The VAF is a public funding body that supports audiovisual and games production in, and international co-productions with Flanders.
Set up by the Flanders government in 2002, it is headquartered in Brussels. Its aims are threefold: to develop a sustainable audiovisual industry; to encourage and support emerging audiovisual and games talent; and to promote a vibrant audiovisual and games culture in Flanders and beyond.
There are three types of support that film- and TV-makers can apply for: scriptwriting, development and production support. Support from the VAF/Game Fund is tailored to the game development process. All funding applications are examined by reading committees, members of which have critical skills and a thorough knowledge of the audiovisual field. The Board of Directors ratifies their advice.
A part of the fund’s annual budget is allocated for professional training. VAF grants scholarships, finances professional training, supports and organizes workshops, and is a partner in a number of international training initiatives. It allows both emerging and established professionals to gain specific experience and confidence, mainly in the fields of scriptwriting and showrunning, directing and producing.
Besides allocating a modest budget for research related to the audiovisual field, with a focus on practical surveys, the fund also has a knowledge centre that compiles funding and industry-related data.
Flanders Image is a division of the fund, taking care of the promotion of Flanders audiovisual productions in Belgium and abroad. It attends a number of festivals and markets, such as Rotterdam, Berlin, Cannes and Toronto, and runs its own promotional VOD platform, screener.be. In 2016 it launched CONNEXT, an event aimed at putting the audiovisual creations it supports on the radar of festival curators, acquisition executives, broadcasters, and streamers.
VAF also supports organizations that focus on a lively and diverse film culture in Flanders. Initiatives aimed at screening and dissemination of film culture, film education and film literacy can apply for financial support.
Finally, VAF also promotes sustainable audiovisual production. These efforts often lead to inspiring results. To this end, it created the eMission label, which it awards to sustainable productions. The fund is also a member of the Green Screen project.