Following record visitor numbers in 2019, this year’s Virtual Reality (VR) Pavilion will move to a new location: neimënster in Luxembourg-Grund.
In the iconic setting of neimënster, festivalgoers will find more than a dozen VR and innovative works that count among the most groundbreaking and acclaimed the international scene currently has to offer, from films (including Luxembourg co-productions) to XR- and AI-based installations. One of the Pavilion’s exhibition spaces will be dedicated to a focus on French immersive content pioneers Atlas V.
Visitors will be able to discover the following seventeen VR films and experiences at this year's Pavilion:
- 7 Lives (film in competition) by Jan Kounen - Experience - 25 min.
- Algorithmic Perfumery (film in competition) by Frederik Duerinck - Installation, AI - 22 min.
- Cosmos Within Us (film in competition) by Tupac Martir - Experience, Live - 45 min.
- A Linha (film in competition) by Ricardo Laganaro - Experience - 12 min.
- Gymnasia (film in competition) by Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski - VR Film - 7 min.
- The Key (film in competition) by Céline Tricart - Experience - 20 min.
- Sublimation (film in competition) by Karolina Markiewicz and Pascal Piron - Experience - 15 min.
- Forest Lounge (film in competition) by Benigno Perez - Experience - 6 min.
- Battlescar Part I-III (film in competition) (Atlas V) by Nico Casavecchia and Martin Allais - VR Series - 3 x 10 min.
- Théâtre Équestre Zingaro Ex Anima Experience (Atlas V) by Bartabas and Pierre Zandrowics - VR Cinema - 12 min.
- Gloomy Eyes Chapters I-III (Atlas V) by Fernando Maldonado and Jorge Tereso - Experience - 3 x 8 min.
- Spheres Chapters I-III (Atlas V) by Eliza McNitt - VR Series
- Daughters of Chibok (film in competition) by Joel ‘Kachi Benson - VR Cinema - 12 min.
- Traveling While Black by Roger Ross Williams and Ayesha Nadarajah - VR Cinema - 21 min.
- Sun Ladies by Christian Stephen and Céline Tricart - VR Cinema - 7 min.
- Everest VR (film in competition) by Jonathan Griffith - VR Cinema - 10 min.
- Cirque du Soleil Dreams of “O” by Felix and Paul Studios - VR Cinema - 12 min.
Access to the entire exhibition is free but works on a first come, first served basis with the exception of "Cosmos Within Us", which is only accessible from 5 to 9 March, six times a day, after having booked a slot online in advance.
Among the highlights of the VR Pavilion is once again its industry event "VR Day", taking place on Friday 6 March 2020 from 09:00. This event brings together international experts for case studies and conversations about the latest trends and developments faced by XR and immersive media professionals today. From festival strategies and immersive theatre to licensing issues and AI-based installations entering the festival sphere, the VR Day will provide opportunities for exchanges and networking between attending professionals. Admission is free of charge but registration is required via email: firstname.lastname@example.org. For the full programme, see https://www.luxfilmfest.lu/fr/vr-day.
Organised and coordinated by Film Fund Luxembourg, in cooperation with PHI (Montréal) and in partnership with Digital Luxembourg and Cargolux, the fourth VR Pavilion will be taking place as part of the Luxembourg City Film Festival (LuxFilmFest), which celebrates its tenth anniversary this year. Both the VR Pavilion and LuxFilmFest will run from 5 to 15 March 2020.