A vital characteristic of Polymorfilms' commitment to media empowerment is it's close association to and frequent collaboration with educational institutions, NGOs and alternative media platforms on workshops and seminars.

Sound . Image . Culture / SIC
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SIC Master class is a polymorfilms initiative, subpowered by Netwerk in Aalst and hosted by Cinema Nova, Brussels.
SIC is formed by a group of anthropologist, and filmmakers, in order to offer trained filmmakers and scientists a professional context to develop their personal projects. SIC offers an intensive workshop of one year, assisting of professional filmmakers, social scientists and artists in their personal project. SIC presents a broad spectrum of theoretical perspectives and practical workshops so as to link formal and ethical questions during the realization of anthropological projects on (wo)man and the complexities of his and her relationships with society, the community and the universe, focused on specific use of sound and image. More concrete, this focus will deal with the interconnection of form and content in anthropological audiovisual creations from an original and personal point of view.

Dialogical method
Ethnography is necessarily doubly-biased. Social or cultural investigation is understood in this program as an interaction between two controlling actors. Although the director in this context is appreciated as the one who actually selects and is responsible for the film, this workshop accentuates the importance of a personal ethical position. No audiovisual morality will be developed but throughout the process the maker will get to define his or her personal ethical responsibility. This method not only deconstructs the illusion of the unchallenged representation of the ‘other’ but it also allows to develop an alternative for the cynical concept of the exotic and orientalist reconstruction.

The audiovisual as an experimental performance
At the core of this program is our aim to challenge stereotypical representations. We develop a specific framework based on two principles to achieve this goal:
1. The encounter with the other is mediated. The audiovisual is not a neutral recording device. It is not a mirror that reflects what is experienced in the real. Rather, it is a system in which another type of identity is constructed. It has its own codes, rules, laws and specifications that alter and transform the subject. Therefore we focus on the intertwining of form and content and their context that is in place. 2. Furthermore, we conceive the audiovisual as a performance in which the encounter will lead the process, not a preconceived product. Inspiration is sought in the work of experimental filmmakers, visual anthropologists, artists, performance artists etc.

VOX - Video Organisation for X

Vox is a mediactivist collective, advocating a Civil Right to Audiovisual Expression.
It consists of a group of people, who use video as a tool for information-exchange and alternative journalism in a spirit of empowering concerned citizens. Its aim is to give a voice to people who have no access to traditional media facilities; “Say It Yourself” is our credo.
Vox welcomes projects emanating from people WITH a (different) view on the world and society, and WITHOUT money.
Vox is what the participants make of it. It is neither a production company, nor an organisation, or a rental service. The Vox meetings are open to everybody interested in advocating a critical point-of-view. These meetings serve first and foremost to decide (democratically and non-hierarchically) which of the proposed projects to take on board depending on their subject and nature.
Vox has digital cameras and a digital editing room.
It distributes its videos via internet (Indymedia), cinema (Nova), and festivals (compilation tapes).


During the 2003 African Arts Festival AFRICALIA, a caravan of artists cruised several small Belgian cities to hold performances and creative workshops.
The 20min. long animation video "Villafricastad" is the result of several video-workshops attended by adolescents and adults in Verviers, Courcelles, Lommel and Ternat.



Réalisation : Aline Moens (film d'atelier)
Tour de Babel L’argent qui monte jusqu’au ciel L’huissier blanchi le courrier Téléphone parle La vérité Conte surréaliste de la Cité Administrative. Fonctionnaires ‘in situ’ et jeunes du quartier trafiquent une poésie bureaucratique.


Out of Focus is a collective of working-class children and youngsters based in the outskirts of Dhaka, Bangladesh. With the guidance and support of the local NGO DRIK, Out of Focus practises an activist multi-media journalism that has already received substantial attention in the region.
A video-workshop by Polymorfilms resulted in three short documentaries entitled "Street-Triptych".

ECHANGE DE REGARDS (Exchanging Point-of-Views)

This project proposes to create a dialogue, a relationship between marginalised groups and the audiovisual domain. We propose short apprenticeships to any person having followed a video workshop in Belgium and to students in technical, professional-orientated schools. Our aim is to introduce students of technical schools to different jobs in cinema suitable for their specializations (e.g. machinery, electricity, decor-construction, projectionist, ...). Rather than to offer a job opportunity, this project’s goal is to create a mind-opening discovery, a dialogue between two separate but similar worlds.
We present the different technical jobs in professional schools, organise meetings between film technicians and students on film sets, and shoot short
reports on these encounters.


In the framework of “Brussels 2000”, European Cultural Capital, Polymorfilms was commissioned to hold video workshops in selected laundries of socially sensitive neighborhoods. The aim was to use video as a socio-cultural actor via an open and public space such as laundries. The result was a series of short videos made by the participants.



The MUS-E® programme (music at school in Europe, source of balance and tolerance), initiated and coordinated by the Brussels-based International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation, is now established in 12 European countries.
Its aim is to prevent racism and violence in underprivileged primary schools through teaching music, singing, mime, dance, visual and martial arts. The originality of the project lies in the fact that professional artists come and share the specificity of their art in primary school classes in the presence of the teachers in charge. This creates special links with all those involved in the project: children, schools, visiting artists, coordinators and primary school teachers. Bridges are thus built between the world of education and the world of art within a European framework.

Polymorfilms provides visual artists for this program, finalises the films (animation, video) made in classes and has also coproduced a documentary about a MUS-E experience in La Louvière.



Polymorfilms participated to the creation of a pedagogical toolkit for
media education in schools with its project ' Film without camera '

INgeBEELD is een initiatief van CANON, de Cultuurcel van het Departement Onderwijs, in partnership met o.a. het VCKJ. Het is een didactische reeks waarin beeldmateriaal centraal staat. INgeBEELD is onstaan uit de grote behoefte van vorming rond audiovisueel onderwijs in scholen. Wat is film? Hoe belangrijk is een klankband? Hoe leer je beelden te lezen?
En welke creatieve opdrachten kun je aan media koppelen? Hoe kun je met kleuters vanaf 5 jaar en tot de laatste graad aan de slag met audiovisuele media? Bekijk je enkel film of ga je al een stap verder?

Tot waar de beide zeëen samenkomen

Polymorfilms produced and created a DVD to accompany the book of Marc
colpaert ' tot waar de beide zeëen samen komen', which explains how
imagination and symbolic values can open doors in education and intercultural dialogues.

Productie – Regie DVD voor het boek
‘Tot waar de beide zeeën samenkomen. Verbeelding, een sleutel tot intercultureel opvoeden’
Marc Colpaert = Uitgegeven door Lannoo Campus
Meer dan ooit is er nood aan interculturele dialoog. Kinderen kunnen best van jongs af in die dialoog opgevoed worden. Het onderwijs zou de grote voortrekker moeten zijn. Maar waar halen leerkrachten hiervoor de inspiratie?
Marc Colpaert zet hen op weg. Vertrekkend vanuit zijn persoonlijk verhaal en rijke levenservaring betrekt hij de lezer op zijn zoektocht naar de plaats en de betekenis van de ander. De queeste voert ons weg uit de filosofische en psychologische dwalingen van de 20ste eeuw. Martin Buber, Emmanuel Levinas en Ivan Boszormenyi-Nagy worden op een ongebruikelijke manier voorgesteld en getoetst op hun betekenis voor de interculturele dialoog. Zij zijn een opstap naar nieuwe manieren van werkelijkheidsbeleving, die beeldrijk verwoord worden door schrijvers en kunstenaars als Edwin Jacobs, Karen Armstrong, Raimon Panikkar, Durre Ahmad, Kader Abdolah, Chokri ben Chikha en vele anderen.
De conclusie is dat je de werkelijkheid niet alleen kunt vatten met de taal van de rede, met de logos. Elke cultuur geeft aan dat zingeving gerealiseerd wordt vanuit een ander taalgebruik, vanuit de taal van de mythos. Maar als we de eigen verbeelding niet meer voeden en koesteren, zullen we nooit in dialoog kunnen treden met de betekenis en het verhaal van de andere. Ontmoeten is niet van de orde van het 'gelijk hebben'. De auteur Marc Colpaert geeft - met de steun en adviezen van leraren - aanzetten om die taal opnieuw te ontdekken.
Dit originele en vernieuwende boek maakt duidelijk dat er binnen alle lagen van het onderwijs meer aandacht zou moeten gaan naar de ontwikkeling van de verbeelding van de leerlingen. Want een interculturele opvoeding - met name met het oog op de islam - heeft geen kans van slagen als de verbeelding in dat proces wordt uitgesloten. Het boek richt zich tot alle leraren en zet hen aan om het mythische en muzische aspect in de vorming niet uit het oog te verliezen. De snel veranderende samenleving heeft er alle baat bij om in de dialoog tussen de bevolkingsgroepen meer ruimte te laten aan intuïtie en vindingrijkheid.
Op een dvd die bij dit boek hoort, worden Kader Abdolah, Durre Ahmad en monnik Cyrille Vael uitvoerig bevraagd over de noodzaak van verbeelding, droom en symboliek. Visueel antropoloog Laurent van Lancker brengt hen in beeld.

Ethical challenges in the portrayal of the “South”

Together with the NGO APRAD, Polymorfilms has organized several workshops for social actors and political activists (mainly NGO’s) on the subject of ethics in the imagery of the “south”. The purpose is to analyze and question how the “South” is represented by the “North” in the commercial media, as well as within NGO communication services. These are interactive workshops, where participants are offered a blend of theoretical and practical exercises to question their own stereotypes.