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Canadian Genre – VR Film Series


Canadian Genre-VR Film Series presented by CFC Media Lab in association with Fantasia International Film Festival and its co-production market Frontières, and Telefilm Canada.

From award-winning cyberpunk adventures to homoerotic horror, the Canadian Genre-VR Film Series presented by CFC Media Lab in association with Fantasia International Film Festival and Telefilm Canada brings three world-premieres to Cannes from the CFC Media Lab and award-winning studios OccupiedVR and CreamVR Productions.

Body/Mind/Change Redux Teaser

A CFC Media Lab Production in co-production with TIFF and in association with OccupiedVR

Producer: Ana Serrano

Directors: J.Lee Williams, Blair Renaud Length: (7:00)

Body/Mind/Change Redux Teaser, starring David Cronenberg immerses audiences in a “Cronenbergian” world inspired by the film Videodrome.

Technolust: the short film

An OccupiedVR Production

Producer: J. Lee Williams

Director: Blair Renaud Length: (7:00)

Technolust: the short film is a taste of the award-winning Virtual Reality Adventure set in a near-future Cyberpunk world, made for Oculus Rift.

The Closet

A CFC Media Lab Production

Producer: Ana Serrano

Director: Ian Tuason Length: (5 :00)

A young man investigates strange, super natural forces in his new home when he discovers an even stronger, insatiable force where he least expects it.

War of the Dead

Executive Producers: David Brady, Kate harrison

Producer: Kim Creelman

Directors: Brian Rice, Tristan Cezair, Andrew MacDonald Length: (7:00)

Mayhem surrounds Civil War soldiers when Zombies overtake the battle trenches in a Virtual Reality onslaught of blood and guts.

Made in USA VR


A US VR Focus presented by Furious M.

Invasion ! Baobab Studios Producer: Maureen Fan Director: Eric Darnell Length: (6:08)

Baobab Studios' Invasion! is a computer animated VR interactive from the director of "Madagascar” that pits invading aliens against two meek, adorable creatures: fluffy white bunnies! And you are one of them.

Repensando a Cuba RYOT

Producer: Gabriel Lifton-Zoline Directors: Gabriel Lifton-Zoliine, Angel Manuel Soto Length: (4:45)

RYOT went to Havana to see what everyday Cubans thought of Obama's visit, the unconventional Cuba, and what makes Cuba so unique in people's imaginations. We left enchanted by Cuba's beauty and awed by its complexity.

The Second Line: A Parade Against Violence

RYOT Producer: RYOT & AP Directors: Angel Manuel Soto, Matt Ogens Length: (5:12)

March alongside New Orleans' famed brass bands through neighborhoods, streets, and alleys - in a public protest against violence.

RYOT 360 Reel Producer: Ryot Length: (1:12)

RYOT lets you become the story with immersive virtual reality and 360 degree video, ushering in a new era of journalism and new media.

Butts: the VR Experience

Tyler Hurd Producer: Tyler Hurd Director: Tyler Hurd Length: (2:07)

BUTTS: The VR Experience is an animated VR short about love, trust, and learning what it means to be truly free. It'll make you laugh, cry, fill you with unimaginable bliss, and return you to that innocent place of childlike wonder you've long forgotten.

Defrost Episode 1: The Awakening

Feral Dog Productions, Randal Kleiser Productions, 3Ality Technica, IM360, Furious M

Producers: Tanna Frederick, Randal Kleiser

Director: Randal Kleiser

Length: (5:37) Defrost is a 12-part series that transforms you, the viewer, into the main character, Joan Garrison. In Episode 1 Joan awakens after 30 years in suspended animation and meets her family who have all dramatically changed.

Defrost Episode 2: The Best Care Feral Dog Productions, Randal Kleiser Productions, 3Ality Technica, IM360, Furious M

Producers: Tanna Frederick, Randal Kleiser

Director: Randal Kleiser

Length: (5:00)

In Episode 2 Joan overhears a threat to her recovery and she is unable to communicate to anyone.

Made in France VR (2 programs)


Two VR programs made in France presented by ARTE and Unifrance.


RED Corner, ARTE France

Producer: Marie Blondiaux

Directors: Charles Ayats, Armand Lemarchand, Marc-Antoine Mathieu Length : (30:00)

SENS is the first project to adapt a graphic novel into a VR experience. An anonymous wanderer roams in a stripped down yet labyrinthine universe. All around him, arrows on ever changing shapes. Where will it lead?

Notes on Blindness AGAT Films Director: Arnaud Colinart, Amaury La Burthe, Peter Middleton, James Spinney Length: (20:00) After losing his sight in 1983, John Hull began to record an audio diary documenting his discovery of "a world beyond sight". Hull's original recordings form the basis of this beautiful animated, interactive documentary, which uses real time 3D, virtual reality and binaural sound to explore the world of the blind

Jours de tournage – Ma Loute de Bruno Dumont Producer: Editions du Bout des Doigts Director: Fouzi Louahem Length : (10:00) Interview of director Bruno Dumont mixed with VR sequences of him directing his latest feature Ma Loute, presented in Competition – Official Selection at the 2016 Festival de Cannes.

I, Philip Producer: Okio Director: Pierre Zandrowicz Length: (15:00) Based on the fiction world of Philip K Dick, the author's mind has been preserved beyond death. Have his emotional memories been preserved as well?

Jet Lag Producer: Enfin Bref Productions Director: Pierre Friquet Length: (9:00) Separated by continents, two women express their love in the absence of each other through dance

Viens! Producer: Director: Michel Reilhac Length: (12:00)

Made in Quebec VR


VR films from Quebec, Canada, presented by SODEC and PHI CENTRE, in collaboration with the QUÉBEC FILM AND TELEVISION COUNCIL.

Nomads: Sea Gypsies Felix & Paul Studios Producer: Stéphane Rituit Directors: Félix Lajeunesse, Paul Raphaël Length: (9:11) Nomads: Sea Gypsies transports the viewer north of Borneo to experience the Bajau Laut’s daily lives. Nomads from the sea, with no land nor nationality, the Bajau either live on stilt houses or on houseboats and always share a communal spirit.

LeBron James: Striving for Greatness Felix & Paul Studios / Uninterrupted Originals Producer: Stéphane Rituit Directors: Félix Lajeuness, Paul Raphaël Length: (12:45)

LeBron James - Striving for Greatness is a cinematic virtual reality experience that transports the viewer in the heart of the NBA superstar's intensive pre-season training.

Inside the Box of Kurios

Felix & Paul Studios / Cirque du Soleil Média Producers: Stéphane Rituit, André Lauzon Directors: Félix Lajeunesse, Paul Raphaël, Michel Laprise Length : (10:00)

Step on stage and literally immerse yourself Inside the Box of Kurios™ Cabinet of Curiosities from Cirque du Soleil®! A mysterious and fascinating realm that disorients your senses and challenges your perceptions, leaving you to wonder: "Is it real, or just a figment of my imagination?"

“O” (Teaser) Felix & Paul Studios / Cirque du Soleil Média Producer: Stéphane Rituit Directors: Félix Lajeunesse, Paul Raphaël / François Blouin Length: (1:30)

Plunge into 'O' - An aquatic world of acrobatics and lyrical theatre

Co-presented by SODEC and Phi Centre

Made in Denmark VR


Two VR projects presented by Makropol.

Ewa (Pilot)


Producers: Mads Damsbo, Jakob Hegel

Director: Johan Knattrup Jensen

Length: (8:00)

You will be born as Ewa, you will grow up as Ewa, and as Ewa you will fight to free yourself. You will struggle to accept your inner nature, confront your past and the one person that is holding you down - yourself.

The Doghouse

MAKROPOL, Dark Matters and Kanako

Producer: Mads Damsbo

Director: Johan Knattrup Jensen

Length: (18:00)

You are at a family dinner. Mum and dad have made roast beef. Older brother has brought his new girlfriend home for the first time and little brother is trying to avoid the inevitable disaster.




A selection of VR documentaries curated by IDFA Doc Lab – International Documentary Festival Amsterdam

DOC Program 1:

Waves of Grace VRSE Directors: Gabo Arora, Chris Milk Length: (10:00)

Step into the virtual shoes of Decontee Davis, who recovered from Ebola and now helps other victims of the disease in a township in Monrovia, Liberia.

Drawing Room Directors: Jan Rothuizen, Sara Kolster Length: (10:00) Step into the first “drawn reality” by Jan Rothuizen, about the “premium experience” of the tower room in an Amsterdam department store.

Witness 360:7/7 Director: Darren Emerson Length: (15:00)

One survivor of the London bombings of July 7, 2005 talks about that day and gives us a sense of the trauma that still haunts her.

Doc Program 2:

6 X 9 an immersive experience of solitary confinement The Guardian

Directors: Francesca Panetta, Lindsay Poulton Length: (10:00)

An immersive experience of solitary confinement by The Guardian.

My Mother’s Wing VRSE Directors: Gabo Arora, Ari Palitz Length: (8:00)

In Gaza, foundations are built, destroyed, and built again. This virtual reality experience follows the struggle and strength of a mother coping with the death of her two children in the 2014 war.

DMZ: Memories of No Man’s Land

Innerspace VR Director: Hayoun Kwon Length: (10:00)

A virtual reality exploration of the heavily guarded border between North and South Korea makes the paranoia of the Cold War palpable.

LoVR Director: Aaron Bradbury Length: (5:00) A virtual reality love trip through the brain activity that occurs in the staggering moment you fall in love; a poem written in data.



A special NEXT program curated by Michel Reilhac, NEXT’s artistic consultant.

Simon Director: James Hedley Length: (6:19) A young man with a disability claims his right to be seen and fully exist. Fabulous Director: Toby Coffey Length: (4:00) Fall down the rabbit hole and explore the magical, vibrant world of in this animated musical video take on the stage show of the same name created by The Royal National Theatre in London. Watch and listen as the Cheshire cat hovers above like a magnificent holographic airship whilst serenading you to "Fabulous", a song from the show. Amani Submarine and Terre des Hommes Director: Raymond Van Der Kaaij Length: (5:00) A young child girl exploited and abused as a modern slave in a family today in Africa.

Sonar Director: Philip Maas Length: (6:00) A drone receives a faint distress call emerging from an unknown asteroid. When it journeys to locate the source of the signal, it ventures into a deep , ancient labyrinth that holds a secret even darker than space itself

Summertime Steamer Lab & Green Productions Producers: Tal Haring, Inbal Shirin Anlen, Adi Lavy Director: Nir Sa'ar Length: (10:00) Girl meets boy. It's all fun and games till you lose a part of yourself...

Fan Club (teaser) a_Bahn Director: Vincent Ravalec Length: (2:00) Vincent Ravalec takes you into his virtual universe. He presents his new film and the challenges he faces as a filmmaker using virtual reality.


“PickupVRCinema has been chosen by the Marché du Film to run these VR Screenings because it is the first space entirely dedicated to VR in France where audiences can discover VR content (movies and experiences alike) in the best conditions.”


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