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2016 Tribeca Film Festival Announces First VR Programs

Celebrating its 15th edition in 2016, the Tribeca Film Festival New York City, has begun announcing the events and programs attendees can  expect to see.  The events will include Imagination Day, Powered by the Hatchery as well as virtual reality (VR) films from the likes of Felix & Paul Studios.

Imagination Day, Powered by the Hatchery will bring together creative minds for an all-day summit that taking place on 19th April. The focus of the day will be “What happens when our wildest dreams become reality and what will that reality be in our not-so-distant future?” Participants include entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson, alongside VR tech entrepreneurs: Second Life and High Fidelity founder Philip Rosedale, VR directors Felix Lajeunesse and Paul Raphael from Felix & Paul Studios, and STRIVR founder and CEO Derek Belch.

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Felix & Paul Studios will be “Featured Creator” at the Tribeca Festival Hub for 2016. The VR filmmakers will appear as part of Imagination Day and a selection of their work, including Inside Impact: East Africa with President Bill Clinton, Cirque du Soleil’s Inside the Box of Kurios, and Nomads: Maasai will be featured.

Also part of the Hub’s programming will be the world festival premiere of INVASION!, a VR, interactive, animated film from Baobab Studios, co-founded by Maureen Fan (former VP of Games for Zynga) and Eric Darnell (director Antz and the Madagascar series). The project follows menacing aliens with vastly superior technology who come to claim the Earth and destroy anyone in their way.

“We are in a new age of storytelling experiences and experimentation with tech. Technology that was once available only for a select few creators has now moved into the mainstream. For the last five years, Tribeca has been an accelerator and platform that gives experiential storytelling visibility,” said Genna Terranova, Festival Director in a statement. “Our responsibility now, along with the talented Felix & Paul Studios and Baobab Studios, is to fuel this new community’s collective imagination, create a place where ideas can be exchanged to make the stories even better, and push these new mediums forward.”

Passes to the festival are available now, with special early discount pricing for $399.00 USD until 31st December, after that tickets will be $550.00 USD and are available at tribecafilm.com.

VRFocus will continue to follow the latest VR news from the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, reporting back any further announcements.