This month we sat down with the organizers behind the Brussels-based Millenium Documentary Film Festival. We talked about how the Festival started, what's unique about its 16th edition and its hope for the future!
1. Tell us a bit about the Millenium Festival?
Created in 2009, the Millenium International Documentary Film Festival has dedicated its programming to the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. Through the alliance between documentary cinema and social, cultural and political issues - the Sustainable Development Goals have been the festival’s trademark since the early beginning.
Every year since 2009, The Millenium Film Festival is presenting over 60 documentary films from all around the world, as well as more than 20 Belgian productions. Its programming focuses on discovering new talent and selecting films that contribute to exploring new avenues documentary cinema. In addition to the screenings, several Masterclass are given by award-winning professional of the industry. The festival is renowned internationally as a major meeting place for committed artists, European decision-makers, audiovisual professionals, and young filmmakers.
2. What's unique about the Festival 16th edition this year?
The 16th edition of the Millenium Festival will be held from March 15 to 22, 2024. This year promises to be truly special as we welcome the legendary filmmaker Oliver Stone as our distinguished guest of honor. Assembling a jury of international acclaim, showcasing documentaries from around the globe, providing a platform for emerging talents, and introducing unprecedented masterclasses, this edition is set to be a cinematic feast like no other.
Oliver Stone as Guest of Honor: The festival is thrilled to host the three-time Oscar-winning American director Oliver Stone. Attendees will have the unique opportunity to engage with Stone during a special masterclass that spans his illustrious career.
Global Documentary Showcase: Explore diverse perspectives from around the world as we present a curated selection of documentaries that capture the essence of unique cultures, untold stories, and pressing issues.
World Class Masterclasses: This edition introduces exclusive masterclasses, offering an in-depth look into the art and craft of documentary filmmaking. Participants will have the chance to learn from industry experts and gain valuable insights into the filmmaking process.
Grand Opening at Flagey: The festival kicks off with a spectacular evening at Flagey on March 15th, featuring the screening of the documentary "The Art of Losing". The grand opening will be further elevated with a masterclass by Oliver Stone, providing a comprehensive exploration of his remarkable body of work.
3. What are your goals/hopes for the future of this festival?
Looking ahead, our goals and aspirations for the future of the Millenium International Documentary Film Festival are deeply rooted in our commitment to promoting documentaries from around the world that showcase diverse realities and stimulate reflection on the political, environmental, and social challenges of today and tomorrow. We aim to continue and expand our efforts in providing a platform for emerging filmmakers, ensuring they hold a significant place in our programming. Additionally, our focus remains on implementing initiatives that facilitate access to documentary cinema for a diverse audience, transcending social, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds. As part of our vision for international growth, we aspire to export the festival abroad, with a particular interest in extending our cinematic celebration to Chile and Ecuador.
Full program details will be announced shortly: www.festivalmillenium.org
ACB members can enjoy a 30% discount on all individual tickets and Festival pass, ordered on the Millenium Festival website, with the discount code: MILLENIUMSPECIAL30%
NB. This is not applicable to the opening night, which can be purchased as a single ticket on the Flagey website only.