Alejo Duclós, Anouk De Clercq, Elaine Mitchener, Eva van Tongeren, Kodwo Eshun, Kristofer Woods, Louis Henderson, Mireia Montané, Morgan Quaintance, Pieter-Paul Mortier, Sara Domínguez López, Stoffel Debuysere, Vincent Stroep
Program Courtisane festival 2024  

Bo Verpoten, Hennie Roukaerts, Luzia Johow

Bob Mees
Technical and projection coordination

Charlot Vanthournout
— Production

David Marquenie
— Catering

Dirk Deblauwe
— Website & graphic concept

Ditte Claus
Production, administration - email

Emma Steurs
— Guests, volunteers, production - email

Gunther Fobe
— Graphic identity, print design

Janne Van Beek, Rebecca Jane Arthur, Tine Poesen
— Translations, editing

Laura Persijn
— Press, communication - email

Martijn Van de Wiele
— Video documentation

Martin Putto
— Projection

Michiel Devijver, Michelle Geerardyn
— Photographers

Pieter-Paul Mortier
— Director, program

Pim Logie, Jonas Boidin
— Decor

Sacho Kris G.
— Projection, film prints and files

Stoffel Debuysere
— Program, publications - email


Courtisane Board of Directors
— Fairuz Ghammam, Hilde D’haeyere, Iris Verhoeven, Mohanad Yaqubi

Courtisane General Meeting
— Bob van Langendonck, Caroline Van Peteghem, Dirk Deblauwe, Gerard-Jan Claes, Gunther Fobe, Helena Kritis, Hendrik Leper, Marie Logie, Sirah Foighel Brutmann, Stoffel Debuysere, Wieter Bloemen


Griselda Hoxhaj, Jan De Vrieze, Katrien Coupez, Lennert Dierick, Marina De Paepe, Michael Knapen, Nathalie De Neve, Pilar Callebaut

Andreas Vermaut, Egon Van Herreweghe, Joke Verhellen, Jules Mathôt, Patrick Deboes, Sjef Cocriamont, Sofie Mercier, Wendy Vercauteren
Sphinx Cinema

Dieter Lapauw, Elisa De Schepper, Lennart Soberon, Marthe Peters


What is Courtisane?
  • a platform for film and audiovisual arts. We question the potential of audiovisual arts and its possible ways of showing, experiencing, seeing and looking. In doing so, we explore the relationships between image and world, aesthetics and politics, experiment and engagement.
  • a network in which collaborations with formal and informal partners, the exchange of knowledge and the creation of visibility for creators and thinkers are at the core.
  • a community in which a stimulating and participatory atmosphere of encounter and confrontation is encouraged.
Courtisane does this through:
  • a yearly five-day festival at various locations in Ghent.
  • an ongoing yearly programme of film screenings, presentations, discussions and encounters.
  • publications of new and/or existing but forgotten texts.

A history:

Courtisane was founded in 2002 by a young cinephile collective. For the first few years, the non-profit organised a festival for short films at arts centre/production house Victoria. In 2005 it moved to Vooruit Arts Centre and traditional cinema halls. Meanwhile, a small yearly programme was developed and an increasing focus was put on performances and exhibitions. After ten years, Courtisane experienced a moment of transition. The main changes took place in deepening the content, broadening the programme and finding new locations. The focus increasingly moved to the work of artists and filmmakers with a personal signature, work that shows a drive for innovation and social commitment. The operation saw a steady expansion of collaborations at home and abroad from this period onwards. Meanwhile, in addition to the festival, Courtisane organises about 20 activities per season.In recent years, moments of reflection were extended in the form of conversations, workshops and publications.

Courtisane vzw
p.a. KASK | Campus Bijloke
Louis Pasteurlaan 2
9000 Ghent


Courtisane is in residency in KASK & Conservatorium, the school of arts of HOGENT and Howest 

As a platform and festival to showcase film and audiovisual arts, Courtisane makes a resolute choice for adventure and reflection. Courtisane’s programmation constitutes a kaleidoscopic mosaic of styles, media, gestures, languages and emotions; a patchwork of recent and historical works that share an insatiable hunger for experimentation, a personal signature, and a sense of resistance. Courtisane has been organizing a yearly festival since 2002.

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