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Filmgate Interactive 2020

Battlescar directed by Nico Casavecchia & Martin Allais

Filmgate Interactive, a Miami-based media festival, has announced the lineup for its 7th edition. At the crossroads of visual storytelling, entertainment and new immersive technology, this one-of-a-kind international event invites all curious and tech-savvy audiences to explore the best mind-bending stories in interactive and immersive storytelling.

To better accommodate social distancing protocols, this year's hybrid edition -- running from December 4-6, 2020 -- will take place in-person and online. The program for the public will be free, but with limited capacity. The most noteworthy immersive projects are coming from the U.S., Canada, France, Germany, Korea, Argentina, and Brazil.


  • SPACED OUT (France, 2019) is an underwater VR experience created by the lead artist Pierre “Pyaré” Friquet. Using the waterproof headset, it invites visitors to float on water while breathing with a snorkel, giving an illusion of being immersed into the lunar surface. SPACED OUT transports the visitors from earth to the moon, from water to space, and from the first to the third person leaving the body behind, to reach the moon and then its hollow center.

DIRECTED BY: Pierre “Pyaré” Friquet

Screening at The Sagamore Hotel South Beach

  • REPUBLIQUE (FRANCE, 2019). This interactive film unfolds through three simultaneous video feeds, each one mimicking a social media live feed. At any time, the user can drag his finger across the screen to switch from one feed to another. Between the panic of the moment, the comments from followers, and the occasional loss of signal, the viewer is immersed in the ow of wide-ranging sources of information that flood our perception of reality whenever such an attack occurs.

DIRECTED BY: Simon Bouisson

WRITTEN WITH: Olivier Demangel

Screening at The North Miami Beach Bandshell

  • SATURNISM (FRANCE, ROMANIA, 2020). Enter one of the darkest painters of the history of art - Saturn Devouring His Son by Francisco de Goya - alone with Saturn in a cold and misty landscape.

DIRECTED BY: Mihai Grecu

PRODUCED BY: Francois Martin Saint Leon and Mihai Grecu

WRITTEN BY: Anna Biriulina

Screening at The Downtown Media Center

  • BATTLESCAR (FRANCE, SPAIN, ARGENTINA, 2018) is what it’s like to find yourself in the loud punk world. BattleScar is a coming of age drama that explores the theme of identity through the use of animation and immersive environments in virtual reality.

DIRECTED BY: Nico Casavecchia & Martin Allais

PRODUCED BY: Atlas V in coproduction with 1stavemachine, Fauns and Arte France in association with Kaleidoscope, with the support of CNC & La Région Auvergne Rhône-Alpes

Screening at The Sagamore Hotel South Beach

  • ACCUSED #2 (FRANCE, 2019) immerses the viewer in the trial which convicted Nelson Mandela during the Apartheid regime in South Africa. In this amazing VR experience, you can relive the five days of Mandela’s intense dialogue with a racist prosecutor and discover the testimony of an exceptional character, who risked the death penalty by speaking his truth.

DIRECTED BY: Nicolas Champeaux & Gilles Porte



MUSIC: Aurélien Godderis-Chouzenoux

VIOLINIST: George van Dam

ANIMATION: David Devaux, Matthieu Gueritte, Mathieu Ratier

SOUND: Hervé Déjardin, Florent Denizot, Florian Fabre, Yohann Angelvy

PRODUCED BY: Jérémy Pouilloux & Alexandre Hallier - La Générale De Production

CO-PRODUCERS: UFO Production, Rouge International, Arte France, Radio France, INA

French programming at Filmgate Interactive 2020 is made possible in part by the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and its French Immersion grants program.