VIFF Immersed brings this year very diverse XR experiences that you can enjoy till 11 October!
The acclaimed VR experience Namoo by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Erick Oh is a must seen, and is an homage to his grandfather that follows the meaningful moments of one man’s life from beginning to end;
the North American premiere of Symphony VR by Igor Cortadellas, an immersive experience of emotion and music guided by Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel in which spectators enter the interior of an instrument and feel like musicians in an orchestra; the Canadian premiere of The Passengers: The Kid by Ziad Touma, an interactive journey about strangers on a train (the film’s original prototype was shot on BC Rail); and the BC premiere of Inside COVID19 by Gary Yost. Nominated for a 2021 Emmy award for Outstanding Interactive Program, Yost’s documentary humanizes a global pandemic and follows Dr. Josiah Child as he fights for his patients and his own life after contracting the virus. And if you did not see till now Baba-Yaga, you have a chance now, The VR experience is produced by Baobab Studio, and directed and written by Eric Darnell and co-directed by Mathias Chelebourg.
VIFF Immersed Exhibition | Oct. 1–11 / Curated by StoryTech® Immersive
The Exhibition is hosted across seven platforms: VeeR, Museum of Other Realities, Oculus TV, rad., YouTube 360, Kreis Immersive and Facebook 360.
Included in the exhibition are the finalists from the International VIFF Immersed Competition as well as a showcase of content produced in the creative nexus that is BC, home to the second largest XR ecosystem in the world.
The VIFF Immersed XR Market connects top XR creators and industry leaders with their colleagues from around
the globe; the aim is to foster production, financing, and distribution of story-driven immersive content.
Hosted at the Museum of Other Realities, the Market features a showcase of live-action, documentary, and animated VR/AR content from the next wave of XR creators.
Selected artists are given the opportunity to pitch their projects in front of investors, distributors, producers, and curators, as well as compete for the VIFF Immersed Grant.
Compared to 1982, the inaugural edition when VIFF featured : ● 39 films /● 6 staff /● 7 volunteers / ● 1 venue
in 2021 VIFF program features: ●190 films : /● 100 staff /● 600 volunteers/ ●9 theatres at 8 venues
● 51 countries of production represented
● 77 women directors
● 24 world premieres
● 5 international premieres
● 26 North American premieres
● 42 Canadian premieres
● 28 Canadian feature films
6 features by BC filmmakers
● 36 Canadian shorts
16 shorts by BC filmmakers
● 33 works by Canadian women filmmakers
8 features /25 shorts
● 28 Canadian BIPOC directors
● 27 talks and events
Founded in 1982, The Greater Vancouver International Film Festival Society is a not-for-profit cultural organization that operates the internationally acclaimed Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) and the year-round programming of the theatres at the VIFF Centre.
Source of information: WIFF page