Boulder Film Festival announces new Virtual Reality Pavilion

Wednesday March 1, 2017 0 comments Tags: Boulder, Boulder International Film Festival, Nicholas Whitaker


BOULDER -- The 13th Annual Boulder International Film Festival (BIFF), set for March 3-4 and boasting a lineup of 58 films and 4 Oscar winners, announced the launch of the festival’s first-ever Virtual Reality Pavilion.boulder-film-festival-logo

Festival organizers said the new two-day attraction will offer an exciting way to explore this new film language, learn what the future holds for virtual reality and experience how filmmakers are harnessing the technology for storytelling and advocacy.

The BIFF VR Pavilion will feature eight films produced for VR, including three highly anticipated premieres: the Colorado premieres of Jeff Orlowski’s Chasing Coral The VR Experience - the follow-up to Chasing Ice, Patrick Osborn’s Oscar-nominated Pearl, and the world premiere of Romain Vakilitabar’s My Beautiful Home.

Additionally, the VR Pavilion will host meet-ups and offer 10 - 12 stations with the most cutting-edge VR hardware.

The BIFF VR pavilion is free and open to the public. No BIFF ticket or registration is required to attend.

The pavilion is located at Galvanize Boulder, 1023 Walnut St.

The VR Theater will be open March 3 from 1-8 p.m. and on March 4 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

A PR Pavilion Kick-off Party will be held March 3 from 5-7 p.m. A VR Meetup will be held March 4 at 2 p.m. (tech) and 4 p.m. (storytelling). Attendees can network with VR creators and filmmakers. Meetup attendees are encouraged to bring their own VR works to share.

Nicholas Whitaker, training and development manager for Google News Lab, will moderate a discussion on "Technology in Service of Story." 

BIFF’s Virtual Reality Pavilion is supported by Galvanize Boulder; Human Design; Reality Garage; AV/VR Play Place; The Colorado Office of Film, Television and Media; ECHOS Communications; The Post; and Boulder Beer.

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