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Platform to get involved: Cinemaximiliaan behind the screen













































































Cinemaximiliaan organises many regular screenings in asylum centers all over Belgium, as well as pop-up cinemas at private homes

and excursions to museums and exhibitions: these dates are popping up on a short notice! Here we keep the overview up to date.


>> Film screenings in refugee reception centers:

Cinemaximiliaan started in september 2015 with daily film screenings in the Maximiliaan Park and Hall in Brussels.

Ever since we organise regular film screenings (weekly, two weekly or monthly) in various refugee reception centres: Sint Niklaas (Westakkers),

Lombardsijde, Namur (Belgrade), Houthalen-Helchteren, Antwerpen (Broechem), Brussel (Klein Kasteeltje), Hechtel-Eksel, Ghent (OC Reno), Lubbeek,

Dendermonde, Poelkapelle, Sainte-Ode, Koksijde, Jette, Jodoigne...


>> Programs in private homes:

Contact us if you want to host a Cinemaximiliaan screening in your living room!


>> Programs in cinemas, cultural centres and festivals:

Regular screenings hosted by cultural partners, such as BOZAR Brussels, RITCS Cinema Brussels, Cinema NOVA Brussels, SPHINX Ghent,

KASK Cinema Ghent, and many more. Keep posted on our facebook page for an updated agenda.





>> Cinemaximiliaan Project House in Molenbeek

The Project House in Molenbeek offers space for encounters, for film projections,for debates, for rehearsals, for productions and much more.

It also offers accommodation and a kitchen for guests around Cinemaximiliaan events.


>> Music for Silent Film Project

Around 15 musicians work together in a big band to create music for silent film classics. PREMIERE 25 FEB, 2:30 at KUNSTENCENTRUM VOORUIT, Ghent.

If you're a programmer interested in booking this project, don't hesitate to contact us. Keep posted on our Facebook page for new dates and locations.


>> Platform for Film Production

We're currently building a platform for co-creation of audiovisual work gs a bridge between film professionals and newcomers.

All help and support is welcome!


>> Cinemaximiliaan partnership with VDAB

Cinemaximiliaan offers in partnership with VDAB internships for newcomers ("BIO-stages").





Cinemaximiliaan grew out of a volunteering initiative, and its spirit is very much based on the positive energy with which every individual contributes its part to the project. Cinemaximiliaan is an associative and dynamic organisation, and so are the people involved in the project. Everybody is welcome to join at any point!






























Gwendolyn, artist and filmmaker (BE), Gawan, art historian and film critic (BE)



Ayham, aid worker and international relations student (SY), Terry, accountant (BE), Quinten, filmmaker (BE), Dirk, communications manager (BE), Louay, aid worker and film student (SY), Lubnan, shoemaker and actor (IQ), Ayman, nurse and dancer (PS), Shamsia, social worker (AFG), Ali, journalist (AFG), Reza, graphic designer (AFG/IRN), Batul, teacher (AFG/IRN), Abdullah, cook (IQ), Bassel, sound designer (SY), Daphne, filmmaker (NL), Anna, language teacher (BE), Frederike, social worker (BE), Sheri, worker (AFG), Lotte, filmmaker (BE), Agata, curator (PL), Aukje, artist (NL), Elke, journalist (BE), Karar, truck driver (IQ), Abbas, barber (IQ), Gailan, airconditioning technician (IQ), Yusur, geometry student (IQ), Javid, photographer (AFG), June, sociology student (SGP), Fatma (SO), Hala, social geography student (LBN), Adrian, human right’s activist (MX), Emma, artist (NL), Marie-Laurence, social worker (BE), Mahmood, student (AFG), Emma , musician (NL), Laura, filmmaker (BE), Ghulam, student (AFG), Sandra, filmmaker (NL), Ruchira, translator (IN), Ben, computer scientist (BE), Korneel, photographer (BE), Saif, musician (IQ), Fanny, social worker (BE), Ali, painter (IQ), Ella, student architect (BE), Azmi, engineer (SY), Constance, student juriste (BE), Tareq and Ahmed, airconditioning technician (IQ), Maria, international affairs officer (SY/SE), Katrien, curator (NL), Flo, filmmaker (BE), Cathérine, artist (BE), Annemie, tour manager and teacher (BE), Kym, artist (UK), Solange, social worker (BE), Mehdi, journalist (MAR/BE), Matthias, film scholar and filmmaker (BE), Haider, instrument maker (IQ), Shadan and Nagham, teachers and social workers (SY), Shalan, musician and composer (SY), Anisa, anthropology student (ALB/GR), Nedjma, dramaturge (ALG/BE), Joëlle, landscape architect and social worker (BE), Hanana, social worker (MAR/BE), Hans, film director and script writer (BE), Ahmed, veterinary (IQ), Kinshuk, documentary director (IN), Firas, monteur (IQ), Angela, journalist (SY), Ermira, sales manager (ALB),...


and many many more…





Donations are welcome on following bank account:

Cinemaximiliaan vzw

Manchesterstraat 36

BE- 1080 Brussels


IBAN: BE65 0017 8222 9496



Ondernemingsnummer: BE06 4969 7486


We also accept donations of chairs, blankets, beamers, portable speakers, set lights, curtains, audiovisual equipment,....




Cinemaximiliaan thanks the many individual and institutional supporters of the initiative through crowdfunding with growfunding and kisskissbankbank.


Cinemaximiliaan received generous institutional support of: Beursschouwburg, Bozar Cinema, CC Strombeek, Umedia/Cinema For All, Cinema Galeries, Cinema Nova, Cinema RITCS, Charleroi Danses/La Raffinerie, Courtisane, Davidsfonds Itterbeek, Dalton Distribution, Filmer à tout prix, Film Fest Ghent, Fondation Boghossian/Villa Empain, Fondation Henri Servais, GC De Maelbeek, GC Everna, Globe Aroma, Goethe Institut Brüssel, G.S.A.R.A., Kaaitheater, Kimiaf, Kuiperskaai, Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Media Desk Flanders, Muntpunt, Needcompany, Odisee, Pianofabriek, Savagefilm, SMAK, Steinerschool De Es, Cinea, Vluchtelingenwerk Vlaanderen, Z33 huis voor actuele kunst.


Media support: Eén, De Morgen, De Standaard, Filmmagie, Rekto:Verso.


Cinemaximiliaan was awarded the "Cultuurprijs 2015" by the Flemish Minister of Culture, Sven Gatz.


Cinemaximiliaan is supported by:











Cinemaximiliaan is a pop-up cinema for and with newcomers in Belgium. We started in an improvised refugee camp at the Maximiliaan park in Brussels with daily film screenings. Cinemaximiliaan quickly grew to become a vast network of volunteers, mainly filmmakers, artists and cinephiles, amongst them many newcomers. Cinemaximiliaan offers a ‘living room', meanwhile showing films in various remote asylum centers around Belgium on a regular basis, where there is a need for distraction and cultural exchange. We also organise many events, film screenings in real cinemas and at people's homes, music and dance performances, debates, lectures, masterclasses and exhibitions, welcoming newcomers to take part and to help shape cultural life in Belgium. Since shortly Cinemaximiliaan started to develop short film productions in the project house in Molenbeek, as a brdge between newcomers and film professionals.

Cinemaximiliaan offers a space for many encounters and occasions through which newcomers can continue their path in a new homeland.