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Australian Virtual Reality Film Festival 2017: Program


Presented by Vast Yonder in partnership with Brisbane Powerhouse

As virtual reality technology is still in an early adoption phase, AVRFF aims to introduce the public to the creative potential with a program of local, interstate and international films.

These works involve a number of categories providing diverse experience of the creative works currently available for the 360 degree/VR medium.

Directed by Jerome Blanquet, Produced by Antoine Cayrol

Alexandro volunteers for an experiment carried out to study dreams in this poetic trip into the future. He can’t imagine that he will be subjected to the intrusion of Elsa, a form of Artificial Intelligence who aims to digitize his subconscious in order to feed off of it. She’s a vampire…bit by megabit.

Directed by Arjan van Meerten, Produced at House of Secrets

Apex is an animated music video for virtual reality created by 3D animator and musician, Arjan van Meerten. Inspired by the demon parades from Japanese folklore, Apex tells the story of a city destroyed by a processional of towering creatures. It tells the story of realities colliding, throwing the viewer in the midst of chaos. Within fire and destruction, the viewer experiences something violent yet beautiful. Being confronted with a power so great, all you can do is watch the world burn. Finding beauty in destruction, accompanied with ear-shattering electronic music. APEX means to overwhelm and inspire.

Dear Angelica
Directed by Saschka Unseld, Art Director, Wesley Allbrook

From Emmy Award winning Oculus Story Studio comes Dear Angelica, a journey through the magical and dreamlike ways we remember our loved ones. Entirely painted by hand inside of VR, Dear Angelica plays out in a series of memories that unfold around you. An immersive, illustrative short story starring Geena Davis and Mae Whitman.

Easter Rising: Voice of a Rebel
Directed by Oscar Raby, Produced by Katy Morrison, Dan Tucker, and Catherine Allen for the BBC, VRTOV and Crossover Labs

Step into one man’s memories, into a moment that changed Irish history forever – the 1916 Easter Rising. Easter Rising: Voice of a Rebel lets users step into the memories of Willie McNeive and journey back in time to a moment that changed Irish history forever: the Easter Rising of 1916. Through VR, users travel with Willie, back to Dublin, when he was 19 years old. Willie was a member of the Irish Republican Brotherhood and felt deeply that Ireland should be separate from Britain, free to be its own independent democratic republic. His feelings were so strong that he took chose to take part in the Easter Rising – a violent, armed insurgence where thousands of Republican men and women occupied key sites in Dublin, proclaiming the Irish Republic. This uprising became increasingly chaotic and bloody, culminating after six days with the rebel leaders surrendering. Hundreds of British soldiers, civilians and rebels died. The VR experience makes use of McNieve’s eye witness account – a recording of which lay undiscovered for over 30 years. Through a remarkable, and very personal insight into this a key moment in European history, Easter Rising: Voice of a Rebel presents an artistic journey into the memory of an ordinary man who was swept up into an extraordinary event.

I Phillip
Directed by Pierre Zandrowicz, Produced by Antoine Cayrol

In early 2005, David Hanson, an American robotics, is developing its first android human. His name is Phil and is simply the copy of the famous science fiction author Philip K. Dick. In a few weeks Phil became famous on the Web and in the author’s fan circles. It is presented in several conferences around the world. In late 2005, the head of the android disappeared during a flight on America West Airlines between Dallas and Las Vegas. Through the memories of the android and those of the author, the film offers an interpretation of Phil’s life.

Step to the Line
Directed and Produced by Ricardo Laganaro

Shot entirely on location in a California maximum security prison, Step to the Line is a documentary that aims to provoke a transformation in the spectator’s eyes about prisoners, the prison system, and themselves. In this project, we see how release from incarceration can be just as jarring as intake, and how parallel lives diverge when someone serves time.

The Turning Forest
Directed by Oscar Raby, Produced by Katy Morrison, Executive Producer Zillah Watson

In a land that never was and a time that could never be, a boy stared into the eyes of a fantastical creature. Around them, a magical forest; in front of them, a magical journey. The Turning Forest is a real-time CG VR experience for people young and old— inviting audiences into a magical space of imagination, where rustling leaves are also the footsteps of something familiar, yet strange. In this place things are not quite what they seem.

The Other Dakar
Directed by Selly Raby Kane

A little girl receives a message and discovers the hidden face of Dakar. An homage to Senegalese mythology and a stunning visual debut from Dakar-based artist and designer, Selly Raby Kane, this magical 360° film transports viewers to a place where past and future meet and where artists are the beating heart of the city.

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Jerome Blanquet
Jérome Blanquet’s explorations of the image and spontaneous writing lead him to the representation of what escapes our consciousness. Inspired by technology, he continually interrogates the limits of his tools and his knowledge. It diverts from the established forms, in search of interstices, to the kinds of open areas where can find meaning.

Arjan van Meerten
Arjan van Meerten is a director and visual effects artist from the Netherlands. He co-founded the dutch animation studio "House of Secrets" and has over 11 years of experience in the industry. Having worked on commercials, movies and rides, he now focuses on virtual reality content. Next to his day job at the studio, he creates music videos for his own tracks.

Saschka Unseld
Saschka Unseld is a German-born director and writer who cofounded the Academy Award–nominated animation studio Soi, where he directed and produced numerous award-winning shorts and commercials before joining Pixar Animation Studios in 2008. During his six years at Pixar, he worked on Toy Story 3, Cars 2, and Brave and wrote and directed the short film The Blue Umbrella. In 2014, Saschka became Creative Director at Passion Pictures for Commercials and cofounded Oculus Story Studio, where he now helps explore the future of VR storytelling and directed their very first VR experience, “Lost.”

Wesley Allbrook 
Wesley Allsbrook was born in Durham, North Carolina. She attended the Rhode Island School of Design. Then she moved to Brooklyn, New York. She has been recognized by The Art Directors Club, The Society of Publication Designers, The Society of Illustrators, American Illustration, Communication Arts, and the 3x3 Annual. She currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California. She draws for print, for the web, for comics and for VR.

Oscar Raby
Oscar Raby is an award-winning multimedia artist and Creative Director of independent Virtual Reality production studio VRTOV. His Virtual Reality documentary Assent (2013), about the Chilean dictatorship, has been exhibited world-wide including screening at Sundance New Frontier, IDFA DocLab and Sheffield Doc/Fest where it received the Audience Choice Award for Cross-platform.

Pierre Zandrowicz
Pierre Zandrowicz is a young director based in Paris. Self taught, he learnt by directing several short films including two that won numerous international awards. Meanwhile he started to direct films for prestigious architecture agencies. These experiences allowed him to gain a true expertise for refined images and narrative poetry.

Ricardo Laganaro
Ricardo Laganaro is a Brazilian filmmaker based in São Paulo. Since 2009, he has been at O2 Filmes as Head of 3D and VFX Supervisor. He’s directed 360º videos for clients like Google and Mastercard, including the world’s most viewed 360º music video for Brazilian singer Ivete Sangalo. In 2016, Oculus chose Laganaro to be part of "VR For Good.”

Selly Raby
Selly Raby Kane belongs to a new generation of urban, curious and open-to-the-world artists and designers who are bringing a new energy to Senegalese culture. Born and raised in the Senegalese capital, she studied at French fashion business school Mod’Spé in Paris and lived in the US before travelling in Africa.
Along the way she developed an eclectic, uninhibited style that owes as much to street artist Banksy as it does to her love of traditional West African textiles. Through her eponymous label (formerly called Seraka), Kane expresses her strong and rebellious personality, frequently using three-dimensional moulded shapes, bold pattern and unusual materials such as PVC and fake hair.


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