Binge 20 Tribeca Shorts for Free on Meta Quest

The Tribeca Festival returns for 2022 this week with a massive selection of films, shorts, XR content and more, viewable online via desktop and virtual reality (VR) as well as physical events. For the first time, however, organisers have teamed up with Meta to showcase 20 Tribeca Shorts via Horizon Worlds for Meta Quest.

Skin & Bone
Amanda Seyfried in Skin & Bone. Image credit: Tribeca Festival

First reported by Variety, the selection of 20 short films will be shown in the new Venues section of the Horizon Worlds metaverse beginning this Friday, 10th June. Running for five days, each day will have a new selection so you’ll have to pop back to watch them all. Notable additions include Skin & Bone, a 17-minute horror starring Amanda Seyfried (Mamma Mia!, Chloe), directed and written by Eli Powers (Holy Moses).

“At Tribeca we always explore new ways of storytelling, so we are thrilled to partner with Meta and create our first shorts program to play in VR,” said Ben Thompson, head shorts programmer for Tribeca. “We have curated a range of Tribeca Festival films including out-of-this-world science fiction and impactful documentaries that will excite and inspire audiences in this new storytelling frontier.”

Oculus Venues used to be a separate app but last month Meta announced it would be merged with Horizon Worlds as the company builds its metaverse vision. Venues shuttered yesterday which means the only way to watch the Tribeca Shorts in VR is in North America, as Horizon Worlds is region locked currently. For everyone else, the shorts can be viewed via Tribeca’s Facebook page.

Horizon Venues

Tribeca Shorts 2022 in Horizon Venues

  • 10th June
    • Echoes in the Arctic (2021)
    • Queen of Basketball (2021)
    • Sixth of June (2021)
  • 11th June
    • Carementis (2021)
    • Gets Good Light (2021)
    • TOTO (2021)
    • Abducted (2021)
  • 12th June
    • Kapaemahu (2021)
    • Miss Panama (2021)
    • Umbrella (2021)
    • Magnolia Bloom (2021)
  • 13th June
    • Six Nights (2021)
    • VERA (2021)
    • Black Ghost Sun (2021)
    • Night Ride (2022)
  • 14th June
    • Peggy (2019)
    • The Originals (2022)
    • There Are Bunnies on Fire in the Forest (2021)
    • Girls Night In (2022)
    • Skin & Bone (2022)

Apart from the shorts, you can also enjoy Tribeca Immersive content programming through The Museu of Other Realities.

As you may have spotted, the festival has now dropped the “Film” part of its name because over the years it’s become so much more. Alongside the staple film selection, there are immersive experiences, videogames, and podcasts to enjoy. Tribeca Festival is both online and in-person in New York City, running from 8th-19th June 2022. For further updates keep reading gmw3.

Tribeca Immersive Returns in June With 20+ XR Works

Film festivals have become important events for immersive artists to showcase their latest works and soon it’ll be time once again for Tribeca Immersive. Today, the festival has unveiled its official selection, with immersive works from around the world utilising virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and audience participation.

Green Eyed Monster
Iago, A Green-Eyed Monster. Image credit Tribeca Immersive

Being held in-person and virtually, Tribeca Immersive will be split into three categories; Main Competition, New Voices, and Best of Season. And for the first time, Tribeca’s selection has been thematically curated to: “address human beings’ relationship with nature and society through digital art and advanced technology.”

Tribeca Immersive 2022 Selection

  • Main Competition
    • Evolver
    • Intravene
    • Kubo Walks the City
    • Missing Pictures: Episodes 3 – 5
    • Mushroom Cloud NYC/ RISE
    • Please, Believe Me
    • ReachYou
    • Zanzibar: Trouble in Paradise
  • New Voices
    • Black Movement Library – Movement Portraits
    • Emerging Radiance: Honoring the Nikkei Farmers of Bellevue
    • Iago: The Green Eyed Monster
    • LGBTQ+ VR Museum
    • Limbotopia
    • Mescaform Hill: The Missing Five
    • Planet City VR
    • Plastisapiens
    • This is Not a Ceremony
  • Best of Season
    • Container
    • End of Night
    • Exhibition A
    • Glimpse

“Tribeca Festival’s immersive programming showcases creators using the latest in technology to tell their stories,” said Casey Baltes, Vice President Tribeca Games & Immersive in a statement. “The projects we’ve curated push the boundaries of XR in both physical and digital exhibitions for audiences in New York City and around the globe.”

Evolver. Image credit Tribeca Immersive

“Each experience presented at Tribeca’s immersive exhibition encompasses a standalone reality, represents a cause, or serves as an embassy to a world where users have agency — a chance to act: bear witness, make a statement, reach out, or simply play,” said Ana Brzezińska, Immersive Curator at Tribeca Festival. “We invite everyone to visit the virtual worlds created by artists, who take us on a meaningful journey of their vision, and tell evocative stories that demand to be told.”

Tribeca Immersive (10th – 19th June) will run alongside the main Tribeca Festival (8th – 19th June) at various destinations throughout New York City with the main immersive exhibition held at Spring Studios. The great thing about the immersive aspect of the festival is that you don’t need to physically attend to see most of it, so long as you have a PCVR headset. Simply download the free Museum of Other Realities app and purchase an Immersive Exhibition Online Ticket for $20 USD when they go live on 2nd May.

For continued updates from Tribeca Immersive, keep reading gmw3.

Virtual Film Festival XR3 Returns Tomorrow


Last month Cannes XR, Tribeca Immersive and NewImages Festival collaborated on an XR industry first, a multi festival event held inside the Museum of Other Realities (MOR) called XR3. Also, rather unusually, access to XR3 online was split across two dates, with the next availability starting tomorrow 6th July.

Tribeca - MOR

MOR used to cost around £15 GBP on Steam and Viveport yet for the launch of XR3 in June the app was free to download. That’s going to remain so from now on, with MOR Museums Inc. confirming the app would be permanently free this month. If you did purchase MOR: “We want to thank everyone who purchased the MOR app, as without you, we wouldn’t be here. We’ll be in touch soon with in-app gifts of gratitude,” the company said in a tweet.

As for XR3, once you’ve got MOR downloaded you can then purchase each film festival’s content selection separately, providing plenty of titles for all you immersive film fans out there – there are over 30 works to explore. There’s a really wide variety of artistic expression on show, highlighting some of the amazing work being created within the XR industry.

Some of these you might already be familiar with as they’ve now been publically released for headsets. Most recently was the 45-minute mystery adventure Madrid Noir, developed by No Ghost and produced by Atlas V, arriving for Oculus Quest last week. Even Cortopia Studios’ puzzle videogame Down the Rabbit Hole makes an appearance.


The XR3 content lineup:

  • Tribeca Immersive
    • The Changing Same: Episode 1
    • Critical Distance
    • Bystanding: The Feingold Syndrome
    • Jailbirds
    • Madrid Noir
    • Marco & Polo Go Round
    • Missing Pictures
    • Paper Birds Pt. 1 & 2
    • POV: Points of View
    • A Life in Pieces: The Diary and Letters of Stanley Hayami
    • The Passengers: The Kid
    • We Are At Home
    • Mine
  • NewImages Festival
    • Down the Rabbit Hole
    • Strands of Mind
    • Amends
    • Lady Sapiens, The Experience
    • Biolum
    • Paper Birds
    • Namoo
    • Jailbirds
    • Marco & Polo Go Round
    • We Are At Home
    • Kinshasa Now
    • Noah’s Raft
    • Reeducated
  • Cannes XR
    • The Dawn of Art
    • Agence
    • Book of Distance
    • Corpus Misty
    • Deep

XR3 via the Museum of Other Realities runs from 6th – 17th July for the final time. For all the latest immersive film updates, keep reading VRFocus.

Museum of Other Realities XR3 Exhibition: A Clear Vision For VR Film Festivals

This week, the Museum of Other Realities launched its XR3 exhibition — a joint project between Cannes XR, the NewImages Festival and the Tribeca Film Festival. Not only does the exhibition feature some fantastic immersive VR content, but it presents it in a way that feels fresh, appropriate and the right direction for VR film festivals.

With more and more immersive content appearing in film festival lineups over the last couple of years, there have a few attempts to create a cohesive immersive festival experience. However, it feels like the Museum of Other Realities (MOR) has properly cracked the code with its XR3 exhibition this year. It’s a joint exhibition staged by the virtual museum and three organizations — Cannes XR, NewImages and Tribeca — and it results in something that feels like a true vision and creative blueprint for the future of immersive festivals.

XR3 exhibition museum of other realities

The focus of XR3 is allowing discovery of immersive festival content in a seamless and accessible way — a task in which it overwhelmingly succeeds. It’s the best structure and presentation of any immersive VR festival content I’ve seen to date.

Each immersive experience comes in its own separate app that runs independently from the MOR app on your PC. In the past, redeeming codes, downloading individual experiences and switching apps with no cohesive hub could make some immersive festivals feel a bit disjointed. MOR’s XR3 exhibit circumvents these problems by installing an entire festival selection as DLC, and then allowing you to discover them in a festival hub within the museum.

Everything is handled by MOR, including switching between experiences and apps, without the need for you to remove your headset. The idea of a festival world or hub has been done before, but XR3 feels like the best version to date and should be the standard going forward.

Each festival is given it’s own wing in the museum, pictured above, with portals on either wall that lead to introductory rooms for each experience. Each room is customized by the creators to thematically fit with their experience, and features a glowing blue shaft of light in the center, pictured below. When you touch the light, MOR will load up the experience’s app and move you into the standalone experience, without you having to do anything. Likewise, once it’s over, you’re sent back to the museum, right where you left off.

It’s a elegant solution, executed perfectly. More importantly, it brings the immersive festival experience closer to how we experience art in real life, while still also preserving the uniqueness of VR as a platform.

XR3 Festival Access, Pricing and Dates

In terms of pricing, festival passes are available to purchase for $15 each on Steam as DLC content for the Museums of Other Realities app. Without the DLC pack installed, you can still walk around the festival area, but any attempt to start the content will be met with a prompt to buy and/or download the DLC festival pass content first. If you’re downloading all 3 festival selections, it comes in at a hefty 60GB add-on to the regular museum app, so leave time for downloading.

Only the NewImages and Tribeca selections are available at the moment. They’ll be around until June 20, after which XR3 will shut down briefly. On July 6, it reopens with access to the Cannes XR portion of the exhibit until July 17. To make the festival more accessible and encourage participation, the base Museum of Other Realities app is available for free until July 20 (usually priced at $20). If you redeem it now, you’ll be able to keep the app and retain access to the museum after XR3 is over as well.

XR3 Museum of other realities

XR3 Tribecca and NewImages Impressions

We had a chance to check out some of XR3 a few days early. I haven’t been able to try everything due to time constraints, but what I did try was quite compelling. More than ever, experiences seem to be honing in on elements that are unique and elevated by the VR medium. Many also seem to be finding the right balance between interactive elements and passive viewing — an area I’ve previously found to be a precarious tightrope that some fail to walk.

Madrid Noir

A personal highlight was Madrid Noir, available as part of Tribeca, which was already on my radar before the festival. This latest immersive experience from Atlas V (the same group behind the Colin Farrell-narrated Gloomy Eyes) is a delight. It follows a young girl Lola, living in Madrid in the early 20th century, as she investigates the strange comings and goings of her uncle as he travels across the city at night.

madrid noir xr3

Directed by James A. Castillo, Madrid Noir truly stuns from a composition and visual perspective. Some sections are staged and presented like theater — encouraging passive viewing — while others are framed and set up in a manner closer to a traditional video game, often requiring you to interact with the environment as the story plays out around you. The animation and artwork is superb and aesthetically delectable, while the story keeps things simple but nonetheless intriguing. Overall, it does feel a little on the long side at around 45 minutes, but there’s an intermission about two thirds of the way through, so you could break it up into two sessions if need be.

My experience was marred by quite a few consistent visual bugs — some objects would only render in one eye from certain angles, and moving my head often messed with a scene’s lighting effects. I can’t say whether the glitches were unique to my experience or whether they’re a common occurrence.

Despite this, it remained an enjoyable ride and is a fantastic experience overall.


Jailbirds VR

Jailbirds is another fascinating experience on offer, available as part of both the NewImages and Tribeca selection. Directed by Thomas Villepoux, it’s a short immersive film, roughly 5 minutes, with very little interactivity. Following two cellmates who are paid a visit by the prison’s warden, Jailbirds features a breathtaking and creepy aesthetic that looks almost like it was all drawn with a lead pencil. The experience is short, intimate and quite unsettling at times — highly recommended.

Marco and Polo Go Round

Marco and Polo Go Around

Another fantastic experience from the NewImages selection is Marco and Polo Go Round, directed by Benjamin Steiger Levine. It follows a frustrated couple through a 10-15 minute conversation navigating their complicated relationship. As time goes on, things start getting weird — the conversation continues but the gravity of objects in the room begins to invert. Things go flying up to the roof in what feels like a metaphor for the chaos of the still-continuing conversation.

This creative imagery and storytelling feels so appropriate to witness in VR, taking proper advantage of the different ways we can experience narrative in the medium. There’s no interactivity here either, but it’s not to the experience’s detriment — the dialogue is well-written and, along with the increasingly wacky environmental antics, it keeps your interest throughout. To cap it all off, it uses a beautiful, soft watercolor-like aesthetic that fits the melancholic mood perfectly.

If you’ve got time, give Marco and Polo Go Round a look.

Will you be checking out the XR3 exhibition at the Museum of Other Realities? Let us know what your favorite experiences are in the comments below.

Tribeca Film Fest VR Short ‘Madrid Noir’ Coming to Oculus Quest Summer 2021

Madrid Noir

There are some wonderful virtual reality (VR) animations available, providing short interactive experiences for all ages. With the Tribeca Film Festival returning in June, one project set to premiere is interactive VR mystery Madrid Noir, with creators No Ghost and Atlas V publically launching the short during the summer for Oculus Quest owners.

Madrid Noir

The 45-minute animated caper takes place across two acts, where a young woman called Lola returns to Madrid in the 1930s, to the apartment of her estranged uncle who was recently declared dead. Presented in a theatre production style, Madrid Noir sees her unexpectedly thrown back into the past to relive a summer she spent with him as a child, ultimately leading her to uncover a long-buried secret.

Madrid Noir is a VR spinoff of a 2018 title created by the same director, James Castillo. “I went into Madrid Noir with the idea to create a film that wasn’t just for kids or VR fans, and engaging enough for grown-ups,” Castillo told Variety. “Very often, VR content works as exhibitions or as realistic documentaries, or even games, and while these are all great, I was more interested in making a narrative-driven film that belongs to the VR space, but is accessible and taps into different aspects, since I’m a fan of storytelling.”

Like other VR shorts of this type, Madrid Noir’s immersive elements will be narrative-led. So rather than having gameplay moments like puzzles to solve, you’ll simply get light interactions that’ll involve you in, and move the story along at a set pace.

Madrid Noir

Being in the hands of Atlas V, Madrid Noir will be joining an illustrious group of VR films. The French company has helped create the Rosario Dawson narrated Battlescar, the Colin Farrell narrated Gloomy Eyes, and the cosmic Spheres.

Created using Unreal Engine, Madrid Noir will be released for the Oculus Quest platform in summer 2021. For further updates on the VR animation as well as the other immersive experiences coming to Tribeca, keep reading VRFocus.

Cannes XR Virtual Will Showcase 55 Immersive Works

Cannes XR - Marche du Film Festival de Cannes

In a couple of weeks the Marché du Film – Festival de Cannes’ will be holding its online, five-day event. As part it will be Cannes XR Virtual, a three-day celebration of the virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR) industry. Today, Marché du Film has announced that 55 works will be showcased.

MOR 1 Photo courtesy of Museum of Other Realities

As previously announced last month, Cannes XR Virtual will take place within the Museum of Other Realities in a dedicated area, teaming up with the Tribeca Film Festival, Kaleidoscope, Positron and VeeR VR to help present works as well as several awards.

For example, the Tribeca Virtual Arcade will present a lineup of 12 VR and MR experiences, 5 of which are world, international or European premieres. While Kaleidoscope has teamed up with Cannes XR to promote 23 projects from 14 countries in development, covering genres such as Documentary, Games, Animation and Arts installation.

“During this very peculiar time, the Marché du Film is more than determined to highlight the XR industry and to foster links between artists and potential investors to support creation in all its richness and diversity. We are very proud to partner with these leading partners in the XR sector,” said Jérôme Paillard, Executive director of the Marché du Film in a statement.

Cannes XR Virtual - MOR

To be part of the Cannes XR experience you’ll need to download the Museum of Other Realities app which can be found on SteamViveport, or Oculus stores. The app retails for around £15 GBP but the actual event itself offers free and live access. If you don’t have a VR headset then Cannes XR Virtual will provide a 2D live video stream via Marché du Film Online platform as well as Kaleidoscope and Tribeca Film Festival websites.

Most big events like to have an opening night and Cannes XR Virtual is no different. Miro Shot in collaboration with Overview Ark and New-York DJ, Neil Armstrong will present a virtual concert allowing visitors to meet, network and simply enjoy the virtual experience.

The Cannes XR Virtual event takes place between 24th – 26th June 2020, with all the content available to watch until 3rd July. For further updates on the latest online events using VR, keep reading VRFocus.

Historical World War I VR Experience ‘War Remains’ From Dan Carlin Coming To PC VR This Month

War Remains Home: Dan Carlin Presents an Immersive Memory is a historical VR experience presented by Dan Carlin that’s centered on the Western front of the first World War coming soon to home PC VR headsets this month on May 21st to PC VR headsets via Oculus Home for Rift, SteamVR, and Viveport at a price point of $4.99.

The historical VR experience is a collaborative effort between MWMi as producer, Brandon Oldenburg as director, Flight School Studio as the developer, and Skywalker Sound on audio design.

The experience won the Tribeca Film Festival Out-of-Home VR Entertainment of the Year award in 2019. In War Remains, users will get to feel what it was like in the heat of battle during the “war to end all wars” in the trenches. World War I was a major inflection point in the history of the planet and War Remains aims to be an accurate and immersive way to see and feel what it was like in the middle of a battle. Specifically, War Remains focuses on the Battle of Passchendaele.

“I wanted to create a time machine that would give people just a taste of what soldiers experienced on this unimaginable battlefield, and I think we’ve come as close as possible while still giving people a bearable experience,” said Dan Carlin. “It is my hope that people – students, teachers and the general public – can use ‘War Remains’ to gain a greater understanding of one of the most impactful events in world history.”

Personally, I’m eager to try this out. One of the most impactful VR experiences I ever did personally was focused on the first flight of the Wright brothers back in December of 1903. Standing on the hill at Kitty Hawk as their plane flew by over head was incredibly immersive.

Do you plan on checking out War Remains later this month? Let us know what you think down in the comments below!

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Step Into Tribeca’s Cinema360 Festival From Your own Home

Tribeca - Lutaw

It’s quite often the case that only a few immersive films ever make it away from the film festivals, securing funding for a wider public release. Those that have tend to receive substantial backing such as Spheres or Traveling While Black. The current pandemic has shifted expectations regarding what these types of events can achieve when forced to move to a digital format, one of the best examples being today’s release of Tribeca Immersive’s Cinema360 programme thanks to Oculus.

Tribeca - HomeAs previously reported, the pair have partnered up in a way which allows everyone at home to enjoy a selection of short films from around the world, from 360-degree videos to animation. It’s a chance to showcase some of the wonderful talent emerging across the globe, creatives experimenting with immersive technology to tell imaginative stories or tackle serious subjects in new ways.

While it is a bit of a shame the content is limited to Oculus TV and therefore purely Oculus Quest and Oculus Go headsets (which means no Oculus Rift support), for those that do have access to either then the selection of free content is worth exploring, split across four sections; Dreams to  Remember, Seventeen Plus, Kinfolk and Pure Imagination.

There are a total of 15 films across the categories and while there is certainly some stand out gems, they’re all worth a look; especially considering they’re only available until 25th April. Those which caught VRFocus’ eye include Rain Fruits from South Korea, a story about Tharu who comes to Korea from Myanmar in search of work as an engineer and the hardships he faces as an alien worker.

Tribeca - Attack on DaddyOr then there’s 360 video Home from Taiwan, a touching family film where the viewer is the grandmother, who can no longer move, react, or hear clearly. It’s a day in the life, where all the family get together, enjoying one another’s company. For those who like animation Lutaw from the USA/Philippines is a high-quality production, following two siblings who look for a better way to commute to the other island where their school is.

For a mixture for styles including 360-video, CGI and a play on scale, then there’s Attack on Daddy, another South Korean film where a dad looks for his daughter inside her dollhouse. And because these are all easily accessible through Oculus TV, if you’re using Oculus Quest then you’ve also got full hand tracking control to play with.

Most importantly Tribeca’s mini VR film festival is a great showcase for the future of film festivals online and through VR headsets. The ability to reach a mass audience rather than the elite few is what content like this needs, so hopefully this will continue and become more widespread into the future.

Free This Weekend: The Best Films From Tribeca’s Short Film Festival On Oculus Quest/Go

If you’ve ever dreamed of attending a prestigious film festival, now’s your chance.

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the VR portion of the annual Tribeca Film Festival is moving online this weekend. If you have an Oculus Quest or Oculus Go (sorry, Rift owners) you can watch this year’s Cinema360 line-up, a collection of 15 short films curated into four playlists, through April 26. It’s a shrewd move in the face of the current climate that, beyond keeping people safe, removes much of the unnecessary exclusivity that surrounds festivals.

And it’s something you should definitely check out. This collection of films definitely suggests VR filmmakers are still getting to grips with the platform; there’s still a strange discomfort to watching 3D video without being able to move your head, or fighting off blur, but as usual there’s a suite of fresh ideas, new perspectives and inventive storytelling. We rounded up each below.

Program 1: Dreams To Remember

Focused on fantastical experiences and real-life adventures, this offers a selection of dream-like films, often masking more troubling undertones. Rain Fruits, for example, is a brilliant, tough story of a boy from Myanmar migrating from his lucid home, where rain forms what he affectionately calls rain fruits, to the unforgiving streets of Korea. Though deeply concerning both as a story and a microcosm for a wider situation faced all over the globe, the piece finds poetry in its profound narration and beauty in its rain-dusted visual style. Dear Lizzy, meanwhile, is a Yellow Submarine-style, half-music video animation that mines gold from its acidic visuals, set to the backdrop of a girl reading a letter to a missing friend.

Less arresting is 1st Steps, an earnest attempt to document man’s mission to the moon in VR that rarely feels like it knows what it’s doing with the platform. It frantically zigs and zags from one style of shot to another, barely giving you a chance to gather your bearings, providing a sensation perhaps akin to the disorientation of space itself. Nevertheless, it’s chock full of amazing imagery and atmosphere. Forgotten Kiss, meanwhile, is a pleasant, if inessential pantomime of a piece retelling a Russian fairy tale.

Best Film: Rain Fruits

Program 2: Seventeen Plus

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As its name implies, Seventeen Plus moves on to more mature themes, and it sets out to prove it straight away with the fantastic A Safe Guide To Dying, a fresh dystopian story of VR’s chilling possibilities, fully integrated with the platform and fighting its way to a more hopeful outlook on life. Black Bag follows on in tone with a darkly unsettling piece about the fetishization of high octane action as a supplement for the mundanity of life. It’s abstract, perhaps a little too much so, but makes a mark with some searing imagery and ambiguity.

The Pantheon of Queer Mythology, meanwhile, is a pretty eye-opening envisioning of Deities as bastions of queer representation that begs for multiple viewings to decipher its imagery and narration. Finally, Saturnism is a brilliantly amusing expansion of Francisco Goya’s Saturn Devouring His Son, which puts you in the unfortunate position of the latter character. It’s silly, but well done and uniquely able to put a smile on your face in the midst of being eaten by a giant.

Best Film: A Safe Guide To Dying

Program 3: Kinfolk


Focused on home and family, Kinfolk holds some of the selection’s most warming and memorable films. Ferenja, for example, tells the story of a young girl coming to terms with her mixed-race upbringing, finding herself struggling on both sides. The piece is informative and culturally rich, adding a balanced voice to the topic of identity in 2020. The Inhabited House ingeniously invites you into the director’s grandparent’s house, then maps old family videos to their locations in the room, effectively bringing memories to life. It’s a novel idea that I’d love to be explored in deeper context. But it’s Home that steals the show here, depicting a beautifully staged family reunion at a Taiwanese grandmother’s home, casting viewers as the owner. There’s real family chemistry to the party, offering a rare glimpse into another way of life that seems truly authentic and caring.

Best Film: Home

Program 4: Pure Imagination


The final playlist might not have much connective tissue, but it’s a chance for the selection to have a little more fun, like with Lutaw, a Pixar-esque short animation the shines a spotlight on the work of Yellow Boat of Hope, a charity that provides transport to schools between islands in the Philippines where, amazingly, some students had been swimming to school. Attack on Daddy is a decidedly more ludicrous bit of playtime in which a father and his daughter find themselves trapped in a Wendy house. It’s cheesy and, frankly, a little student film-level, but an amusing concept nonetheless.

Elsewhere, Upstander is a short, sweet message of sticking up for people.  Spinning out of Oculus’ VR for Good program, the piece presents a fairly routine look at bullying that’s strengthened by a powerful ending message.  Finally, Tale of the Tibetan Nomad offers an engaging look into Tibetan folklore.

Best Film: Lutaw

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Digital Tribeca Film Festival Will Debut VR Entries On Oculus Quest & Go Next Week

One of the film industry’s staple festivals, Tribeca Film Festival, is moving online in response to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. That includes a selection of its VR-compatible content.

As part of the move, Tribeca is partnering with Facebook’s Oculus to bring its Cinema360 lineup to Oculus Quest and Go via the Oculus TV app. Cinema360 offers a curated list of 15 VR films, split into four playlists each lasting around 30 to 40 minutes. Films span various genres, ranging from entertainment to hard-hitting messaging, as you’d expect from a festival of this caliber.

Tribeca Oculus Upstander

Cinema360 will offer projects from all over the world, including World Premieres of films like Forgotten Kiss, a Finnish project that tells the story of a prince in search of a magical fairy. The Pantheon of Queer Mythology, meanwhile, is a Spanish piece about “a collective of Deities that present a way to question, empathize, celebrate, repent, resist, consume, abstract, identify, regenerate, and love in complex times.” Upstander, meanwhile, is an intriguing animated experience about bullying.

In addition, Oculus is also launching a film from the 2019 iteration of the festival, The Key. This animated, interactive project was developed under Oculus’ VR for Good program. It’s also coming to Quest and Go as well as Rift. Previously the project won the Tribeca Film Festival Storyscapes Award and the Grand Jury Prize for Best VR at Venice Film Festival.

Film festivals are important to the VR industry, offering a venue to showcase work beyond VR gaming. With the COVID-19 crisis heavily impacting the year’s events schedule, moving screenings into VR makes perfect sense.

The Cinema360 films will be available on the app from April 17 to 25. We’ll be looking forward to checking it all out.

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