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Edition 2017

FLASHBACK : FUTURE STORYWORLDS, EDITION 2017

The Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival (NIFFF) – in close collaboration with CineGlobe, THE Port at CERN, Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) – put together the first FUTURE STORYWORLDS workshop on 24-25 November 2017, which concluded in a very positive way.

The workshop’s given theme was dystopia in the context of the existential risks associated with society’s technological development. To strengthen the narrative structure and better define the projects’ concepts, the organisers have gathered an impressive panel of scientific experts and storytelling professionals.
After two days of evaluation, the jury has selected Salômé Guillemin’s project, THE DAY WE BECAME ALIENS, to receive the incentive for development.

SELECTED PROJECTS

DOMINUS of Vincent de Vevey – HEAD, Genève
FOOD 21 of Benoît Renaudin – HEAD, Genève
GENERATION SPACE of Fritz Muri – Fmquadrat, Zürich
POLDER – The series of Samuel Schwarz – Digitalbühne, Zürich
REYA’S JOURNEY of Pilar Anguita-MacKay – Olympia Films, Lausanne
THE DAY WE BECAME ALIENS of Salômé Guillemin – HEAD, Genève
THE LOVE OF PARENTHOOD of Marion Delavelle – HEAD, Genève

PROGRAMME // FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 24TH 2017

KEYNOTES BY SCIENTIFIC EXPERTS

HUMAN ENHANCEMENT IN PEACE AND WAR
Dr. Nayef Al-Rodhan – GCSP, Oxford University; Neuroscientist, Head of Geopolitics and Global Futures Programme

DEEP SPACE EXPLORATION: THE EXPANSION OF HUMANKIND IN OUR SOLAR SYSTEM AND BEYOND
Alain Dupas – CNES, Space Policy Institute, astrophysicist and author on space colonization

QUANTUM COMPUTING AND THE FUTURE MODALITIES OF STATE POWER
Jean-Philippe Aumasson – Kudelski Security; Principal Cryptographer, Principal Research Engineer
Mr. Alan Duric – CEO WireSwiss, privacy and telecommunications expert

WHAT AI WILL EVENTUALLY TEACH HUMANS AND HOW THEY WILL LEARN
SP Mohanty – AI expert EPFL former UNIGE/CERN

TOWARDS A CIRCULAR ECONOMY IN AN ERA OF RISING TIDES
Adam Koniuszewski – GCSP fellow, WAAS fellow, former Exec Dir. Green Cross International, co-founder The Bridge Foundation

ONE-TO-ONE MEETINGS WITH THE SCIENTIFIC EXPERTS

KEYNOTES BY STORYTELLING EXPERTS

WHAT DOES VR REALLY MEAN? A FIRST SHOT AT UNDERSTANDING THE GRAMMAR OF VR
Benjamin Hoguet – Writer and designer of interactive and transmedia works, Nouvelles Narrations

THE NEUROENGINEERING AND NEUROSCIENCE OF INTERACTIVE ENVIRONMENTS
Kynan Eng – CEO of inilabs.com and researcher at the Institute of Neuroinformatics, Zurich University and ETH Zurich

Adam Koniuszewski, Nayef Al-Rodhan, Alain Dupas, Jean-Philippe Aumasson, Alan Duric
SP Mohanty on What AI will eventually teach humans and how they will learn
One-to-one meetings with the scientific experts - Adam Koniuszewski and Benoît Renaudin
Benjamin Hoguet on What does VR really mean? A first shot at understanding the grammar of VR
Kynan Eng on The neuroengineering and neuroscience of interactive environments
Monika Bielskyte on All future everything

PROGRAMME // SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 25TH 2017

STORYTELLING FOR IMMERSIVE MEDIA FROM AN EMOTIONAL POINT OF VIEW
David Varela – Narrative designer, Sherlock: The Network, The Trace, Perplex City and creative consultant for the Museum of the Future

AFTER SOMNIAC’S DREAM OF FLIGHT WITH BIRDLY: A SUBMARINE VR NIGHTMARE AND CALL FOR ACTION
Michel Zai – CEO and co-founder at Somniacs SA

ONE-TO-ONE MEETINGS WITH THE STORYTELLING EXPERTS

PITCH SESSIONS

JURY DELIBERATION

David Varely on Storytelling for immersive media from an emotional point of view
Michel Zai on After SONIAC'S dream of flight with Birdly: a submarine VR nightmare and call for action

JURY 2017

Monika Bielskyte – Futurist & Co-Founder, ALL FUTURE EVERYTHING
Kynan Eng – CEO of inilabs.com and researcher at the Institute of Neuroinformatics, Zurich University and ETH Zurich
Fabienne Tsai – associate researcher for the Spatial Media department of the École nationale supérieure des arts décoratifs
David Varela – Narrative designer and creative consultant for the Museum of the Future
Michel Zai – CEO and co-founder at Somniacs SA