Annecy VR Works Selections for Digital MIFA Market

By Pickle  May 29, 2020
The Orchid and the Bee by Frances MCKENZIE

Here are VR works selected for Annecy digital MIFA Market. With 80 works received from 29 countries, the creativity and quality of international virtual reality production has been confirmed. After 2019 stood out with its dreamlike worlds, the 2020 selection seems to be the opposite, rooted in reality through stories (History even) and techniques (photorealism and stop motion especially). Out of the 7 films in competition, 2 of these films are directed by women, and a high French attendance that represents half the selection.

VR COMPETITION

Ajax All Powerful (USA, China)

Ajax is a foul-mouthed genie addicted to the souls he collects from gullible masters. But something is different about the little girl who finds his lamp: she hires a lawyer to negotiate her wishes.

  • Directed by: Ethan SHAFTEL
  • Production: VEER VR, Jingshu CHEN
  • Script: Ethan Shaftel
  • Animation: Frank Stringini
  • Music: Mckenzie Stubbert
  • Voice: Henry Winkler, Chris Parnell
  • Other credits: Programming : Andy Runyon

Battlescar – Punk Was Invented by Girls (USA, France)

“Battlescar – Punk Was Invented by Girls” follows a year in the life of Lupe, a Puerto Rican-American living in late 1970’s New York City.

  • Directed by: Martin ALLAIS, Nicolas CASAVECCHIA
  • Production: ATLAS V, Arnaud COLINART, ALBYON, Frederic VOLHUER, 1ST AVENUE MACHINE, Andrew GELLER, RYOT, Jake SALLY, ARTE FRANCE, Marianne LEVY-LEBLOND
  • Script: Nico Casavecchia, Mercedes Arturo
  • Animation: Fauns / Albyon
  • Music: The Misstakes
  • Voice: Rosario Dawson

Great Hoax: The Moon Landing (Taiwan, Argentina)

An interactive VR comedy about the Taiwanese faking a moon-landing, where you play the first Taiwanese astronaut on the moon. Follow instructions from the director to deliver the most heroic performance

  • Directed by: John HSU, Marco LOCOCO
  • Production: SERENDIPITY, Adam YOUNG, Estela Valdivieso CHEN, 3DAR, German HELLER

“Minimum Mass,” (France, New Zealand)

Sky and Rabia are awaiting the arrival of their first child. But a miscarriage shakes up their lives. Whilst each of them manages their grief in their own way, memories of their love story rise to the surface and encourage them to look towards the future.

  • Directed by: Raqi SYED, Areito ECHEVARRIA
  • Production: LIKE AMBER, Raqi SYED, FLORÉAL FILMS, Avi AMAR, Katayoun DIBAMEHR
  • Other credits: Frankie Adams, Allan Henry

“The Orchid and the Bee,” (Canada)

“The Orchid and the Bee” is an expressionistic VR ode to nature’s struggle for existence, explored through a chain of genetic love affairs.

  • Directed by: Frances MCKENZIE
  • Production: NFB (ONF) – NATIONAL FILM BOARD OF CANADA, POPOVIC JELENA
  • Distribution: NFB (ONF) – NATIONAL FILM BOARD OF CANADA, Élise LABBÉ
  • Script: Frances Adair McKenzie
  • Animation: Frances Adair Mckenzie, Brandon Blommaert, Fred Casia, Elise Simard
  • Music: Jennifer Castle
  • Sound: Catherine Van der Donckt

Odyssey 1.4.9 (France)

More than a personal tribute, this is a breathtaking VR journey into the sensitive heart of Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece “A Space Odyssey”. Staging the famous dark monolith as an incredible matrix of more than 200,000 images.

  • Directed by: François VAUTIER
  • Production: SAHEL JEREMY, Jeremy SAHEL
  • Distribution: DIVERSION CINEMA, Paul BOUCHARD
  • Other credits: Hommage à/Tribute to « 2001: A Space Odyssey »

“Saturnism,” (France, Romania)

Enter into one of the darkest paintings in the history of art – “Saturn Devouring His Son” by Franciso de Goya – alone with Saturn in a cold and misty landscape.

  • Directed by: Mihai GRECU
  • Production: BARBEROUSSE FILMS, François MARTIN SAINT LÉON
  • Distribution: BARBEROUSSE FILMS, François MARTIN SAINT LÉON
  • Based on: “Saturne dévorant un de ses fils”, Francisco de Goya

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