Official Line-Up: Venice Immersive 2022

The selection of projects for Venice Immersive, the XR – Extended Reality section of the 79th Venice International Film Festival of La Biennale di Venezia, is now complete. The official selection will return to  the Venice Immersive Island (island of Lazzaretto Vecchio), a short distance from the Lido di Venezia, for the first time since 2019, on the following dates:

  • 31st August: open exclusively to Press and Industry accreditations
  • 1st – 10th September: open to the public and all accredited visitors

Venice Immersivethe new title of the Venice VR Expanded section, intends to acknowledge the growth of immersive media beyond the technologies of Virtual Reality and to include all means of creative expression in XR – Extended Reality: 360° videos and XR works of any length, including installations, live performances and virtual worlds.

The Venice Immersive section of the 79th Venice International Film Festival, following the success of its most recent online editions, will be held in person again this year, with the technical support of Meta and HTC Vive.

Venice Immersive will present 43 projects from 19 countries and 32 works in the Worlds Gallery section:

  • 30 projects in Competition
  • 10 projects Out of Competition – Best of Venice Immersive (international selection of the best XR works presented since the 2021 edition)
  • projects developed during the Biennale College Cinema – VR: 1 project produced thanks to a grant from the sixth edition, projects developed within the international workshop of the fourth edition
  • 30 worlds selected for the Worlds Gallery with 2 Special Events, presented in 7 Guided World Hops in 75’ presentations
  • film  Special Event – Out of Competition

The Venice Immersive World on VRChat, designed with the technical support of VRrOOm, will present a virtual version of the Venice Immersive Island. Following the success of the 2021 edition, the Worlds Gallery section has been renewed and will feature a selection of 30 virtual worlds and 2 special events. Additionally, Venice Immersive will screen the documentary feature film, We Met in Virtual Reality, filmed in VRChat and createdby Joe Hunting.

The Venice International Film Festival was one of the first film festivals in the world to show an interest in Virtual Reality. The development of a VR Theatre in 2016 sparked enormous interest among the participants of the Venice Production Bridge. Starting in 2017, La Biennale di Venezia launched the first competition for works in Virtual Reality in an A-list festival, which was held for three editions, through 2019, on the island of Lazzaretto Vecchio on the Lido, judged by an International Jury.

The online accessibility of Venice VR Expanded over the past two editions represented a new commitment and a new challenge to guarantee that the Venice International Film Festival would continue to offer the experience of this new art form, even in times of required social distancing.

Accredited visitors to the Venice Film Festival will have access to all the titles in the line-up. There will also be a special Venice Immersive subscription available for interested visitors who are not accredited at the Festival.

JURY AND AWARDS

The members of the international Jury of Venice Immersive are:

May Abdalla – president: (UK) born in 1983 in the UK, has made documentaries around the world for BBC, Channel 4 and Al Jazeera about housing, revolution and punk music. She is the co-founder of Anagram. Anagram is an award-winning creative studio specialising in thought-provoking interactive storytelling and immersive experience design. Created in 2013, the company won the Tribeca Film Festival Storyscapes, participated in the Best of VR at the Venice International Film Festival in 2019 and won the Best Immersive Art award at the Sandbox Festival in China. In 2021, it won the Grand Jury Prize in Venice for the Best VR Work for Goliath: Playing with Reality.

David Adler (Denmark) was born in 1985 and accepted into the prestigious National Film School of Denmark after having attended the Visual Arts and Design program at the Vancouver Film School. Latest work is the companion piece Taste of Hunger VR (2020), co-produced with Zentropa and selected for completion at Venice Film Festival. He returned to Venice with End of Night, which won the Best VR Story Award in 2021.

Blanca Li (Spain) is a choreographer, film director, dancer and actress. In 1992, a young Spanish dancer landed in Paris from Madrid post movida and New York training. Soon, she founded her own contemporary dance company, which has set a successful, singular and independent position touring the whole world. With the glamour coming from her maturity and assumed artistic choices, crowned by her election to the French Academy of Fine Arts in 2019. In 2021, her VR work Le bal de Paris de Blanca Li won the Best VR Experience award in Ve

The Venice Immersive Jury will award the following prizes:

  • Venice Immersive Best Experience
  • Venice Immersive Grand Jury Prize
  • Venice Immersive Special Jury Prize

VENICE IMMERSIVE/LINE-UP

ASCENDERS
by JONATHAN ASTRUC, JONATHAN TAMENE
France, 35’

TU VIVRAS, MON FILS
by VICTORIA BOUSIS
Greece, USA / 35’

REIMAGINED VOLUME I: NYSSA
by JULIE CAVALIERE, MICHAELA HOLLAND
USA / 15’

RENCONTRE(S)
by MATHIAS CHELEBOURG
France / 15’

THE MAN WHO COULDN’T LEAVE
by CHEN SINGING
Taipei / 35’

ALL UNSAVED PROGRESS WILL BE LOST
by MÉLANIE COURTINAT
France / 10’

EURYDICE, EEN AFDALING IN ONEINDIGHEID [EURYDICE, A DESCENT INTO INFINITY]
by CELINE DAEMEN
Netherlands / 25’

OKAWARI
by LANDIA EGAL, AMAURY BURTHE
France, Canada / 45’

DAZZLE: A RE-ASSEMBLY OF BODIES
by RUTH GIBSON, BRUNO MARTELLI, ALEXA POLLMANN, BINE ROTH
UK / 25’

PEAKY BLINDERS: THE KING’S RANSOM
by RUSSELL HARDING, TIM JONES, MARCUS MORESBY
UK / 30’

FROM THE MAIN SQUARE
by PEDRO HARRES
Germany / 19’

SORELLA’S STORY
by PETER HEGEDUS
Australia, Hungary, Sweden / 15’

EGGSCAPE
by GERMAN HELLER, JORGE TERESO, FEDERICO HELLER
Argentina / 20’

TYPEMAN
by KEISUKE ITOH
Japan / 25’

KINDRED
by BAMBOU KENNETH
UK / 9’

SHIINEUI BANG [POET’S ROOM]
by BOMSOK KU
South Korea / 23’

GUMBALL DREAMS
by DEIRDRE V. LYONS, CHRISTOPHER DAVIS
USA / 60’

NAMUANKI
by KEVIN MACK
USA / 45’

TMÁNÍ [DARKENING]
by ONDŘEJ MORAVEC
Czech Republic, Germany / 25’

ALL THAT REMAINS
by QUINTERO CRAIG
Taipei / 12’

ROCK PAPER SCISSORS
by ALEX RUHL
UK / 7’

THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR WORLD
by YU SAKUDO, TOSHIAKI HANZAKI
Japan / 33’

ETERNELLE, NOTRE DAME
by BRUNO SEILLIER
France / 45’

FRAMERATE: PULSE OF THE EARTH
by MATTHEW SHAW, WILLIAM TROSSELL
UK / 20’

MRS BENZ: VOJAGE OF DISCOVERY
by ELOISE SINGER
UK / 45’

UNCANNY ALLEY
by RICK TREWEEK
South Africa / 20’

FIGHT BACK
by CELINE TRICART
France, USA / 40’

TREASURE HEIST
by LUAN TRINH
USA / 60’

MANDALA – A BRIEF MOMENT IN TIME
by THOMAS VILLEPOUX
China, France / 45’

RED TAIL
by WANG FISH
Taipei / 20’

1 Special Event – Out of Competition

WE MET IN VIRTUAL REALITY
by JOE HUNTING
UK / 91’

10 projects Out of CompetitionBest Of (selection of the finest VR work launched since the 2020 Edition)

Best of Venice Immersive – Out of Competition
(an international selection of the best XR – Extended Reality works)

ON THE MORNING YOU WAKE (TO THE END OF THE WORLD)
by MIKE BRETT, STEVE JAMISON, PIERRE ZANDROWICZ, ARNAUD COLINART
France, UK, USA / 42’

(HI)STORY OF A PAINTING: THE LIGHT IN THE SHADOW
by QUENTIN DARRAS, GAELLE MOURRE
UK / 15’

AREA MAN LIVES
by AMY GREEN, RYAN GREEN
USA / 90’

LUSTRATION
by RYAN GRIFFEN
Australia, USA / 32’

ALEX HONNOLD : THE SOLOIST VR
by JONATHAN GRIFFITH
UK, France, USA / 60’

SPACE EXPLORERS: THE ISS EXPERIENCE – EPISODE 3: UNITE
by FÉLIX LAJEUNESSE, PAUL RAPHAEL
Canada / 35’

SPACE EXPLORERS: THE ISS EXPERIENCE – SPACEWALKERS
by FÉLIX LAJEUNESSE, PAUL RAPHAEL
Canada / 20’

KINGDOM OF PLANTS WITH DAVID ATTENBOROUGH
by IONA MCEWAN
UK, USA / 15’

THE MIRACLE BASKET
by ABNER PREIS
Netherlands / 14’

SHORES OF LOCI
by ELLEN UTRECHT, JAMES SUNDRA, DANI BITTMAN, DAISY BERNS
USA / 120’

Biennale College Cinema – VR

ELELE
by SJOERD VAN ACKER, producers: FIRAT SEZGIN, ECEGÜL BAYRAM
Netherlands / 6’
produced with a grant from Biennale College Cinema VR, 6th edition (2021/2022)

MONO
by CHIARA TROISI, producers: FEDERICO LAGNA, ALICE DRAGO, MATTEO FRESI
Italy / 14’
developed during the Biennale College Cinema VR, 4th edition (2019/2020)

CHROMA 11
by TSANG TSUI-SHAN, producers: KATTIE FAN, TERESA KWONG
Hong Kong SAR / 13’
developed during the Biennale College Cinema VR, 4th edition (2019/2020)

Worlds Gallery

ADRIFT by M E R C
BAROQUE CATHEDRAL by OPCherry
CAVE OKINAWA by Tokoyoshi
CUE by 0b4k3
DISCONNECTED: VIDEO FEEDBACK WORLD by MomoTheMonster
DISTRICT ROBOTO by Fins
DREAM by Zanderthaw
DUBROVINIK MAIN STREET & OLD PORT by nobelchoco
FIRE TORNADO by BigChickenLover
FRACTAL EXPLORER by ikamon
FRACTAL EXPLORER 1001 by 1001
FRACTAL LOVE by pema99
FRICTION [!] FUNCTION – PARTICLE LIVE by Norimaki
I N I T I U M ⁄⁄⁄ イニシャルby Artsy Glitch
LLLL SILENT DAWN RELEASE PARTY by PK
MAGIC HEIST by Fins
NIGHT CHURCH by OPCherry
OLYMPIA NIGHTS by DrMorro
ORGANISM by DrMorro
OXYMORE by VRrOOm
PARTICLE LIVE FIXER by らいちちゃん
SHADOW FACTORY by emymin
THE DICE DIMENSION by FlyingFly
THE DINOSAUR BONE GALLERY MUSEUM by topgunsi
THE GREAT INVENTOR ESCAPE by FlowersRite花之祭P
THE RAT KING by _Digital
VENICE BASILICA SALUTE by nobelchoco
VENICE CANAL WIDMANN by nobelchoco
VMV CC TYPE 01 by skkn
ZENIARAI SHRINE CONNECTED WITH JAPANELAND by  lilea

The Biennale College Cinema – Virtual Reality projects have received generous funding from the MEDIA – Creative Europe Programme of the European Commission – General Direction Connect. This funding is in addition to the support received from the MEDIA Programme for the development of the Venice Production Bridge.

A MAZE․ TRAIN STATION
AQUARIUS
ATLANTIS˸ SUPERRARE EXHIBITION
CLUB GUMBALL
CRAFTY CLIMB
ERS
CRYPT OF THE SPIRITS
CRYSTAL DUNES
CYCLE OF LIFE
DEEP BLUE NIGHT
EDEN
FFCR
FRANK
GUMBALL LOUNGE
KARAOKE CENTRA
LAST HOPE WATCH TOWER
LOST IT

MIRЯIM
MONORAIL COASTER
MONORAIL COASTER LITE
MOSCOW TRIP 1952
MUSEUM-OF-VRPAINTING
NOIR – CALL OF THE VOID (SPOOKALITY RELEASE|TECH DEMO)
RAAWRS’ ELNO-THEL FOREST
SAPIENSTRUCT
SUBMERGE 2
SURREAL HAZARD
SXSW XR 2021
THE DEVOURING
THE EDGE

THE FORT
THE HALLWYL MUSEUM
THE JUNKYARDǃ
TREEHOUSE IN THE SHADE
UNCANNY ALLEY

WORLD.EXECUTE (ME)

SANCTUM by PammeMatth
SODA by Issit

The first VIM – Venice Immersive Market (1 – 6 September), a part of the Venice Production Bridge, will take place on the Island of Lazzaretto Vecchio (Lido), in the Spazio Incontri Immersivo. There will be panel discussions and encounters dedicated to the world of XR – Extended Reality; also in attendance will be institutions, professionals, production, post-production and distribution companies, public and private funds linked to the Immersive world.

Finally, there will be a presentation of the Immersive projects selected for the Venice Gap-Financing Market (2 – 4 September):

16 IMMERSIVE STORY PROJECTS

16 Immersive Story Projects (11 from Europe and 5 from the rest of the world), The projects are both original stories and adaptations. All the projects have 30% of their budget guaranteed.

11 PROJECTS AT BIENNALE COLLEGE – IMMERSIVE STORY PROJECTS

11 projects developed during the Biennale College Cinema VR workshop, sixth edition, currently in various phases of development, from pre-production to post production.


The Venice International Film Festival was one of the first film festivals in the world to demonstrate interest in Virtual Reality. The development of a VR Theater in 2016 sparked enormous interest among the participants of the Venice Production Bridge.

Starting in 2017, La Biennale di Venezia launched the first competition for works in Virtual Reality in an A-list festival, which was held for three editions, through 2019, in a venue on the island of Lazzaretto Vecchio on the Lido, judged by an International Jury.

The online accessibility of Venice VR Expanded, born in the 2020 edition, represents a new commitment and a new challenge to guarantee that the Venice International Film Festival will continue to offer the experience of the rapidly evolving art form that is Virtual Reality.

The members of the International Jury of Venice VR Expanded are:
Michelle Kranot, President
Maria Grazia Mattei
Jonathan Yeo

The Venice VR Expanded Jury will award the following prizes: Grand Jury Prize for Best VR Work, Best VR Experience and Best VR Story.

ABOUT 126 YEARS OF VENICE BIENNALE

The Venice Biennale has been for over 120 years one of the most prestigious cultural institutions in the world. Established in 1895, the Biennale has an attendance today of over 500,000 visitors at the Art Exhibition. La Biennale di Venezia was founded in 1895 and is now one of the most famous and prestigious cultural organizations in the world. La Biennale, who stands at the forefront of research and promotion of new contemporary art trends, organizes exhibitions and research in all its specific departments: Arts (1895), Architecture (1980), Cinema (1932), Dance (1999), Music (1930), and Theatre (1934). Its history is documented at the Historical Archives of Contemporary Arts (ASAC) that has been completely renovated in recent years

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