South African Twist @NewImages Festival
4-8 April, 2018

NewImages is a place of discovery and experimentation within everyone’s reach, but it is also a meeting place for professionals of the virtual reality and immersive technologies industry!

This year the festival honours the African continent and especially South Africa. Tegan Bristow, director of the Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival, and Ulrico Grech-Cumbo, co-founder of DeepVR, are invited to participate in the professional program of NewImages and to the Immersive Realities Focus organized by the French Institute at Laval Virtual. Finally the 4 VR experiments, produced by Digital Lab Africa & WondaVR for the first “48h VR Film Jam” in South Africa, are planned during the festival (out of competition). From April 4th to 8th, about 100 spectators, equipped with their VR headsets, will be able to simultaneously test the VR experiments carried out by the 12 young South African creatives who participated to the Jam last October.
More information about the VR experiences HERE


The industry days of the festival will take place on April 5th and 6th 2018 at the Forum des Images. Digital creation and virtual worlds will be highlighted as the forefront of innovation and artistic creation. These accessible days on accreditation will bring together the best creators and producers of the moment, leading US and GAFA, incubators and international funding centers around more than 25 speeches by many prestigious international speakers. South Africa has not been left behind: Ulrico Grech-Combo will speak about “Africa in the assault of the digital world”; and Tegan Bristow will moderate the topic “Can works emigrate new attention to Africa?“.

Digital Lab Africa’ presence at NewImages

Ulrico Grech-Cumbo is one of the Digital Lab Africa (DLA) mentors for the virtual reality category. Other partners of Digital Lab Africa will be present at NewImages on April 5th and 6th:
Marianne Lévy-Leblond (head of web productions and transmedia projects, Arte), Digital Lab Africa partner for the Web Creation category
Hélène Zemmour (Digital Director, TV5Monde), DLA Media Partner
Antoine Cayrol (producer, Atlas V), VR mentor of the first edition of DLA and producer of the winning project VR of DLA, Round Round of Shariffa Ali and Yetunde Dada
Ng’endo Mukii (director), VR category mentor for Digital Lab Africa

This year, NewImages offers a rich and ambitious offer to think and promote the digital creation of tomorrow in all its forms for professionals