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01 June 2016 à 15:06

UniFrance and virtual reality at the Cannes Film Festival

On May 19, UniFrance organized a luncheon in Cannes dedicated to the innovative forms of expression represented by 3D technology, virtual reality (VR), and transmedia projects. The opening up of new sections devoted to these short productions at prestigious film festivals, such as the Berlin International Film Festival, Melbourne International Film Festival, and the Venice Mostra, is becoming the norm, with French projects extremely well-represented.

When it comes to new forms of expression in filmmaking, the diversity of the so-called "French Touch" is outstanding and shows great promise. As illustrated by works such as Wei or Die by Simon Bouisson—an interactive fiction that won awards at Liège and Miami— as well as Notes on Blindness: Into Darkness by Arnaud Colinart, Amaury La Burthe, Peter Middleton, and James Spinney—an interactive VR documentary that was selected at Sundance and won a prize at Tribeca—and The Race by Michaël Le Meur, an animated essay in 3D relief that was selected at a host of festivals and picked up an award at Sapporo.

This luncheon brought together around fifty international industry professionals—producers (Fabienne Servan-Schreiber, Nicolas Schmerkin), artists (Pierre Friquet, Remo Scherrer), representatives from cultural institutions (Wallonie-Bruxelles Images (WBI), Swiss Film, Film Fund Luxembourg), and festival directors (Enrico Vannucci, Frédéric Boyer). The event also provided an opportunity to discuss the evolving role and positioning of these films, their audiences, financing, and distribution options.

As a sidebar event to the luncheon, which was supported by TitraFilm, three French VR works were presented to participants: Notes on Blindness: Into Darkness, Sens by Charles Ayats, Armand Lemarchand and Marc-Antoine Mathieu (Tribeca 2016), and I, Philip by Pierre Zandrowicz.

With thanks to the association Prenez du Relief

Author : Benoît Blanchard

Latest update : 06 June 2016 à 15:06 CEST

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