Housed in the Centre for Fine Arts complex, now known as Bozar, the Royal Belgian Film Archive was founded in 1938 by André Thirifays, Pierre Vermeylen and Henri Storck. Renamed CINEMATEK in 2009, the institution serves Belgium’s French- and Dutch-speaking communities, and holds one of the largest collections in the world, with 145,000 copies of films corresponding to 70,000 titles, encompassing documentaries, dramas, shorts and feature films. Each year, a further 2,000 copies are added to the collection. The library is also a gold mine for anyone carrying out scientific, historical or artistic research, with its 50,000 books, 4,000 periodicals, 120,000 press packs, range of posters and more than a million photos. The site is also home to a museum. This temple for cinema buffs – whether or not they make a living from their passion – puts on a programme of daily screenings, including silent films with live piano accompaniment, as well as cycles covering a varied range of sometimes niche subjects, at which interested and enthusiastic audiences can meet and chat.

To mark the centenary of the birth of Cinema Museum founder Jacques Ledoux, CINEMATEK is running an exhibition showcasing his exceptional contribution to cinema, both in Belgium and internationally. A focus of the Heritage Days weekend will be the Âge d’Or prize, which Ledoux established to encourage experimental, innovative and visionary approaches to cinema. Youth will be in the spotlight with several screenings of historic shorts, a talk, a performance, and more. Find the full programme at

No guided tours. 

Practical information

Sat. and Sun., 14:30 to 20:30

Rue Baron Horta/Baron Hortastraat 9, Brussels

By reservation only

1 5 Gare Centrale - Centraal Station
92 93 Palais - Paleizen
38 71 Bozar
Accessible with assistance

Accessible with assistance