Visiting 10 cities, showcasing 20 curated, innovative and immersive experiences from around the world, the Kaleidoscope VR Film festival heads out on a road show designed to celebrate leading innovators in cinematic VR content and to bring it to a wider audience.
With 360-degree immersive media becoming a hot topic amongst the big players in Hollywood and virtual reality opening up new avenues for artists to explore, we’ve seen some pretty amazing stuff emerge in the last few years.
From linear 360 film-making, to rendered cinematic VR experiences to immersive semi-interactive dioramas created especially for the platform, the rise of virtual reality has brought with it huge innovation. The Kaleidoscope VR Film festival aims to highlight some of the best examples in this new wave of entertainment and the talent behind the projects.
Kaleidoscope was founded in May 2015 by entrepreneur René Pinnell and former Industrial Light & Magic technical director Michael Breymann, the company says its mission is to “…empower independent VR artists by promoting their work, producing original content, fostering new talent and raising the visibility of VR as the new frontier of film and entertainment” – a lofty goal indeed. The VR Film festival is the company’s first step along that road, almost literally.
Presented by Vrideo, described as “the world’s most fully built out immersive video platform”, each festival event will involve talks and demos from top VR filmmakers and industry members. Audiences will also have the opportunity to experience the full line-up of films on Gear VR equipment supplied by Samsung, as well as Oculus VR headsets.
The festival will visit 10 US cities between August 22nd and October the 14th: Portland, Seattle, Vancouver, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Denver, Montreal, Toronto, New York City & Austin. You can catch a detailed set of dates on our VR event calendar page for Kaleidoscope.
The currently line up of experiences is detailed below, although the list may change with new additions expected as the festival progresses.
Kaleidoscope VR Film Festival Line Up