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The 5th edition of Atelier Grand Nord XR will be held online

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A variation of the traditional Atelier Grand Nord scriptwriting workshop, but focusing on virtual reality, augmented reality or mixed reality, Atelier Grand Nord XR offers a privileged opportunity for participants to discuss their projects with consultants, to stimulate reflection on their respective works, to stimulate the circulation of ideas and points of view, all the while creating links with the objective of encouraging peer work on future productions or co-productions.

The selected Quebec projects will receive a $30,000 grant to develop their expertise. In addition to the nine plenary meetings and individual meetings with the consultants, meetings between the teams will be organized as well as studio visits in each of the partner countries.

Each year, the participants of this workshop emphasize that it is an exceptional experience that promotes exchanges between francophone creators, that helps them to explore new avenues and develop useful relationships for their current or future projects.

The 5th edition of Atelier Grand Nord XR, organized by the Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC), in collaboration with MUTEK, with the support of the Centre national du cinéma et de l'image animée (CNC), Film Fund Luxembourg, screen.brussels and hub. brussels, Cinéforom and the Fondation de formation continue pour le cinéma et l'audiovisuel (FOCAL), the Canada Media Fund (CMF), the National Film Board (NFB) and Xn Québec will be held from February 1 to 26, 2010 in a virtual format due to the global health context.

Nine French-speaking teams composed of the producer and members of the creative team from Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Quebec and Switzerland will participate.

Selected projects:

Belgium
Tornado (Victor Heymans, producer and Corentin Kopp, director) // Abyssal Process

France
À présent (Jérémy Rochigneux, producer and Jérôme Blanquet, director) // Metronomic Productions

Empereur (Oriane Hurard, producer; Marion Burger and Ilan Cohen, co-writers) // Les Produits Frais

Luxembourg
Oto's Planet (Julien Becker, producer and Gwenael François, writer-director) // Skill Lab

Quebec
À l'écoute des murs : Bunker 1.0
(Claude Bastien, producer and Ida Toninato, designer and composer) // Studio Trébuchet

Chasing Ghosts (Nicolas S. Roy, creative director and producer and Hugues Bruyère, director of technology and ideator) // dpt.

Joseph Rouleau - Dernier rappel (Virginie Jaffredo, production manager and Colas Wohlfart, designer-director) // Camera Oscura Films

The Garden (Emily Paige, producer; Mahalia Verna, senior producer and David Barlow-Krelina, writer-director) // E.D. FILMS

Switzerland
Hypnos (Vincent de Vevey, producer; Patrick Donaldson and Yoann Douillet, co-writers) // Shapeless Design

These nine projects will receive advice and expertise from the following consultants :

Jean-Pascal Beaudoin, co-founder and president, Headspace Studio (Montreal)
Michael Bolufer, Art Director, PLIP! Animation (Lyon)
Antoine Cayrol, producer, Atlas V (Paris)
Eloi Champagne, technical director of the National Film Board of Canada's animation studio (Montreal)
Coline Delbaere, producer, immersive experiences and travelling exhibitions, Phi Center (Montreal)
Marianne Tostivint, game director, Totem Studio (Paris)
Céline Tricart, director, Lucid Dreams Productions (Los Angeles-Paris)

The plenary sessions will be moderated by Audrey Pacart, XR executive producer and consultant, VERY STORY.

About SODEC

SODEC's mandate is to promote and support the development of cultural enterprises in Quebec and abroad in the fields of film and television production, books, crafts, the art market, and music and variety. SODEC also has the mandate to protect and enhance a heritage real estate portfolio of 32 buildings, a reflection of Quebec's identity.

Photo credit: Chasing Ghosts by Dpt.

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