You can now watch six films from the Venice VR official selection from September 8 to October 8, 2019 on the VRrOOm XR app (Apple App Store / iOS - Google Play / Android / Daydream - Oculus store / Oculus Rift, Oculus Go, Samsung Gear VR - Viveport / HTC Vive). Some of them are also available on the VRrOOm channel on Samsung VR, or on web XR for any type of headsets, including the Oculus Quest (please find the web XR links below the film titles).
This year, VRrOOm reinforces its partnership with the Venice Film Festival, bringing again films of the Venice VR official lineup in exclusivity to the VRrOOm extended reality platform, designed to make the world’s finest festivals and cultural events be more accessible to global audiences. Featuring top quality content, the new platform helps festivals overcome their time and space constraints to grant global audiences’ access to some of the world's most prestigious events' premieres.
Powered by Bemersive and in partnership with the 76th Venice International Film Festival's Venice VR program, the VRrOOm XR app includes 6 VR films from the official line-up competing at Venice Biennale in world premiere, presented in exclusivity to the audience worldwide. The limited-run is available at no cost to all for a period of one month, from September 8 to October 8, 2019.
One of the most pressing issues that artistic VR is confronted with today is the challenge of discoverability and optimizing availability for the largest possible number of art lovers and potential spectators. To address this, VRrOOm and Venice Biennale are excited to bring quality VR to global audiences through this new initiative.
One year after its first collaboration with Venice VR, which coincided with the launch of the VRrOOm’s XR app, VRrOOm is now enabling the world's oldest festival to become the first event to reach global audiences using all types of headsets without the need to download an app. In January this year, VRrOOm extended its online presence by launching its channel on Samsung VR; now, as part of its ongoing efforts to support VR creators reach a broader audience, VRrOOm significantly increases the accessibility of its virtual festivals platform via a player uniquely powered by WebVR thanks to its partnership with LucidWeb.
Below is the list of the Venice VR films available on the app and online, including the links to access them through the web :
Download the VRrOOm XR app to enjoy Battle Hymn as well as the Venice VR virtual extension's full lineup now, and watch this space for a web XR viewing of Battle Hymn, as we are currently optimizing the content in order to provide you with the best experience, it will be ready in a few days time.
Every night, hundreds of IDF soldiers go on dozens of arrest missions in Palestinian villages in the West Bank. This film gives its viewers a one-time peek into this ‘routine’ IDF fundamental experience, where manliness and shame, strength and weakness, lowliness and power, combine. In doing so, the film tells a tale, both realistic and surreal of this place.
Director: Yair Agmon
Production: Yalla Films (Tal Becher)
Running Time: 11’
Main Cast: Itamar Eliyahu, Tomer Macloof, Offer Becher, Matan Jez
Screenplay: Yair Agmon
Cinematographer: Barak Brinker
Costume Designer: Matan Gez
Music: Yair Seri
Sound: Avihai Rahmani
Visual Effects: Yuval Bar On
You can either download the VRrOOm XR app to enjoy the Venice VR virtual extension's full lineup, or watch Black Bag directly on web XR via THIS LINK - supports all types of headsets as well as smartphones or desktops.
Ex-military security guard, Mr. S works for a bank and leads the life of a normal working-class man. He fantasises about a major heist, a dream that becomes reality when a mysterious black leather bag is deposited into the bank vault by a VIP. Mr.S successfully robs the black leather bag through the help of his veteran friends, whom he murders in order to keep it for himself.
As he enters the tunnel, the real world starts to peel away from him. Mr.S steps out of a strange elevator and arrives at hell, where all his past sins are playing on television screens. Is this the fantasy of a moral man, or is the heist real?
Director: Qing Shao
Production: VRTIMES (Qing Shao)
Running Time: 12’
Main Cast: Shao Qing
Screenplay: Qing Shao
Editor: Qing Shao
Music: Xing Yu Li
Sound: Wei Shao
Visual Effects: Da Wei Fang
Art director: Yu Ting Li, Qing Shao
DAUGHTERS OF CHIBOK - VENICE VR 2019 BEST STORY AWARD
You can either download the VRrOOm XR app to enjoy the Venice VR virtual extension's full lineup, or watch Daughters of Chibok directly on web XR via THIS LINK - supports all types of headsets as well as smartphones or desktops.
In 2014 the sleepy agrarian community of Chibok (Borno State, North East Nigeria) was thrust into the global spotlight when the dreaded, anti-women education, terrorist group Boko Haram stormed the town at night and abducted 276 teenage schoolgirls from their dormitories. The world watched in shock and horror as videos of the girls, surrounded by machine gun- wielding terrorists, surfaced all over the internet and satellite channels across the globe. The VR deals with the aftermath of the kidnappings, and explores topical global issues of gender rights and the right to education.
Director: Joel Kachi Benson
Production: VR360 Stories (Joel Benson)
Running Time: 11’
Screenplay: Joel Benson
Editor: Joel ‘Kachi Benson
Music: Cobhams Asuquo
Sound: Idowu Aremu
You can either download the VRrOOm XR app to enjoy the Venice VR virtual extension's full lineup, or watch Passenger directly on web XR via THIS LINK - supports all types of headsets as well as smartphones or desktops.
You are sitting in the back of a taxi, driving in the dark. As the landscape begins to change, the outside environment becomes increasingly surreal. You piece together your story—abstracted and dream-like— as you progress into the quiet shock of a new world.
This 360 degree stop-motion VR tells the story of arriving in a new country to live. Your taxi driver, himself a migrant to Australia, navigates the new terrain with you, acting as your guide while also revealing parts of his own story. Passenger recreates and investigates the geographic and visual dislocation of arriving somewhere unfamiliar and beginning the journey of finding a new home in a foreign land.
Director: Isobel Knowles, Van Sowerwine
Production: Film Camp
Running Time: 10’
Main Cast: Sami Shah
Screenplay: Isobel Knowles, Van Sowerwine
Cinematographer: Isobel Knowles, Van Sowerwine
Editor: Isobel Knowles, Van Sowerwine
Music: Mirko Guerrini
Sound: Byron Scullin
Visual Effects: Julia Egerton
You can either download the VRrOOm XR app to enjoy the Venice VR virtual extension's full lineup, or watch VR Free directly on web XR via THIS LINK - supports all types of headsets as well as smartphones or desktops.
VR Free explores the nature of incarceration spaces by portraying some fractions of life inside the Turin prison. The film also captures the reaction of few inmates during their encounter with immersive videos of life outside of prison. By using the VR headsets, the prisoners get to virtually participate in some collective and intimate situations which are no longer within their reach.
Director: Milad Tangshir
Production: Associazione Museo Nazionale del Cinema (Valentina Noya)
Running Time: 10’
Main Cast: Michele Romano, Albert Asllanaj, Cristian De Bonis, Ogert Rakipais, Michele Bono
Cinematographer: Stefano Sburlati
Sound: Vito Martinelli
THE WAITING ROOM
You can either download the VRrOOm XR app to enjoy the Venice VR virtual extension's full lineup, or watch The Waiting Room directly on web XR via THIS LINK - supports all types of headsets as well as smartphones or desktops.
The Waiting Room is VR journey which tells the story of Victoria Mapplebeck’s breast cancer (as patient and director) from diagnosis through treatment to recovery. The lynchpin of this VR piece is a 9-minute durational 360 take, a reconstruction of Victoria’s last session of radiotherapy. The user finds themselves in an intimate and unexpected role of bystander. This experience is counter balanced by a CGI journey inside her body. Cancer cells, CT scans, mammograms and ultrasound provide a 3D portrait of Victoria’s body from the inside, out. The Waiting Room begins with a personal journey but as cancer affects one in two of us over the course of a lifetime, it also tells a very universal story.
Director: Victoria Mapplebeck
Production: East City Films (Darren Emerson)
Screenplay: Victoria Mapplebeck
Cinematographer: Darren Emerson
Editor: Conan Roberts, Jack Howard, Anton Yavorsky
Music: Every time We Say Goodbye written by Cole Porter and performed by Ella Fitzgerald
Sound: John Wakefield, Henrik Oppermann
Visual Effects: Conan Roberts, Laurentiu Fenes
The six films from the Venice VR official selection are presented by VRrOOm from September 8 to October 8, 2019 on the VRrOOm XR app (Apple App Store / iOS - Google Play / Android / Daydream - Oculus store / Oculus Rift, Oculus Go, Samsung Gear VR - Viveport / HTC Vive). Some of them are also available on the VRrOOm channel on Samsung VR, or on web XR for any type of headsets, including the Oculus Quest (the web XR links can be found underneath the film titles).