Later this month Cinequest will roll out its annual film and virtual reality (VR) festival which is now in its 28th year. The 2018 event, based in San Jose and Redwood City, California, is set to be bigger and better than ever when it comes to immersive experiences, with 29 pieces of VR content on show.
From 27th February through 11th March 2018, the festival’s 28th season has programmed 13 days of screenings and premieres, inspiring experiences with trailblazers in film and VR, and awards presentations with icons in entertainment. The actual VR segment of the festival runs from 1st – 4th March. The content will range from films and videogames, to augmented reality (AR) experiences and more, covering a swath of the immersive industry.
In the Cinequest VR Experience Lounge, experts in the field will lead interactive workshops. In recognition of his work in VR entertainment, Travis Cloyd will be honoured with this year’s VR Visionary Award. In addition to accepting this VR honour, Cloyd will present three VR experiences at the festival: the world premiere of The Humanity Bureau VRevolution, starring Maverick Spirit Award honoree, Nicolas Cage; Speed Kills VR Experience starring John Travolta; and The Recall VR, starring Wesley Snipes.
“We’ve seen the power of film to not only delight and entertain, but spark awareness, create connections and galvanize communities,” said Halfdan Hussey, co-founder of Cinequest in a statement. “Our theme for this year’s festival is ‘Impact’, reflected by the exceptional films, VR, and interactions with the torchbearers in entertainment and technology–programmed to give our audience a venue for engagement and empowerment. We’re proud to spotlight the work of internationally celebrated and emerging artists, representing a spectrum of genres, genders, ethnicities, orientations, ages and perspectives, and to enable these creators to connect with audiences in the vibrant and cosmopolitan Silicon Valley – the world’s leader in innovation.”
For those interested in going to the festival passes come in three varieties: Film Lover, Mavericks and Cinequest All Access, priced at $165 USD, $299 and $500 respectively. While each will offer varying access to the event, if you want to see any of the VR related programmes or workshops you’ll need the All Access pass. For any further updates on the festival, keep reading VRFocus.