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Mona – a VR comedy series we want to make

January 23, 2017

What if behind Mona Lisa’s peaceful and soothing smile there’s a hidden diva drama? What if the force of inertia locking museum guards to their chairs was actually the weight of a secret mission? Mona is a new virtual reality series in development that takes you into the parallel world of the world’s most famous muses – a world you could never have never guessed existed…

Mona virtual reality series

Mona is one of four projects that is selected (out of 35 submission) for the Cinemart/VR Days pitch program of the upcoming Rotterdam Film Festival (25 January – 4 February, 2017).

Read more about Mona.

We love the work of animator Amos Mulder

December 21, 2016

Submarine Channel will be supporting Amos Mulders next film, Word! as part of the talent development project De Ontmoeting. This Dutch initiative aims to connect upcoming directors with the film industry. Amos is an exceptional animator, editor and vfx artist whose short films and music videos have a certain surreal, almost dadaist quality that drew us in. Check out Off The Ground – a short animated documentary based on a NUFORC hotline call recording from 1977. Great stuff.

Amos’ new film, Word!, will be a visual essay about language. In a time of increased polarisation, when everyone in the media and on the internet seems to be shouting their opinions, Word! will advocate nuance and promote understanding. All four films selected as part of this program will premiere in September 2017.


November 22, 2016


Remember the Really Big Button That Doesn’t Do Anything? This mid 1990s Internet phenomenon served as a funny social commentary on our online behavior, Back in the early days of the internet, ‘click bate’ used to be nothing more than a fancy button. How things have changed. reveals, in a comedic way, the most commonly used browser events that monitor our online behaviour today. You’d be surprised at the conclusions that the narrator is able to draw about you, based solely on how and where you ‘click.’ This new project by Moniker and VPRO Medialab is part of the IDFA Doc Lab Elastic Reality expo in Amsterdam (through November 27).

Poppy supported by Transmedia Program

November 21, 2016

We’re very happy to announce that Poppy is supported by The Grant Program for Non-Fiction Transmedia, a scheme by which Creative Industries Fund NL in association with the Dutch Cultural Media Fund and the Netherlands Film Fund is endeavouring to stimulate new forms of documentary-making and storytelling.

Poppy Selected for IDFA Forum

November 16, 2016

Poppy - Trails of Afghan Heroin

POPPY – Uncovering the New Drug Wars is one of two Submarine projects selected for the IDFA Forum. In Poppy, you will follow the trails of heroin from the remote mountain valleys of Afghanistan to the streets of Europe and beyond to find out how terrorism, armed conflict and drug trafficking are inseparably linked. Using photography, text and video, POPPY illustrates the dark flip-side of globalization. Read more about Poppy.

Also selected for the Forum is Submarine‘s feature documentary Bellingcat about citizen investigators.

Michel Reilhac new Head of Submarine Channel

November 3, 2016

Michel Reilhac New Head of Submarine Channel

As of today, the internationally renowned transmedia producer and virtual reality filmmaker Michel Reilhac will join Submarine in the position of Head of Submarine Channel. Reilhac shares a common interest with Submarine in exploring new forms of storytelling in VR, games and other non-linear digital media. Reilhac’s network and experience will enable filmmakers to find a platform for fresh and daring stories that deserve an audience.

Reilhac was Head of Film Acquisitions at Arte France for many years and executive director of Arte France Cinema, where he co-produced an average of 30 films per year, including Antichrist and Melancholia by Lars von Trier. In 2013, he was elected Man of the Year in Film by the trade magazine “Le Film Français.” He will continue to organize workshops on transmedia storytelling at events such as the Cannes Film Festival, Sunny Side of the Doc, The Pixel Lab, Dixit, Femis, etc.

On Friday November 4, Reilhac will represent Submarine Channel at the VR Days Europe in Amsterdam, where he will moderate the Expert Session Amazing VR Production Stories.

Ashes to Ashes poster revealed

November 2, 2016

This is the first poster for our virtual reality short Ashes to Ashes, made especially for the world premiere this Saturday, November 5, at the VR Days in Amsterdam. Photo: Niels de Roos, Poster: Christiaan de Rooij.

Ashes to Ashes VR short drama film

World Premiere Ashes to Ashes

November 1, 2016

Ashes to Ashes VR short film by Submarine Channel

Date: November 5 | Location: Vondel CS, Amsterdam | Starts at 9 PM | Invitation only.

What started out last year as an experiment at the Dutch VR Days grew into a full blown VR production. Ashes to Ashes will have its world premiere at the same event where it all started: at the VR Days.

Ashes to Ashes is a surreal, tragicomedy in virtual reality about how a dysfunctional family handles the dying wish of their grandfather. Seen through the ‘eyes’ of the deceased –the urn containing the ashes– this short VR film gives a unique point of view on a bizarre set of family relationships that are ready to blow up. We witness how each family member drops their pretences to reveal the full extent of their dishonesty. Ultimately, Ashes to Ashes is about choosing your own reality, your imagination, your world.

Ashes to Ashes will be presented at international festivals and events before launching online in 2017.

Python Developer

October 24, 2016


For Submarine‘s new #animation studio we are looking for a Python Developer who can help us expand our internal asset management system and help us with pipeline related scripts. Check the job description for more info.

Finalists Dutch Design Awards 2016

October 21, 2016

Five years ago we made this “Dutch Profile” about Dutch designer Wieki Somers. In her hands, ordinary objects become stimuli for a more poetic take on our daily lives. This year, Wieki is one of the finalists for the Dutch Design Awards in the category product design. The winners will be announced Saturday 29, 2016, during the Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven.