Who are we?

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C.B. Yi

Born in the People's Republic of China, on a small island, I grew up in Austria, where I soon became an Austrian citizen. I started studying sinology, but I quickly understood that making films would allow me to create a link between cultures, while exploring the complexity and subtlety of human relationships through an artistic lens.

I had the privilege of becoming a disciple of Michael Haneke at the Vienna Film Academy of Music and the Performing Arts, as an apprentice director. Notably I started my second study of cinematography by the masterclass of Christian Berger and began to create my own screenplays. I achieved the recognition of the movie industry with my first Film, Moneyboys.

By re-examining the place of the family in Chinese society and its ambiguous relationship to homosexuality, using my camera and a precise setting, I especially work on precise camera settings and locations to make my films both a societal and artistic work with a strong visual signature. My approach gained support from of renowned European organizations. This recognition allowed my film to be co-produced with the participation of four countries: Austria, France, Belgium and finally Taiwan where the film was shot in 2019.

 

Beyond its artistic aspect, the making of my first feature film was also an opportunity for me to better understand the film production process and to take a critical look at it. In particular, I wondered about the inefficiency of the production chain on a technical level but especially on a human level, at the expense of the women and men who contribute to the birth of the film and ultimately of the cinematographic work itself. That's why I set out to create a production company that would put people at the heart of the creation process.

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Antoine Sorange

When I started to work on the creation of a film production company that would integrate ESG (Environment, Social, Governance) criteria at the core of its strategy, it was as if suddenly my professional background, my expertise and my deepest aspirations found meaning, consistency ...As Steve Job would say, looking backward, I was suddenly able to connect the dots.

With a scientific diploma in hand, nothing really predisposed me to the finance profession, but my curiosity about how the world worked prompted me to join the biggest European Asset Manager, in 2001. While the notions of sustainable development and global warming were still little known, in 2008 I created the group's ESG analysis office. This expertise was still a niche profession, so I worked on the professionalization and dissemination of this expertise accross Europe, Australia, Japan and North America. A little less than 10 years later I had the honour to ran one of the most reputable analysis offices in the world. But beyond this success, my greatest satisfaction lay in the state of mind that reigned in my team: emulation, mutual aid, a desire to learn and to share. 

Starting 2014, I decided that I wanted to give a deeper and more artistic direction to my career and also to strengthen my capacity of management. It was then that I began to do 3 years of training at the French acting school Cours Florent, in the evening classes and to experience joyful creativity, both as an actor and as a director. In 2018, after 18 years, it was time for me to quit my job and go towards more human and film production-oriented skills. I therefore got graduated from a Coaching school as well as a Collective Intelligence college. Finally, I entered the Production Executive training at the French National Audio-visual Institute (INA), to reinforce my technical knowledge through the acquisition of a 360° view of the expertise.

My ambition is now to create

the conditions for the emergence of a cinema by and for women and men who want a more respectful and inclusive society and to create a long-term relationship with them. A silent revolution. Isn't that the very essence of art?