Disney VR Animation Short to Debut at SIGGRAPH 2018

Disney will be bringing VR animated short 'Cycles' to the Immersive Pavilion at SIGGRAPH 2018.

Inter-disciplinary educational and technology event SIGGRAPH has announced the line-up for its virtual, augmented and mixed reality program, with a short VR film from Disney Animation set to have a prominent place.

Walt Disney animation Studios will be bringing its VR short film Cycles to SIGGRAPH 2018 for its world debut, where it will be shown alongside many other projects in the immersive technology area.

Recognising the growth of the immersive technology sector, the organisers of SIGGRAPH have created a space of visitors to the event to get a glimpse into the present and future state of virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) with the Immersive Pavillion.

The Immersive Pavillion will be devoted exclusively to immersive technology and will feature the Vrcade, which will contain a variety of VR,AR and MR videogames and experiences. There will also be the VR Theater, which the organisers describe as a ‘storytelling extravaganza’ which will form part of the Computer Animation Festival.

“We are so excited about the new Immersive Pavilion — it will instantly become the place for our attendees to experience, play, and learn about the latest technological advances across all areas of these rapidly emerging media platforms,” said SIGGRAPH 2018 Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality Chair Pol Jeremias. “This year’s VR and mixed reality offerings will include innovative experiments, research, games, music videos, and more that are focused on the exploding and immersive interactive experience.”

The Disney animated short Cycle will form one of the highlights of the programme. Cycles is an experimental film that centers around the meaning of ‘home’ and what it means to create a home, and the life that can be lived within the walls.

Other features of the immersive pavillion will include presentations and panel discussions featuring companies such as Niantic Labs and Nvidia.

SIGGRAPH 2018 is due to take place on 12th-16th August, 2018 at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Further information and tickets can be found on the official SIGGRAPH website. For further news and coverage of upcoming events, keep checking back with VRFocus.

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