2018 Tribeca Film Festival to Feature Bumper Lineup of VR/AR Exhibits, Including 21 World Premieres

Much like SXSW, the Tribeca Film Festival has been pushing the boundaries of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) content, showcasing evermore imaginative and thought provoking content via its Tribeca Immersive programme. Today, the festival has announced The Virtual Arcade lineup, which includes 21 world premiere VR/AR exhibits as well as five Storyscapes experiences in competition.

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This year’s offerings include 33 VR exhibitions and experiences from top creators such as Jeremy Bailenson, Chris Milk, Eliza McNitt, Eugene YK Chung, Gabo Arora, and Saschka Unseld, and emerging artists Asad J. Malik, Gabriela Arp, and Lucas Rizzotto.

In addition to The Virtual Arcade Tribeca Immersive will be debiting Tribeca Cinema360, a VR theater featuring four curated screening programs of 360° mobile content, running 21-28 April, 2018.

“We are at a cultural crossroads. In times of crisis and contemplation, artists have always found a way to inspire and challenge,” said Loren Hammonds, Programmer, Film & Immersive in a statement. “The creators that we’ve invited to take part in this year’s Tribeca Immersive are no different. They are using technology and storytelling to tackle subjects such as the dangers of nuclear weapons, racial and religious discrimination, and the real face of climate change. VR is a medium of transportation, and these pieces will do just that for our audience.”

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“Each year, we’re seeing creators push boundaries and explore new ways to tell stories through VR. As the technology improves, so does the storytelling, and with that we are able to use VR to tackle new issues, experiences and narratives and invite new audiences to experience these projects,” said Ingrid Kopp, co-curator of Tribeca Immersive.

The full list of immersive content offerings are as follows:

The Virtual Arcade

  • #WarGames VR (World Premiere) – USA
  • 1000 Cut Journey (World Premiere) – USA
  • Arden’s Wake: Tide’s Fall  (World Premiere) – USA
  • BattleScar (New York Premiere) – USA, France
  • Campfire Creepers: Midnight March (World Premiere) – France, USA
  • Chalkroom (New York Premiere) – Taiwan R.O.C., USA
  • Coral Compass: Fighting Climate Change in Palau (World Premiere) – USA
  • The Day the World Changed (World Premiere) – USA
  • Dinner Party (New York Premiere) – Puerto Rico, USA
  • Firebird: The Unfinished (World Premiere) – France
  • Fire Escape (World Premiere) – USA
  • The Hidden (World Premiere) – India, USA
  • Into the Now (World Premiere) – USA
  • My Africa (World Premiere) – USA, UK
  • SPHERES: Pale Blue Dot (World Premiere) – USA
  • Star Child (World Premiere) – USA
  • Untitled OK Go & WITHIN Project (World Premiere) – USA, UK
  • Vacation Simulator (World Premiere) – USA
  • Vestige (World Premiere) – UK, USA, France
  • Where Thoughts Go : Prologue (World Premiere) – USA


  • Biidaaban: First Light (World Premiere) – Canada
  • Hero (New York Premiere) – USA
  • objects in mirror AR closer than they appear (World Premiere) – USA
  • Queerskins: a love story (World Premiere) – USA
  • Terminal 3 (World Premiere) – USA, Pakistan

Tribeca Cinema360

  • Horizons: 
    • 02:09 (World Premiere) – Sweden, China
    • Together (New York Premiere) – USA
  • It’s Right Behind You:
    • Campfire Creepers: The Skull of Sam (North American Premiere) – Spain, USA
    • The Caretaker (World Premiere) – USA
    • An Obituary (boogo) (US Premiere) – South Korea
  • This is Climate Change:
    • This is Climate Change (World Premiere) – Åland Islands, Brazil, Greenland, Somalia, USA
  • VR for Good Creators Lab:
    • Meeting a Monster (World Premiere) – USA
    • She Flies by Her Own Wings (World Premiere) – USA
    • The Hidden (World Premiere) – India, USA

The 17th annual Tribeca Film Festival takes place between 18-29 April, 2018. Admission to presentations of the Virtual Arcade featuring Storyscapes is $40.00 USD. Screening tickets for Cinema360 screenings are $15. Tickets can be purchased online beginning 27th March. For any further updates, keep reading VRFocus.