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Selection complete for the works of Venice VR Expanded

This section can be attended in Virtual mode, in Satellite Venues, and at the Palazzo del Casinò on the Lido.

Venice VR Expanded

The selection is complete for the Virtual Reality works of the 78th Venice International Film Festival (1 - 11 September 2021) of La Biennale di Venezia in the section titled Venice VR Expanded, which will be held on the following dates and venues:

1 - 11 September, on site (Sala Amici, Palazzo del Casinò, Lido di Venezia)

1 - 19 September, online and at Satellite Venues (14 venues, 10 countries)

 

The Venice VR Expanded, a section of the 78th Venice International Film Festival, following the success of the 2020 edition, will again be held online, extending its duration from 1 - 19 September, 2021.

From 1 - 11 September, for the entire duration of the Venice Film Festival, the Venice VR Expanded Programme will be available on site for accredited festival guests, at the VR Gallery in the Palazzo del Casinò (Lido di Venezia), Sala Amici, upon reservation.

The Official Selection of Virtual Reality works in this edition of the Venice Film Festival may be viewed online thanks to our partner platforms, HTC’s Viveport and Facebook’s Oculus, using PCVR and Oculus Quest headsets.

The Venice VR virtual world, designed with the technical support of VRrOOm within VRChat, will be the Venice VR Expanded hub—a fantastical virtual version of Venice and of our usual in-real-life VR Island Lazzaretto Vecchio, available  to anyone with a VRChat account. Within our Venice VR virtual world, visitors can experience previews of the official selection and socialise with other visitors. Accredited guests will be invited to “Meet the Creator” sessions, opening and closing parties, and other performances and events. Within this virtual world, following the success of the 2020 virtual edition, Venice VR Expanded will feature a brand new section, the Venice VRChat Worlds Gallery, with a selection of 35 virtual worlds, celebrating the creativity of creators using VRChat as a platform to build their own fantasy worlds. Additionally, 5 special events, including live performances, will take place in 5 different VRChat virtual venues.

Venice VR Expanded will present 37 projects from 21 Countries and 35 VRChat worlds:

  • 23 projects in Competition
  • 1 Special Event – Out of Competition
  • 12 projects Out of Competition – Best Of (selection of the finest VR work launched since the 2020 Edition)
  • 1 project developed and financed during the fifth edition of the Biennale College Cinema – VR
  • 35 selected worlds in VRChat in VRChat Worlds Gallery with 5 Special Events 

 

The Venice International Film Festival was one of the first film festivals in the world to demonstrate interest in Virtual Reality. The development of a VR Theater in 2016 sparked enormous interest among the participants of the Venice Production Bridge. Starting in 2017, La Biennale di Venezia launched the first competition for works in Virtual Reality in an A-list festival, which was held for three editions, through 2019, in a venue on the island of Lazzaretto Vecchio on the Lido, judged by an International Jury. The online accessibility of Venice VR Expanded, born in the 2020 edition, represents a new commitment and a new challenge to guarantee that the Venice International Film Festival will continue to offer the experience of the rapidly evolving art form that is Virtual Reality.

The accredited viewers of the Venice Film Festival will have access to all the titles of the virtual programme. Furthermore, a special VR Accreditation will be issued to interested visitors who are not accredited for the Festival.

The members of the International Jury of Venice VR Expanded are:
Michelle Kranot, President
Maria Grazia Mattei
Jonathan Yeo

The Venice VR Expanded Jury will award the following prizes: Grand Jury Prize for Best VR Work, Best VR Experience and Best VR Story.

In Competition

ANGELS OF AMSTERDAM
by ANNA ABRAHAMS, AVINASH CHANGA
Netherlands / 30’

END OF NIGHT
by DAVID ADLER
Denmark, France / 49’

LA PLAGE DE SABLE ÉTOILÉ (THE STARRY SAND BEACH)
by NINA BARBIER, HSIN-CHIEN HUANG
France, Taipei* (*as per Institutional practices) / 15’

GLIMPSE
by BENJAMIN CLEARY, MICHAEL O’CONNOR

GENESIS
by JOERG COURTIAL
Germany / 13’

SPIRIT OF PLACE
by DALE DEACON
South Africa, Denmark / 30’

LUN HUI (SAMSARA) COMPLETE PART 1 AND 2 VERSION
by HSIN-CHIEN HUANG
Taipei* (*as per Institutional practices) / 21’

CAVES
by CARLOS ISABEL GARCÍA
Switzerland / 19’

CLAP
by KEISUKE ITOH
Japan / 13’

TEARLESS
by GINA KIM
South Korea, USA / 12’

LE BAL DE PARIS DE BLANCA LI
by BLANCA LI
France, Germany, Luxembourg / 35’

BLISS IN THE EAR OF A STORM
by ADAM LIEBER, HAL SORTA
UK, South Africa, USA / 20’

IL DUBBIO – EPISODE 2
by MATTEO LONARDI
Spain, Italy / 7’

ANANDALA
by KEVIN MACK
USA / 15’

GOLIATH: PLAYING WITH REALITY
by BARRY GENE MURPHY, MAY ABDALLA
UK, France / 25’

MONTEGELATO
by DAVIDE RAPP
Italy / 28’

THE SEVERANCE THEORY: WELCOME TO RESPITE
by LYNDSIE SCOGGIN
USA / 60’

CONTAINER
by MEGHNA SINGH, SIMON WOOD
South Africa / 16’

BING MEI GUEI (THE SICK ROSE)
by TANG ZHI-ZHONG,  HUANG YUN-HSIEN
Taipei* (*as per Institutional practices) / 17’

MYRIAD.WHERE WE CONNECT. |VR EXPERIENCE
by LENA THIELE, SEBASTIAN BAURMANN, DIRK HOFFMANN
Germany / 31’

THE LAST WORKER
by JÖRG TITTEL
UK, Taipei* (*as per Institutional practices) / 30’

EXPLORING HOME
by SARA LISA VOGL
Germany / 16’

YI YUAN (THE FINAL WISH)
by WANG HAIPEI, WANG SHANSHAN
China / 20’

Special Event - Out of Competition

IN THE MIST
by CHOU TUNG-YEN
Taipei* (*as per Institutional practices) / 15’

Best of VR Expanded – Out of Competition

MASKMAKER
by BALTHAZAR AUXIETRE
France / 300’

MIND VR EXPLORATION
by DENG ZUYUN, YONG CAO
China / 15’

KUSUNDA
by FELIX GAEDTKE, GAYATRI PARAMESWARAN
Germany, Nepal, Sweden, Switzerland, Taipei* (*as per Institutional practices) / 23’

MICRO MONSTERS WITH DAVID ATTENBOROUGH
by ELLIOT GRAVES
UK, USA / 5’

MARE
by RUI GUERREIRO
Japan, Sweden / 180’

SPACE EXPLORERS: THE ISS EXPERIENCE – EPISODES 1-2
by FÉLIX LAJEUNESSE, PAUL RAPHAËL
Canada, USA / 55’

SAM & MAX: THIS TIME IT’S VIRTUAL!
by MICHAEL LEVINE
USA / 300’

KNOT: A TRILOGY
by GLEN NEATH, DAVID ROSENBERG
UK / 65’

WRAITH: THE OBLIVION - AFTERLIFE
by ERIK ODELDAHL
Sweden / 480’

JURASSIC WORLD AFTERMATH
by RICHARD SNOWDON
UK, Australia, USA / 180’

REEDUCATED
by SAM WOLSON, BEN MAUK, NICHOLAS RUBIN, MATT HUYNH
USA, Kazakhstan / 20’

Biennale College Cinema VR – Out of Competition

LAVRYNTHOS
by AMIR ADMONI and FABITO RYCHTER, producer: FABITO RYCHTER
Brazil, Peru / 16’
produced with the Biennale College Cinema VR grant

VRChat Worlds Gallery

A MAZE TRAIN STATION

AQUARIUS

ATLANTIS˸ SUPERRARE EXHIBITION

CLUB GUMBALL

CRAFTY CLIMB

ERS

CRYPT OF THE SPIRITS

CRYSTAL DUNES

CYCLE OF LIFE

DEEP BLUE NIGHT

EDEN

FFCR

FRANK

GUMBALL LOUNGE

KARAOKE CENTRA

LAST HOPE WATCH TOWER

LOST IT

MIRЯIM

MONORAIL COASTER

MONORAIL COASTER LITE

MOSCOW TRIP 1952

MUSEUM-OF-VRPAINTING

NOIR - CALL OF THE VOID (SPOOKALITY RELEASETECH DEMO)

RAAWRS' ELNO-THEL FOREST

SUBMERGE 2

SURREAL HAZARD

SXSW XR 2021

THE DEVOURING

THE EDGE

THE FORT

THE HALLWYL MUSEUM

THE JUNKYARDǃ

TREEHOUSE IN THE SHADE

UNCANNY ALLEY

WORLD.EXECUTE (ME)

 

VRChat Worlds Gallery – Special Events

BRAINDANCE

JEAN-MICHEL JARRE CONCERT

M.A.S.S.

MYCELIA

SHELTER

Venice VR Expanded Satellite Programme

The works of Venice VR Expanded (1 – 19 September 2021) will also be available for viewing in the physical spaces set up at the following prestigious cultural institutions around the world:

  • Centre PHI, Montréal, Canada
  • Sandman Studios - Sandbox Immersive Festival, Beijing, China
  • MC2: Grenoble, Grenoble, France
  • Centquatre-Paris, Paris, France
  • Invr.Space, Berlin, Germany
  • MEET Digital Culture Center | Fondazione Cariplo, Milan, Italy
  • Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini - Laboratorio Aperto di Modena, Modena, Italy
  • Museo Nazionale del Cinema, Turin, Italy
  • M9 - Museum of the 20th Century, Venice Mestre, Italy
  • Eye Filmmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Less Media Group – Moscow Museum of Modern Art (MMOMA), Moscow, Russia
  • Espronceda - Institute of Art & Culture, Barcelona, Spain
  • Euromersive Turkey - IKSV Salon & Kolektif House (Maslak), Istanbul, Turkey
  • Portland Art Museum & Northwest Film Center – Portland Art Museum, Portland, USA

 

Thanks to these institutions, which form the Venice VR Expanded Satellite Programme, audiences who do not own the VR equipment necessary to view the works online, may enjoy the experience of the projects of Venice VR Expanded on site. Audiences can access the Venice VR Expanded programme by making a reservation directly with each venue.

Each of these institutions, from 1 - 19 September, will create a space open to the public equipped with VR headsets, in which spectators may view the projects in competition at Venice VR Expanded, the projects Out of Competition – Best of VR Expanded (including our VR Chat Worlds Gallery, a selection of 35 worlds and 5 special events in VR Chat) and the project developed during the fifth edition of Biennale College Cinema – VR, plus a Special Event – Out of Competition (only ON SITE and ON SATELLITE, not ONLINE).

 

The Virtual Reality works in this edition of the Venice Film Festival may all be viewed online, except for the special event, out of competition, in partnership with HTC’s VIVEPORT and Facebook’s Oculus, with the support of VRChat and VRrOOm.


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