Although the days are getting lighter as we slowly leave winter and enter spring, the city prepares to be shrouded in a fog of mystery and fable as the 36th Brussels international fantasy, fantastic, thriller and science fiction film festival, BIFFF, returns to BOZAR from April 3 to 15, to scare and delight, in one of the world’s biggest fantasy film festivals.
Each year, a two-week interdimensional portal is rooted at the heart of European capital, spewing forth an army of over 50 000 dedicated ghoulish fans (many specifically dress for the occasion) to join in on the yearly celebrations. The film festival hosts an annual Vampire Ball, multiple exhibitions and most importantly, over 150 movies premiered over three screens.
Being over 30 years old, BIFFF is always expanding to keep things fresh and include new things, with previous years having attracted fantasy directors like Peter Jackson, Terry Gilliam, William Friedkin, Park Chan-Wook to their ranks, this year will have plenty of exhibitions to join in on. Art contest, make-up, body-painting, a category of surreal films made in Belgium, manga and anime markets at Horta hall and much more will be available for those in attendance this year.
Whether you’re a movie buff or just plain curious, there is plenty to do at this monster mash.