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The NFB at Sunny Side of the Doc 2016. The Unknown Photographer (Turbulent/NFB) VR experience by Loïc Suty to have its French premiere NFB delegates also attending Sunny Side


June 16, 2016 – Montreal – National Film Board of Canada

The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) is taking part in Sunny Side of the Doc 2016, the international market dedicated to linear and interactive documentaries. Canada is this year’s country of honour at the event. The Unknown Photographer (Turbulent/NFB), a virtual-reality plunge into the fragmented memories of a First World War photographer, will be presented for the first time in France at Sunny Side of the Doc, with its France-born director, Loïc Suty of Turbulent, in attendance. NFB delegates Louis-Richard Tremblay, Producer, Interactive Studio, and Ragnhild Milewski, NFB Archives Sales Manager, will also be participating in a number of Sunny Side events. Sunny Side of the Doc takes place June 20 to 23 in La Rochelle, France.

The Unknown Photographer, directed by Loïc Suty
Co-produced by Claire Buffet (Turbulent) and Louis-Richard Tremblay (NFB)

The Unknown Photographer comes to France after a series of screenings at Canadian festivals (Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal and Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois) and high-profile international festivals (the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam and the Sundance Film Festival). The 20-minute work offers a virtual reality plunge into the fragmented memories of a First World War photographer. This surrealistic stroll is set in a 3D universe featuring otherworldly structures and encounters with captivating allegorical characters. The unique VR experience invites viewers to question the power of images and the ravages of war.

From June 20 to 23, The Unknown Photographer will be part of the VR Lab exhibition of 20 innovative works from around the world. It will also be presented as a collective experience in the Auditorium on Monday, June 20, at 6:30 p.m.: one person will be wearing VR goggles and exploring the project’s virtual world while an audience watches the events unfold on a big screen.

For more details: http://www.sunnysideofthedoc.com/sunnyside/en/

For more about The Unknown Photographer, visit nfb.ca/theunknownphotographer to view a short film by Bertrand Carrière, along with documentary vignettes featuring semiologist Catherine Saouter and former soldier and First World War expert Guth Des Prez.

Panel: “How to Co-produce with Canada?”
Monday, June 20, at 11 a.m. in the Agora

The NFB’s Louis-Richard Tremblay will be one of the panellists, alongside a number of internationally known Canadian producers: Carmen Garcia (Argus Films), Anne Pick (Real to Reel Productions), Michael Kot (Saloon Media) and Robert Lang (Kensington TV). General trends as well as the advantages and challenges of international co-productions will be discussed.

Panel: “Virtual Reality”
Tuesday, June 21, at 5:30 p.m. in the Auditorium

Is virtual reality the 360-degree future of documentary? Louis-Richard Tremblay will join Antoine Cayrol (Okio Studio), Marianne Levy-Leblond (ARTE), Arnaud Dressen (Honkytonk Films) and Jens Monath (ZDF) for this panel discussion.

NFB Archives and History Day

Ragnhild Milewski will be presenting the NFB Archives visual collection to production companies. In addition, on June 23 she’ll be taking part in H-Day, a gathering of documentary professionals involved in historical programming, to discuss historical archive trends in the documentary market.


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  • Founded in 2002, Turbulent creates, produces and distributes award-winning cross-platform and transmedia projects with an emphasis on content, community, and commerce. Turbulent specializes in media and entertainment, video games, and education, and its strengths lie in great creativity allied to combining the best ideas and contents with fail-proof technology. For more information on Turbulent’s services and products, visit www.turbulent.ca.

  • About the NFB

    The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) is one of the world’s leading digital content hubs, creating groundbreaking interactive documentaries and animation, mobile content, installations and participatory experiences. NFB interactive productions and digital platforms have won over 100 awards, including 21 Webbys. To access this unique content, visit NFB.ca.