Venice VR Unveils 2020 Official Competition Lineup

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Venice VR Unveils 2020 Official Competition Lineup
July 31, 2020
Above: a still shot of 'Mirror: The Signal'

 

Venice, 30 July 2020. - The selection is now complete for the Virtual Reality works to be presented at the 77th Venice International Film Festival (2 – 12 September 2020) in the section this year titled Venice VR Expanded.

 

As previously announced, the Virtual Reality works in this edition of the Venice Film  Festival will no longer be shown in Venice Lido on the island of Lazzaretto Vecchio, but will be available to enjoy entirely online, thanks to an innovative digital platform supported by HTC VIVEPORT, Facebook’s Oculus, VRChat, and VRrOOm.

 

Venice VR Expanded will present 31 immersive projects in Competition, nine projects Out of Competition – Best of VR (International selection of the finest VR works) and four projects developed during the fourth edition of the Biennale College Cinema – VR, or previous editions, one of which, the Italian project Vajont, was supported by a Biennale grant. All 44 projects come from 24 Countries.

 

The Venice International Film Festival was one of the first film festivals in the world to demonstrate a strong interest in Virtual Reality. The development of the 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 of Virtual Reality works in an A-list festival, which was held for three editions, through 2019, in the venue on the island of Lazzaretto Vecchio on the Lido, judged by an International Jury. This year, the exclusively online accessibility of the Venice VR Expanded section represents a new commitment and a new challenge to guarantee that the Venice International Film Festival may continue to offer the experience of the new and rapidly evolving art form that is Virtual Reality.

 

The accredited viewers of the VIFF will have access to all titles, a special VR Accreditation will also be issued. All selected VR content will be accessible to viewers 14+.

 

The Venice VR Expanded platform will also be accessible in different locations around the world, thanks to the availability of different institutions that have joined the Satellite venues network program. The list of Satellite locations will be announced shortly.

 

The members of the International Jury of Venice VR Expanded are:

- Celine Tricart – president (USA), director and screenwriter, an expert in Virtual Reality and 3D renowned around the world for the emotional power of her stories and her distinct visual style. In Venice in 2019, she won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Immersive VR Work for The Key.

- Asif Kapadia (Great Britain), film and documentary director, whose film Amy, which premiered at Cannes in 2015 and tells the story of singer Amy Winehouse, won the Academy Award for Best Documentary.

- Hideo Kojima (Japan), the author of top-selling videogames, among which the Metal Gear Serie is known around the world for having pushed the boundaries of creativity in this field, and considered the father of stealth games.

 

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

 

 

VENICE VR EXPANDED

In Competition

 

HERE

of LYSANDER ASHTON

USA, UK / 5’

 

TERRAIN

of LILY BALDWIN, SASCHKA UNSELD, KUMAR ATRE

USA, Germany / 45’

 

FINDING PANDORA X

of KIIRA BENZING

USA / 40’

 

SMAGEN AF SULT (A TASTE OF HUNGER)

of CHRISTOFFER BOE, DAVID ADLER

Denmark, Sweden, France / 15’

 

HAVFOLKET KALDER MØRKNET VAND (HUSH)

of VIBEKE BRYLD

Denmark / 10’

 

 

GOODBYE MISTER OCTOPUS

of AMAURY CAMPION

France, USA / 8’

 

OM DEVI: SHEROES REVOLUTION

of CLAUDIO CASALE

Italy, India / 23’

 

AFRICAN SPACE MAKERS

of THE NRB BUS COLLECTIVE

Kenya, Germany / 50’

 

BABA YAGA

of ERIC DARNELL, MATHIAS CHELEBOURG

USA / 15’

 

SHA SI DA MING XING (KILLING A SUPERSTAR)

of FAN FAN

China / 20’

 

GNOMES AND GOBLINS

of JON FAVREAU, JAKE ROWELL

USA / up to 120’

 

AGENCE

of PIETRO GAGLIANO

Canada / 10’

 

AU PAYS DU CANCRE MOU (IN THE LAND OF FLABBY SCHNOOK)

of FRANCIS GELINAS

Canada / 6’

 

DREAMIN’ ZONE

of FABIENNE GIEZENDANNER

France, Switzerland, Germany, South Korea / 18’

 

PENGGANTIAN (REPLACEMENTS)

of JONATHAN HAGARD

Japan, Germany, Indonesia / 12’

 

PAPER BIRDS

of GERMAN HELLER, FEDERICO CARLINI

Argentina / 19’

 

GREAT HOAX: THE MOON LANDING

of JOHN HSU, MARCO LOCOCO

Taiwan, Argentina / 17’

 

BEAT

of KEISUKE ITOH

Japan / 12’

 

LA COMÉDIE VIRTUELLE

of GILLES JOBIN

Switzerland / 30’

 

THE HANGMAN AT HOME – AN IMMERSIVE SINGLE USER EXPERIENCE

of MICHELLE KRANOT, URI KRANOT

Denmark, France, Canada / 25’

 

ONCE UPON A SEA

of ADI LAVY

Israel, Canada / 22’

 

THE METAMOVIE PRESENTS: ALIEN RESCUE

of JASON MOORE

USA / 40’

 

4 FEET HIGH

of MARIA BELEN PONCIO, ROSARIO PERAZOLO MASJOAN

Argentina, France / 15’

 

AJAX ALL POWERFUL

of ETHAN SHAFTEL

USA, China / 15’

 

MINIMUM MASS

of RAQI SYED, AREITO ECHEVARRIA

New Zealand, France, USA / 20’

 

WE LIVE HERE

of ROSE TROCHE

USA / 12’

 

SILTOJEN ALTA TULEVAISUUDEN IHMISELLE (MAN UNDER BRIDGE)

of HANNA VÄSTINSALO

Finland / 7’

 

RECODING ENTROPIA

of FRANÇOIS VAUTIER

France / 8’

 

KINSHASA NOW

of MARC-HENRI WAJNBERG

Belgium, Congo / 25’         

 

WO SHENG MING ZHONG DE 60 MIAO (ONE MORE MINUTE)

of WAN DAMING  

China / 26’

 

MIRROR: THE SIGNAL

of PIERRE ZANDROWICZ

France / 9’

 

Best of VR – Out of Competition

(International selection of the finest VR works)

 

SOUND SELF: A TECHNODELIC

of ROBIN ARNOTT

USA / 20’

 

DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE

of RYAN BEDNAR

Sweden / up to 300’

 

1ST STEP - FROM EARTH TO THE MOON

of JÖRG COURTIAL, MARIA COURTIAL

Germany / 14’

 

THE ROOM VR: A DARK MATTER

of MARK HAMILTON

UK /  up to 180’

 

JIOU JIA (HOME)

of HSU CHIH YEN

Taiwan / 18’

 

BLIND SPOT

of HU ZHANGYANG

China / up to 360’

 

THE BOOK OF DISTANCE

of RANDALL OKITA

Canada / 25’

 

DOUBLE

of DAVID ROSENBERG, GLEN NEATH

UK / 20’

 

GRAVIDADE VR (GRAVITY VR)

of FABITO RYCHTER, AMIR ADMONI

Brazil, Peru / 15’

 

 

Biennale College Cinema - VR – Out of Competition

 

VAJONT

of IOLANDA DI BONAVENTURA, producer: SAVERIO TRAPASSO

Italy / 25’

produced with the Biennale College Cinema VR grant

 

MEET MORTAZA VR

of JOSÉPHINE DEROBE, producer: ORIANE HURARD

France, Belgium / 13’

developed during Biennale College VR , but not financed directly

 

IL DUBBIO – EPISODIO 1

of MATTEO LONARDI, producer: FRANCESCO LONARDI

Italia / 7’

developed during Biennale College VR , but not financed directly

 

QUEERSKINS: ARK

of ILLYA SZKILAK, CYRIL TSIBOULSKI, producer: SARAH VICK, DIEGO PRILUSKY

USA / 17’

developed during Biennale College VR , but not financed directly

 

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