Two Taiwanese VR works selected for Venice Film Festival

Taipei,  Two Taiwanese virtual reality (VR) projects “Great Hoax: The Moon Landing” and “Jiou Jia (Home)” have been included in the Venice VR Expanded section at the prestigious Venice Film Festival this year.

The two projects will be a part of 44 immersive works from 24 countries to be presented online during the 77th Venice International Film Festival, held Sept. 2-12.

The interactive VR comedy “Great Hoax: The Moon Landing,” by Taiwanese film director John Hsu (徐漢強) has been shortlisted for an award with 30 other immersive projects.

The 17-minute film, a collaboration with Argentinian VR, film and animation studio 3dar, allows the viewer to play an astronaut faking a moon landing, while listening to the directions of a film director.

After learning that his work had been selected, Hsu said he was surprised and it was the first time for him to be involved in such a complex international cooperation.

“I am very happy with the outcome of our efforts,” Hsu said.

Meanwhile, “Jiou Jia (Home),” a collaboration by Taiwanese director Hsu Chih-yen (許智彥) and Funique VR Studio, was selected to be presented in the out-of-competition section with eight other works.

The 18-minute film portrays the scene of a summer afternoon when various family members return to their old family property to visit their grandmother.

Venice VR Expanded section also includes four other projects developed from the Biennale College Cinema, an advanced training workshop for the development and production of micro-budget works, open to directors and producers from around the world.

All selected VR contents will be accessible to viewers above 14 years of age, according to the festival’s website.


Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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