Michel Reilhac is a narrative architect and long-time transmedia and immersive media pioneer. He is known as a leading international expert for innovation in hybrid storytelling across
participatory, interactive and immersive experiences. As the Head of Studies at the Venice Biennale College, the VR competition curator for the Venice Biennale International Film Festival since
its inaugural competition in 2017, Michel is regularly invited to speak and teach at major international events, including the Cannes International Film Festival, SXSW, Tribeca Film Festival,
TEDx, CPH:DOX, Dixit, Power to the Pixel, Sunny Side of the Doc, FEMIS and many more.
From 2002-2012, Michel was Head of Cinema & Film Acquisitions at Arte France and Executive Director of Arte France Cinema, co-producing around 30 international independent feature films each
year, including Lars Von Trier's “Antichrist” and “Melancholia”. In 2013, Michel was named Man of the Year 2012 in Film by industry magazine Le Film Français. Michel is currently developing an
international residency on the island of Lamu, Kenya. This residency seeks to foster innovative work by creators and small teams from across East Africa, and lays the foundations for a VR hub
that celebrates Swahili culture.
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