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November 30, 2020

"We designed with BIFAN an innovative event in less than 3 months" - Jean-Romain Micol (Institut Français, South Korea)

Partly halted by the Covid-19 crisis, which was very well controlled in South Korea, BIFAN could not proceed as planned. With its XR Beyond Reality selection, the festival is one of the highlights of…

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November 26, 2020

"Physical venues showcasing VR have a real role to play" - Deborah Papiernik (Ubisoft)

One of the last European events this year will be the 12th edition of Stereopsia (Europe - the show opening its South American branch in 2021) from December 15 to 16. From these 2 days of conferences…

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November 18, 2020

“2020 is accelerating the digital turnaround of the culture and heritage sectors” - Maelys Jusseaux (Minsar)

While virtual reality can sometimes seem like too geeky, French company Minsar (founded in 2016 by Soraya Jaber and Thomas Nigro) has set out to democratize access to it for businesses and creators. …

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November 13, 2020

"We must bring digital storytelling to a mass audience" - Andrés Jarach (FIPADOC Smart)

Andrés Jarach is a long-term narrative creator, who has explored many formats and directs - often with his lifelong accomplice Gordon - immersive experiences or - solo - traditional documentaries. Lo…

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October 23, 2020

“I wanted to spotlight indie creators from virtual platforms” – Mária Rakušanová (Raindance Immersive)

The fall brings back the interactive community to the familiar faces of international festivals and events – some virtual, some physical – and it’s time to go fully indies with Raindance. Curator Már…

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October 8, 2020

"Our priority remains the access to experiences, virtually and physically." - Ulrich Schrauth (LFF Expanded)

The London Film Festival is getting bigger this year! Ulrich Schrauth is the new XR and immersive programmer of LFF Expanded, at the heart of one of the main cinema events of the fall. It will presen…

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September 23, 2020

“How to invite the audience to close their eyes” - Glen Neath (DOUBLE)

DOUBLE, the first installment of DARKFIELD RADIO, was the first audio-only work presented at the Venice Film Festival. Find out more about it in our interview to Glen Neath, artistic director at DARK…

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September 20, 2020

"We wanted to hold this virtual world in our hands" - Raqi Syed, Areito Echevarria (MINIMUM MASS)

Long-awaited interactive experience MINIMUM MASS (Selected at New Frontier Story Lab 2018, winner of the Cristal for the Best VR Work at XR@Annecy 2020) is finally here! As an immersive graphic novel…

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September 15, 2020

"You immerse yourself as a spectator, then you become a participant" - Michelle Kranot (THE HANGMAN AT HOME)

When we discussed THE HANGMAN AT HOME with its co-creator Michelle Kranot, it was only one of 2 projects produced by the french company Floréal Films on competition at Venice VR Expanded. Since then,…

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September 14, 2020

“MIRROR is an R&D laboratory for Atlas V” - Pierre Zandrowicz (MIRROR: THE SIGNAL)

A pioneer of immersive fiction in France with I, PHILIP (2016), Pierre Zandrowicz has never ceased to explore new narrative horizons, with live performance and Bartabas on EX ANIMA EXPERIENCE (2019),…

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September 10, 2020

"You want the viewer to get the reality of this odissey" - Maria Courtial (1ST STEP)

If you have been part of a VR festival lately, you didn’t miss Faber Courtial messages from space. 2ND STEP and their latest VR film 1ST STEP are widely selected worldwide. We spoke with Maria Courti…

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September 6, 2020

“VR offers a much deeper and intimate connection to the audience” – German Heller (PAPER BIRDS)

Whenever I try VR, there is one thing I cannot help but be fascinated by. It is the way it takes you to a different world than you are used to and for a moment makes it even more real than the realit…

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September 4, 2020

“To change the way that we hold that history in our bodies” - Randall Okita & David Oppenheim (THE BOOK OF DISTANCE)

Some months ago, I bumped into a review of some immersive works presented at the Sundance Film Festival and one of them caught my attention.

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August 30, 2020

"A completely new way of experiencing a festival" - Liz Rosenthal & Michel Reilhac (Venice VR Expanded)

In one of its most precious homes, immersive creation is reinvented online with a special Venice VR Expanded program, bringing together 44 projects as it does every year. A special edition which we d…

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July 22, 2020

"We were bold enough to operate everything as a live immersive show" - Tupac Martir (Vaal x Satore)

We had a chance to discuss immersive storytelling and more with artist Tupac Martir last year after Venice VR (see the interview by the great Agnese Pietrobon). As Creative director of the London-bas…

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July 14, 2020

“We have to make content that is going to speak to everyone” - Victor Agulhon (TARGO)

One of the main problems in relation to immersive productions is the audience: how can we make more people interested in this medium?