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The Festival du nouveau cinéma is pleased to announce the works in competition in its new section: Nouvelles écritures. Attesting to the growing interest in interactive works at the FNC, the section offers eight works in competition, each representing a singular, innovative way to present artistic, cinematic and documentary content. Since its launch in 2011, the Innovation Award has gone to Bla Bla, La Zone – Retour à Tchernobyl, Bear 71 and Journal d’une insomnie. Who will be the winner in 2014?

This year, marking a first, Montreal magazine Urbania will give out the award along with a cash prize of $1,000.

Festivalgoers are invited to view the works free of charge on touchscreens and tablets in the Chaufferie at the Agora in UQÀM’s Coeur des sciences from October 14 to 18.

The works in competition are:

Catacombes (France) by Victor Serna presents a whole new side to Paris, 30 metres belowground. Wandering through this interactive doc, produced by Barret Films and Mehdi Hajjaji, viewers make their own way through the depths of the Paris catacombes.


DIY Manifesto (France) by Hélène Bienvenu and Nora Mandray travels from Detroit to Europe to explore the do-it-yourself movement as a new, collaborative way to live in society and think about community. A gripping, cliché-free portrait of the people working to build the society of tomorrow.


Hollow (United States) by Elaine McMillion Sheldon looks at the future of the rural U.S. and post-industrial small town America through the eyes and voices of residents of McDowell County (West Virginia). The project combines video portraits, data visualization, photography, soundscapes and community-generated content.


Je t’attends toujours (France) by Clément Rière re-examines a 20-year-old cold case by combing through the archives and documents gathered to date. In 1995, Jean-Philippe, a teen fascinated by astronomy, mysteriously disappeared while visiting the world’s only “UFOport” in southwestern France . . .


Just a Reflektor (Quebec) by Vincent Morisset explores the themes in Arcade Fire’s “Reflektor” through two devices simultaneously: a computer and a smartphone/tablet. Shot in Haiti, the film follows a young woman as she travels between her world and our own.


Strangers, with Patrick Watson (Quebec) by Félix&Paul invites viewers to don an Oculus Rift headset and share a moment with Montreal musician Patrick Watson as he works in his studio one winter’s day.


Synaps (Belgium) by Yaël André takes amateur Super-8 footage dating from the ’40s to the present day that didn’t make the final cut of her work Quand je serai dictateur. André proposes a visual online labyrinth where users are invited to recreate personal memories by assembling clips from the lives of others.


We Were Evergreen – Daughters (France) by Jérôme Blanquet offers a panoramic behind-the-scenes look at the official music video for the We Were Evergreen song “Daughters.” The work reveals a second, “hidden” choreography in the one long take that constitutes the shoot.



This year’s jury members are:

Filmmaker Olivier Asselin has written and directed a number of features including La liberté d’une statue and A Sentimental Capitalism. He teaches art history and film at Université de Montréal. He is currently developing Necropolis: La Ville des fantômes, a fiction work for augmented reality. Author, director and multiplatform producer Pierre Cattan founded the transmedia studio Small Bang in 2012. A former new media committee member at the Paris-based CNC (National Centre for Cinema and the Moving Image), he speaks regularly at multiplatform content production workshops. Raphaëlle Huysmans is a multiplatform project producer at TOXA. Since 2009, she has overseen the design, development and production of interactive and television projects including the interactive investigation Disparus, the documentary game Fort McMoney and the TV series TAMY@.