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.

 

Awards

  • International Adventure & Discovery Film Festival | Val d’Isère, France, 2018
    Award Alain Estève

  • Lumexplore, International Scientific Exploration  Film Festival | La Ciotat, France, 2018
    Award Best Human Adventure Film
FORMATS
90′ | 52′ | 44′ | 110′ | 2x52′ | 4K

AN EXPEDITION BY
LAURENT BALLESTA

DIRECTED BY
LUC MARESCOT

CO-PRODUCTION
ARTE FRANCE | LE CINQUIÈME RÊVE | LGB PRODUCTION | FILMIN’TAHITI | CNRS IMAGES

WITH THE PARTICIPATION OF
CNC
LA RÉGION AUVERGNE-RHÔNE-ALPES
LA POLYNÉSIE FRANÇAISE
FRANCE TÉLÉVISIONS

FRANCE BROADCAST
ARTE | FRANCE Ô | USHUAIA TV

INTERNATIONAL BROADCAST
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC WILD

INTERNATIONAL SALES
ARTE SALES

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…

Selections

  • Newimages | Paris, France, 2018

  • VR Arles Festival | France, 2018

  • World VR Forum | Crans Montana, Switzerland, 2018

  • Vancouver Virtual Reality Film Festival, YVRFF | Canada, 2018

  • Mt. Fuji – Atami Film & VR festival | Japan, 2018

  • MIPDOC | Cannes, France, 2018

  • Virtuality | Paris, France, 2018

  • Festival Aventure et Découverte | Val d’Isère, France, 2018

  • I Love Science Festival | Bruxelles, Belgium, 2018

  • Cannes Next | France, 2018

  • Shanghai Modern Art Museum | China, 2018

  • Festival of underwater image of New Caledonia | Noumea, 2018

FORMAT
2 x 6’

DIRECTED BY
MANUEL LEFÈVRE

WITH THE COLLABORATION OF
FRÉDÉRIC GOURDET

COPRODUCTION
ARTE FRANCE | LE CINQUIÈME RÊVE | NEOTOPY

FRANCE BROADCAST
ARTE 360 VR | USHUAIA TV VR | CITY OF THE OCEAN OF BIARRITZ

INTERNATIONAL SALES
ARTE SALES

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’ | HD

DIRECTED BY
GIL KÉBAÏLI | MANUEL LEFÈVRE

CO-PRODUCTION
ARTE FRANCE | LE CINQUIÈME RÊVE | ANDROMÈDE OCÉANOLOGIE | LGB PRODUCTIONS

WITH THE PARTICIPATION OF
CNC

FRANCE BROADCAST
ARTE

INTERNATIONAL SALES
ARTE SALES

PRODUCTION
2018

MAURITUS 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!

Awards

  • Galathea Festival, International Marine World Festival | Hyères, France, 2018
    Award Galathea d’Or

FORMATS
110’ | 2 x 52’ | HD

DIRECTED BY
RENÉ HEUZEY | LUCILE HOCHDOERFFER

CO-PRODUCTION
LE CINQUIÈME RÊVE | LABEL BLEU PRODUCTION

WITH THE PARTICIPATION OF
CNC
FrancetÉlÉvisions

FRANCE BROADCAST
FRANCE Ô

PRODUCTION
2017

 
 

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

WITH THE PARTICIPATION OF
CNC
PROCIREP – ANGOA
FRANCETÉLÉVISIONS

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

FRANCE BROADCAST
France 5 | UshuaiaTV

INTERNATIONAL BROADCAST
CuriosityStream | NHK

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 PELIZZARI | JUSTINE DUPONT

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

CO-PRODUCTION
LE CINQUIÈME RÊVE | MFP

WITH THE PARTICIPATION OF
CNC

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

FRANCE BROADCAST
PLANETE+ A&E | TV5MONDE

INTERNATIONAL BROADCAST
Discovery | SRF | TV5 Québec | RTS

INTERNATIONAL SALES
KWANZA

PRODUCTION
2016

Awards

  • Maritime, Exploration and Environment International Film Festival | Toulon, France, 2016
    A Certain Regard on sport Prize – Justine Dupont, the bride of the ocean

  • International Sea Film Festival | Hendaye, France, 2016
    Public Prize – Justine Dupont, the bride of the ocean

  • International Alpine Film Festival of Diablerets | Switzerland, 2016
    Young prize – Géraldine Fasnacht, The bird lady

DVD

 

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.

 

Awards

  • Environment and underwater picture European Celebration | Strasbourg, France, 2016
    Special Jury’s mention

  • Sea Festival | Saint Petersburg, Russia, 2016
    Nature protection Prize

  • Maritime, Exploration and Environment International Film Festival | Toulon, France, 2016
    Special Mention

FORMATS
26’ | 19’ | HD

DIRECTED BY
THIERRY ROBERT

IN COLLABORATION WITH
RENÉ HEUZEY

WITH THE PARTICIPATION OF
CNC
ZOOPARC OF BEAUVAL
FRANCETÉLÉVISIONS – “THALASSA” MAGAZINE

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

CO-PRODUCTION
LE CINQUIÈME RÊVE | ZED

WITH THE PARTICIPATION OF
CNC

FRANCE BROADCAST
USHUAÏATV | TV5MONDE

INTERNATIONAL SALES
ZED

PRODUCTION
2016

 

 

 

Babouchka, the North Pole

Directed by Thierry Robert
 

A return to hell

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.

Awards

  • Mediterranea – International underwater pictures and adventure Festival | Antibes, France, 2014
    Exploration and extreme adventure Prize

  • Maritime, Exploration and Environment International Film Festival | Toulon, France, 2014
    Exploration Prize

  • Sea Screens Festival / Dunkirk, France, 2014
    Best adventure film Prize
    Young Jury Prize

  • Environment and underwater picture European Celebration | Strasbourg, France, 2014
    Extreme and Environment Prize

  • The Sea Calls | Saint Petersburg, Russia, 2014
    Nerves of Steel Award

FORMATS
90’ | 52’ | HD

WITH
SÉBASTIEN ROUBINET | VINCENT BERTHET

DIRECTED BY 
THIERRY ROBERT

WITH THE PARTICIPATION OF
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

 

DVD

 

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.

Awards

  • Environment and underwater picture European Celebration | Strasbourg, France, 2014
    Adventure Prize

  • Mediterranea – International underwater pictures and adventure Festival | Antibes, France, 2013
    Exploration and Adventure Prize

  • International Underwater Film Festival | Belgrade, Serbia, 2013
    Grand Prize

  • Worldwide Underwater Picture Festival | Marseille, France, 2013
    Public Grand Prize

  • Maritime, Exploration and Environment International Film Festival | Toulon, France, 2013
    François de Roubaix’s Prize for soundtrack
    Gold Anchor

  • Curious Traveler Festival | Saint-Etienne, France, 2014
    Special Jury’s mention

FORMATS
110’ | 5 x 26’ | HD

WITH
ALBAN MICHON | VINCENT BERTHET

DIRECTED BY
THIERRY ROBERT

WITH THE PARTICIPATION OF
CNC
LA RÉGION AUVERGNE-RHÔNE-ALPES
CONSEIL GÉNÉRAL DE LA DRÔME
FRANCETÉLÉVISIONS – “THALASSA” MAGAZINE

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH
66° NORD | V8 EQUIPEMENT

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

INTERNATIONAL SALES
KWANZA

PRODUCTION
2013

 

Book & DVD

 

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

CO-PRODUCTION 
LE CINQUIÈME RÊVE | MFP

WITH THE PARTICIPATION OF
CNC | FRANCETéLéVISIONS – Magazine “Thalassa”

FRANCE BROADCAST
France 3 – Thalassa | Planète+ Thalassa | TV5 Monde

INTERNATIONAL SALES
Francetv distribution

PRODUCTION 
2011

Awards

  • International Polar Film Festival | Lyon, France, 2012
    Golden Ice Cube

  • Mediterranea – International underwater pictures and adventure Festival | Antibes, France, 2012
    Exploration and Adventure Prize

  • Adventure Screens Festival | Dunkirk, France, 2012
    Best adventure film festival Prize
    Special Jury’s Mention Prize

  • Maritime, Exploration and Environment International Film Festival | Toulon, France, 2012
    Gold Anchor
    Philippe Tailliez’s Prize
    SNSM’s Prize

  • Adventure Screens Festival | Dijon, France, 2012
    Jean-Marc Boivin’s Prize

  • Environment and underwater picture European Celebration | Strasbourg, France, 2012
    Human Adventure Prize

DVD

 

Cave of Forgotten Dreams

Directed by Werner Herzog
 

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.

FORMAT
90’ | 2K | 3D RELIEF

DIRECTED BY
WERNER HERZOG

CO-PRODUCTION
CREATIVE DIFFERENCES | LE CINQUIÈME RÊVE

CINEMA BROADCAST
France : 2011

INTERNATIONAL SALES
METROPOLITAN FILMEXPORT

PRODUCTION
2011

DVD

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