It has been a busy year for film festivals in Brisbane. One was cancelled. Another was resurrected. The city's boutique international fest keeps doing what it does best, and plenty of other cultural-focused cinema showcases keep shining a spotlight on the best flicks specific countries have to offer. Now, add a virtual reality film festival to the mix. In fact, it's the city's first.
Taking over the Brisbane Powerhouse from August 11 to 13, the Australian Virtual Reality Film Festival isn't like every other film fest, though. Yes, its inaugural program will screen short films, music videos and documentaries, all of which use VR technology and highlight the innovative work of emerging filmmakers; however, rather than sitting in a cinema wearing a headset, attendees will enter a booth and watch at their own leisure.
Films include the robotics-centric I Philip, prison documentary Step to the Line, Japanese folklore-inspired music video Apex, an eyewitness view of history in Easter Rising: Voice of a Rebel, and hand-painted animation Dear Angelica, which features the voices of Geena Davis and Mae Whitman. AVRFF will also boast a program of talks and workshops for those keen to know more about the field, with the full lineup to be revealed closer to the date.