IFFR Pro x VR Days 2020


Tuesday 28 January 2020

The collaboration between IFFR Pro and VR Days Europe started in 2016 and shows the organisations’ shared commitment to promote new forms of visual experiences. Entering its fourth year we are happy to present our full schedule for 28 January and project information.


  • 9:45 - 11:15
    VR Spotlight Session Jurriaanse Zaal, de Doelen
  • 11:45 – 13:00
    Rafael Pavon (AtlasV) presents his masterclass Creating an XR Experience from Script to Financing. \
  • 13:00-14:00
    Lunch for all Cinemart Badge Holders in the Grote Zaal Foyer
  • 14:00-16:30
    The afternoon session sees a focus on creators.

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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."

IFFR Pro Days 2020

For IFFR PRO x VR Days 2020 we proudly present the above mentioned four projects which will be fully included in the structure of CineMart, the international co-production market of the festival and help the projects make new connections to realize their creations. Besides being able to have one-to-one meetings over the course of three days, the projects will be presented in a spotlight session on Tuesday 28 January which is open to CineMart & IFFR Pro accredited guests.

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VR Cinema at Arminius

25 January  – 1 February (11:00-20:00 Daily) 

choose between 3 different cinema programmes and one interactive piece. Pre-booking essential but last minute ‘no show’ tickets possible. For more information www.iffr.com/vr

  • VR Programme 1: Battlescar – Punk was invented by girls (30 minutes)
  • VR Programme 2: Passenger + Black Bag (22 minutes)
  • VR Programme 3: 0 (5x1) + The Making Of (33 minutes)
  • Interactive: A Lihna (12 minutes)


As the world of fictional VR is slowly but surely maturing, new and exciting works are created every year, by young and emerging filmmakers but also by more established names. At IFFR we foster innovation and love to be at the forefront of these developments by stimulating adventurous creators with great ideas.

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