This is the only event focusing on virtual reality storytelling in the whole of Australia. They will show a selection of short films, music videos and documentaries, which will also use virtual reality technology. They are selected by a multidisciplinary curatorial panel in order to show the work of the next generation of filmmakers.
AVRFF enables artists to show their work in a place that promotes creative development as well as industry discussion. This enables them to bring out innovative forward thinking and thus continuous upgrading in the science of virtual reality technology.
In 2017, the Visy Theatre in Brisbane's Powerhouse was a sellout with approximately 500 people in the audience. AVRFF 2018 is setting up to once again present the most cutting-edge art in one of the world's most modern and fascinating mediums - virtual reality.
With this technology, each year there are so many more advancements being made both in film-making and general technology. With these new discoveries and the advancement made in the last year or so, people who have been to this event previously will be amazed at the actual progress that has been made in virtual reality. People who have not been to this event previously will be stunned when they first discover these unknown worlds!
You can be a part of this distinct Film Festival dedicated solely to virtual reality technology. The selections have been handpicked from across the globe and help people experience this ground-breaking form.
Opening Night Explore the world of virtual reality with a keynote speech given by Stuart Campbell. Stuart is also known as Sutu and is a leading VR artist. He will be discussing his approach to VR as an artistic medium and the works he has accomplished within. This will be followed by an industry panel, industry VR and a chance to see the first screenings of the program.
You can read more about the speakers at this site.
The 2018 programme of events includes the following works:
Inside Manus: Inside Manus tackles the immersive power of virtual reality storytelling to take the audience behind the scenes of the Manus Island immigration detention centre. Here you will get to understand the heartbreaking stories of three refugees who came to Australia seeking asylum.
Take Every Wave: For the first time ever, Take Every Wave: Laird in VR brings the viewer on a hydrofoil board with Laird Hamilton. Join him in Chicama, Peru as he rides on the longest wave in the world.
As a work of Indigenous futurism, Biidaaban explains that the languages of native peoples can provide a framework for understanding our place in the world.
Jedrick has been locked away in a cold, dank prison cell and has no hope of getting released any time soon. The only things left to Jedrick are his precious memories of his beloved. In Memory tells the story of how a prisoner's mental escape manifested itself into a physical one.
Rone is a distinctive portrait of a supposed street artist, whose graphic large-scale portraits of women's faces can be found painted on spaces.
This virtual reality experience also takes the viewer into a Rone exhibition. It goes inside his studio, giving you a glimpse of the artistic process behind Rone's epic murals.
A Thin Black Line: A Thin Black Line is an interactive narrative with interactive sections. The user embodies a small girl, "controlling a pair of IK rigged arms with which they can interact with some objects and the space".
The art style is similar to the works of Vernon Ah Kee and makes use of custom shaders that compete with a charcoal on paper aesthetic.
On an evening in September 1961, Barney and Betty Hill were the victims of the first widely publicized alien abduction in US history.
The Hills were an interracial couple active in the civil-rights movement. They were on their way home from a trip to Niagara Falls when they noticed a strange light in the sky. They were frightened and confused at the strange behaviour of the UFO and they headed in the direction of the closest town but never made it.
This immersive live-action documentary is about a group of Yazidi women fighters. After ISIS soldiers invaded the Yazidi community of Sinjar, killing all of their men and grabbing the women and girls as sex slaves, these brave women escaped and started a female-only fighting unit called the Sun Ladies. Their goal is to bring back their women and protect the honour and dignity of their people.
So, there is a great choice of films for this festival!
The AVRFF is supported by Screen Queensland and the Queensland Government. It is presented by Vast Yonder in partnership with the Brisbane Powerhouse.
Vast Yonder is an experiential agency based in Brisbane. Their main focus is built around arts, technology and experience by a "cross-disciplinary team of artists, curators, developers and designers". Their approach is to step outside the box using technology.
This exciting event will be on from 21st to 26th August, 2018.
Wednesday to Friday, from 5 pm to 9 pm
Saturday, from 3 pm to 9 pm
Sunday, from 11 am to 3 pm
VR sessions begin every hour
This event is suitable for ages 15 years and upwards.
It will be held at the Brisbane Powerhouse, 119 Lamington St, New Farm.
Tickets are $20, and you can get your tickets here.