Cannes XR Virtual unveiled a multi-selection of 55 XR works

(press release)

For its 2020 edition, the Marché du Film - Festival de Cannes’ XR program dedicated to virtual and augmented reality becomes CANNES XR VIRTUAL from June 24 to 26. This 3-day event will be entirely dedicated to players from the creative industries who use virtual and augmented reality technologies.

This unique edition will take place within the framework of the Marché du Film Online, an online market to be held from June 22 to 26.

For this occasion, the Marché du Film - Festival de Cannes teams up with major key players from the immersive industry:

  • The MOR (Museum of Other Realities) will provide its entire virtual art gallery for the whole Cannes XR Virtual program.
  • Tribeca Film Festival will present a selection of interactive works including six world, international, European or online premieres.
  • VeeR VR et Positron will present a selection of XR and 360° pieces with two prizes for the winner.
  • Kaléidoscope teams up with Cannes XR to promote works in development.

Cannes XR Virtual’s objective is to allow artists and producers in the XR industry to continue to develop their projects, and present their works despite the sanitary crisis. In total more than 55 XR pieces will be presented between projects in development and world previews.

During this very peculiar time, the Marché du Film is more than determined to highlight the XR industry and to foster links between artists and potential investors to support creation in all its richness and diversity. We are very proud to partner with these leading partners in the XR sector.

Jérôme Paillard, Executive director of the Marché du Film

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Works presented during showcases in the MOR

55 pieces (including 23 Cannes XR Development Showcase) will be visible in the MOR. They have been selected by the Tribeca Film Festival, VeeR VR and Positron. Two prizes will be handed out by a jury of professionals, in the MOR on June 26th at 9pm: the VeeR Future Award and the Positron Visionary Award.

Tribeca Virtual Arcade Sponsored by AT&T (link)

Tribeca Virtual Arcade @ Cannes XR, an innovative virtual exhibition as part of Cannes’ venerable Marché du Film. Attendees of the Virtual Arcade, presented by AT&T, will encounter a lineup of 12 VR and MR experiences and exhibits (among them 5 world, international or European premières) from new and established artists using unique technology and perspective to tell stories. In addition, Tribeca will also host 2 creative panel discussions and a virtual dance party as part of their contribution to this groundbreaking event.

“At the heart of Tribeca Immersive is our commitment to showcase new technology and social experiences as a dynamic vehicle for storytelling,” said Loren Hammonds, Senior Programmer, Film & Immersive for Tribeca Film Festival. “This year’s program was set to feature some of the most innovative experiences to date. Now, as we forge a path towards a still uncertain future, we are excited to present a selection of those projects virtually, tackling adaptation and innovation in another context.”

  • A LINHA - Ricardo Laganaro (Project Creator), Ricardo Justus, Edouard de Montmort, Rodrigo Terra (Key Collaborators)
  • ALEXA, CALL MOM! - Nitzan Bartov (Project Creator), Char Simpson (Project Creator), Nouf Aljowaysir (Key Collaborator)
  • BLOOD AND CHOCOLATE: A VARIATION ON QUEERSKINS: ARK - Illya Szilak, Cyril Tsiboulski (Project Creators), Brandon Powers (choreographer), Intel Studios (co-producer)
  • THE BOOK OF DISTANCE - Randall Okita (Project Creator), David Oppenheim (Key Collaborator)
  • FLY - Charlotte Windle Mikkelborg (Project Creator), Amaury La Burthe (Key Collaborator)
  • GRAVITY VR - Fabio Rychter, Amir Admoni (Project Creators), Owen Svelmoe (Key Collaborator)
  • ICARUS - Michel Lemieux (Project Creator)
  • IN EVENT OF MOON DISASTER - Francesca Panetta, Halsey Burgund (Project Creators), MIT Center for Advanced Virtuality (Key Collaborator)
  • MARY AND THE MONSTER - Kris Layng, Sebastian Herscher, Gabe Zetter, Ken Perlin (Project Creators), Thomas Meduri, Claire Kiechel, Sarah Einspanier, Ryan Shore (Key Collaborators)
  • MINIMUM MASS - Raqi Syed, Areito Echevarria (Project Creators) Sunny Teich, Chris Garnier, Katayoun Dibamehr, Jimi Wilson, Albyon (Key Collaborators)
  • VIOLENCE - Shola Amoo (Project Creator), Nell Whitley (Key Collaborator)
  • VIRTUAL BECOMES REALITY: A STANFORD VR EXPERIENCE - Virtual Human Interaction Lab, Stanford University (Project Creator)

VeeR Future Award (link)

Veer 360 Cinema at Cannes XR will gather 14 finalists for 8 countries (among them 1 world premiere) selected for their ability to take advantage of Virtual Reality as the media, offering the physical and emotional presence to viewers. The genres vary from live-action, animation, digital arts, to documentaries.

The jury team is composed of festival programmers, producers, industry leaders, distributors, and academic researchers. Elie Levasseur - XR program Leader at Marché du Film; René Pinnell - CEO & Founder at Kaleidoscope; Jingshu Chen - Co-Founder at VeeR; Liz Rosenthal - Programmer at Venice VR, Venice International Film Festival, Executive Producer at CreativeXR, CEO & Founder at Power to the Pixel; Michel Reilhac - Programmer at Venice VR;  Loren Hammonds - Senior Programmer, Film & Immersive at Tribeca Film Festival; Astrid Kahmke - Festival Director at Virtual Worlds; Jay Kim - Producer; CoFounder at GiiÖii, XR curator at BIFAN; Xun Li - Senior Researcher, China Film Art Research Centre(China Film Archive).

From the Official Selection, one project shall be selected and awarded with $1,000 USD cash and a Premium Distribution Package worth $10,000 USD which includes global marketing campaigns, online & LBE distribution, and Chinese localization.

  • KAIJU CONFIDENTIAL
  • UPSTANDER (our interview)
  • 1ST STEP
  • DAUGHTERS OF CHIBOK
  • EVEREST VR - JOURNEY TO THE TOP OF THE WORLD
  • OVERLAP
  • ATTACK ON DADDY
  • SHENNONG: TASTE OF ILLUSION (360)
  • RAIN FRUITS
  • MOWB
  • LOOK AT ME
  • OR BIT
  • DOCTOR WHO: THE RUNAWAY (360) (our interview)
  • BATTLESCAR

Positron Visionary Award (link)

Positron Showcase will gather 6 XR pieces representing a diverse spectrum of excellence in storytelling: from futuristic sci-fi, to whimsical free-falling branching narratives, to documentaries that take us to dangerous places few have ventured, to tales of sacrifice and love. Animation, live action, 360 films and interactive experiences— each represent some of the best cinematic content in VR today.

Viola Davis, Co-Founder & CEO of JuVee Productions, serves as president of an esteemed jury including Christina Lee-Storm, VR Producer, "How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World Virtual" / "Dragons Flight Academy," Jake Sally, (Head of Development, RYOT a Verizon Company), John Canning (Executive Producer – New Media & Experiential, Digital Domain) , Josh Nelson (Head of Immersive & Interactive Media, JuVee Productions), and Jeffrey Travis (CEO / Producer at Positron).

Prize consists of a Positron Voyager motion chair, delivered to the studio of the winning creator, along with a distribution deal ($60,000 value).

  • THE WINGWALKER
  • LUTAW
  • GRAVITY VR
  • THE GREAT C VR
  • TUTANKHAMUN: ENTER THE TOMB
  • EVEREST VR

Cannes XR development showcase (link)

Cannes XR Development Showcase in association with Kaleidoscope presents some of the most exciting international works in development today seeking production and distribution support.

Curated by Kaleidoscope, Cannes XR and XR experts, this showcase aims to bring in-development projects into a global spotlight and to facilitate the post-prototype work on projects. The selection presents 23 projects from 14 countries representing different formats (6DoF, 360 video, augmented reality, real time installations), and different genres (Documentary, Games, Animation, Arts installation) but all relying on the power of storytelling.

The stories selected for this year’s edition revolve around major global issues: climate emergency, human relationship with nature, technological acceleration and social issues that demand immediate attention. Selected projects will pitch to international decision makers over a period of three days and present their work-in-progress materials inside the Museum of Other Realities.

Among the decision makers who have confirmed their participation, many market-leading technological players will take part, such as: Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Intel, HP, HTC, Ryot/Verizon Media, Huawei, Epic games, Unity.

Full list of decision makers : https://www.marchedufilm.com/fr/programs/cannes-xr/development-showcase/decision-makers/

  • A CONVICT STORY
  • LE BAL DE PARIS BY BLANCA LI
  • AHOY!
  • COSMOGONIC
  • FIND WILLY
  • FLOOD
  • FUTURE IS YOU
  • HOW IS THE WATER
  • MANDALA: A BRIEF MOMENT IN TIME
  • CRAFTING MURDER: DEATH IS HER HOBBY
  • NOTHING IS SAFE
  • ONCE UPON A SEA
  • REMEMBRANCE
  • RHYTHM OF THE UNIVERSE: IONIA
  • STAY ALIVE MY SON
  • TANGIBLE UTOPIAS
  • TESLA’S MINDSCAPE
  • THE SPACE BETWEEN US
  • THE TRICK
  • BIRDIE LONG GONE
  • GONDWANA
  • INT.ACT
  • POWERS OF X

The MOR: a 100% virtual space dedicated to Cannes XR Virtual:

Free and accessible to all VR headset owners.

Live from June 24th to 26th, then accessible on replay until July 3rd.

All XR pieces will only be visible into the MOR.

Cannes XR Virtual will be ​open to VR users ​at the ​Museum of Other Realities (MOR)​, a virtual art gallery specialized in featuring immersive work from international VR artists. ​The entire virtual program ​will remain available until July 3rd, 24/7 ​via the MOR application on ​Steam​, ​Viveport​, or ​Oculus​.

This unique location will welcome:

1) Showcases:

- Tribeca Virtual Arcade - Sponsored by AT&T

- VeeR Future Award

- Positron Visionary Award

2) Cannes XR Development Showcase: presentation in-development projects:

- Cannes XR Development Showcase in association with Kaleidoscope

3) Conferences:

A program of more than 45 conferences will take place during three days: pitching sessions, keynote, panels. Artists and inspiring personalities will share their ideas and experience concerning the virtual reality market and its impact on the global film industry.

https://www.marchedufilm.com/programs/cannes-xr/calendar/

4) A virtual concert:

On the occasion of the opening night, Miro Shot will present, in collaboration with Overview Ark and New-York DJ, Neil Armstrong, an outstanding virtual concert reflecting the innovative spirit desired by Cannes XR and Tribeca. A unique event that will allow visitors to virtually meet, network or simply have fun.

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