About Avila

Avila is a Belgian film distributor that releases films in cinemas and makes them available online through video on demand. 

The online video platform offers both contemporary and classic documentary and fiction films which the public can endlessly (re)discover. The platform was founded by filmmakers and takes off with a selection of Belgian films. 

The catalogue of the online platform explicitly avoids an overload in which a film threatens to drown and disappear, presenting a selection based on editorial choices. Every one of the films offered by Avila transcends the ephemeral and continues to resound aesthetically, technically, politically or historically.

General and artistic direction

Ruben Desiere, Olivia Rochette

Financial management and coordination

Quinten Wyns


Marguerite de Saint André


Niels Putman

Graphic identity / Digital developer

Dirk Deblauwe

Copy editing

Margaux Dauby, Anton Jäger, Veva Leye

Financial assistant

Piet Desiere

Interns communication and research

Mona Cornelis, Isaak Vervaecke


Yentl De Baets (2020), Chaimae Elhannouti (2021)

Selection committee

Marguerite de Saint André, Ruben Desiere, Niels Putman, Olivia Rochette, Quinten Wyns

Board of administrators

Jens Buysschaert, Pepa De Maesschalck (chair), Juliette Duret, Michiel Philippaerts

General assembly

Jens Buysschaert, Gerard-Jan Claes, Pepa De Maesschalck, Ruben Desiere, Juliette Duret, Michiel Philippaerts, Rasmus Van Heddeghem, Olivia Rochette

Avila was founded in 2020 by

Gerard-Jan Claes, Ruben Desiere, Olivia Rochette

Many thanks to

Timeau De Keyser, Katrien Desiere, Lennert De Taeye, Nina de Vroome, Hans Galle, Sis Matthé, David Slotema, Nefertari Vanden Bulcke

Avila is a project of

Accattone films
Waterloosesteenweg 37, 1060 Sint-Gillis | BE
VAT | BE 0597.875.039

Avila is supported by

the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF) of the government of Flanders, la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, de Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie and the Brussels Capital Region