FEAST OF THE KILLER WHALES

DIRECTED BY ALEXIS BARBIER-BOUVET | DIDIER NOIROT

The hope in the Frozen North

Didier Noirot is known as one of the world’s greatest underwater cameramen and has several prestigious awards for his natural history film camerawork.
Over the past 40 years, Didier has been driven by his passion for marine life, but now he’s set himself a new challenge, to film what is perhaps the largest known gathering of marine mammals in the world; hundreds of killer whales in pursuit of shoals of herring. Today, these killer whales are faced with unexpected competition from humpback whales, who began appearing in this Arctic region only a few years ago, driven by a lack of food resources in the Atlantic Ocean, their natural habitat. In the midst of this changing ecosystem, we journey to the heart of the Norwegian fjords, where Didier Noirot’s aim is to take us as close as we can get to these giants of the Arctic so we can witness first-hand their new behaviour and hunting activity, which has never been captured on film before.

 

FORMAT: 52 ’ | 4K

WITH: DIDIER NOIROT

DIRECTED BY: ALEXIS BARBIER-BOUVET & DIDIER NOIROT

IN CO-PRODUCTION WITH: ARTE FRANCE | SUBIMAGERY PRODUCTIONS

WITH SUPPORT FROM: CNC | LA RÉGION AUVERGNE-RHÔNE-ALPES | PROCIREP – ANGOA

FRANCE BROADCAST: ARTE | USHUAIA TVSVT

INTERNATIONAL SALES: ARTE DISTRIBUTION

PRODUCTION: 2020

The little-known bear

Human civilizations throughout history have always lived in fear and admiration of the wild bear. Now, scientists are on the verge of discovering the biological and physiological secrets of these elusive creatures to help solve human health problems associated with kidneys, neurological disorders, osteoporosis and obesity.

We will meet scientists, visit laboratories and go out into the field to study these animals’ behavior, to discover how one day the bear might revolutionize our lives!

FORMAT : 52’ | 4K

DIRECTED BY : THIERRY ROBERT | RÉMY MARION

IN CO-PRODUCTION WITH : ARTE FRANCE | PÔLES D’IMAGES

WITH SUPPORT FROM : CNC | LA RÉGION AUVERGNE-RHÔNE-ALPES

FRANCE BROADCAST : ARTE

INTERNATIONAL BROADCAST : SCIENCE&VIE TV | SVT | CURIOSITYSTREAM | RTBF

INTERNATIONAL SALES : LUCKY YOU

PRODUCTION : 2018

700 sharks

Directed by Luc Marescot

Gombessa IV Expedition

Legend has it that the shark is a lone wolf. He hunts alone. Think again. The latest science shows that the shark actually hunts in packs.

In a groundbreaking experiment, five of the most experienced underwater scientists in the world will dive at night among 700 starving sharks, the largest school ever recorded. It took them 3 years of preparation to dare descend among the predators. Their goal is to fit electronic trackers on one hundred squalls to monitor their movement and organization during nocturnal hunting. The challenge is to produce a 3D mapping which will reveal the sharks’ movements, gathering points, attacks and strategies, at a scale that has never been done before.

This study revolutionizes our understanding of the world’s greatest predator.

 

FORMATS: 90′ | 52′ | 44′ | 4K

AN EXPEDITION LED BY: LAURENT BALLESTA

DIRECTED BY: LUC MARESCOT

IN CO-PRODUCTION WITH: ARTE FRANCE | ANDROMÈDE OCÉANOLOGIE | LGB PRODUCTION | FILMIN’TAHITI | CNRS IMAGES

WITH SUPPORT FROM: CNC | LA RÉGION AUVERGNE-RHÔNE-ALPES | LA POLYNÉSIE FRANÇAISE | FRANCETÉLÉVISIONS

FRANCE BROADCAST: ARTE | FRANCE Ô | USHUAIA TV 

INTERNATIONAL BROADCAST: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC WILD | ICI EXPLORA | NHK | CCTV

INTERNATIONAL SALES: ARTE DISTRIBUTION

PRODUCTION: 2018

700 SHARKS – A 360° VR EXPERIENCE

DIRECTED BY MANUEL LEFÈVRE | FRÉDÉRIC GOURDET

Sharks in Virtual Reality

‘’700 sharks’’ is a VR short-doc mini series following Laurent Ballesta, famous underwater specialist and biologist. After 4 expeditions in the tiny Fakarava atoll, lost in the middle of the Pacific ocean, Laurent is about to give a final answer to his quest: understanding the hunting behaviour of the biggest shark pack in the world. 

Hundreds of grey sharks living there together and hunting at night in 30 meter deep waters, in what looks like a perfect paradise.

You will experience a unique feeling, as if you were a member of this exciting expedition, diving at night in the middle of the pack.

Sharing excitement and doubt, laughter and fear…

FORMAT: 2 x 6’

DIRECTED BY: MANUEL LEFÈVRE

WITH THE COLLABORATION OF: FRÉDÉRIC GOURDET

IN CO-PRODUCTION WITH: ARTE FRANCE | NEOTOPY

FRANCE BROADCAST: ARTE 360 VR | USHUAIA TV VR |  CITÉ DE L’OCÉAN DE BIARRITZ

INTERNATIONAL BROADCAST: WITHIN

INTERNATIONAL SALES: ARTE DISTRIBUTION

PRODUCTION: 2018

EPISODE TITLES:
EPISODE 1 – THE MYSTERY OF FAKARAVA (6’)

EPISODE 2 – INTO THE SHARK PACK (6’)

Surviving in the Lagoon

Directed by Gil Kebaïli | Manuel Lefèvre

The Pacific Atolls

In the heart of the Pacific, between the lagoon and the ocean, unrolls one of Nature’s greatest spectacles. This is the story of a little surgeonfish that will endeavour to survive the greatest ordeals from the moment he is born. He will face the greatest dangers and cross paths with the ocean’s worst predators. Only one out of a million will make it to adulthood.

Filmed in UHD and extreme slow motion, this film captures exclusive wildlife behaviour of sharks, whales, manta rays, groupers, and more.

FORMATS: 52’ | 43’ | 4K

DIRECTED BY: MANUEL LEFÈVRE | GIL KÉBAÏLI

IN CO-PRODUCTION WITH: ARTE FRANCE | ANDROMÈDE OCÉANOLOGIE | LGB PRODUCTIONS

WITH SUPPORT FROM: CNC

FRANCE BROADCAST: ARTE

INTERNATIONAL BROADCAST: CURIOSITYSTREAM | NHK | AMC NETWORK | CESKA TV |  VRT | TANG MEDIA | TZU CHI CULTURE | MAGELLAN TV

INTERNATIONAL SALES: ARTE DISTRIBUTION

PRODUCTION: 2018

MAURITIUS AND RODRIGUES, JEWELS OF THE MASCARENE ISLANDS

Directed by René Heuzey | Lucile Hochdoerffer

Dream Islands?

Idyllic, paradisiac, there’s no lack of superlatives to describe the jewels of the Indian Ocean: Mauritius and Rodrigues Islands.

However, the reality is somewhat crueller: Mauritus is damaged by uncontrolled tourist development and is also affected by global warming. Rodrigues, further north, is spared large-scale urban development but the island is getting thirsty! It doesn’t rain anymore and the increasingly violent cyclones are devastating the coastline.

Accompanied by ‘’The man who dances with moray eels’’ and large marine animals, sperm whales, sharks and moray eels, we experience everyday life alongside the locals of these islands who choose to preserve their piece of paradise!

FORMATS: 110’ | 2 x 52’ | HD

DIRECTED BY: RENÉ HEUZEY | LUCILE HOCHDOERFFER

IN CO-PRODUCTION WITH: LABEL BLEU PRODUCTION

WITH SUPPORT FROM: CNC | FRANCETÉLÉVISIONS 

FRANCE BROADCAST: FRANCE Ô

PRODUCTION: 2017

EPISODE TITLES:
ÎLE MAURICE, L’HOMME QUI PARLE AUX CACHALOTS (52′)

RODRIGUES, POUR L’AMOUR D’UNE ÎLE (52′) 

Packing for Mars

Directed by Thierry Robert

Packing for Mars

National space agencies, scientists and private businesses are competing to find pioneering ways to be part of the adventure to dive on Mars, and are investing colossal sums of money to achieve their goal. Competition is fierce and sometimes cutthroat. They all have their sights set on finding the solutions to the problems raised by what is billed as the greatest expedition of all time.

This documentary film presents the most influential scientists, engineers and adventurers in space exploration today.

FORMATS: 90’ | 52′ | 4K

DIRECTED BY: THIERRY ROBERT

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH: LE CNES – CENTRE NATIONAL D’ÉTUDES SPATIALES

WITH SUPPORT FROM: CNC | PROCIREP – ANGOA | FRANCETÉLÉVISIONS

FRANCE BROADCAST: FRANCE 5 | USHUAIA TV

INTERNATIONAL BROADCAST: CURIOSITYSTREAM | NHK | WELT24 | ODISEA | TVB | DTR | FOCUS

INTERNATIONAL SALES: LUCKY YOU

PRODUCTION: 2017

SUPER-HEROES THE SECRET SIDE

SEASON 1

Super-Heroes are real

SUPER-HEROES are more than movie characters. Some people on our planet seem endowed with super powers, allowing them to always push beyond the limits of the human body.

How do these « super-powers» work? Why do they constantly put their lives at risk? Who are the people behind the guise of « super-hero »?

The TV series ‘’SUPER-HEROES the secret side’’ offers 8 portraits of athletes with outstanding skills. The series alternates spectacular footage, which brings out the ‘’super-powers’’ of our heroes revealing the intimacy of these not-so different humans!

Thanks to these dialogues and the experience of host, Arnaud Tortel, trainer and physiotherapist, this new series is a wake-up call for all of the super heroes who reside in everyone.

FORMATS: 8 x 26’ | 4 x 52’ | HD

WITH: ARNAUD TORTEL | YOANN « ZEPHYR » LEROUX | ALAIN ROBERT | ÉRIC DEGUIL | KILIAN JORNET | GÉRALDINE FASNACHT | JB CHANDELIER | UMBERTO PELIZZARIJUSTINE DUPONT

DIRECTED BY: WILLIAM JAPHET | SÉBASTIEN MONTAZ-ROSSET | THIERRY ROBERT | PIERRE STINE | NICOLAS THOMÄ

IN CO-PRODUCTION WITH: MFP

WITH SUPPORT FROM: CNC| WEAVE | NAOASSUR EMPRUNTEUR | LA FINANCIÈRE DU SPORT

FRANCE BROADCAST: PLANÈTE+ A&E | TV5MONDE

INTERNATIONAL BROADCAST: DISCOVERY | SRF | TV5QUÉBEC | RTS

INTERNATIONAL SALES: KWANZA

PRODUCTION: 2016

Saving the Biggest Fish in the World

Directed by Thierry Robert | René Heuzey

The Whale Shark is in danger

An extraordinary event takes place each year in January, on the extreme east coast of the Horn of Africa, in the bay of Arta: the incredible and unexplained gathering of whale sharks, the biggest fish in the world.

Intrigued by the phenomenon, more and more tourists come to Djibouti to swim with the sharks, this poses a threat to the sharks who are often injured by boat propellers.

Thankfully veterinary Doctor Betrand Lafrance, nicknamed Doctor Courage, who, since 1995, has been battling for the creation of a Marine Protected Area.

As the film follows his battle, it recounts the environmental, human and scientific stakes that will allow the biggest fish in the world to be saved.

 

FORMATS: 26’ | 19′ | HD

DIRECTED BY: THIERRY ROBERT

IN COLLABORATION WITH: RENÉ HEUZEY

WITH SUPPORT FROM: CNC | ZOOPARC DE BEAUVAL | FRANCETÉLÉVISIONS – MAGAZINE « THALASSA »

FRANCE BROADCAST: FRANCE 3 THALASSA | TV5MONDE

PRODUCTION: 2016

Naturally Curious in Paris

Directed by Olivier Chasle

Nature lovers in Paris

Enthusiastic naturalist, insatiable nature lover, trained biologist, Myriam leads us on a discovery of the nature that lies within arms length of us. Nature accessible to everyone but which remains unexpected.

It’s by following the trace of an animal, emblematic to her native Brittany, the tiny Ouessant sheep, that Myriam finds herself propelled to Paris, right into the very heart of the megapole, where her tiny woolly compatriot has found a totally new form of employment, that of ecological grass cutter.

Forever curious, Myriam decides to get out to meet nature wherever it may be and however unexpected it is. She’s not attracted by the parks and gardens Paris has to offer but more courtyards and balconies, rooftops, sidewalks, abandoned railroad tracks, drains, canals and cemeteries. Paris that’s underground, mysterious or a little more everyday, so long as it’s presented in a fun & surprising way.

Accompanied by her trusty cameraman and aid, Myriam is a surprising professor, who truly rejuvenates the concept of “ naturalist ”.

FORMATS: 52’ | 3 x 13’ | HD

DIRECTED BY: OLIVIER CHASLE

IN CO-PRODUCTION WITH: ZED

WITH SUPPORT FROM: CNC

 

FRANCE BROADCAST: USHUAIA TV | TV5MONDE

INTERNATIONAL SALES: ZED

PRODUCTION: 2016

Babouchka, the North Pole

Directed by Thierry Robert

Babouchka

In 2011, Sébastien Roubinet and Rodolphe André, only covered 650 km towards the North Pole due to a faulty main battery. 2013. A new departure! A new hi-tech prototype, a sporty vessel called BABOUCHKA, extremely fast on sea, snow and ice! A new crewmate, too: Vincent Berthet. Beyond his great experience of sailing and of Polar regions, he’s also an excellent cameraman. Seb and Vince have all the assets to rise to this new challenge, on one of the greatest maritime adventures ever undertaken: to be the first in the history of mankind to take a sailing vessel to the Pole; to cross the Arctic Ocean from one Land to the Other without assistance.

FORMATS: 90’ | 52’ | HD

WITH: SÉBASTIEN ROUBINET | VINCENT BERTHET

DIRECTED BY: THIERRY ROBERT

WITH SUPPORT FROM: CNC | LA RÉGION AUVERGNE-RHÔNE-ALPES | CONSEIL GÉNÉRAL DE LA DRÔME | FRANCETÉLÉVISIONS – MAGAZINE « THALASSA »

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH: V8 EQUIPEMENT | LOWEPRO | WOOLPOWER | BERING

 

FRANCE BROADCAST: FRANCE 3 – THALASSA | PLANÈTE+ THALASSA | TV5MONDE

INTERNATIONAL SALES: KWANZA

PRODUCTION: 2014

Ice Trap

Directed by Thierry Robert

Voyage to the centre of the ice

This voyage to the centre of the ice is the breath-taking tale of a polar scuba diving expedition in Greenland.

August 2012. It’s the end of the Arctic summer. Two adventurers are drifting in their sea kayaks among gigantic blocks of ice carried south by the East Greenland Current. They intend to travel between the only two communities on one of the world’s wildest coastlines. Ittoqqortoormiit is the starting point of an intense 1000-kilometer-long human adventure! Two incredible months spent travelling the vertiginous canyons of the fjords and exploring the spectacular underwater world of the icebergs, home to great polar marine mammals and fabulous largely unknown creatures.

As the days go by, the expedition becomes increasingly treacherous, the weather conditions deteriorate and the Piterak threatens to strike. This icy katabatic wind can reach speeds of 200 kilometres per hour. It’s a race against time! The adventurers must reach Ammassalik before the ICE TRAP closes in on them.

FORMATS: 110’ | 5 x 26’| HD

WITH: ALBAN MICHON | VINCENT BERTHET

DIRECTED BY: THIERRY ROBERT

WITH SUPPORT FROM: CNC | LA RÉGION AUVERGNE-RHÔNE-ALPES |CONSEIL GÉNÉRAL DE LA DRÔME | FRANCETÉLÉVISIONS – MAGAZINE « THALASSA »

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH: 66° NORD | V8 EQUIPEMENT

FRANCE BROADCAST: FRANCE 3 – THALASSA | PLANÈTE+ THALASSA |TV5MONDE | FRANCE 5

INTERNATIONAL BROADCAST: VRT | RTS | RAI | GLOBOSAT

INTERNATIONAL SALES: KWANZA

PRODUCTION: 2013

Sailing the North Pole

Directed by Thierry Robert

Sailing the North Pole

These two were a match made in heaven!

Sébastien decided to take Rodolphe on an unprecedented adventure in summer 2011: the crossing of the Arctic ocean in a sail boat, without food supplies, from Deadhorse in Alaska to the Norwegian Islands of Spitzberg, passing by the geographic North Pole!

To do so, he created an ingenious catamaran, a hybrid ice yacht, « Ti’Babouche » capable of navigating both on ice and water.

Despite the crazy, aborted dream to attempt at a World first, by taking a sail boat to the North Pole, to this little-known summer ice floe, the film reveals the daily life of these two men, in a captivating & spectacular road movie!

FORMATS: 52’ | 26’ | HD

WITH: SÉBASTIEN ROUBINET | RODOLPHE ANDRÉ

DIRECTED BY: THIERRY ROBERT

IN CO-PRODUCTION WITH: MFP

WITH SUPPORT FROM: CNC | FRANCETÉLÉVISIONS – MAGAZINE “THALASSA”

FRANCE BROADCAST: FRANCE 3 – THALASSA | PLANÈTE+ THALASSA | TV5MONDE

INTERNATIONAL SALES: FRANCETV DISTRIBUTION

PRODUCTION: 2011

Cave of Forgotten Dreams

Directed by Werner Herzog

Cave of forgotten dreams

In 1994, a group of scientists discovered a cave in Southern France perfectly preserved for over 20,000 years and containing the earliest known human paintings. Knowing the cultural significance that the Chauvet Cave holds, the French government immediately cut-off all access to it, save a few archaeologists and palaeontologists. But documentary filmmaker, Werner Herzog, has been given limited access, and now we get to go inside, examining beautiful artwork created by our ancient ancestors, around 32,000 years ago. He questions various historians and scientists on what these humans would have been like and tries to build a bridge from the past to the present.

With his 3D cameras, Werner Herzog captured the sheer beauty of these wonders on one of the most majestic sites ever.

FORMATS: 90’ | 2K | 3D RELIEF

DIRECTED BY: WERNER HERZOG

IN CO-PRODUCTION WITH: CREATIVE DIFFERENCES

CINEMA BROADCAST: FRANCE – 2011

INTERNATIONAL SALES: METROPOLITAN FILMEXPORT

PRODUCTION: 2011