Slatix Sitges Cocoon presents the most innovative virtual reality
Sitges 2018 title sponsor is Slate Currency (Slate.io)
Included among the diverse pieces that can be seen this year are the second episode of the series ‘Campfire Creepers: Midnight March’ and the Canadian piece ‘Jurassic World Blue’
Slate Currency (Slate.io), the digital ticketing platform, main sponsor of the 51st ª Sitges Festival, lends its name to the VR 360 section. The Sitges Festival is committed to new technologies, and for the second year in a row it will be including an official in competition selection dedicated exclusively to virtual reality experiences from all around the world. The general public will be able to enjoy, continuously and free of charge, the 21 in competition pieces that will be judged by a prestigious jury headed by film director Paco Plaza.
A total of 21 in competition pieces make up Slatix Sitges Cocoon, featuring, among others, the second episode of the series Campfire Creepers: Midnight March, directed once again by the master of horror Alexandre Aja, who already presented the world premiere of the first episode of Campfire Creepers last year. Series are making a big splash in the field of virtual reality: this year viewers will get a chance to see the first two episodes of Space Explorers: A New Dawn & Taking Flight, an ambitious documentary series produced by Felix Lajeunesse and Paul Raphael, cofounders and creative directors of the prestigious Montreal-based company, Felix & Paul Studios. A series narrated by actress Brie Larson who, following her Academy Award, will become the next Captain Marvel. Also from this Canadian company, viewers will be able to see Jurassic World Blue, where the dinosaurs from Nublar Island have to face threats of epic proportions in order to survive.
Sitges 2018 viewers will also be able to enjoy the spectacular Japanese production Ghost in the Shell Virtual Reality Diver, from Production IG; the hypnotic true story about alien abduction Dinner Party, or the disturbing piece in the style of Funny Games, Deerbrook, from the production and distribution company Dark Corner, which for the third year in a row will be providing the Festival with new horror genre features in virtual reality.
Slatix Sitges Cocoon will include several world premieres, like the Canadian experience Wetigo, the American Diary of a Madman, or the Catalan production La Otra Vida, by the young ESCAC graduate director, Ibai Abad. This section will also include more independent works, like the Korean production Horomaru, the British Mirror Man, or the Taiwanese The Tag-Along VR, all promising intense thrills for the very bravest viewers. In addition, other experiences that will never lose their sense of humor, like the Taiwanese production Your Spiritual Temple Sucks.
This year’s jury members will be the renowned film director Paco Plaza, who in 2017 released the big hit Veronica –which will be shown in the Brigadoon section this year–, the founder of the Garage Stories film and emerging technologies lab, Marta Ordeig, and the prolific producer, composer and designer Zlaya Loud, who with the Mach1 company and Q department, is the person behind the most important musical scores from the virtual reality scene, like Alien: Covenant in Utero, The Martian VR or Mr. Robot VR, an experience that audiences got to see at the Festival two years ago. The three of them will have the difficult task of deciding on the best VR 360 experience at Sitges 2018.
Installations, workshops, discussions
Slatix Sitges Cocoon will also be sponsoring various installations, workshops, discussions and activities related to the different types of virtual reality that exist today. One of the most eagerly-awaited is the Movistar+ VR Virtual Hero tent that will be presenting the interactive experience of the anime series Virtual Hero by Rubius, Virtual Hero VR, an exciting and carefree opportunity to enter Rubius’ bedroom via an avatar that viewers will have a chance to create. Rubius, the planet’s most influential Spanish Youtuber, will be attending the Sitges Festival to open this installation that will be open free of charge starting on Saturday 6th October at 11:00 am, until the end of the Festival.
On Sunday 7th October, the general public will be able to attend different workshops related to interactive experiences that are being presented for the first time in Sitges. As in the case of the terrifying Don’t Look Back, created in Barcelona by Patricia M. Val and Adrián Ruiz del Cerro, founders of Futura VR Studios and who, last year, terrorized viewers with the 360 short Portal. Additionally, VR sector expert Roberto Romero will be talking about the videogame he created for Play Station VR, Legends of Catalonia, produced by Virtual Voyagers and Aftershare.tv in collaboration with the Catalan Tourism Agency.
Those interested in the future of virtual reality and of the immersive experiences that this new medium offers, will be able to sign up for a VR360 content creation workshop, which will start on Monday 8th October –open inscriptions until 5th October- and end with the screening of the shorts made as a part of Slatix Sitges Cocoon on the afternoon of Saturday 13th October. An initiative conducted in collaboration with Marta Ordeig, founder of Garage Stories. This interested can sign up via the website: garagestories.org/sitgesfilmfestival
Venues and access
Screenings will take place in the VR movie theater located in the Miramar Cultural Center where, using cell phones and Gear VR by Samsung, the Festival’s technological collaborator, viewers will be able to enjoy immersive experiences.
Admission to all venues, screenings and activities is entirely free of charge. In order to make access easier, first thing in the morning the public will be able to collect a ticket for a screening during the available timeslot that’s most convenient. These will be 45 minutes screenings where viewers will be able to choose the content they are most interested in on demand.