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Focus on Immersive Reality Technology

On 18 March 2019
Digital
Updated on 05/06/2019

In the frame of the Focus programme the Institut français has invited to France 28 foreign professionals to discover immersive reality creations. 

In order to carry on with its action of fostering the development of the immersive realities field (virtual reality, augmented reality, mixed reality…), the Institut français will organize a second Focus event dedicated to immersive realities, from March 18 to March 22, 2019.  28 international professionals will be invited to meet the French actors of the industry, thanks to a scouting program allowing them to discover cultural immersive realities productions and applications. 

Focus is a program developed by the Institut Français where foreign professionals are invited to France thanks to the cultural network abroad, with a specific cultural and artistic program organized for them. The aim is to enable the identification of French cultural contents and to encourage their international broadcasting. Focusprograms also foster collaborations between professionals of a given field. 

Today, a new generation of professionals, including designers, producers, distributors, broadcasters and events programmers, have seized immersive reality technologies to create, relate, convey and release original French innovative works.

In this context, in October 2017 the Institut Français launched its first website dedicated to French cultural virtual reality, culturevr.fr, a bilingual website presenting French works and professionals in this field aiming to promote and enhance the releasing of French immersive creations all over the world.

For this Focus event, the Institut Français would like to strengthen its action in support of the French immersive reality sector by fostering encounters between French and foreign professionals and international cooperation initiatives.

This second edition of the Focus event dedicated to immersive reality technologies is organized in partnership with the Laval Virtual exhibition, the Forum des Images, the Centquatre and the Gaîté Lyrique. Professional meetings will be proposed in collaboration with Uni-XR, the French virtual reality think tank.

International Participants

28 foreign professionals renowned in their field in their respective countries have been identified by the French cultural network abroad. The following guests will be attending: 

 

ARGENTINA

  • Ignacio DIMATTIA - Director, Neo Media Lab, Universidad Nacional del tres de Febrero (UNTREF) 

 

BRAZIL 

  • Roberto GUIMARAES - Director of Cultural Programs, Oi Futuro 

 

BELARUS

  • Mitya SORKIN - Co-Founder, Feeling Digital Films 

 

CANADA

  • Monique SAVOIE - Director, Société des arts et technologies 
  • Dan BURGAR - President, VR/AR Association, Vancouver 

 

CHILE

  • Juan Pablo FERNANDEZ – Executive Producer & Programmer, FIDOCS 

 

CHINA

  • Alvaro CASSINELLI - Senior Research Associate, CityU Center for Applied Computing and Interactive Media (ACIM), CityU Chengdu Research Institute

 

COLOMBIA

  • Mia RODRIGUEZ SARMIENTO - Engineer, member of the New Media Department, Proimagénes 

 

ECUADOR

  • Paulina DONOSO - Director of the Multimedia and Audiovisual Production Department, Universidad de las Americas 

 

GERMANY

  • Thorsten S. WIEDEMANN - Founder and Director, A MAZE 

 

HONG-KONG

  • Ulanda BLAIR - Curator of Moving Image at M+ 

 

ISRAEL

  • Nir SA’AR - Producer, Filmmaker, Artistic Director, Makor Foundation 

 

KENYA

  • Brian AFANDE - Producer, BlackRhino VR 

 

MOROCCO

  • Majid SEDDATI - Researcher, Professor, Programmer & Director, Festival d’art vidéo de Casablanca 

 

NETHERLANDS

  • Doede HOLTKAMP – Partnerships, VR Days

 

NEW ZEALAND

  • Harry SILVER - Coordinator, COLAB, University of Auckland University of Technologies 

 

NIGERIA

  • Uche ANISIUBA - CEO, Quadron VR 

 

RUSSIA

  • Gueorgui MOLODTSOV - Programmer, Filmmaker 

 

SENEGAL

  • Abdou Khadre DIOP - Founder & CEO, Ownlabs 

 

SOUTH AFRICA

  • Caitlin ROBINSON - Producer, Electric South 
  • Naomi VAN NIEKERK – Artist & Digital Lab Africa#2 winner 

 

SOUTH KOREA

  • Soh Yeong ROH - Director, Art Centre Nabi 

 

SPAIN

  • Lluís NACENTA - Director, Hangar 
  • Jose Luis DE VICENTE - Head curator, Sonar + D 

 

TAïWAN

  • Tommy CHANG - Technical Director – HTC VR Content Center 
  • Grace LEE - VR Programmer, Kaohsiung Film Archive 

 

THAÏLAND

  • Tidarat (Ann) THANAPAKPAWIN - President, Thaï Game Software Industry Association 

 

UNITED-STATES OF AMERICA

  • Savannah NILES - Lead, Product Strategy, Magic Leap 

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