About the local hosting organization
The Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival (BIFFF), previously named Brussels International Festival of Fantastic Film (French: Festival international du film fantastique de Bruxelles, Dutch: Internationaal Festival van de Fantastische Film van Brussel) was created in 1983 as a venue for horror, thriller and science fiction films. It takes place in Brussels, every year in March. Initially organized by Annie Bozzo, Gigi Etienne, Freddy Bozzo, Georges Delmote and Guy Delmote, it now has prizes in both feature length and short films, and also hosts an international body-painting competition.
The festival is accredited by the FIAPF as a competitive specialised film festival. Winners of the grand prize, the Golden Raven statuette, include Army of Darkness, Radioactive Dreams, and Dog Soldiers.
Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival is a 12 days film festival. 2000 artists and professional are invited to share their passion and experience about cinema in a fantastic atmosphere. More than anything, it is a unique concept. It is one of the most important festivals for genre films in the world. It welcomes more than 60 000 spectators every year. More than 100 films from many different countries are shown. The festival is composed of international films competitions, competitions of face and body paintings, many creative workshops and master classes, a special day dedicated to Japan Animation, a Zombie Parade, and many more crazy events! The line-up is more international than ever, however we dedicate a special part of our program to home-grown Belgian artists.
About the volunteer work
Volunteers will be part of the local team composed of more than 100 volunteers. They will have to be ready to work at least 5 hours every day. Tasks will be clarified continuously during the festival but volunteers will mainly work with the public: ticket control, public circulation, general information… Volunteers might also have to do some physical work before and after the festival. The job will be more or less the same throughout the whole festival, you have to be aware that it could be repetitive. Volunteers will have to work during the whole festival, from the beginning to the end. They will have to be present 2 days BEFORE. If you plan it in advance, you will be allowed to take 3 days break maximum. During their free time, you will be free to go to the festival and enjoy the films and events (projections start at 3:00 PM and end at 1:00 AM).
Local accommodationForeign volunteers will be welcomed by local volunteers already implied in the Festival since many years. You will be hosted in “couchsurfing” conditions in order to facilitate the intercultural exchanges, to create new friendships and to spread the motivation among the participants! All the hosts will be located in Brussels itself. You need to bring a sleeping bag and you should not expect luxury conditions! You will be in contact with your host only one week before the beginning of the festival.
Special info about the foodThe organisation will give volunteers sandwiches, drink tickets and food tickets during the festival. The equivalent of only one meal will be provided every day. There are a lot of shops, small snacks (pizza, fries, sandwich, Chinese…) and bars in Brussels. → You NEED TO HAVE A SMALL BUGDET FOR OTHERS MEALS (about 8€/day)
About the project locationThe workcamp will be located in the Palais des Beaux-Arts and the Cinematek of Brussels (Belgium), in the very center of the city.
About the leisure activities possibleAfter the work, you will be able to enjoy the films and events. The entry will be offered as well as your meals and your pass. Members of SVI will be here to provide further information on the cultural sites and events in the region. There are several opportunities of sports and outdoor activities.
Volunteers are young people (18-35 years old) who have to be extremely motivated, flexible, reliable and enthusiastic. They CANNOT have any physical condition. And most important, they must love cinema and particularly fantastic genre! Notions of French or Flemish would be great, but English is absolutely compulsory.
You HAVE to LOVE sciences fiction and horror movies !!!
About the meeting point
Bruxelles central station or SVI office
Extra info about the project
Zombies, vampires and serial killers are welcome !