SIFFX will showcase VR and 360-degree video as a four-day program within Seattle Film Festival

The Seattle Worldwide Film Festival will embrace enhanced modes of storytelling such as digital actuality, 360-degree video and augmented actuality for what it’s calling SIFFX, a festival-within-a-festival.

The program, from June 2-5, will characteristic paintings, panel discussions and shows from what the pageant calls the “VR vanguard.” Venues throughout Seattle Heart will be used, together with the SIFF Film Heart and the Pacific Science Heart Laser Dome.

LA-based content material studio RYOT will current a program of quick documentary movies on the SIFFX opening evening on June 2. Among the many movies premiering for the primary time in 360-degree projection — on the 80-foot-tall Laser Dome — is “The Crossing,” Susan Sarandon’s immersive video diary in regards to the Syrian refugee rescue effort in Lesbos.

A second night of immersive screenings on the Laser Dome on June 3 will characteristic the work of The New York Occasions and Vrse.

“Seeking Pluto’s Frigid Heart” really made its debut as we speak on the NYT VR app. The expertise permits customers to witness the historic flyby of the distant dwarf planet by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft. “Watch New Horizons glide by means of area at a million miles a day,” the The NYT writes. “Fly over Pluto’s rugged floor and easy heart-shaped plains. Stand on icy mountains as the moon Charon looms on the horizon. Contact down in a frost-rimmed crater, billions of years outdated.”

The Occasions was sending out one other giant batch of Google Cardboard headsets to loyal digital prospects in anticipation of the mission’s launch. A YouTube model of the expertise doesn’t actually do the trick:

“Seattle is a technology-driven metropolis and the convergence of cinema with new storytelling realities on the nation’s largest movie pageant supplies a nice alternative to debate, discover, and uncover the longer term as we speak,” SIFF pageant director and chief curator Carl Spence stated in a information launch. “Whereas the medium turns into extra accessible, and even pocket-sized, we additionally have fun its nice cinematic prospects as a communal occasion, one thing that’s completely complemented by the burgeoning and progressive actions taking place in our Emerald Metropolis.”

SIFFX will supply festivalgoers entry to a full vary of know-how, from high-end headsets to cardboard viewers. Educational workshops for the maker neighborhood and panels and shows in regards to the know-how and enterprise of immersive storytelling are all deliberate as a part of the four-day itinerary, based on the pageant.

“Seattle already performs a essential function within the VR dialog,” SIFFX director Sandy Cioffi stated. “This metropolis’s many artistic technologists, artists and enterprise capitalists have the potential to outline totally new points of VR. Presenting this new medium by means of a Seattle lens, we hope to incubate risk-taking tasks which can be socially significant, artistically ground-breaking, and financially profitable. SIFF is the proper setting for this showcase: the longstanding cinematic pageant of file, the place leading edge filmmaking has all the time been a prime precedence.”

The complete Seattle International Film Festival runs from Could 19-June 12.

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