IFFR Pro x VR Days Selection

The IFFR Pro x VR Days 2020 selection has now been confirmed! Following their pitches during the IFFR Pro x VR Days Europe, Doubt by Matteo Lonardi, Floating with Spirits by Juanita Onzaga, Odd & Ity by Ricardo Laganaro and Shock the Monkey by Blies Brothers have been invited to the IFFR Pro x VR Days 2020 and CineMart 2020. Congratulations to the four innovative XR projects!

IFFR Pro x VR Days Europe have been collaborating since 2016, with the ambition to provide makers with support creating and distributing their VR projects. Eleven diverse and engaging XR projects were presented to a full room at DeLaMar Theater in Amsterdam during the VR Days Europe (13–15 November 2019).

IFFR Pro x VR Days Selection 2020

Doubt by Matteo Lonardi

Doubt is a VR interactive journey in the creative process. The user travels into the minds of Leonardo Da Vinci and three contemporary artists: Shirin Neshat, Velasco Vitali and Berndnaut Smilde. For these four artists, doubt in oneself, in one’s capabilities and in one’s decisions are recurrent excruciating feelings, yet they regard them as fundamental elements of their creative process. Like many icons that we admire, Leonardo is revered today as a flawless genius. What few know is that he was often criticised by his contemporaries, and that he doubted the value of his own work. This VR experience immerses the user in that moment we don’t speak of but which often defines some of the secrets to creation.

Floating with Spirits by Juanita Onzaga and An Oost

This project follows a young indigenous girl in the mystic mountains of Mexico, who embarks on a spiritual journey that gives meaning to the legacy she must now protect. The Cassette for timescapes production spans Belgium, Colombia and Mexico, and aspires to "challenge the perception of the viewer, using a combination of 360 documentary footage and technically enhanced, magical layers."

Odd&Ity by Ricardo Laganaro

Among the selection is the latest project by Venice Film Festival’s Best VR Experience winner Ricardo Laganaro. The Brazil-based ARVORE Immersive Experiences production is a fictional exploration into a faraway world divided in two. Dire circumstances require respective inhabitants Odd and Ity to overcome their aversions and differences and work together, to save their world as they know it. The multi-player, interactive experience is intended as a reflection of our times.

Shock The Monkey by Blies Brothers and François Le Gall

Here we follow SOMA, an activist against the dominant system. SOMA is also the code name for the brain liberation program she and her team are running. The a_BAHN production is described by the Luxembourg and France-based makers as "a collective experience of anticipation about the privatization of our mind."

  • Shock The Monkey by Blies Brothers and François Le Gall

  • Odd&Ity by Ricardo Laganaro

  • Floating with Spirits by Juanita Onzaga and An Oost

  • Doubt by Matteo Lonardi

Chosen by a jury consisting of Jolinde den Haas (VR scout IFFR), Marit van den Elshout (head of IFFR Pro) and Wendy Bernfeld (founder/MD of Rights Stuff), the four selected projects are also invited to partake in the 37th edition of IFFR's co-production market CineMart. As part of IFFR Pro Days, taking place during IFFR 2020, CineMart offers filmmakers and producers the opportunity to present their new project to film professionals and gain insight into creative development and financing.

Venice success back in the Netherlands

The acclaimed live cinema performance Cosmos Within Us by Tupac Martir saw its Dutch premiere in Eye, Amsterdam on Tuesday 12 November. The stimulating interactive VR experience – which experiments with a live orchestra, scent and disorientation – was selected and developed with the support IFFR Pro and VR Days Europe last year, and only six months later, went on to be the hit of the virtual reality section of the 2019 Venice Film Festival and to win the 2019 ‘Spirit of Raindance’ Immersive Award.

Pitching VR

Tupac Martir also won at IFFR 2019

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IFFR Pro x VR Days 2020 selection

  • Doubt, Matteo Lonardi, ReframeVR (Italy)
  • Floating With Spirits, Juanita Onzaga, Cassette for timescapes (Belgium/Colombia/Mexico)
  • Odd & Ity, Ricardo Laganaro, ARVORE Immersive Experiences (Brazil)
  • Shock the Monkey, Blies Brothers, a_BAHN (Luxembourg/France)

Don’t miss CineMart during the IFFR Pro Days from 26 to 29 January 2020.