While virtual reality (VR) films maybe in their infancy, with productions like Henry from Oculus Story Studios having recently premiered, there is a growing interest in medium. So much so that a film festival is starting this month dedicated to VR films, called the Kaliedoscope VR Film Festival.
The film festival which begins in Portland, on 22nd August, will be travelling around the U.S. and Canada. It will be stopping at 10 cities on its three month journey with experiences available on the Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR head-mounted displays (HMD) reports Wired.com. On show will be 20 VR films including, The Last Mountain a 2min short animation by director Avram Dodson and Welcome to Aleppo by Christian Stephens a 360 degree video of the war torn city of Aleppo, Syria among others. Similar to traditional film festivals, the Kaliedoscope VR Film Festival is about promoting indie VR film creators and their work.
Rene Pinnell, co-founder of VR agency Kaliedoscope has said: “(Sundance founder Robert) Redford wanted to create an institution that would support and nurture independant filmmakers. That’s the same inspiration we have for starting the Kaliedoscope VR Film Festival. We want to highlight the amazing independent artists who are inventing the new language of virtual reality cinema.”
The rest of the festival dates and cities are as follows: Seattle – 26th August, Vancouver – 29th August, San Francisco – 15th September, Los Angeles – 23rd September, Denver – 26th September, Monteal – 1st October, Toronto – 4th October, New York City – 6th October and Austin – 14th October.
VRFocus will continue to report on any further updates from the Kaliedoscope VR Film Festival as it tours the U.S. and Canada.