Michaël Swierczynski

Director / Head of Digital Development
NewImages Festival / Forum des images

After working as Head of Editorial for the web and video portals of cultural channels Escales, Histoire, and Encyclopedia for the ABSat Group, Michael Swierczynski then took over the running of the New Media arm of the INA, where he was responsible for the organization’s digital transformation and was one of the drivers of the www.ina.fr website.

In 2013, Michael Swierczynski became Head of Digital Development at the Forum des images, which was looking to initiate its digital transformation and organize content distribution. He piloted the institution’s web creation, allowing the online public to discover ongoing programming from a different angle, illustrated through film extracts, articles, quotes, cinema classes, and some unique encounters. Responsible for the creation of fun and educational applications and websites dedicated to the festivals organized by the Forum des images, Michael Swierczynski widened out his skills to include the production of web documentaries and web series put online on the Forum des images’s various video channels, platforms, and social media.

Passionate about all new forms of imagery, he launched the Paris Virtual Film Festival, the first festival dedicated to VR from a cinema perspective. The festival has been building an international reputation since its first edition in June 2016, while offering weekly programming for the general public with 100% virtual content. In April 2018, the Paris Virtual Film Festival and I Love Transmedia launched NewImages, a brand new festival dedicated to digital creation and virtual worlds.

Michael Swierczynski has won many awards, including the Prix Stratégie from Stratégie magazine, the Clic d’Or in the News and Entertainment category from CBS News and Yahoo, and the Grand Prix du Webdocumentaire from the WebTV Festival in La Rochelle. In 2017, the web show shot in VR that he produces won the Audience Award at the Swiss Web Festival in the Culture & Entertainment category.

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