Peter brosens
& jessica woodworth

— writers, directors & producers

KING OF THE BELGIANS — Peter Brosens & Jessica Woodworth, 2016

THE FIFTH SEASON — Peter Brosens & Jessica Woodworth, 2012

ALTIPLANO - Peter Brosens & Jessica Woodworth, 2009

KHADAK — Peter Brosens & Jessica Woodworth, 2006

Photos ©Bart Dewaele


The Barefoot Emperor (in production)
King of the Belgians
The Fifth Season
The Troglodytes of Cappadocia
Les Jardins Ouvriers de Dieppe
The Virgin Diaries
The Eclipse of Sint-Gillis
Poets of Mongolia
Urga Song
State of Dogs
The Death of James Lee Byars
City of the Steppes
El Camino del Tiempo  




Since 2000, Jessica Woodworth and Peter Brosens have been a solid team of independent filmmakers and producers. After having made numerous documentaries, including Peter’s Mongolia Trilogy (1993 - 1999) and Jessica’s The Virgin Diaries (2002), they turned to fiction filmmaking. Their debut, Khadak (2006)won the prestigious ‘Lion of the Future’ for best first feature at the Venice Film Festival in 2006. It went on to win 20 other awards and screened in over 60 festivals around the world including Toronto and Sundance. Their second feature, Altiplano (2009)was launched at the Cannes Critics’ Week in 2009 and won the Grand Prix at the Bangkok International Film Festival. It also screened in festivals around the world and won numerous awards. In 2012 they completed their trilogy with The Fifth Season that premiered in the Official Competition of the Venice Film Festival where it won two awards. The Fifth Season has since been screened in over 70 festivals around the world and won 15 awards. Their latest film King of the Belgians (2016) had its world premiere at the International Film Festival of Venice and has gone on to feature at many international festivals including Busan, Rotterdam, Marrakech and Dubai. It won the SACD Audiovisual Award, and took home the KNF Award at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. They are now preparing their new film with the working title Archipelago. They live in Belgium and run their independent production company Bo Films, established in 2005.

Jessica Woodworth (°1971, Washington DC, USA) grew up between Belgium, Switzerland and the US. She studied literature and classical theatre at Princeton University receiving her BA in 1993. Between 1994 and 1997 she worked in Paris, Hong Kong and Beijing as a stringer and researcher for French and Swiss television networks. She covered the Hong Kong handover to China for numerous publications and networks. In 1999 Jessica obtained an MA in documentary film from Stanford University. In 2000 she received a Fulbright grant to do research in Morocco for what became the documentary The Virgin Diaries, a co-production between five countries, which was nominated for the FIPRESCI Award at the 2002 Amsterdam Documentary Festival (IDFA). She has given workshops in several countries. She was president of the jury at the 2011 Ghent International Film Festival.

Peter Brosens (°1962, Leuven, Belgium) has been an independent filmmaker for 20 years. His films have been presented in over 300 international film festivals and have won 70 awards, including top awards for both fiction and non-fiction. Before his partnership with Jessica Woodworth, Peter produced and co-directed between 1993 and 1999 his internationally acclaimed ‘Mongolia Trilogy’ (City of the Steppes, State of Dogs Poets of Mongolia). Peter’s training credits include: BS Geography (KULeuven, 1985), Postgraduate Social & Cultural Anthropology (KULeuven, 1988), MA Visual Anthropology (University of Manchester, 1992), EAVE (1995), Masterschool Drehbuch International Script Development Programme (2003), Strategics Film Financing (2004) and Strategics Film Marketing (2005). Since 1996 Peter is the Belgian member of D.Net, a pan-European network of independent film producers.