The 2018 Tribeca Film Festival will release its Immersive programmes that will include 20 virtual reality and augmented reality pieces in the Virtual Arcade. The Film Festival held at New York will feature innovative work from VR artist, Chris Milk, a conservation project narrated by Lupita Nyong’o, and an anti-bullying thriller from Alexandre Aja. The Virtual Arcade line-up will also showcase five Storyscapes experiences that will be screened from April 20-28.
The Immersive programme at this year’s Tribeca festival will include 33 VR experiences and highlight four screening programmes, i.e. VR For Good Creators Lab, This is Climate Change, It’s Right Behind You, and Horizons. Loren Hammonds, programmer at film & immersive, said, “We are at a cultural crossroads.” He also mentioned, “In times of crisis and contemplation, artists have always found a way to inspire and challenge. The creators that we’ve invited to take part in this year’s Tribeca Immersive are no different. They are using technology and storytelling to tackle subjects such as the dangers of nuclear weapons, racial and religious discrimination, and the real face of climate change.”
This time, a few games like Star Child and Vacation Simulator have made it into the mix that focus on storytelling at their core. The Vacation Simulator is the sequel to Owlchemy Labs’ Job Simulator, which is focused on the tasks involved in taking time off. Everyone at the festival can also expect to experience several VR pieces together in a theatrical program called Cinema360. The program will be quite different from watching a movie in a crowded theater, as people will get the experience on their own headsets.