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SPHERES

*in competition: Best VR 2018 Pink Kraken Award

SPHERES is an interactive virtual reality series exploring the music of the cosmos. Instead of looking at the Universe, for the first time we listen to its songs. We enter an immersive world that transports us to the deepest corners of the Universe.

EPISODE ONE: CHORUS OF THE COSMOS

We discover the Universe through sound. Space is full of frequencies that we can listen to. Uncovering these waves, we create music. Our solar system becomes an instrument. We play its song, crafting a unique musical journey. This is the chorus of the cosmos.

EPISODE TWO: SONGS OF SPACETIME

Narrated by Jessica Chastain

Dive into the heart of a black hole and uncover the hidden songs of the cosmos. In this interactive VR experience, the breakthrough discovery of gravitational waves transforms how we see the Universe. Fall into the darkness, and you will find the light.

EPISODE THREE: PALE BLUE DOT

Narrated by Patti Smith

In this cosmic journey from the edges of the universe to our “pale blue dot,” we uncover echoes of the Big Bang; gaze back in time; trace the history of sound across the cosmos, traverse the Universe and ultimately find the strangest song of all - the human voice.

CREATED BY: Eliza McNitt

DESIGN BY: Phi Center

KEY COLLABORATORS: Darren Aronofsky, Ari Handel, Jess Engel, Arnaud Colinart, Dylan Golden

IN COLLABORATION WITH: Oculus Studios, Protozoa Pictures, Intel, Kaleidoscope

CAST: Patti Smith, Jessica Chastain and Millie Bobby Brown

RELEASE DATE: 2018

LANGUAGES: English

DURATION: 3 episodes, 15 minutes

AWAVENA

*in competition: Best Interactive Doc 2018 Pink Kraken Award

For the Amazonian Yawanawa, 'medicine' has the power to travel you in a vision to a place you have never been. AWAVENA uses VR like medicine to open a portal to another way of knowing. It is a collaboration between a community and an artist, melding technology, artistry, and transcendent experience so that a vision can be shared, and a story told of a people ascending from the edge of extinction. Using a technology that the Yawanawa feel enables them to share their story and visions, this immersive work presents iridescent specimens in previously unseen colors from the forest world, to create a vivid, luminous vision.

DIRECTOR: Lynette Wallworth

PRODUCTION:
Coco Films / VR Wallworth Technicolor Experience Center, Madison Wells Media

RELEASE DATE: January 18th, 2018

COUNTRY: USA/Australia/Brazil

LANGUAGES: Yawanawa, English

DURATION: 30 minutes

NOTES: Mixed reality, interactive

FIREBIRD: THE UNFINISHED

*in competition: Best VR 2018 Pink Kraken Award

FIREBIRD: THE UNFINISHED is a love story set in a enchanting stylized environment, where emotion and grace are sublimed by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s rendition of Gustav Holst’s The Planets - a score in which many will find notes which directly inspired some of the most famous film score composers, from John Williams to Hans Zimmer and Alexandre Desplats.

DEVELOPER: InnerspaceVR

PLATFORMS: Oculus Rift / HTC Vive / Microsoft MR / Samsung GearVR / Oculus Go / HTC Vive Focus

RELEASE DATE: April 19, 2018

LANGUAGES: English, Mandarin (simplified)

DURATION: 20 minutes (interactive)

TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2QPMbkQEOks

GAUGUIN

An immersive journey into the work and the spirit of the painter Paul Gauguin.

DEVELOPER: InnerspaceVR

PLATFORMS: Samsung GearVR

RELEASE DATE: 2017

LANGUAGES: French, English, German

DURATION: 3 minutes 47 seconds

TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMxrYI_q6Bg

BATTLESCAR / EPISODE 1

BattleScar is a coming of age drama that follows a year in the life of Lupe, a Puerto Rican-American living in late 1970’s New York City. The film uses Lupe’s handwritten journal to guide us through her experiences spanning across the year 1978 as she meets Debbie, another runaway kid living in the city. Debbie will introduce Lupe to the Punk scene of the Bowery and expose her to the secret worlds co-existing in the Lower East Side in the late 70’s.

CREATED BY: Nico Casavecchia and Martin Allais

PRODUCTION: Atlas V in coproduction with Available on1STAveMachine, Fauns and ARTE France

PLATFORMS: Oculus Rift

RELEASE DATE: 2018

DURATION: 9 minutes

SELECTIONS/AWARDS: Sundance 2018, Tribeca 2018, Colcoa 2018

TAGS: VR, animation, New York, Seventies, Punk & Rock music, Rosario Dawson

WEBSITE: https://www.battlescarfilm.com

VESTIGE

This creative nonfiction experience uses multi-narrative and volumetric capture to journey through the mind of Lisa as she remembers her lost love, Erik. Fragments of memories of their life together appear inside a void and, over time, become entangled with a haunting vision, culminating in the shocking moment of Erik's death.

CREATED BY: Aaron Bradbury

PRODUCTION: Atlas V in co-production with NSC Creative

PLATFORMS: HTC Vive

RELEASE DATE: 2018

DURATION: 12 minutes

SELECTIONS/AWARDS: Tribeca 2018

TAGS: VR, nonfiction, love, relationship, intimacy, loss, illness, death

TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ED0QZQVYLMU

⫸ ISLE OF THE DEAD

*in competition: Best VR 2018 Pink Kraken Award

Arnold Böcklin’s painting, “The Isle of the Dead”, was completed between 1880 and 1886 in six different versions. It combines the pictorial influences of Symbolism and Romanticism, and for the first time in the history of art, depicts death as an island.
The painting has become more famous than its creator and has fascinated Freud, Marguerite Yourcenar but also Hitler and Lenin. It is inspired by Rachmaninov’s eponymous symphonic poem (featured as the soundtrack of the film). Reproductions of this painting were often found in the bourgeois interiors of the early XXth century.

CREATED BY: Benjamin Nuel and Clémence Madeleine-Perdrillat

PRODUCTION: Les Produits Frais in coproduction with ARTE

RELEASE DATE: 2018

DURATION: 8 minutes

LANGUAGES: German, English, French

SELECTIONS/AWARDS: Best Story in VR - Venice International Film Festival

DREAM

Dream is an online experience-generating system based on the unique mechanisms of dreams. Dreams seem to draw upon personal, collective and genetic memories. Our experiences, senses, intuitions and emotions are filtered by a neurological system that then presents us with a simulated reality guided by its own rules and internal logic. Imagined and composed by experimental musician Philippe Lambert, Dream is built on a custom audio-visual synthesizer coded by Edouard Lanctôt-Benoit. You can navigate the animated dreamscapes created by artists Caroline Robert and Vincent Lambert. You might also stumble across the illustrated dreams of people who participated in our live draw-in events. Each visual memory is there to be morphed and transformed into another memory, creating a unique journey for each dreamer. Accessible in virtual reality and online.

CREATED BY: Philippe Lambert

PRODUCTION: National Film Board of Canada

RELEASE DATE: 2018

DURATION: 10 minutes

SELECTIONS/AWARDS: Official Selection - IDFA 2016, Official Competition: Virtual Reality - Ottawa International Animation Festival 2018

TRAILER: https://vimeo.com/267455067

WEBSITE: nfb.ca/dream


BLIND VAYSHA

This short VR film allows viewers to make a visceral connection with Vaysha, a young girl born with a left eye that sees only the past and a right eye that sees only the future. Like a terrible curse, Vaysha’s split vision prevents her from inhabiting the present. Blinded by what was and tormented by what will be, she remains trapped between two irreconcilable temporalities. In this metaphoric tale of timeless wisdom and beauty, based on the eponymous short story by Georgi Gospodinov, filmmaker Theodore Ushev reminds us of the importance of keeping our sights on the present moment.

DIRECTOR: Theodore Ushev

PRODUCTION: National Film Board of Canada

RELEASE DATE: 2017

DURATION: 8 minutes 13 seconds

SELECTIONS/AWARDS: Official Selection: Virtual Reality - Annecy 2017

TRAILER: https://vimeo.com/218991698

ROXHAM

*in competition: Best Interactive Doc 2018 Pink Kraken Award

– Stop! If you walk further, you’ll be arrested.
– I know; I am really sorry. You have to help us; we are entering.

In early 2017, the number of asylum seekers arriving at Roxham Road sharply increased. This quiet and practically unknown road between the United States and Canada became the location with the largest number of irregular border crossings in the country. Photographer Michel Huneault documented border interceptions of asylum seekers moving from the United States to Canada and their confusing quest for a safe place.

CREATED BY: Michel Huneault, with Maude Thibodeau and Chantal Dumas

PRODUCTION: National Film Board of Canada

IN COLLABORATION WITH: Le Devoir, Phi and Dpt.

PLATFORMS: Oculus Rift, Windows 10

RELEASE DATE: 2018

DURATION: 15 minutes

THE ARCHIVIST:VR

*in competition: Best VR 2018 Pink Kraken Award

Nominated for Best Debut Experience and Best Interactive Narrative Experience at The Raindance Film Festival in London, the Archivist:VR is a Virtual Reality Experience inspired by the world of Twin Peaks. Created by an international team known as Nothing Like You Productions, The Archivist:VR will take the player beyond the curtain into an unprecedented world.

CREATED BY: Nothing Like You Productions

TRAILER: https://youtu.be/eIDYnHsO2oA

LEGACY

Centuries from now, Earth has become inhospitable and humanity is spread across the galaxy. Take control of Jean Jones, a mercenary who violates interstellar law to explore the mysterious ruins of our homeland.

CREATED BY: Benjamin Nuel

PRODUCTION: Les Produits Frais in coproduction with Honkytonk films

IN COLLABORATION WITH: Orange VR Experience

3D GRAPHICS: Robin Maulet, Raphaël Kuntz

PROGRAMMING: Léon Denise

SOUND AND MUSIC: Xavier Thibault

DURATION: 13 minutes

TRAILER: https://vimeo.com/206041838

SACRED COCA

*in competition: Best Interactive Doc 2018 Pink Kraken Award

An immersive experience part of the first chapter of the series “Garden of Vision” (Virtual Reality and sacred plants of America).

“Garden of Vision” is an interactive Virtual Reality (VR) cinematographic documentary experience in four episodes. An immersive journey towards remote destinations of the Americas and of human consciousness arriving at the heart of indigenous rituals with sacred plants. A look at its territory, its people, the magic and the conflicts between worlds. It is an exploration of the limits of today’s audiovisual language, film technology, and the human consciousness. An expanded multi-branch narrative universe where VR bleeding-edge technology meets ancient indigenous cultures

CREATED BY: Diana Rico, Richard Décaillet, 4direcciones audio-visual

IN COLLABORATION WITH: Deep inc.

PRODUCTION: NEW MEDIA Fund Colombia – Canada, Proimágenes Colombia, MINTIC Colombia, Canada Media Fund

LA PROMESA

*in competition: Best Interactive Doc 2018 Pink Kraken Award

A virtual reality docu experience that puts the viewer in the first-person point of view of a refugee journey. Blending audiovisual recollections from actual refugees and migrants, The Promise questions our empathy and invites viewers to rethink what it means to leave it all behind.

CREATED BY: Jonalex Herrera

PRODUCTION: Liz Pasillas, New Discovery Media

IN COLLABORATION WITH: History Miami Museum, Christina Rodriguez Art direction, Camilo Rodriguez Spacial Sound Design, and Tycho Wijnan 3D assistance

STILTSVILLE VR

Experience the first prototype of Stitsville VR, a Knight Art Challenge funded project, capturing the 7 iconic houses in a virtual world.

CREATED BY: FilmGate Miami and NERDLab at the University of Miami

SOCIAL VR: ART GALLERY

Experience a magical virtual gallery in a Social VR environment using your own avatar to interact with others from around the world. We will bring together the digital and real worlds with live streams: One camera will stream the event into the VR space while another camera will stream the VR space into the real world.

CREATED BY: Juan Gallo

A FISHERMAN’S TALE

Bend and twist reality in A Fisherman's Tale, the mind-bending VR puzzle adventure game in which being turned upside down and inside out is not merely a play on words.

CREATED BY: InnerspaceVR

360 VYBEZ

360 Vybez immerses you in world class leading true 360 audio experience. Prepare to unlock a new dimension in sound.

CREATED BY: Paul Bronstein