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September 9-12, 2021 Klaipėda
BLON Animation and Games Festival

BLON VR 2021

Enter mystical places and dive into unearthly experiences.

Here, time, space and human emotion form unique combinations – while you become the main character.

Exhibition venue: KKKC (Parodų rūmai)📍Didžioji Vandens g. 2

* Reservations below (for each artwork) are not mandatory. However, you won’t have to waste time queueing and will have a reserved place at your chosen time.  The reservation is valid with the ticket, pass or accreditation.

Exhibition Partners

 

Marco & Polo Go Round #

PEGI 12 / 12 min / 2021 / Animation, Romantic comedy / Canada, Belgium

On the morning of his birthday, Marco (Emmanuel Schwartz)
discovers the cake Polo (Léane Labrèche -Dor) has lovingly made and left for him on the kitchen table. He also notices that every object in the kitchen has been battened down with tape and twine as if to safeguard against an oncoming storm. What begins as a beautiful morning for the young couple takes a surreal turn when their world literally falls apart around them

Director: Benjamin Steiger Levine
Writers: Gregory Kaufman & Benjamin Steiger Levin
Producers: Audrey Pacart, Paul-E. Audet, Pierre Even, ITEM 7 - Canada
Companies: ITEM 7, BELGA PRODUCTIONS

Awards, nominations, selections:
NewImages (2021)
Tibeca (2021)

imdb.com/title/tt10383780/

📅 Book „Marco & Polo Go Round“

Hominidae #

PEGI-13 / 6 min / 2020 / Sci-Fi / USA
Hominidae​ depicts an ecosystem of x-ray visibility. Creatures have evolved in surprising ways, where humans, birds, spiders and frogs share unique anatomies. This experience follows an Arachnid Hominid, an intelligent creature with human and spider physiology, as she struggles to raise her young in a hostile environment. The story is told in five vignettes, from the birth of the children to the death of the mother in the teeth of her prey.

Writer, Director, Producer: Brian Andrews
Company: DePaul University

Awards, nominations, selections:
Sundance (2019)
http://www.hominidanimation.net/

📅 Book „Hominidae“

Minimum Mass #

PEGI 12 / Sci-fi, Drama / 2020 / 21 min / France, New Zealand

MINIMUM MASS is the story of a couple who experience a series of miscarriages and come to believe their children are being born in another dimension. Set in contemporary Rotorua, New Zealand and the speculative world of black holes.

Director: Raqi Syed, Areito Echevarria
Writer: Raqi Syed, Areito Echevarria
Producer: Katayoun Dibamehr
Company: LIKE AMBER

Awards, nominations, selections:

Annecy (2020)
Venice (2020)
Tribeca (2020)

https://minimum-mass.com/dev-log

📅 Book „Minimum Mass“

Replacements #

PEGI 7 / 12 min / 2020 / Documentary / Japan, Indonesia, Germany

"Replacements" depicts a Javanese family living in a fictional neighborhood in Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia. Inspired by people and places that truly exist, they are witnesses of this congested metropolis's urban, environmental, political, and cultural transformations from about 1980 to 2020. Praise of the satisfaction of impermanent things, it tells about the dented yet peaceful transition of an old traditional village to an uprooted megapolis through three generations. This experience aims to appreciate and introspect Jakarta's recent history through the eyes of an ordinary family that most Indonesians, from children to elder people, can identify with. 

Director: Jonathan Hagard
Writer: Jonathan Hagard
Producer: Jonathan Hagard, Nova Dewi Setiabudi, Andreas Hartmann
Companies: Kampung Ayu, Suwe Ora Jamu, Ossa Film

Awards, nominations, selections:
Venice (2020)
Bucheon (2020)

📅 Book „Replacements“

Dislocation #

PEGI 7 / 8 min / 2020 / Croatia, France

The VR experience Dislocation takes a look at an absurd moment of disbelief and fear. It examines the internal processes that develop and offers a visual depiction of a person forced into extreme circumstances – a moment of dislocation. We follow the protagonist along a beach in Greece, the Texas desert, and a Slovenian forest and journey into his mind where the memories of his lost home slowly decay.

Directors: Veljko Popovic, Milivoj Popovic
Writers: Veljko Popovic, Milivoj Popovic
Producers: Veljko Popovic, Milivoj Popovic, Véronique Siegel
Companies: Prime Render Studios, Bagan Film, Bonobostudio

Awards, nominations, selections:
Annecy (2021)
Ottawa International Animation Festival (2020)
Animafest Zagreb (2021)

📅 Book „Dislocation“

The Book of Distance #

PEGI 7 / 25 min / 2020 / Documentary, History, Drama / Canada

In 1935, Yonezo Okita left his home in Hiroshima, Japan, and began a new life in Canada. Then war and state-sanctioned racism changed everything—he became the enemy. Three generations later, his grandson, artist Randall Okita, leads us on an interactive virtual pilgrimage through an emotional geography of immigration and family to recover what was lost.

Director: Randall Okita
Screenwriter: Randall Okita
Producer: David Oppenheim
Company: National Film Board of Canada

Awards, nominations, selections:
Sundance (2020)
Tribeca (2020)
Cannes XR (2020)

📅 Book „The Book of Distance“

Baba Yaga #

PEGI 7 / 2021 / 27 min / Adventure, Action / USA

Sometimes a force for evil, sometimes a force for good, the enigmatic witch Baba Yaga uses her powers to protect the forest. When your mother, the village chief, falls deathly ill, it is up to you and your sister Magda to do the unthinkable—enter the forest, uncover its hidden mysteries and get the cure from Baba Yaga.

Directed by: Eric Darnell, Mathias Chelebourg
Writer: Eric Darnell
Producer: Nathaniel Dirksen, Jeremiah Graves, Lawrence D. Cutler, Maureen Fan, Jennifer Hudson, Kane Lee, Shannon Ryan
Company: Baobab Studios

Awards, nominations, selections:
Emmy (2021)
Annie (2021)
Venice (2020)

https://www.baobabstudios.com/baba-yaga

📅 Book „Baba Yaga“

Biolum #

PEGI 18 / 30 min / 2021 / Sci-Fi , Thriller / Germany

Biolum thrusts you into the role of RACHAEL, an experienced diver exploring the abyss, guided by expedition leader EVA, a renowned marine scientist and mentor. Rachael discovers that luminescent parasites are infecting ocean flora and fauna. She gets infected herself and faces a mesmeric fight for her mind when she discovers that Eva knew all along that she was sending her into the jaws of danger. Inspired by the beauty of deep sea life, Biolum blurs the lines between biological truth and sci-fi and taps into existential themes and cosmic wonder of the great unknown.

Director: Abel Kohen
Writers: Abel Kohen, Jon Rowe
Producer: Paul Kirsten, Igal Kohen, Katharina Maria Weser
Companies: IKO, Reynard Films, Prefrontal Cortex

Awards, nominations, selections:
NewImages (2021)
SXSW (2021)
ANNECY (2021)

Wishlist on Steam

📅 Book „Biolum“

Amends #

PEGI 12 / 12 min / 2019 / Drama / Denmark

“Amends” is an interactive VR experience about the chaotic emotions of a past connected to a relationship with a now estranged mother.
You will through the perspective of a child revisit the memories of your upbringing and through time get to relive the complicated emotional relationship, which still awaits its resolution.

Director: Mikkel Battefeld
Writers: Mikkel Battefeld, Sonya Baychuk
Company: The Animation Workshop

Awards, nominations, selections:
Raindance (2020)

http://mikkelbattefeld.com/amends/

📅 Book „Amends“

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