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April 11-14 2019 Klaipėda
BLON Animation and Games Festival

VR Horizons Programme

We love and we hate it. We, producers are disappointed with lack of market. Financial uncertainty is killing us. Patience is our salvation. We, architects are happy we can use our full potential of spatial design. We, filmmakers adore this new medium. It gives us opportunity to create new worlds — much more immersive than flat screen. We couldn’t talk to our audience so intimately before.

VR Horizons Programme showcases animation artworks created by pioneers of new language of film. This is the language of spatial and immersive storytelling.

I Am The Man

2018 / History / USA

“I Am A Man” VR Experience is an interactive virtual reality experience set to the historic events of the African- American Civil Rights Movement. Users will witness the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Worker’s Strike and the events leading to the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. using the Oculus Rift VR headset. The VR project won an award for funding through the Oculus Launch Pad program.

Director: Derek Ham
Writer: Derek Ham

Back to the Moon

2 min 10 s / 2018 / Adventure / USA

A charming illusionist, an adventurous queen of hearts and an evil green man journey through early cinema, film magic and love. Back to the Moon is an animated, interactive Doodle celebrating the artistry of film director and magician Georges Méliès.

Directors: Fx Goby, Hélène Leroux
Production: Nexus Studios, Google Arts and Culture, Google Doodles, Google Spotlight Stories

Trail of Angels

2018 / Lithuania

Trail of Angels is a meditative VR animation which invites the viewer to explore a mysterious afterlife world based on Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis’ paintings and music, observing and interacting with the surrounding during visually stunning day-night cycles. Starting a journey as a human being, the viewer soon realizes that he is an angel who contemplates the states of life, death and merging with the universe. The surrounding reacts to viewer’s glance, bringing it closer towards the original looks of the paintings.

Director Kristina Buožytė
Producer: Vitalijus Žukas
Production: Okta, Natrix natrix, Asterman

MindPalace

10 min / 2018 / Germany

MindPalace is an animated real-time VR experience that revolves around the idea of what could happen, if you could look inside the mind of your loved one. Not just as a visitor, though, but dissolving into their perception entirely. All their truths lying bare for you to see. Uninhibited and uncontrollable.

Directors: Carl Krause, Dominik Stockhausen
Production: Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, Malte Stehr

Coco VR

2018 / Adventure

Coco VR is more of a playful experience, letting VR users meet up and explore the land of the dead together.

Director: Ross Haldane Stevenson
Producer: Kelsey Wong
Production: Pixar, Magnopus, Oculus

CLOUDS

2015 / USA

CLOUDS is an interactive VR documentary and a portrait of this community of digital pioneers, explored through the lens of code. The project asks questions about the future of creativity at a time when algorithms play an important role in shaping culture.

Directors: Jonathan Minard James George
Producer: Winslow Porter

Code of Freedom 1991

2018 / History / Lithuania

“Code of Freedom 1991” is a 10-minute virtual reality experience, in which a user enters the bloodshed at Vilnius TV tower on January 13th, 1991 as a journalist with a camera, and has to make the toughest decisions of conflict journalism – to either film and make evidence of the Soviet army’s aggression, or to help wounded, peaceful protesters. “Code of Freedom 1991” is an experience based on the real events that happened on January 13th, 1991 in Vilnius, Lithuania.

Director: Andrius Lekavičius
Writer: Andrius Lekavičius
Producer: Bartoš Polonski
Production: Gluk Media, 360 laipsnių filmai

Age of Sail

12 min / 2018 / Adventure / USA

Set on the open ocean in 1900, Age of Sail is the story of William Avery (voiced by Ian McShane), an old sailor adrift and alone in the North Atlantic. When Avery reluctantly rescues Lara, who has mysteriously fallen overboard, he finds redemption and hope in his darkest hours.

Director: John Kahrs
Writer: Blaise Hemingway, Jonathan Igla, John Kahrs
Producer: Karen Dufilho-Rosen, David Eisenmann
Production: Chromosphere, Google Spotlight Stories

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