About Filemon vzw


Artistic and business director - Head of programming & education

Hilde Steenssens

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Hilde Steenssens is founder of vzw Filemon. She also curates for other film initiatives. As pedagogue and youth criminologist, she is convinced of the power of art and film as intermedium to support children and young people in their growth towards world citizens! She ensures that the organization can remain dynamic, qualitative and sustainable.
Public and participation officer

Myrthe Van Rompaey

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Myrthe is in charge of our public relations and participatory projects. Being born and raised in Brussels, a film fanatic and children's enthusiast, she likes to roll up her sleeves to reach out to as many Brussels youth as possible and give them the chance to be immersed in the world of Filem’On!
Communications officer

Rachel Hansoul

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Rachel Hansoul is the communications officer for Filem'on. As a visual communicator who loves color and playfulness, she feels right at home in the children's film world! Social relevance is what drives her and she enthusiastically shares this through every possible channel to reach you.
Business assistant

Anna Bataglia

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Anna studied Film Studies and Visual Culture and then Cultural Management. Now she supports the business side of Filem'On. Her goal at Filem'On is to bring as many young people as possible in contact with other ideas and cultures in order to give them more knowledge and insight about the world and themselves.
Reporter's club coordinator


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Stephanie Maes is a multidisciplinary vidéaste with a participatory approach. In her work the creative interaction with others is key. Throughout the years she has realized several projects in collaboration with theatre companies, newcomers, young people and local residents, among others. In addition to providing technical support for the festival's audiovisual component, Stephanie has been the proud coordinator of Filem'Ons very own reporter's club for years!
Ambassador coach & project supervisor "Young Audience Award"


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Sandra has a background in animation and illustration. She alternates her work time between the art educational organisations MUS-E Belgium, Wisper, WIELS Kets and the DKO. From the year Sandra moved from Utrecht (NL) to Brussels in 2010, she has been involved with Filem'On! She gave film workshops, supervised and coordinated children's juries and was part of the Filem'On film committee! Since 2016, she also helps out with the Young Audience Award (EFA) and is a coach for Filem'On ambassadors.
Jury supervisor & presenter

Thierry Errembault

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Thierry is an author/director of comedy and he also works as a videographer. Next to that, Thierry likes to share what he has learned about film to young people, either through talks or through video-workshops. You might have seen him as a presenter or a coach for the teenage jury at Filem’On.
Presenter & animator

Monica Vanleke

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Monica Vanleke is a self-taught creative and published author of 5 novels and 2 children picture books. She has worked in fashion, as a trainer-coach on humour and has contributed to several theatres and opera performances as a dresser and costume designer. As a film fanatic, Monica has been working for Filem'On for years now, with a lot of heart. Every year, Monica takes part in the Filem'On festival. Other than live dubbings, presentations and interviews with the directors, Monica also leads occasional workshops.
Workshop facilitator

Diëgo Nurse

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Filmmaker Diëgo Nurse (31, Ghent) comes from Paramaribo, Suriname. With his films, he wants to bring more diversity to children's and youth stories. Both more ethnic diversity and more diversity for children with mental or physical disabilities. Via Amsterdam, Diëgo ended up in Belgium where he studied film at Luca School of Arts. Besides making films, Diego is committed to talent development in film for young people!
Animator for toddlers

Zehra Öz

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Zehra Öz is a teacher in training with a passion for art, culture, poetry, teaching and adventure! As part of her Educational Bachelor's degree in preschool education at the Erasmushogeschool in Brussels, Zehra did her internship at Filem'On, where she created interactive playful workshop videos for our preschoolers!
Presenter & animator

Ilse Cox

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Ilse makes audiostories with ‘Huis van Eustachius’, is voice actor and writes. Humor is her second nature. She studied Audiovisual Arts/Radio (RITCS) and did Teacher Training. Since ‘15 she has been presentor at Filem’On and she does live-dubbing of our foreign-language films.
Workshop facilitator


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Suzanne Groothuis is a scenographer and multidisciplinary artist. Her work is socially engaged and mostly created for the public space. In addition to her artistry, she is also a coach, trainer and filmmaker for the HOPE foundation, an organisation that offers art lessons to children in Gaza and in other refugee camps in the Middle East. She enjoys working with children who have fewer opportunities in our society and joins the Filem'On team with enthusiasm since 2020.
Jury supervisor


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Davey Snoek is a passionate film enthusiast, filmmaker and screenwriter living and working in Brussels. He has been involved in Filem'On since 2019 as a supervisor of the (international) youth jury. Davey enjoys sharing his passion for film with young people and to help develop their way of looking at cinema. He also finds it very fascinating to learn from the way young people experience film. Film festivals are the celebration of cinema and Filem’On is a wonderful platform for sharing and exchange!

Sophie Antonilli

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Sophie Antonilli moved to Brussels after completing her studies in film aesthetics in Switzerland. She has worked in various film festivals in Belgium, Switzerland and Canada, and held various responsibilities there. During her studies and career, she developed a passion for documentaries. Today Sophie is a projectionist in a small cinema in Wallonia and she is also responsible for the print traffic and technical support for Filem'On. Moreover, she also took part in the film selection of the festival!
Jury supervisor

Fleur Wirtz

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Fleur has a background in sociology and loves writing songs, prose and poetry. She is convinced of the power of art for young people to help discover themselves and their place in the world. That is why she also became active as an organizer of social-artistic projects and ended up as jury coordinator at Filem'On. In this role, she is committed to ensuring that our young judges have a good experience, learn and grow during the festival.
Technical support & Print traffic


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Ken studied film at the RITCS in Brussels, after which he further specialized in audio and video engineering & design. He also composes electronic music himself and likes to design innovative concepts on the intersection between art, technology and social inclusion. For various editions of the Filem’On festival, Ken made interactive models that children really enjoyed. In addition, his role within the organization of the festival has grown over the years, from creative workshop facilitator to now technical manager of the festival!
Jury coordinator


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Lisa Matthys is a visual artist and documentary maker. She studied visual arts and film at Sint Lucas Antwerp, Luca School of Arts Brussels and UdK Berlin. Lisa Matthys’ strong social commitment translates into video work, photography and documentaries in which children often play a starring role. In this way she denounces different political and/or social contexts. Her work is situated on the verge of art and social practice and explores the boundaries of documentary and video installation. At Filem'On, Lisa Matthys is responsible for the national and international youth juries.


De ambassadeurs zijn het kloppend hart van Filem'On. Ze denken mee na over de concretisering van het festival en jaarprojecten en maken promotie voor het festival binnen hun leeftijdsgroep. Zo beheersen ze een eigen ‘TikTok’ account waar ze hun leeftijdsgenoten warm maken met leuke en dynamische social media content. De ambassadeurs worden begeleid door een freelance filmmaker van vzw Filemon en komen ongeveer twee keer per maand samen. De ambassadeurs zijn tieners die het festival en de organisatie goed kennen en al aan verscheidene projecten hebben meegewerkt.



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Hi, I'm Mette and I live in Brussels. I am 14 years old and I started as a jury member of the festival. I am now an ambassador of Filem'On. As an ambassador, we help organize the festival and we mainly advertise to other young people. I always enjoy meeting other young people, discovering and discussing new films together! It's a fun way to gain experience and create memories!


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Hello, I am Malik. I am 14 years old. I like watching films and judging them. I have been doing this for 4 years at Filem'On and this year I am trying out what it is like to be an ambassador. Will you be in the jury? I hope that you will choose the best film with us! Have fun watching!


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Hi, I am Mohammed. I have been a member of the festival jury for 4 years and now I am an ambassador for Filem'On. I really like Filem'On because I was able to watch and judge many different films. I think it's cool to do that with other people of the same age. I live in Brussels but I was born in Germany. I speak five languages!




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Hello, I am Floris. I became an ambassador because I love participating in film activities and telling my peers about films. I live in Ghent and I like to skate, cycle and run. I also like to play music.

Aristic Director

Hilde Steenssens : hilde@filemon.be / +32 (0) 474532247

Public Relation Brussels

comfilemon@gmail.com  /  +32 495 26 80 52


Blink communciation

Public Relation Ghent

Geert Neckebroeck: ecorisa.zakelijk@gmail.com / +32 (0)471137607

Coordination of the juries

Fleur Wirtz: juryfilemon@gmail.com


Vincent Cooper


Design and lay-out

Mirror Mirror


Vincent Cooper, Cyril Heukmes, Celia Kitenge, Dafne Oosten & Quentin Jassogne,


Monica Vanleke, Ilse Cox, Roxanne Heerent & Claire Gaby.


Jana Valcke,  Cyril Heukmes, Sofie Bogaerts & Sixtine Neulat