Rotterdam Lab

Romain Bent

Romain Bent is an independent producer based in France. He started his career in the audiovisual industry in international film sales, before joining Vivendi group in 2013, where he was in charge of identifying and negotiating the rights of films, series and documentaries for the group's streaming platforms. He continued to develop his passion for independent cinema within France Télévisions, as head of program acquisitions for their online streaming offers and linear channels. His expertise and his strong experience in contact with authors and directors led him to move into production, with a strong interest in the production and financing of content for cinema and television. Then trained at La Femis and specialised in European co-productions, he created Protest Studios in 2019, a production company through which he develops fiction and documentary projects that honour passionate, bold and committed authors.

Protest Studios - France

Protest Studios is a production company created in 2019 in response to the urgent need for emerging directors and authors to be offered flexible development, financing and production models adapted to their projects but also in phase with the changes in the French and European audiovisual landscape. We support daring fiction and documentary projects by connecting talents around the world. Protest Studios relies on a network of geeks, dreamers, explorers, poets and artists who are all driven by the desire to work together to tell powerful stories that move us and change the way we see the world.


Projects in development

Across the Waters by Viv Li (short)

Corps Étranger by Raphaël Bouchez (short)


Projects in production

À l'Ombre des Sommets by Diogo Salgado (short)

S.t.u.t.t. by Aurélien Bernard (short)

El Placer es Mio by Sacha Amaral (feature)

Hun Tun by Magdalena Hejzlarová (short)


Released films

Plurabelle by Sacha Amaral (short)

Pharoah Fall by Aurélien Bernard (short documentary)

Sous le Sable de Kaïfala by Niels Bent (short)

Romain Bent

Rotterdam Lab

Rotterdam Lab participants 2023

See the names of the emerging producers joining us for the Rotterdam Lab 2023.