Discover Brussels’ thriving audiovisual sector

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Film, audiovisual, animation, virtual and augmented reality, content production… A community of talented and creative professionals is at your service.

Setting up your audiovisual production company, animation studio, broadcast or web content hub happens quickly and efficiently in Brussels. The region’s vibrant audiovisual sector is one of the country’s most prominent and among the most accessible in Europe.

Brussels’ audiovisual sector : a diverse and dynamic community

More than 15,000 people work in the media and audiovisual sector across Brussels. A multitude of national media organisations with multi-language capabilities is hosted here. National broadcasters RTBF and VRT as well as a multitude of European broadcasters and media households are active in the city.

They are complemented by over 500 independent media production companies and recording studios, specialising in everything from feature films and documentaries to animation, virtual/augmented reality, and post-production. Innovative companies such as Nexus, Nozon, Demute or The Fridge offer cutting edge tech teams specialized in post-production, CGI, AR & VR, animation, and gaming.

As Europe’s political hub, Brussels is home to every major news agency and hundreds of journalists from around the world.

A strong network of resources

Audiovisual support and business accelerator network Screen.Brussels supports filmmakers and start-up projects, and its €3 million investment fund finances several feature films every year. The network offers assistance with location scouting, permits, networking, funding, and project support.

Attractive tax incentives are offered to audiovisual companies settling into Brussels, including an annual return of 5.37% on tax savings.

An appealing business climate for broadcasting companies

A recent study shows that Brussels provides the most appealing business climate for broadcasting companies looking to air channels across Europe.

According to this study, carried out by global consulting firm Analysys Mason, the main advantage in Brussels is : a free and above all, relatively simple licensing and regulatory regime, with no expiry date, when compared with competitors Paris, Dublin and Amsterdam.

Other benefits include proximity to key decision-makers, regulators and funding bodies based in the Belgian capital, while media organisations and creative businesses can also benefit from the unique location in the home of the EU.

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