Prepare yourself for some serious immersion, because virtual reality agency Kaleidoscope have announced the Kaleidoscope VR Film Festival. The inaugural festival is set to tour multiple cities in North America, showcasing VR as a new and rapidly rising player in the film and entertainment industry, and highlighting the talented people who are making it happen. The Kaleidoscope festival will feature around 20 short VR films from independent filmmakers around the world and each event will involve demos and panels with top VR filmmakers and industry members. Even better, audiences will get the opportunity to immerse themselves in the full lineup of films using Samsung Gear and Oculus Rift VR headsets.
After VR films being featured at major film festivals including Cannes, Sundance and Tribeca, it’s exciting to see these boundary-pushing films have a dedicated event that will unveil new directions and possibilities for VR and the film industry. The short films being featured cover many topics and styles from Colosse in which the viewer’s gaze directs their experience and gives them a subtle influence over events as they unfold, to The Nepal Quake Project immerses audiences in the aftermath of the Nepal earthquake, using VR to offer a unique perspective into the destruction of natural disaster. And The Night Cafe which allows viewers to step directly into the world of Vincent Van Gogh and see it from every angle with all its vivid colour. The full lineup of films can be found here.
The first stop of the tour is Portland on August 22 and from there the festival will travel to Seattle, Vancouver, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Denver, Montreal, Toronto, New York, and Austin. 10 cities is an admirable amount of stops for the festival’s first run, and hopefully with success will come more stops and more opportunities to experience creative VR cinema. Come to the UK, please!
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