Michel Reilhac

Michel Reilhac is Head of Submarine Channel  based in Amsterdam. He is also an independent VR film maker and interactive story architect. He is a pioneer in Virtual Reality filming. His latest VR film « Viens ! » premiered at Sundance 2016. He is a thought-leader for hybrid forms of storytelling, and immersive, participatory, and interactive experiences. He is also Head of Studies for the Venice Biennale College, and Head of the Cross Media College at Scuola Holden , Torino , Italy. He is frequently invited to teach and speak at international events ( Cannes International Film Festival, Sunny Side of the Doc , Dixit, FEMIS, CPH: DOX..). He is also an international curator for Hybrid content and VR films ( Berlinale Film Market ; World VR Forum in Crans Montana, Switzerland ; Cannes International Film Market, NEXT Pavilion ; Paris Virtual Film Festival ; Venice International Film Festival ; …) From 2002-2012 ,  Michel was Head of Film Acquisitions at Arte France and executive director of Arte France Cinema. In 2012, in recognition for his work at Arte, Michel was named Man of the Year in film by the French trade magazine « Le Film Français ». Michel’s past includes his work as a contemporary dancer and producer of international tours for major dance companies ; a stint as designer and director of the Forum des Images, Paris ; the design and production of innovative events and shows based on his original concepts ; and the direction of documentary and feature films (All alike, The Good Old Naughty days , …). He holds an MBA in International Marketing. He lives and works between Amsterdam, Berlin and the island of Lamu, Kenya where he is establishing an international writers residency.

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