The 24th Raindance Film Festival will be taking place in London, UK next week, screening 100 feature films and over 150 short films. For the first time in the festivals history it’ll be showcasing immersive virtual reality (VR) films at a two-day public event called VR Arcade.
On show will be a selection of 14 short films featuring documentaries, animations and cutting edge experiences. These will be shown using either the Samsung Gear VR or Oculus Rift head-mounted displays (HMDs).
Those wishing to attend will have to book a one hour session in which they can then choose from the selection on offer. The VR Arcade will also host talks from the film makers and industry experts across the two days.
The VR films available are:
6×9 A Virtual Experience of Solitary Confinement. Dir. Francesca Panetta, Lindsay Poulton (UK)
Across the Line. Dir. Nonny de la Peña (USA)
Ctrl. Breaking Fourth (UK)
Easter Rising: Voice of a Rebel. Dir. Oscar Raby (UK)
Home – An Immersive Spacewalk Experience. Dir. Kate Bartlett, Tom Burton (UK)
In My Shoes: Dancing with Myself. Dir. Jane Gauntlett (UK)
Inside the Box of Kurios. Dir. Paul Raphael and Félix Lajeunesse (Canada)
Invisible. Dir. Darren Emerson (UK)
Notes on Blindness: Into Darkness. Dir. Arnaud Colinart, Amaury La Burthe, Peter Middleton, James Spinney (UK/France)
RecoVR: Mosul. Dir. Visualise Films (UK)
The Rose And I. Dir. Eugene Chung (USA)
The Turning Forest. Dir. Oscar Raby (USA)
Tomorrow. Future Lighthouse (Spain)
Witness 360: 7/7. Dir. Darren Emerson (UK)
The VR Arcade will be running from Saturday 1st – Sunday 2nd October 2016, held at the Gallery space at The Hospital Club. To book a session head to the official website. The full Raindance Film Festival starts on 21st September and finishes on 2nd October 2016, with a day pas costing £25 GBP. A Piccadilly Pass for £125 gives visitors access to all the screenings and a gift bag, while a £250 Premium Pass adds single admission to the Gala Nights and a VIP gift bag.
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