Writing Residency

Call for projects

Call for projects for the Immersive Writing Residency Institut Français - Les Ailleurs Arles

From August 21 to 28, 2021, in Arles

Fisheye and the Institut français are renewing the Immersive Writing Residency Institut Français – Les Ailleurs Arles for the 4th year, as part of the Rencontres de la Photographie in Arles.
Subject to favorable changes in the health situation, it will be held from August 21 to 28, 2021, at the Couvent Saint Césaire, in Arles.

The call for projects is open until May 28 2021.

This residency aims to support authors and artists, French and foreign, in the development of an innovative French-language writing project for virtual reality. It also aims to deepen the knowledge of the laureates on the creative and narrative potential of immersive technologies. Finally, it aims to provide the keys to writing a virtual reality project and to facilitate the convergence of different artistic forms.

For a week, participants will benefit from a masterclasses in the mornings, with international professionals working with immersive realities, visual arts, sound, performing arts and image. The afternoons will allow for individual one-on-ones and time for discussion.

In 2021, thanks to a partnership between the Région Sud and the Institut Français, the Les Ailleurs Arles writing residency will develop a program open to local stakeholders and professionals – artists, cultural establishments, training centers, universities. .. – get togethers, resident pitches and networking sessions will be organised.

How to participate ?


The call, open to French and foreign applicants, concerns a French-speaking VR writing project. Applications should be sent to the email address residence@lesailleurs.art and must contain:

> A cover letter (justifying the need for writing time in the implementation of the project)

> A presentation of the project that will be developed during the residency

> A curriculum vitae

> Scenarios or writing projects already completed (sent in digital format, or hosted on the Internet)

Deadline and selection

Incomplete applications will not be considered. You have until May 28, 2021 to apply.

The selection of candidates will be carried out by a jury of professionals. The results will be published at the end of June 2021. The author who applies must be the beneficiary of the residency.

Another person attached to the project cannot be proposed once the selection process has been completed.

Reception conditions and practical information

The residency will take place from August 21 to 28, 2021, from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. (arrival scheduled for Friday, August 20 in the evening).

Residents will be accommodated for seven nights in the center of Arles, near the place of residence (Couvent Saint-Césaire). Lunches will be taken care of by the organizers. Three group dinners will promote discussion time. The transport remains the responsibility of the residents.

The winners undertake to follow the entire program offered (masterclass in the morning and individual accompaniment in the afternoon).

Intellectual property

The work produced remains the property of the author, who has full moral and economic rights. The resident agrees to cite the Immersive Writing Residency Institut Français – Les Ailleurs Arles on any film or creation resulting directly or indirectly from his creative stay (logos and mention to be added to the credits). The resident authorizes Les Ailleurs and the Institut français to communicate during and after the residency on the role of the residency in the participant’s writing process.

Residents will be asked for a complete file of their project which will be given to the coordinators and stakeholders, as well as a summary of the project which will be sent to the other residents.

L’Institut Français

The Institut Français is the public institution responsible for promoting French culture internationally and fostering dialogue with foreign cultures. It supports digital creation by bringing out new talents, particularly in the context of its residency programs. It promotes the dissemination of French creations and know-how abroad and promotes international meetings and cooperation.


Les Ailleurs

Les Ailleurs is a label imagined by Fisheye that explores the new territories of writing in virtual reality and presents audiences with the best of contemporary immersive creation. As part of the Rencontres de la photographie d’Arles 2021, Les Ailleurs Arles presents the exhibition “Incarnation – When the image is thought in volume“. With new image creation technologies such as photogrammetry and LiDAR scanning, the photographic image becomes volume, space, experience. The “Incarnation” exhibition shows these new image-worlds, by presenting the work of a generation of artists who, with photographic means, fabricate virtual ecologies, avatars-portraits, hybrid bodies, embodied stories. The festival is organizing workshops for children and the fourth edition of the virtual reality writing residency from August 21 to 28 in Arles.


Previous residents and projects