Prof. Dr. Gertjan Willems is a film and media scholar. He is assistant professor at the University of Antwerp. He is affiliated to the Research Centre for Visual Poetics (dept. of Literature) and the Visual and Digital Cultures Research Centre (dept. of Communication Sciences). He is also a Postdoctoral Fellow of the Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO) at the Centre for Cinema and Media Studies at Ghent University.

He has been guest lecturer or visiting scholar at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, Saint-Louis University Brussels, the University of Amsterdam, the Belgian Historical Institute in Rome, the Université Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas, and the University of York. Since 2016, he is chair of the Film Studies section of ECREA (European Communication Research and Education Association). In 2016 he was finalist of the Flemish PhD cup and in 2018 he won the NeFCA Young Scholar Award

His research interests are aimed at a critical analysis of film, television, radio, literature and other forms of media and culture. He has particular research expertise in Belgian and Dutch film history, film adaptations, film policy, and the relation between media and nation-building. He is the author of a monograph on the history of film policy in Flanders (Subsidie, camera, actie! Filmbeleid in Vlaanderen (1964-2002)2017, Academia Press) and editor of European Film Remakes (with Eduard Cuelenaere and Stijn Joye, 2021, Edinburgh University Press) and an anthology on media and nation-building in Flanders (De verbeelding van de leeuw: Een geschiedenis van media en natievorming in Vlaanderen (with Bruno De Wever, 2020, Peristyle). He published various articles in journals such as the Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, Journal of Belgian History, CommunicationsJournal of Popular Film and Television and Literature/Film Quarterly.