17-09-2019 11:30

News

Virtual reality innovation is cemented in Sitges Cocoon

In the Official VR 360 Section, cutting edge technology and cinema come together to immerse the viewer in another fantastic reality, with the best XR experiences of the year

Sitges continues to be committed to new technologies and for the third consecutive year, it will be featuring an official in-competition selection dedicated exclusively to virtual reality experiences from around the world. Audiences will be able to enjoy, continuously and free of charge, 20 in-competition pieces, which will be judged by a prestigious jury specialized in genre.

Once again this year, the very best immersive XR content will be found in the VR Cinema at the Centre Cultural Miramar in Sitges. A total of 20 international pieces make up this year’s official in-competition selection, thanks to Samsung technology, HTC-Vive and Oculus will transport audiences to a surprising world of virtual reality experiences where horror, science fiction, fantasy, animation and experimental film will become, for a little while, their only travelling companion. Sitges Cocoon’s viewers will have, after collecting their ticket and reserving a time slot, 60 minutes to choose one or several of the in-competition pieces.

As every year, the selection will feature a wide variety of genres and projects for all tastes, endurance and ages. From animated experiences for all audiences such as Bonfire and Crow: The Legend, from the prestigious American production company Baobab Studios and directed by the 3D animation expert, Eric Darnell (Antz), or the thrilling Gloomy Eyes by Fernando Maldonado and Jorge Tereso, a story of young love starring a teenage zombie and narrated by Colin Farrell. In the science fiction section, three spectacular initiatives: Mechanical Souls by director Gaëlle Mourre and 7 Lives by Jan Kounen (Dobermann), two pieces along the lines of Black Mirror and Tsung-Han TSAI’s Live Stream by YUKI <3, an amusing and poignant Taiwanese satire about the double-edged sword that social networks can be.

Horror will also have a prominent place in virtual reality, reserved only the bravest audiences willing to venture into the phantasmagoric and intense Japanese experience Ghost Reality by Hajime Ohata, participate in the interactive thriller Pagan Peak VR by Ioulia Isserlis and Max Sacker, let themselves be carried away by the hypnotic Turkish experience Floodplain by Deniz Tortum, the interactive mystery Kobold by Max Sacker, Guy Norris’ sinister up close and personal Australian torture, The Peeler, or discover the world premiere in Sitges Cocoon of the Taiwanese Vicious Circle by Chun-Yu LAI. And speaking of amazing and hard to forget experiences, also featured is the new adventure combing stop motion and CGI, Gymnasia, by Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski, from the avant-garde production company Felix & Paul Studios; Hiroaki Higashi’s Ghost in the Shell: Ghost Chaser, the new installment of the saga produced by Production I.G.; and Ray Sparks, the sequel to Ray by the Spaniards Rafael Pavon and Roberto Romero.

An international jury composed by Isadora García (professor and academic researcher at the International University of Catalonia, winner of the first prize at the XXX CAC Awards 2018 for research on audiovisual communication), Albert Pintó (director of Matar a Dios / Killing God, winner of the people’s choice award at Sitges 2017, and of the horror film to be premiered, Malasaña32) and Daniel Cohen (a genre film fan since he was a teen and director of the Strasbourg European Fantastic Film Festival) will be in charge of deciding which of the 20 XR in-competition experiences will be the winner of this year’s edition.

Collaborations, Installations and Workshops

For the first time, the Festival is featuring a fantastic collaboration for all virtual reality lovers. Thanks to VRrOOm, an innovative VOD platform for VR content, created by Louis Cacciuttolo, and at the Strasbourg European Fantastic Film Festival, some of the selected in-competition content from this year’s Strasbourg Festival can be seen for free from October 4th to 8th at the Miramar Cultural Center, including the eagerly-awaited Star Wars Vader Immortal, with Oculus Quest technology. And from October 12th to November 22nd, on the platform VRrOOm you can also see a joint selection between festivals completely free and from any corner of the planet.

In addition to the Samsung technology that has accompanied this section since its origins, this year Sitges Cocoon will also include Oculus and HTC LIVE equipment to increase the immersive experience and reveal the infinite possibilities offered by XR today to the public. Thanks to the Barcelona production company Ekisolid, founded by David Herrero, this year there will be two interactive experience simulators, unique and custom-made for Sitges: on the one hand, The Lost Idol, a treadmill from which the audience will have to escape the dangers of a virtual jungle - with details and nods at the Festival - in the purest Indiana Jones style. And on the other, Mad Run XR, inspired by the post-apocalyptic world of Mad Max, where the participant, driving a Dodge Challenger, will have to manage to get the last drops of gas in an apocalyptic world before it’s too late. In this case, skill will be rewarded. The user who gets the best score will win two tickets for the Festival’s closing. The two installations will be totally free of charge, with access by order of arrival and will be located on the ground floor of the Centre Cultural Miramar.

The Festival continues to be committed to the future of new technologies and XR content related to cinema. For this reason, this year Sitges Cocoon will be part of the Festival’s Industry Talks, with the organization of 3 conferences dedicated to virtual reality on Friday, October 11th. The ESCAC XR Experience, a project promoted by the brand new VR lab that the ESCAC debuted a few months ago, will speak to us about a very sensorial interactive experience that they already had the chance to show at Sónar+ D. In Stories of the Future _ Storytelling, Innovation & Emerging Technologies, Marta Ordeig, a passionate entrepreneur who has taken her ideas and workshops to Silicon Valley, will explore the relationship between emerging technologies, storytelling and how they interact to design the future. Roberto Romero and Rafael Pavon, internationally respected sector figures, will close the section of conferences on virtual reality with Més enllà de Ray (Beyond Ray), where they will explain the secrets behind their latest creation, Ray Sparks, the interactive version of their previous experience, Ray, which won a special mention at the Festival in 2017.

Venues and Access

Screenings will be held at the VR Cinema, a virtual reality movie theater, located in the Centre Cultural Miramar, where mainly via cell phones and glasses by Samsung's GEAR VR -the Festival’s technological collaborator- viewers will be able to enjoy immersive experiences.

Admission to all the spaces, projections and activities is totally free of charge. To facilitate access, early in the morning, the public can pick up a ticket for the session in the available time slot that most suits you. They will be 60 minute sessions, where viewers will be able to choose the content that interests them the most.

In-competition Sitges Cocoon 2019 Lineup

7 Lives France, Luxembourg and Belgium, 2019. Directed by: Jan Kounen, 20’

A Memory of the Wind South Korea, 2019. Directed by: Park Heungsik, 19’

Ayahuasca - Kosmik Journey France and Luxembourg, 2019. Directed by: Jan Kounen, 18’

Bonfire USA, 2019. Directed by: Eric Darnell, 18’

Conscious Existence Germany, 2018. Directed by: Marc Zimmermann, 12’

Crow: The Legend USA, 2018. Directed by: Eric Darnell, 22’

Floodplain Turkey, 2018. Directed by: Deniz Tortum, 13’

Ghost in the Shell: Ghost Chaser Japan, 2018. Directed by: Hiroaki Higashi, 8’

Ghost Reality Japan, 2018. Directed by: Hajime Ohata, 15’

Gloomy Eyes France, Argentina, Taiwan and USA, 2019. Directed by: Jorge Tereso and Fernando Maldonado, 15’

Gymnasia Canada, 2019. Directed by: Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowkski, 6’

Heart of Darkness Australia, 2019. Directed by: Stuart Campbell, 13’

Kobold VR Experience Germany, 2018. Directed by: Max Sacker, 20-30’

Live Stream from YUKI <3 Taiwan, 2018. Directed by: Tsung-Han TSAI, 12’

Mad Run XR Spain, 2019. Directed by: David Herrero, 4’

Mechanical Souls France, Taiwan, 2019. Directed by: Gaëlle Mourre, 17’

Pagan Peak VR Germany, 2019. Directed by: Ioulia Isserlis and Max Sacker, 45’

Ray Sparks Spain, 2019. Directed by: Rafael Pavon, 10’

The Peeler Australia, 2018. Directed by: Harrison Norris, 5’

Vicious Circle Taiwan, 2019. Directed by: Chun-Yu LAI, 17’

  • SECTION

    SPONSORED

    BY:

News

17-09-2021 12:00

News

Selected projects at Sitges Online Pitchbox 2021 announced

The Filmarket Hub platform and the Sitges Film Festival have announced the selected projects at the...

16-09-2021 11:00

News

'The Green Knight' Will be Sitges 2021's Closing Night Film

The medieval imaginary of Camelot will be invading closing night at the 54th Sitges - International...

15-09-2021 13:00

News

Mamoru Hosoda, Carlos Saura and Belén Rueda, Sitges 2021 Grand Honorary Award Winners

The Festival announces the complete list of award winners at its 54th edition Directors Mamoru Hoso...

07-09-2021 12:00

News

Sitges 2021: Under the Sign of the Beast

Titane', by Julia Ducournau, and 'The Trip', by Tommy Wirkola, among the latest and most eagerly awa...

31-08-2021 10:00

News

The latest in Spanish Fantastic lands at Sitges 2021

David Casademunt's 'El páramo' and David Hebrero's 'Y todos arderán' have been added t...

30-08-2021 12:00

News

Sitges Pitchbox's new Showrunners LAB confirms Nick Antosca and Teresa Fernández-Valdés as mentors

The call for submissions deadline has been extended until the 7th of September For the seventh cons...

05-08-2021 11:00

News

'Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon', by Ana Lily Amirpour, to open Sitges 2021

The Festival will also present the world premiere of Álex de la Iglesia’s 'Veneciafreni...

28-07-2021 10:00

News

Sitges 2021 launches pass and pack sales

The Sitges Festival is approaching and, starting this Wednesday July 28th, viewers will be able to p...

23-07-2021 12:00

News

La Fundación Sitges - Festival Internacional de Cinema de Catalunya se refuerza para encarar nuevos proyectos

Las entidades culturales El Retiro y el Casino Prado ven reconocida su contribución hist&oacu...

22-07-2021 12:00

News

Submissions open for Sitges Online Pitchbox 2021, which will include a new lab on the role of the Showrunner

For the seventh consecutive year, the Filmarket Hub platform and the Sitges Film Festival are partne...

23-06-2021 12:00

News

Sitges 2021 bares its fangs and reveals its first new updates

Films by acclaimed directors like Sion Sono or Ben Wheatley, and debut filmmakers like Prano Bailey-...

27-05-2021 12:00

News

The third edition of Fantastic 7 is coming

The event, featuring director Mary Harron as its godmother, will be held next Sunday, July 1...

05-05-2021 11:55

News

A new edition of Pantalla Sitges is coming up

The Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia and the FIC-CAT have renewed their col...

05-03-2021 12:00

News

Ángel Sala will "profane" the taboos of Spanish fantastic genre films in a book to be published in 2021

PROFANANDO EL SUEÑO DE LOS MUERTOS (PROFANING THE SLEEP OF THE DEAD) by Ángel Sala is...

16-02-2021 12:00

News

SITGES 2021 OPENS ITS FILM SUBMISSION PERIOD

The Sitges - International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia, which will be holding its 54th edit...

30-11-2020 11:50

News

The werewolf and the inner beast unleased, leitmotif of the Sitges IFFFC 2021

The 54th edition of the SITGES - International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia, taking place fr...