The 4th edition
NewImages Festival

From June 9th to 13th, the 4th edition of NewImages Festival – with the support of the Africa2020 Season – continued to explore new frontiers and imaginary worlds, challenging tomorrow’s experiences and storytelling and making the best of immersive creation accessible for everyone

– Some key figures

8 000 visitors

In the center of Paris

3 000 visits

Per day in XR3

17 experiences

In competition

800 accredited

Professionals of 46 different nationalities

41 XR projects

They are selected by the XR Financing Market

450 meetings

Between the 82 producers and 94 Decision Makers


As part of the Africa2020 Season, this unprecedented focus have celebrated the young African creation with

The time-lapse video series “Portraits of African cities” was projected on our 180 screen and allowed the public to enter the ruins of the Kushite Empire and learn about the Sudan’s Black Pharaohs

“Chosi Chosi”, a unique video mapping on the Church of Saint-Eustache inspired by the iintsomi (African folk tales). A travel across time, space and cultures!

The exhibition “Re/Member Your Descendants” by Xabiso Vili and Sonwabo Valashiya featuring augmented photography, illustrations, poems, music and interviews to invent new forms of communication between South African youth and their ancestral roots

Two concertsboth mixing music with digital effects and set the stage on fire for two unmissable performances: NIX (rap, Senegal) and Aida Sock and the Dream Time (afro-soul, Senegal)

“Kandaka and the Black Pharaohs”, a film which is specifically designed for our 180° screen and which allowed the public to enter the ruins of the Kushite Empire and learn about the Sudan’s Black Pharaohs

The XR Competition Prizes

Among the 17 selected for the XR competition, 5 experiences were rewarded by the Jury composed of Claude Barras, Bertrand Mandico, Yael Naim, Selly Raby Kane

  • Golden Mask (Grand Prize) – €6,000
    to Uri et Michelle Kranot for We are at Home
  • Special Jury Prize – VR – €3,000
    to Adrian Meyer for Strands of Mind
    to New Yorker production for Reeducated
  • Special Jury Prize – AR – €3,000
    to artists Claire Bardainne and Adrien Mondot
    for the pop-up book Acqua Alta – Crossing the Mirror
  • The brand new UniFrance / NewImages Festival Export Grant – €1,000
    Was rewarded by UniFrance Jury to Abel Kohen for Biolum

– The 2021 XR Financing Market

Unique in Europe in terms of openness to immersive creations as a whole (films, modern art, games, live shows…) the XR Financing Market has provided 82 project leaders with expertise from no less than 94 Decision Makers.

The XR Financing Market awarded its best project prize to Lights!, an immersive and interactive experience, co-produced by Les Films du Tambour de Soie (FR), Small Creative (FR) and Auteurs&Cies (FR).

The 3rd Taiwan XR Residency – initiated by NewImages Festival, the French Office in Taipei, and the Kaohsiung FilmFestival – has named Mathieu Pradat as the new resident for his project Encounters produced by La prairie productions and SoWhen? He will receive up to €10,000 in funding which will help him develop his project during the 6 to 8 weeks of his residency in Kaohsiung.

– XR3

XR3, a virtual exhibition co-curated by NewImages Festival, Cannes XR and the Tribeca Film Festival

The three VR selections were showcased at the Museum of Other Realities (MOR), a breathtaking virtual exhibition space in which each room have hosted an original and inventive scenography, specially designed for this momentous occasion by the selected artists.

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– The Industry Days

The Industry Days were hosted by experts from the XR industry. Come from all over the world or remotely, they presented and shared the latest trends in technological creation.

Talks, case studies, debates and workshops by XR industry experts and renowned speakers. See who was be there for the Industry Days.

NewImages Festival gathered international actors of the XR sphere to check on the state of immersive creation and give the impulse for tomorrow’s projects.

  • TAIWAN x FRANCE XR Day June 2021 — NewImages Festival x TAICCA (Taiwan Creative Content Agency)
  • Tailored for success: Is IP tomorrow’s gold for XR? With Aymar Azaïzia (Ubisoft), Coline Delbaere (Centre Phi), Sutu (artist), Florence Girot (NewImages Festival)
  • XR & Games: how to build online communities ? With Iris Elbazis (WSC Group), Darragh Dandurand (Creactive director, exhibition curator, independent journalist), Cathy Hackl (Futures Intelligence Group), Weszt Hart (Riot Games), Fabien Gaëtan (We Are Social), Richard Turco (Innerspace VR)
  • Art and culture: why such a large scale deployment of immersive exhibitions? With Roei Amit (Rmn-Grand Palais), Pascal Bernardin (Encore Productions) Pierre‑Yves Lochon (CLIC France) only in French
  • Case study : Retour à Canterville with Mathias Chelebourg & Matthieu Saghezchi (Daruma) only in French
  • Case study : Lady Sapiens, The Experience with Camille Duvelleroy (director), Jeanne Marchalot (France Télévisions), Sophie Parrault (Little Big Story), Mélanie de Riberolles (Ubisoft) et Florence Girot (NewImages Festival) only in French
  • And many more!

– New multimedia content

On the occasion of the 4th edition of Newmages Festival, an audio series have been produced by NewImages Festival in addition to a few interviews in partnership with NewImages Festival and carried out by students from Estienne School (2020-2021).

The audio series talking about the panafrican vision of extended

The interview series that makes talk artists and professionals from the XR industry

According to director of NewImages Festival

« We made the bet of an edition as international as possible, despite the sanitary and geographical restrictions. It precisely seemed necessary for us to allow for even wider access to the artworks, by co-producing the virtual exhibition XR3, and adding several satellite locations from around the world to it, but also by welcoming artists from the African continent. Immersive art offers a genuine knowledge of other lived experiences, other cultures. It becomes the medium that can rekindle our link with parallel realities. While Jean Rouch’s camera observed the trance in the ceremonies of Dogon people from the outside, immersion can in turn give us an unprecedented experience of it. » Michael Swierczynski

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Hosted by the Forum des images (a cultural institution subsidized by Paris City Hall), NewImages Festival was born in January 2018, when the Paris Virtual Film Festival (created in June 2016) and l Love Transmédia (launched in 2011) merged into a single entity.

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