In addition to being the founder and executive director of China’s biggest immersive media festival, Sandbox Immersive Festival, Eddie Lou is also the founder and CEO of Sandman Studios, a Beijing-based creative studio dedicated to exploring immersive storytelling and interactive experiences. Sandman Studios’recent works Free Whale and Fresh Out were officially selected for the 74th and 75th Venice Film Festival VR Competition. He has also worked as an advisor and mentor for a number of AR/VR companies and institutions including Huawei, Greenlight Insight and Beijing International Film Festival. Eddie holds degrees from Imperial College London, the University of the Arts London and London Business School.
Combining journalism, criticism and curating, Angelique Spaninks has developed a generalist, hybrid practice bridging art, design, creative technology and pop culture since graduating from Fontys Journalism College in Tilburg and Erasmus University in Rotterdam (Art & Cultural Studies). From 2005, she has been both director and curator of leading contemporary arts venue MU art space. Between 2012 and 2018 she combined her positions at MU with roles as a director and curator for STRP Biennial, a platform focussing on creative technology. Having participated in various cultural boards, think tanks and commissions, she currently chairs the Talent Development Commission of the Dutch Creative Industries Fund and advises Amsterdam Art Fund (AFK) on visual arts and digital culture.
Marianne Lévy-Leblond commissions original digital productions within the ARTE France Digital Department with the aim of supporting creativity, innovation and public service for digital ecosystems. Recent co-productions include VR productions The Real Thing, Accused #2, A Fisherman’s Tale. BattleScar and Gloomy Eyes are upcoming, as are documentary series Lost in Traplanta, interactive documentary Earn a living and mobile games Alt_Frequencies and Vectronom.
Prior to this, she worked as a TV documentary commissioning editor at ARTE France for 10 years, having previously been an executive producer for numerous documentaries and TV programs.