a brand new production house

Founded by Corine Meijers in 2019, Studio Biarritz is a brand new production house that specializes in audiovisual projects that cross borders. Studio Biarritz develops its own projects, but we also love collaborating with filmmakers, artists and partners from all over the world to produce stories with a lot of heart that are relevant for our trying times.

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Gay Simulator

‘Gay Simulator’ is an interactive virtual reality artwork and video game which will immerse the user in the experiences of a lesbian girl. It’s an artistic ode to sexual preference, sexuality and love with a serious issue: the discrimination that lesbians still face today.

‘Gay Simulator’ is an interactive VR artwork and game, based on Iris her own experiences as a lesbian and those of others. It’s a colorful and fun experience, but with a serious undertone. The aim of ‘Gay Simulator’ is to create awareness in a playful manner by showing the verbal and physical violence which lesbians are still confronted with today. ‘Gay Simulator’ presents a mirror to highlight the blind spots within our society in relation to the acceptance of lesbians (and indirectly, of queer people in general). It is an ode to love and sexuality, about the exploration of your sexual orientation and about being embraced by the lesbian and queer community. It is a celebration of diversity and inclusivity. 

By Iris van der Meule

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Floating with Spirits

Two little sisters prepare for the Day of the Dead in the mystic mountains of Mexico remembering their shaman granny. In this cinematic, hybrid experience the spirits of nature and their ancestors surround them, transporting us into their magical world.

FLOATING WITH SPIRITS is a sensorial experience that challenges the viewer’s perception and makes the invisible visible in our world. With 360° docu-fiction footage, volumetric capture of the spirits and photogrammetry of different places in nature, we create an interactive 6DoF magical experience. FLOATING WITH SPIRITS wants to share the indigenous knowledge of the Mazatec with the world through VR, because authentic connection with nature is a necessity in the climate crisis.

Written and directed by Juanita Onzaga,
a production of Cassette for timescapes (BE).

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Symbiosis

Winner best creative technology award – IDFA Doclab competition / Immersive non-fiction 2021.

Symbiosis recently premiered in the USA, at PAMCUT – The Portland Art Museum: center for an untold Tomorrow. It will be showcase until February 2023. This was made possible thanks to the support of Nike, HTC Vive and the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York.

Symbiosis is a performative, multiuser and multisensory VR installation in which the human body will be redesigned. It allows every participant to embody a post-human or even nonhuman reality: a completely symbiotic human-animal or human-technologic relationship. Dutch experience design collective POLYMORF investigates in a speculative way how a more symbiotic exchange of genetic, cultural and technological traits between people and other present or future living entities can increase or change the agency of all. How will such affect future coexistence, legal rights and relationships between humans and all other living entities on a physical, emotional and spiritual level?

Concept, scenario and art direction: Marcel van Brakel
Directed by: Marcel van Brakel and Mark Meeuwenoord
Symbiosis is designed and produced by Polymorf in collaboration with Studio Biarritz.

Symbiosis was shown at the Holland Festival in A’dam – June 2022 and The Netherlands Film Festival in Utrecht – September 2022.

For more info and the latest news: www.symbiosis.show

 

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Ik ben een bastaard (I am a Bastard)

Special Mention Dutch Movies Matter Competion @ Movies that Matter 2022 (April 8-16 ), as well as a beautiful 3rd place – as part of the audience award!

Flemish writer and playwright Rashif El Kaoui calls himself a bastard, a half-blood, a mongrel. The talented playwright has lived in his mother’s native Flanders his whole life. His Moroccan father left the scene a long time ago, and although Rashif bears his father’s surname, he knows little about his roots. At home in Flanders, Rashif has been fighting prejudice his whole life, even within his immediate family. In the road movie I am a Bastard (Ik ben een bastaard), Rashif goes in search of answers to soothe his struggles with his bi-cultural identity. Director Ahmet Polat recognises Rashif’s need to free himself and follows him in his journey to find redemption.

Ik ben een bastaard (I am a Bastard) is a ‘road-movie’ style documentary by photographer Ahmet Polat.

Ik ben een bastaard is a coproduction with Dutch public broadcaster NTR (Het Uur van de Wolf).

It was shown on television last April, @ NTR Het Uur van de Wolf / NPO2.
It’s now available online in The Netherlands @ NPO start.

The documentary is part of a larger crossmedia project Wij zijn bastaard (We are Bastard).

Ik ben een bastaard premiered @ Movies that Matter, in competition Dutch Movies Matter and was selected for the Netherlands Film Festival, in competition Short Documentary 2022.

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The Imaginary Friend

The Imaginary Friend is an accessible and heartfelt story about a boy learning to deal with being different. The 7-year-old boy named Daniel with extremely vivid imagination has made a new friend: you, the spectator. Throughout this immersive experience, he desperately tries to convince his parents and other peers about your existence and learns to deal with your new presence in his life because you might be problematic for his health.

Written and directed by Steye Hallema.

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Home

HOME is a short fiction film about the uncomfortable friction between two characters trapped in a (self-) destructive relationship. Should you love another if it is at your own expense? At what point do good intentions turn into suffocating love? When is protecting the other wrong or even harmful? HOME is a film about all-consuming devotion and the urge to escape.

Written and directed by Floortje Pols

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Fereshteh’s Beauty Salon

Fereshteh’s Beauty Salon is a short documentary film which confronts the viewer with the impact of freedom on the lives of (Iranian) women living in Iran and NL. Fereshteh’s Beauty Salon is a poetic piece of social criticism combining choreographed images, fiction and documentary material. Background research for the film involved interviewing a range of women with a variety of backgrounds, including women with dual nationality, on the topics of freedom, feminism, and women’s rights.

By Davy Pieters and Nastaran Razawi Khorasani.

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