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NIFFF EXTENDED 2019

A free complement to the Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival (NIFFF), the NIFFF EXTENDED label is a series of conferences that aim at exploring the future of cinema and the audiovisual industry. The various topics (digital creation, new information technology, audiovisual screenwriting, and contemporary literature) make this multidisciplinary forum for reflection and networking the perfect opportunity to gather about a hundred experts who will be sharing their vision of what is to come.

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Ticketing : June 20th, 2019

GSGS’19

GAMIFICATION & SERIOUS GAME SYMPOSIUM

THURSDAY 04.07 – FRIDAY 05.07

 

The GSGS symposium is a pole for observing the changes game processes and technologies will bring to tomorrow’s workspace. It bridges the gap between industry and academia by bringing original answers to the major challenges affecting the health, economy, education, ecology, culture and tourism industries through the playful and technological possibilities ahead. As part of the NIFFF19, this event will have over 70 national and international players partake. In addition to the 40 presentations and demos, the audience will be able to actively participate through conferences and roundtables.

Times and full programme: www.gsgs.ch

IMAGING THE FUTURE

DIGITAL CREATION — NEW TECHNOLOGIES

MONDAY 08.07 / 10:00 – 17:00
NEW LIMITS OF PERCEPTION

IMMERSIVE LAB / 10:00 – 11:15

Created by The Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technology (Zürich University of the Arts), this installation is a unique matrix for research in perception and interaction. This immersive lab influences both arts and sciences. During the ITF event, two never-seen-before projects will be introduced: LES MAINS NÉGATIVES (2017-2019) from Anne Dubos & Jan Schacher, as well as BEYOND THE WALL: THE UNSEEN COORDINATION, specifically developed for the NIFFF by Simon Schaerlaeken and Donald Glowinski.

  • Dr. Daniel Bisig, Zurich University of the Arts, Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technology, CH
  • Jan Schacher, Composer and Digital artist – Researcher, CH
  • Donald Glowinski, Senior Researcher, Coordinator Music & Science, Swiss Center for Affective Sciences, University of Geneva, CH
  • Simon Schaerlaeken, PhD Student, Swiss Center for Affective Sciences, University of Geneva, CH
The immersive lab: an interactive audio-visual experience

CONFERENCE IN MULTIPLE DIMENSIONS:
STEREOSCOPY AS A PRECURSOR OF FANTASTIC CINEMA / 11:30 – 12:30

The enthusiasm for stereoscopy that started in 1850 made it possible for audiences to discover worlds through 3D lenses. In the meantime, some inspired photographers and publishers decided to explorer the fantasy genre. Ghosts, fairies and demons engaged in day-to-day activities started to appear and became instantly popular. These mythological scenes, fairy tales and other Diableries worked as a brutal and hilarious satire of society. The retrospective is dedicated to this pioneering phenomenon.

  • Denis Pellerin, Historian of photography, Custodian of Dr. Brian May’s collection of Stereo photographs, Director of the London Stereoscopic Company, UK
Les Diableries, Brian May Collection

NETWORKING INTERLUDE / 12:30 – 14:00

STARTING A ROBOT WAR, FOR PLEASURE AND PROFIT – THE MAKING OF DR. GRORDBORT’S INVADERS FOR MAGIC LEAP ONE / 14:00 – 15:00

Member of Weta Workshop since 2002 (as a designer, artist/sculptor and writer), Greg Broadmore made a name for himself in major projects such as DISTRICT 9 (Neill Blomkamp, 2009), KING KONG (Peter Jackson, 2005), THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA (Andrew Adamson, 2005), and THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN (Steven Spielberg, 2011). Now in charge of the New Zealand studio gaming department, he is developing an innovative mixed reality game in collaboration with American start-up Magic Leap. Discover the inception of Dr Grordbort’s by Greg Broadmore.

  • Greg Broadmore, Studio Director, Weta Workshop , NZ
Greg Broadmore, Game Designer for Weta Workshop
Dr. Grordbort's Invaders
Dr. Grordbort's Invaders

HE-ARC PRESENTATION: FIGURA / 15:15 – 15:30

  • Kim Aurore Biloni, He-Arc, CH
  • Marc Mandril Ferrario, Conception, CH
  • Antoine Induni, Conception, CH

DEPARTURE FOR AN IMMERSIVE GUIDED VISIT OF THE INSTALLATIONS WITH ALL SPEAKERS / 15:30 – 17:00

TUESDAY 09.07 / 10:00 – 17:00
IMAGINATION EMPOWERMENT

GLOBAL SCI-FI VFX / 10:00 – 11:30

Delve into the visual effects of Germany’s first Netflix original, DARK (2nd season coming June 2019) and of sci-fi blockbuster THE WANDERING EARTH, China’s second-highest box office hit in history (700 millions dollars), which debuted on Netflix in April 2019.

  • Nicolas Leu, VFX Supervisor, RISE, DE
  • Julia Strack, Compositing Supervisor, RISE, DE
  • Samir Ansari, VFX supervisor, PIXOMONDO, UK
  • Moderation: Ian Fails, Author, Journalist, AU
A final shot from THE WANDERING EARTH

COMPUTER-GENERATED ACTORS IN DISCUSSION / 11:45 – 13:00

A demo/discussion on the use of visual effects to digitally recreate actors, whether they be dead, unavailable or willing to change their appearance. This overview covers everything from Elton John to Siren, the world’s first high fidelity digital human!

  • Kamen Markov, VFX Supervisor, MPC, UK
  • Andy Wood, President of Cubic Motion, UK
  • Guest star TBC
  • Moderation: Ian Fails, Author, Journalist, AU
SIREN, the highest-fidelity digital human created to date

TWO CONFERENCES TO BE ANNOUNCED ON JUNE 20TH

STORYWORLDS

AUDIOVISUAL STORYTELLING

WEDNESDAY 10.07 / 14:00 – 18:00
AT THE ROOTS OF INNOVATION: CONTENT AND INSPIRATION

NEW MODELS OF DEVELOPMENT / 14:00 – 15:15

Explore the Scandinavian model through two presentations from producers who have accomplished great things by thinking outside the box: Piodor Gustaffson (REAL HUMANS, BORDER) and Johnny Andersen (VALHALLA RISING, NEW DANISH SCREEN). These will be followed by a discussion on initiatives that promote new generations of artists and innovation, with a special focus on Denmark.

  • Johnny Andersen, Producer, New Danish Screen, DK
  • Piodor Gustafsson, Producer, Spark Film & TV, SE
  • Valeria Richter, Creative producer, Scriptwriter, Nordic Factory Copenhagen, DK
  • In the presence of Danish directors selected in the DANES DO IT BETTER focus
Johnny Andersen, Producer, DK
Piodor Gustafsson, Producer, Spark Film & TV, SE
SONS OF DENMARK, Ulaa Salim, DK, 2019

FANTASTIC WEB CONTEST III: THE MOST EXTRA-ORDINARY PITCHING SESSION BACK AGAIN / 15.30 – 17:00

In collaboration with the RTS, this epic pitching session will help to identify the best fantastic web series among those selected after the FANTASTIC WEB CONTEST III call for projects. This snapshot of the fantasy genre and the new Swiss artists will submit to the audience’s and the jury’s evaluation, before one project is selected for production.

  • EPIDERMIQUE, Océane Wannaz, IMAJACK
  • FAUCHAGE AU SOL, Pablo Delpédro, Robin Chessex, IMAJACK
  • LES ENFANTS TERRIBLES, Malou Briand et Raphaël Meyer, BOX PRODUCTIONS
  • MILLENIAL TELECOM, Oskar Rosetti, ELEFANT FILM
  • PROJET KID, Luca Arzenton, Amandine Ngindu, Aude Bally, Jimmy Parisi, Bruno Preira, Valon Imeri, ALTAMONT PRODUCTION
  • STRANGE ZONE, Anaelle Morf, Cristina Müller, Audrey Bersier, TELL ME THE STORY

FUTURE STORYWORLDS
@CERN LAUNCH@REPORT / 17:15 – 17:45

Presentation of the NIFFF ON TOUR@CERN 2019 call for projects and spotlight on the previous two winners.

  • ANOTHER SHORE, Théo Fischer & Pablo Perez (MSLS, Karlskrona & Alumni ECAL, Lausanne)
  • BLUE D, Salômé Guillemin, Alumni HEAD, Genève
  • Sten Saluveer, Founder of Storytek, EE

CINÉFOROM
SUPPORTING INNOVATION IN ROMANDY / 17:45 – 18:00

Presentation by Laurent Kempf, in charge of the support for innovation, CINÉFOROM, CH

NEW WORLDS OF FANTASY

CONTEMPORARY FANTASY LITERATURE

THURSDAY 11.07.19

WHY DO WE PLAY?
TIME TO THINK ABOUT THAT. / 14:00 – 15:00

Marc Atallah, Director of the Maison d’Ailleurs, will discuss the anthropological role of games through the lens of contemporary theories. He will also tackle the misunderstandings that have been casting a shadow on games since Antiquity. The conference will be followed by a public game of legendary arcade game SUPER SMASH BROS ULTIMATE. A unique, playful conference.

  • Marc Atallah, Director of LA MAISON D’AILLEURS, Associate professor and researcher, UNIL, CH
SUPER SMASH BROS ULTIMATE

THE INFLUENCE OF ROLE-PLAYING GAMES ON STORIES / 15:15 – 16:15

Writers, novelists and RPG players will partake in this roundtable dedicated to writing (idiosyncrasies, adaptations, co-writing with the players, links to video games) and the influence of RPGs on literature.

  • Coralie David, Publisher, Researcher, Writer, Co-manager of RPG company Lapin Marteau, FR
  • David Javet, Co-founder, UNIL Gamelab, Game Designer, Tchagata Games, CH
  • Julien Blondel, Games creator, Journalist and Comic book writer, FR
  • Moderation: Boris Bruckler, RTS archivist, Librarian for the Centre BD de la Ville de Lausanne, and Comic book history teacher at HED (Haute École de Gestion de Genève), CH

A THIRD CONFERENCE TO BE ANNOUNCED ON JUNE 20TH