Rotterdam Lab

Laurence Buelens

Laurence Buelens is a Belgian producer and director. In 2014, she founded Rayuela Productions. Laurence studied journalism and international politics in Belgium, and documentary film in Argentina at the University of Cinema of Buenos Aires. Laurence worked and lived two years in Palestine, in the village of Battir, to which she dedicated the short film The Last Days of April, a documentary tale about the fate of the village during the war of 1948-49.

Rayuela Productions - Belgium

Rayuela Productions is a production company based in Brussels. Founded in 2014 by Laurence Buelens, it was originally dedicated to creative documentary, but has produced fiction since 2019. It focuses on films with subtle content and powerful form, which bring out new perspectives to an active audience. Rayuela Productions works closely with passionate and committed authors from different backgrounds, with whom it creates lasting relationships. The company’s latest release is a short fiction film directed by a promising young female director, Salome Crickx. It is a dystopian dark comedy set in rural Belgium called Said of a Deer That Sheds Its Antlers.


Projects in development

Famille Choisie (Chosen Family, working title) by Elisa Van de Kerckhove (documentary feature)

Elections, pièges à cons? (Elections, a fool’s trap? Working title) By François Gonce (TV documentary)

La Sirena (The Siren, working title) by Charlotte Jean (documentary feature)


Projects in production

Réunion de famille (Family Reunion) by Jean Forest (short documentary)


Released films

Se dit d’un cerf qui quitte son bois (Said of a deer that sheds its antlers) by Salome Crickx (short)

Lou by François Gonce (TV documentary)

Petites (The end of Innocence) by Pauline Beugnies (documentary feature)

Les Derniers jours d’avril (The Last Days of April) by Laurence Buelens & Jean Forest (documentary short)

Shams, by Pauline Beugnies (short)

Rester Vivants (Still Alive) by Pauline Beugnies (documentary feature)

Laurence Buelens

Rotterdam Lab

Rotterdam Lab participants 2023

See the names of the emerging producers joining us for the Rotterdam Lab 2023.