Maison de la Poste began as ‘Hôtel de l’Administration,’ serving as Tour & Taxis’ administrative centre for telephone and telegraph services in the early 20th century. In the 1970s the building was used as a post office, earning the name ‘Hôtel de la Poste’ in the process. In the 1990s Hôtel de la Poste housed a popular nightclub. Since the 2000s it has become one of Brussels’ preferred venues for private and public events.
Rue Picard 5/7
underground exhibition hall
GALERIES is located in the outstanding setting of the Royal Gallery Saint-Hubert in the heart of Brussels and is a new place dedicated to cinema and art house film in all it forms.The underground exhibition hall of Cinema GALERIES, a wonderful convolution of vaulted rooms, will serve as the setting for our 'Underground Film Vault' screenings, a gallery of carefully selected experimental films. Cinema GALERIES' exhibition hall has featured a wide program of exhibitions dedicated to independent cinema and contemporary art for several years now, presenting the work of many contemporary artists like Eric Baudelaire, Amos Gitai, David Lynch, Henri Foucault, Etienne Mineur and Pierre Huygue.
Galerie de la Reine 26
Cinema RITCS is located in the bustling heart of Brussels, nearby the Oude Graanmarkt in Antoine Dansaertstraat. It is the in-house movie theatre of the RITCS School of Arts, and the ultimate meeting place for true film lovers. Equipped with the newest digital projection technology and a seven-metre-wide screen, it offers 125 cinema seats that provide a first-class experience of the fascinating world of the moving image.
Antoine Dansaertstraat 70
Kinepolis Brussels, located next to the Atomium, opened its doors in 1988. It was the first venue of the Kinepolis group and the world’s first and largest megaplex. Its varied and broad programming, as well as the numerous visits of national and international film stars, enrich the Belgian capital's cultural life.
Boulevard du Centenaire 20