Niels Putman (° 1992) is based in Antwerp, Belgium and is the chief editor of the online short film magazines Kortfilm.be and Talking Shorts, the latter which he co-founded. He also works as a film distributor at Avila, which offers a curated collection of contemporary and classic Belgian films, both online and in cinemas. As a freelance programmer and curator he is affiliated with Fantoche International Animation Film Festival in Switzerland, Leuven International Short Film Festival, Film Fest Gent, queer film festival PinX and has contributed as a guest curator to festivals in Quebec City, Dresden and Poznan. Niels holds a master’s degree in both Film Studies & Visual Culture (University of Antwerp) and Audiovisual Arts (RITCS, Brussels). His work as a journalist and critic has been published in multiple Belgian outlets. He has served on (press) juries at international film events in the likes of Tampere, Cannes and Festival Regard. Niels is a board member of the Short Film Conference network and is also a member of the Belgian Film Press Union, the Ensor Academy and FIPRESCI.