Introduction

Introduction

Who are we

Versus Production saw the light of day in 1999, the result of the desire of two brothers, Jacques-Henri and Olivier Bronckart, to found a professional audio-visual production company for the young talents of their generation. They have since accompanied a large number of directors on their first steps in fiction features, giving themselves time to experiment with them, notably by initially producing their short films. Since its beginnings, Versus has aimed to work with the respect and interest of filmmakers at heart, offering them a solid framework for the creative process, an efficient tool to allow them to bring their artistic vision to life. The company aims to produce films in an atmosphere of trust, collaboration and mutual assistance.

Versus Production is also fuelled by the desire to make the films that its founders wish to see as film buffs themselves. The Versus filmography is the result of encounters and choices, elective affinities and long-term mentoring. Each film is a new adventure and the company works to identify and then accompany talented directors. Since its foundation, Versus has brought more than fifteen Belgian features to fruition and now boasts some of the key films of contemporary Belgian cinema in its filmography: ELDORADO and LES GEANTS by Bouli Lanners, ELEVE LIBRE and A PERDRE LA RAISON by Joachim Lafosse, ILLEGAL by Olivier Masset-Depasse, HENRI by Yolande Moreau, TOKYO FIANCEE by Stefan Liberski, JE SUIS MORT MAIS J'AI DES AMIS by the Malandrin brothers and, most recently, LES CHEVALIERS BLANCS by Joachim Lafosse or LES PREMIERS LES DERNIERS by Bouli Lanners.

Another of Versus Production’s strengths is its wide-ranging experience of coproduction. Since the company’s foundation, Jacques-Henri and Olivier Bronckart have been involved in ambitious projects that have offered them genuine stature on a production level. They have imposed themselves as the ideal partners for their international co-producers. Over the last 15 years, Versus has co-produced such diverse and prestigious films as DANS LES CHAMPS DE BATAILLE by Danielle Arbid, LE DERNIER DES FOUS by Laurent Achard, INDIGENES by Rachid Bouchareb, LA FAMILLE WOLBERG by Axelle Ropert, LA RELIGIEUSE by Guillaume Nicloux or REALITE by Quentin Dupieux, while at the same time developing a clear taste for Flemish filmmakers with singular worlds such as Fien Troch (UNSPOKEN, KID, HOME), Nicolas Provost (L’ENVAHISSEUR) or Patrice Toye (LITTLE BLACK SPIDERS). Just like the Belgian films produced by Versus, a number of these co-productions have marked major international festivals from Cannes to Toronto via Berlin.

Today, Versus Production draws its strength from three main axes:

 

- its loyalty towards a number of filmmakers who compose the new guard of Belgian cinema: Joachim Lafosse, Bouli Lanners or Olivier Masset-Depasse to name just three;

 

- a confirmed capacity for coproduction that has led to strong and regular partnerships;

 

- a diversification of its activities allowing it to have a much richer overview of the whole film industry: Jacques-Henri and Olivier Bronckart have founded two sister companies alongside Versus, Inver Invest, working in the Tax Shelter and financing field, and O’Brother, a distribution company based in Brussels.

 

In the future, Versus plans to increase its potential by addressing new audiences, notably by developing projects of greater stature on an international level.

Jérôme Tellin

Jacques-Henri Bronckart

Manager and Producer

A graduate of the ULG in Communication and Cinema in 1994, Jacques-Henri handles development and executive production of films for Versus Production, the company that he founded in 1999 with his brother Olivier. Keen to support a new generation of filmmakers in Belgium and abroad, he has produced or coproduced a number of feature films (ELDORADO, ÉLÈVE LIBRE, ILLEGAL, A PERDRE LA RAISON, LES GEANTS, VOLEURS DE CHEVAUX, INDIGÈNES, CAGES, ULTRANOVA, DANS LES CHAMPS DE BATAILLE), numerous short films and documentaries, and has forged sound working relationships with Bouli Lanners, Olivier Masset-Depasse, Joachim Lafosse, Micha Wald and Stefan Liberski. The majority of his productions have been selected for Cannes, Berlin, Venice or Toronto, and have won awards in the four corners of the world. In 2005, again with his brother, he founded Inver Invest, a body specialized in the Tax Shelter to support the financing of their productions. This would be followed in 2009 by the foundation of a film distribution company, O’Brother Distribution. Jacques-Henri Bronckart is a member of the UPFF (Union of French-language Film Producers), which was behind the Tax Shelter law.

Jacques-Henri Bronckart

Manager and Producer
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Olivier Bronckart

Manager and Producer

Olivier Bronckart was born in 1973. He has the ideal profile for a film producer: film studies (Degree in the Arts and Sciences of Communication at the ULG) followed by studies in business management (HEC). Thorough, curious and hard-working, he attracted the attention of Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne who hired him in 1998 to manage their company, Les Films du Fleuve. For more than 10 years, Olivier worked notably as an executive producer for Les Films du Fleuve on such films as Le silence de Lorna, Le fils and L’enfant by Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne, as well as Le couperet by Costa-Gavras. In 2005, again with his brother, he founded Inver Invest, a body specialized in the Tax Shelter to support the financing of their productions. This would be followed in 2009 by the foundation of a film distribution company, O’Brother Distribution. Olivier is a member of the UPFF (Union of French-language Film Producers).

Olivier Bronckart

Manager and Producer
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Gwennaëlle Libert

Executive producer

During her degree course in Applied Communication at the IHECS, Gwennaëlle Libert had a number of internships in production, promotion and journalism in Belgium and abroad (Canada, Mexico, Yemen). After graduating in 1999, she worked as a production assistant and coordinator on several features, documentaries and TV-movies. In 2000, she began working in production management in Belgium and abroad. After 3 years spent in Switzerland, she began working with Versus Production in 2006 on Joachim Lafosse’ film ÉLÈVE LIBRE, before continuing her collaboration with the company on SIMON KONIANSKI by Micha Wald, shot in Poland and Ukraine. Since March 2010, she has handled executive production with Versus Production.

Gwennaëlle Libert

Executive producer
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Isabelle Hanssen

Production assistant

A graduate in Art History and Archaeology, and in Contemporary Art with in-depth research at the Université Libre of Brussels in 2011, Isabelle obtained her first job with Wallonie Bruxelles Images. She then worked at the Centre du Cinéma et de l'Audiovisuel before joining the Versus Production team in 2013 as a production assistant. She handles administrative work (financing applications, contracts, etc.) and logistic monitoring of projects for the company.

Isabelle Hanssen

Production assistant
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Laurence Denhaerinck

Laurence Denhaerinck

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Jacques-Henri Bronckart

Manager and Producer

A graduate of the ULG in Communication and Cinema in 1994, Jacques-Henri handles development and executive production of films for Versus Production, the company that he founded in 1999 with his brother Olivier. Keen to support a new generation of filmmakers in Belgium and abroad, he has produced or coproduced a number of feature films (ELDORADO, ÉLÈVE LIBRE, ILLEGAL, A PERDRE LA RAISON, LES GEANTS, VOLEURS DE CHEVAUX, INDIGÈNES, CAGES, ULTRANOVA, DANS LES CHAMPS DE BATAILLE), numerous short films and documentaries, and has forged sound working relationships with Bouli Lanners, Olivier Masset-Depasse, Joachim Lafosse, Micha Wald and Stefan Liberski. The majority of his productions have been selected for Cannes, Berlin, Venice or Toronto, and have won awards in the four corners of the world. In 2005, again with his brother, he founded Inver Invest, a body specialized in the Tax Shelter to support the financing of their productions. This would be followed in 2009 by the foundation of a film distribution company, O’Brother Distribution. Jacques-Henri Bronckart is a member of the UPFF (Union of French-language Film Producers), which was behind the Tax Shelter law.

Jacques-Henri Bronckart

Manager and Producer
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Olivier Bronckart

Manager and Producer

Olivier Bronckart was born in 1973. He has the ideal profile for a film producer: film studies (Degree in the Arts and Sciences of Communication at the ULG) followed by studies in business management (HEC). Thorough, curious and hard-working, he attracted the attention of Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne who hired him in 1998 to manage their company, Les Films du Fleuve. For more than 10 years, Olivier worked notably as an executive producer for Les Films du Fleuve on such films as Le silence de Lorna, Le fils and L’enfant by Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne, as well as Le couperet by Costa-Gavras. In 2005, again with his brother, he founded Inver Invest, a body specialized in the Tax Shelter to support the financing of their productions. This would be followed in 2009 by the foundation of a film distribution company, O’Brother Distribution. Olivier is a member of the UPFF (Union of French-language Film Producers).

Olivier Bronckart

Manager and Producer
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Jérôme Tellin

Financial and administrative manager

After graduating brilliantly from Solvay (the ULB business school) with a degree in management, Jérôme Tellin quickly established himself as the Mister Figures with Versus by becoming a production administrator. He is now in charge of financial and administrative matters for Versus, but also for Inver Invest, a company specialized in the Tax Shelter, and for O’Brother Distribution. Able to juggle with Excel with his eyes closed, he monitors the production costs of films with rigour and precision and ensures the company's clear and efficient management. He was born on May 3, 1978, in Tournai.

Jérôme Tellin

Financial and administrative manager
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Nicolas Sacré

Postproduction manager

Nicolas Sacré was born in 1977, grew up near Liège and graduated in 2001 with a degree in Applied Communication from the IHECS (Institut des Hautes Etudes des Communications Sociales) in Brussels. He was hired in July 2002 by Versus Production, his first job. After a few years as a production assistant, he specialized in postproduction supervision. His role is to coordinate and ensure the correct completion of every stage that follows shooting: Image editing, sound editing, sound effects, post-synchronization, mixing, music, colour timing, special effects, etc… On top of all that, he handles human resources and computing matters within the group.

Nicolas Sacré

Postproduction manager
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Laura Hubin

Production assistant

During her school course in communication, in 2011, Laura had an internship lasting several months with the Versus Production team. This allowed her to discover the reality of film production and to gain experience, working notably on the release of the movie LES GEANTS by Bouli Lanners and its selection for the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight. Laura was hired in September 2011 as a production assistant. Since then, she has assisted the members of the team with their work, monitored projects and, more particularly, handled everything concerning film communication, promotion and distribution.

Laura Hubin

Production assistant
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Rachel Rousseaux

Production administrator

Born in Namur in 1985, Rachel moved to Liège for her studies and soon fell under the charm of the Fervent City, settling there for good. She graduated from the University of Liège in Information and Communication in 2007 and, two years later, was awarded a supplementary masters in Management Science at the HEC-ULG. She joined Versus Production in September 2009 as a production administrator, under the supervision of Jérôme Tellin. Over the course of various productions, she has enthusiastically specialized in film set administration.

Rachel Rousseaux

Production administrator
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Laurie Mella

Laurie Mella

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Maud Liégeois

Maud Liégeois

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