Tribeca Film Festival unveils VR program

The 15th annual Tribeca Film Festival has revealed this year's roster of experiential programming, including The Artists of Skid Row (pictured) from Molly Swenson, Tyson Sadler and Hayley Pappas.
February 10, 2016

The 15th annual Tribeca Film Festival has revealed this year’s lineup of experiential programming.

The 11-day fest runs from April 13 to 24 in New York City and will feature 23 virtual reality (VR) exhibits and interactive installations, including 16 world premieres.

Projects slated to debut in the VR space include content with roots in journalism, narrative and documentary storytelling, gaming and music, as well as interactions with artists, filmmakers and the creative community.

The festival will also unveil the Virtual Arcade – running April 18-20 – a program set to feature 13 additional VR experiences from leading and budding creators in the medium.

Projects selected for the Virtual Arcade include the world premiere of The Artists of Skid Row (pictured) from Molly Swenson, Tyson Sadler, Hayley Pappas and RYOT, documenting California-based artist Ramiro Puentes; The Crystal Reef (world premiere) from Cody Karutz, Lauren Knapp and Stanford University, in which the future of climate change is depicted from a rocky reef off the coast of Italy; and Hard World for Small Things (world premiere) from Janicza Bravo and Wevr, which explores the repercussions of a tragedy in LA.

The line-up will also feature the fourth annual “Storyscapes,” a juried showcase with 10 VR and interactive installations; and the fifth annual “TFI Interactive” forum, featuring leaders from the media, gaming and technology sectors.

“Tribeca has always celebrated the most exciting new forms of storytelling, from video games to virtual reality,” said Jane Rosenthal, co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival and executive chair of Tribeca Enterprises, in a statement. “This year’s program, which you can touch and feel at our amazing Festival Hub at Spring Studios, features the most dynamic work to date at the intersection of story and technology.”

The full list of VR experiences showing at this year’s festival can beĀ viewed here.

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