- New Media
November 29 - December 3, 2023
The tenth edition of the FilmGate Interactive Media Festival (FGI X) gives French immersive creation top billing, with four experiences in competition, and an important delegation on site.
FGI X will take place from November 29 through December 3, 2023, and the lineup features several spectacular experiences: Flow, Fortune, In Search of Time, and The EYE and I.
Producers Alessandra Bogi (Lucid Realities), Carol Giordano (Seconde Nature), François Klein (Digital Rise), Yves Ubelman (Iconem), Fred Volhuer (Atlas V) and Pierre Zandrowicz (Atlas V) will be in attendance too.
“Flow” (2019) – Directed by Adriaan Lokman
Flow invites you to surrender to the whims of the wind on a seemingly ordinary day, concealing within its turbulence a captivating night in the life of a woman, portrayed through the dance of air currents.
The interplay of scents, warmth, respiration, and both natural and artificial gusts of wind, influenced by invisible forces, renders the imperceptible tangible. These atmospheric movements unveil a sequence of events inviting us to follow the woman on her meanderings, plunging us into a realm crafted entirely from air.
However, as the storm subsides and the woman awakens from what transpires to have been a dream, her world is no longer the same.
Type: VR experience
Genre: 360 movie
Produced by Valk Productions in co-production with Lucid Realities
“Fortune” (2023) – Directed by Claire Meinhard and Emilie Valentin
It’s all about money! Fortune is a series of true stories in augmented reality for Instagram & Snapchat. 7 people tell how money dictates their lives, how they have to rely on it to survive, or how they think it will bring them happiness or freedom. From counterfeiting to dumpster diving, from selling everything for bitcoin to retiring at age 30, what are we willing to do and give to earn a little more money?
Type: AR experience
Produced by Atlas V in co-production with ARTE France
“In Search of Time” (2023) – Directed by Pierre Zandrowicz and Matthew Tierney
“The connected circles of our memory are like the rings of a tree stump. An intricate and delicate record of time…” Utilizing AI and traditional film techniques, In Search of Time follows the journey of Father and Son. Along the way, we navigate Memory’s intricate labyrinth, and explore its relationship to identity and time. We invite audiences to reflect upon the power of experience and confront the elusive nature of memory itself.
Type: Generative AI Film
Genre: Short film
Produced by Atlas V
“The EYE and I” (2022) Directed by Hsin-Chien Huang and Jean-Michel Jarre
This story comes from the French word “surveillance”, which in English originally referred to “eyes in the sky”, or a pair of eyes above us watching everything that happens below. “The Eye and I “is a VR work that reveals a surveillance crisis while inspiring audience self-reflection.” Viewers will be able to explore the origin and development of “The Eye and I”, and learn about the intertwined story of human society and “surveillance”. After a series of dark journeys, viewers learn how “surveillance” is embedded in our culture in various forms and even affects our perception of reality. “The Eye and I” aims to help people escape the surveillance framework and its constraints.
Type: VR experience
Genre: 360 movie
Produced by Hsiao-Yue Tsao in co-production with Digital Rise
Previously known as FACE Foundation, Albertine Foundation is an American nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting French-American relations through innovative cultural and educational projects. In partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, Albertine Foundation promotes artistic, literary, and educational exchange and collaboration between creative professionals from both countries. With additional corporate, foundation, and individual support, Albertine Foundation administers grant programs in the performing and visual arts, cinema, translation, and secondary and higher education, while providing financial sponsorship to French-American festivals and other cultural initiatives. Albertine Foundation focuses on new and recent work of living artists and the promotion of bilingualism and the French language.
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Created in 1946, the Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée (CNC) is a public administrative organization, set up as a separate and financially independent entity which comes under the authority of the French ministry of culture and communication. Its principal missions are : support for the film, broadcast, video, video games, immersive productions and technical industries; promotion of film and television for distribution to all audiences and preservation and development of the film heritage.
The Institut français is responsible for France’s international cultural program. Supervised by both the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs and by the Ministry of Culture, it promotes French culture abroad through cultural exchange initiatives. Operating in a space where the arts, intellectual exchange, cultural and social innovation, and linguistic partnerships interact and intersect, it is also responsible for promoting the French language and the sharing of works, artists, and ideas all over the world. The Institut français is one of Villa Albertine’s main French partners.
Founded in 1949 and strengthened thanks to its merger with TV France International in 2021, UniFrance is the organisation responsible for promoting French cinema and TV content worldwide.
Located in Paris, UniFrance employs around 50 staff members, as well as representatives based in the U.S., in China, and soon in Japan. The organisation currently brings together more than 1,000 French cinema and TV content professionals (producers, filmmaking talents, agents, sales companies, etc.) working together to promote French films and TV programmes among foreign audiences, industry executives and media.