For the first time, we’ve attended the Venice Virtual Reality Festival (a division of the Venice Film Festival that has been dedicated to immersive experiences and movies since 2017, it was thrilling !
Arriving in Venice, you immediately feel the warmth and the cool atmosphere of the city and its people. You then hop into a vaporetto (boat) to go to the Island of Lido, where the Biennale di Venezia takes place.
The VR festival happens on the Island of Lazzaretto, which has been renamed VR Island for the occasion. Just a 5min free boat ride from the Lido! The VR festival happens on the Island of Lazzaretto, which has been renamed VR Island for the occasion. Just a 5min free boat ride from the Lido!
The space is very well thought, all experiences and movies are shown inside a building that surrounds a garden and an outside coffee stand/shop where you can meet and network with fellow festival attendees.
The selection is divided into 2 sections in competition:
- Interactive competition (interactive XR experiences)
- Linear competition (non-interactive experiences and movies).
There is also The Best of VR and projects from students of the Biennale College Cinema VR, not in competition.
This year, a part of The Venice Production Bridge took place on the island with panels such as the European Ecosystem of Immersive Works and roundtables with creators and members of the jury.
VR Happy Hours present each day one of the pieces with creators and producers for people to learn more about the production and share with the team. Followed by inspiring performances !
At night, there are also events such as the VPB Opening Party at the Excelsior Hotel on the beach and some organized at the island of Venice.
With 27 international works in competition, great events and connections with other professionals of the field, the Venice VR Festival is definitely an amazing opportunity to not only see the best XR productions of the year, but also to network and have a good overview of market developments.
GRAND JURY PRIZE FOR BEST VR IMMERSIVE WORK
THE KEY , by Celine Tricart (USA) An interactive experience mixing immersive theater and virtual reality, where the participants face challenges and decisions, dealing with the refugee experience. The Key is a part of Oculus’ VR for Good program.
BEST VR IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE FOR INTERACTIVE CONTENT
by Ricardo Laganaro (Brazil)
A VR interactive narrative experience about love and the fear of change. The experience transforms the user into a child who unlocks an enchanted world and will have to break boundaries to make love possible.
BEST VR IMMERSIVE STORY FOR LINEAR CONTENT
DAUGHTERS OF CHIBOK
by Joel Kachi Benson (Nigeria)
A 360° movie dealing with the aftermath of the tragedy of the kidnapping of 276 teenage schoolgirls from their dormitories at Chibok in 2014, exploring topical global issues of gender rights and the right to education.
You can truly understand the power and the impact of immersion in storytelling once you experience the emotional multisensory performance of diving into memories through Cosmos within Us, when deeply engaging in the artistic universe of Inori and Le Cri VR, or coming out of the screening of Daughters of Chibok or VR Free feeling incredibly affected. (mettre lien vers leur description sur site de Venise Film festival sous les noms en italique)