Michel Reilhac

Head of Submarine Channel

Michel Reilhac is Head of the award-winning independent production company Submarine Channel in Amsterdam, and 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. He focuses on immersive storytelling as an artistic medium, striving to allow artists to appropriate XR as a new art form.

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 also a virtual reality filmmaker himself – his first production Viens! premiered at Sundance in 2016. Michel is also currently developing an international writers residency project, including a new VR hub for Swahili culture in the island of Lamu, Kenya.