Michel Reilhac is Head of Submarine Channel based in Amsterdam.
He is also an independent VR film maker and interactive story architect. He is a pioneer in Virtual Reality filming. His first VR film « Viens ! » premiered at Sundance 2016. He is a thought-leader for hybrid forms of storytelling, and immersive, participatory, and interactive experiences.
He is the conceiver and co-programmer of Venice VR, the first ever official competition of artistic VR content at the Venice Biennale International Film Festival.
He is also Head of Studies for the Venice Biennale College, and was Head of the Cross Media College at Scuola Holden , Torino , Italy between 2013 and 2016.
He is frequently invited to teach and speak at international events ( TED X,Cannes International Film Festival, Sunny Side of the Doc , Dixit, FEMIS, CPH: DOX..).
He is also an international curator for Hybrid content and VR films ( Berlinale Film Market ; World VR Forum in Crans Montana, Switzerland ; Cannes International Film Market, NEXT Pavilion ; Paris Virtual Film Festival ; Venice International Film Festival ; …)
From 2002-2012 , Michel was Head of Film Acquisitions at Arte France and executive director of Arte France Cinema. In 2012, in recognition for his work at Arte, Michel was named Man of the Year in film by the French trade magazine « Le Film Français ».
Michel’s past includes his work as a contemporary dancer and producer of international tours for major dance companies ; 10 years ( 1992 – 2002) as designer and director of the Forum des Images, Paris ; the design and production of innovative events and shows based on his original concepts ; and the direction of documentary and feature films (All alike, The Good Old Naughty days , …). He holds an MBA in International Marketing.
He lives and works between Amsterdam, and the island of Lamu, Kenya where he is establishing an international writers residency with a VR hub for swahili culture.