Make Friends & Enjoy Paris NewImages Festival In VR

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Make Friends & Enjoy Paris NewImages Festival In VR
March 18, 2018
Pictured above: Let This Be A Warning

 

Welcome to the first iteration of VRrOOm's social events in Virtual Reality!

 

We are very happy to announce the launch of VRrOOm's new virtual events platform's early access version with the production of the Paris NewImages Festival's VR version in partnership with Forum des images and Manzalab Group. The NewImages festival is an event entirely dedicated to all forms of digital creation and all kinds of virtual worlds.

 

The event takes place in Paris from April 4 to 8, 2018. By downloading the app on Oculus store, wherever you are located, as long as you have a stable internet connection you will be able to access NewImages' VR films competing in the official selection as well as VRrOOm's selection of VR films. You will meet with other people’s avatars to watch VR creations together. You'll also be able to talk with them and share your impressions inside our VR Chatroom.

 

For this first event, we invite the owners of Samsung S7, S8 or S9 smartphones to download the VRrOOm app on the Oculus store and to join the festival using a Samsung Gear VR headset. Our service will be extended to other formats in the near future, including Oculus, HTC and Windows platforms.

 

Here's how to register in order to access the early access version of the app :

register here by giving us your contact email, your Oculus store account email address (in case it's not the same as your usual address), and indicate the gender you would like to allocate to your avatar.

- you'll receive a confirmation email first, then we will send you a password, which will allow you to download the app.

You can read more about some of the films that will be featured in the Paris NewImages Festival's official selection programme below. We will announce another program including VRrOOm's own selection of curated works next week, stay tuned!

 

EXODUS

Directors : Telmo dos Reis and Ulrico Grech-Cumbo

Production : Deep VR

Year : 2017

VR Documentary

Runtime : 9 minutes

Country : South Africa

 

Experience East Africa's wildebeest population's desperate struggle to survive. Will they make it or won't they?

Find out in Amur Falcons.

 

 

LET THIS BE A WARNING

Director : Jim Chuchu

Production : Electric South

Casting : Marriane Nungo, Jason Runo, Jesse Mutakiwa, David Mukabi, Daniel Masheti, Nelvin Chuma, Ian Gichora

Year : 2017

VR Drama

Runtime : 10:43 minutes

Country : Kenya

 

A group of Africans have left the Earth to create a colony on a distant planet. They respond with disquiet to the arrival of an uninvited guest.

 

 

MANIFEST 99

Director : Bohdon Sayre, Adam Volker

Production : Flight School Studio

Year : 2017

VR Experience

Runtime : 20 to 30 minutes

Country : USA

 

Manifest 99 is an ominous and eerie story about finding redemption in the afterlife. Set on a mysterious train inhabited by a murder of crows, you assist four travel companions on a journey to their final destination.

This virtual reality experience is played without a controller: you gaze into the eyes of crows to move to their perch, viewing the world from their scale and perspective. Look into the eyes of your travel companions and uncover the reason why they – and you – are on this train traveling into the great beyond.

 

 

NAIROBI BERRIES

Director : Ng'endo Mukii

Production : Electric South

Casting: Sionne Neely, Elisabeth Efua Sutherland, Adwoa Amoah, Hashim “Mozzay” Hussein

Year : 2017

VR Fiction

Runtime : 7:50 minutes

Country : Kenya

 

Two women and a man wrangle. Each must hollow out the other's core for fruits promised but only ever borne in dreams.

A poetic symphony on Nairobi.

 

 

SPIRIT ROBOT

Director : Jonathan Dotse

Production : Electric South

Year : 2017

VR Documentary

Runtime : 8:35 minutes

Country : Ghana

 

A VR documentary which explores the Chale Wote Street Art Festival in Accra.

 

 

THE OTHER DAKAR

Director : Selly Raby Kane

Production : Electric South

Casting : Mammy Bengelloun, Omar Sall Daour, Ken Aicha Sy, Mor Lenoir Elimane, Habib Kane Eric,  Mamadou Sadio, Moussa Lamarana, Lucette Badiane, Mame Salla Ba, Demba, Ndeye Fatou

Year : 2017

VR Fiction

Runtime : 7:35 minutes

Country : Senegal

 

A little girl is chosen to discover the invisible Dakar.

 

 

THE TRAIN HAMASEN

Director, scenario : Kuan Yuan LAI

Production : Poké Poké Creative

Credits : VR Consultant : Yi Chun Ko -  Executive Producer : Jen You Wang - Cinematographer : Chian Chun Jan - Artistic Director : Yi Jhong Fu - Music : Yung Shen Hsiao

Casting : Ting Kao, Ryoko Chen,  Kuei Ying Chiang, Ryan James Snyman, Ming Hsuan Fang

Year : 2017

VR Fiction

Runtime : 8 minutes

Country : Taiwan

 

People from different cultures and generations coexist in a dreamy world " Hamasen", once the most prosperous area in Kaohsiung. In this utopia of memories, the intrigue on and under the chess table is blurred and blended into the harmony of the traditional market.

A train falls from the sky, arrives at the platform on the screen, like in a movie, and gathers everybody for a journey through time and space.

 

 

THÉÂTRE D’AUTOMNE

Directors : Mathieu Barrette and Myriam Coulombe

Production : Théâtre Les Gens d'en Bas / Lorel - Anacha Rousseau

Casting : Fanny Mallette / Eudore Belzile / Steven Lee Potvin

Year : 2017

VR Fiction / Suspense

Runtime : 9 minutes

Country : Canada

 

Things mature with winter, but the thaw makes them real again. At the border of three levels of reality, you are the last-minute guest, the intru- der, the relief actor who, now in character, must take action in the story.

You are the history, you are the invisible witness, you will be there, here, now or elsewhere, you will feel the crowd without seeing it.

WE WHO REMAIN

Directors : Trevor Snapp and Sam Wolson

Production: Nuba Reports, Emblematic Group, ARTE, New York Times, AJ+

Credits : Director:  Sam Wolson, Trevor Snapp - Executive Producers:  Nonny de la Peña, Jenna Pirog - Producers:  Trevor Snapp, Kevin Tsukii, Cassandra Herrman, Ryan Boyette - Cinematographers: Trevor Snapp, Sam Wolson - Editors: Sam Wolson, Greg Byers, Trevor Snapp, Kevin Tsukii

Year : 2017

VR Documentary

Runtime : 13 minutes

Countries : USA, Sudan, Germany, France

 

In 2011, war broke out between the Sudan government and the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Army-North (SPLA-N) in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan. Today, outsiders rarely venture to this region. Humanitarian aid has been blocked, and Sudanese journalists are banned from covering the war, facing potential imprisonment for doing so.

In collaboration with The New York Times, AJ+ and Arte, Emblematic Group and Nuba Reports presents We Who Remain, an immersive virtual reality film that takes the viewer into the heart of this forgotten conflict amid an active fighting season.

The film weaves together the lives of four people – a student, a rebel soldier, a journalist, and a mother – who struggle to improve their lives in the midst of a relentless war. 

 

 

Your Spiritual Temple Sucks VR

Director : John Hsu

Production: SERENDIPITY FILMS, In Co-production with Funique VR In Association with Kaohsiung VR Film Lab

Year : 2018

VR Fiction 

Runtime : 10 minutes

Country : Taiwan

Mr. Chang arrives to his 'Spiritual Temple' in the afterworld, a place that represents one's destiny. To solve his marital crisis and financial problems, he summons his guardian- The Thunder God, to modify the temple from the ground up.

It turns out to be a big mistake...

 

We will share the VRrOOm's specially curated program in collaboration with VeeR and Forum des images in the coming days. Wait no more! Register here to download the app. We look forward to welcoming you to the NewImages festival in the Metaverse (or in Paris) very soon.

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