Becoming Astronaut

Facts & Figures

Format: Documentary, 4K, cinemascope
Director: Roman Hodel
Screenplay: Roman Hodel
Production company: Ensemble Film

STORY

The new ESA (European Space Agency) astronauts have come out on top in one of the most exacting selection processes, which saw 22,500 applicants put themselves forward. Their training will take them around the world. Who will be the first one to fly into space?
BECOMING ASTRONAUT follows their emotional, nerve-wracking odyssey and presents an intimate portrait that stretches beyond clichés and heroic stories.

Development since support on level I

An initial film concept has been developed. The start of the film, when the astronauts were announced in November 2022, has been captured on video. The core crew has been selected and collaboration with the ESA has been established. With the “Research” module, the director will dedicate a lot of time to building trustful relationships with the protagonists. The “Audience” module will be used for the promotion strategy and to build the target audience.

Les Noctuelles

Facts & Figures

Format: Full feature film
Director: Géraldine Rod
Screenplay: Julie Gilbert, Géraldine Rod
Production company: Peacock Film

STORY

Ariane, 45 years old, is a manager at a luxury hotel. After undergoing a strange and spectacular transformation affecting her body and character, she tries to hide her new powers from her colleagues and teenage sons by any means possible, so as not to lose her job.

Development since support on level I

We are writing the screenplay and setting about casting for the project after a phase of improvisation, residence and field-based research, which has enabled us to flesh out the film’s universe, characters and their relationships.

During phase II, alongside the screenwriting, I am going to visually explore the fantasy parts of the film and conduct an improvisation phase with the main actors. Lastly, we will conduct an audience research study to reach our target public.

Mon nom est Warda

Facts & Figures

Format: Full feature film
Director: Sami Kali
Screenplay: Sami Kali, Yan Ciszewski
Production company: Point Productions SA

STORY

Yassine, a young gay Tunisian Muslim, works with his father in the family grocery shop. Alone in his room, he explores the more “feminine” side of his identity, using things that belonged to his deceased mother. When, following an encounter, Yassine attends a drag night, he discovers a community he can relate to. He then starts living a double life that starts to catch up with him.

Development since support on level I

We are currently wrapping up the film treatment and will then work towards writing the step outline. Thanks to phase I, we were able to refocus the intrigue and the project was enriched with vibrant material gathered through on-the-ground interviews. For phase II, we will use the Sparring, Audience and Research modules to further develop its content and form.

Peace Untold

Facts & Figures

Format: VR film
Directors: Robin Burgauer, Robbert van Rooden
Screeenplay: Robin Burgauer, Robbert van Rooden
Production company: Inlusio Interactive
Website: inlusio.com/peaceuntold

STORY

“Peace Untold” is a docu-fictional VR film, telling a forgotten story about the struggle to establish peace in Europe after the Second World War. Viewers will be taken back in time, where they will experience how a young woman who has lived through the war deals with the idea of a united Europe and be confronted with pressing issues of war and peace in Europe.

Development since support on level I

In stage I, the content and interactive concept of the VR film were developed into VR on the basis of historical research and a basic understanding of narrative and technical principles. In stage II, a treatment will be produced, the spatial narration will be tested in VR (Sparring), simplified VR scenes will be visualised in 3D (Set) and a distribution strategy will be developed (Audience).

Subterranea

Facts & Figures

Format: Feature-length hybrid documentary
Director: Valeria Mazzucchi
Screenplay: Valeria Mazzucchi
Production company: Irene Muñoz Martin (Futur Proche sarl)
Teaser

STORY

Subterranea is a documentary that takes viewers on a journey that unites emotions and underground spaces. It looks at the mental distress caused by the climate crisis, drawing on the experience of a group participating in ecopsychological workshops. The film immerses viewers in the minds of the characters, taking the visual form of a journey through the Swiss underground.

Development since support on level I

Starting out as a short film project, Subterranea evolves into a feature-length hybrid documentary. In this new phase, we will be writing a new treatment and screenplay, involving the characters in the creation process. We will also start to work on an impact diffusion strategy. We have chosen the Research, Sparring, Joker and Audience modules.

The Song of the Nightrider

Facts & Figures

Format: Acoustic 3D Video Game
Project Leader: Lenz Baumann
Team: An International Collaboration of Game Designers
Production company: Maxdrux GmbH

STORY

With sunset your world gets cursed. By a love so great some call her evil. As death did not part them, the Ghost of the Nightrider will hunt down whomever dares to disturb the peace of his beloved Night. Still, there is a threefold hope to end his reign of darkness: The spell of a suffering heart, a sword called Echo and the long-forgotten secret of surfing the sound.

Development since support on level I

How do you combine sound and silence in dynamic gameplay? It took us one year to solve this puzzle by developing a complex gameplay prototype and by composing a ton of sounds. The modules “Joker” and “Audience” now allow us to present “The Song of the Nightrider” to a musical public and to run a professional Kickstarter campaign (crowdfunding) starting in May 2023.