Kristof Bilsen (director/DOP/producer) completed a filmmaking BA in Brussels (2002). He also works as cinematographer, editor and director for the performing arts and collaborated in the past with directors such as Peter Missotten, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Meg Stuart.
His first film Three Women (about female detainees in a Belgian prison) was shortlisted for the Henri Storck Prize and shown twice on Belgian National Television. He also made the short documentary Fez-return-ticket, about a mixed marriage in Morocco before beginning his Masters at the National Film and Television School. He enrolled for the Werner Herzog Film Course in Los Angeles and also attend the Berlinale Talent Campus 2012.
Elephant’s Dream, his first feature film, is a co-production with Limerick Films, Associate directors, Man’s Films and RTBF and screened at more then 40 festivals worldwide (IDFA, DOK Leipzig, Hot Docs, Margaret Mead FF, Camden FF, a.o.) and won several awards, such as the Nanook/Jean Rouch Grand Prize in Paris and a Special Mention Bertha Feature Doc at the One World Media Awards (UK) and was featured on BBC World Service, CBC’s The Current a.o.
He has also been working as research producer for a travel series for Discovery Asia and along with his film practice, he is one of the 8 founding members of Kitchen Sink collective, teaches Documentary Direction at Luca Arts in Brussels and regularly gives workshops on documentary concepts, research and storytelling abroad as well.
(FR) Après un master de cinéma obtenu à Bruxelles en 2002, Kristof Bilsen travaille en tant qu’opérateur, monteur et réalisateur pour le théâtre et la danse contemporaine. Puis il réalise des court-métrages documentaires et participe à un atelier dirigé par Werner Herzog. Le long-mètrage Rêve d’Eléphant, pour lequel il a reçu des bourses de Cinereach et Worldview est en voyage aux festivals. Il est l’un des huit membres fondateurs du collectif londonnien Kitchen Sink.