Leading international events in the field of immersive creation, Cannes XR, Tribeca Festival and the NewImages Festival are banding together to co-produce an innovative platform dedicated to VR and accessible to all audiences.
“We are thrilled to join forces with prestigious partners like Tribeca and NewImages Festival to support the whole XR community and create one of the most ambitious virtual exhibitions in addition to our physical event in Cannes this year,” said Guillaume Esmiol, Deputy Director of Cannes’ Marché du Film. “Cannes XR will thus take place in two parts. Starting June 9th, we will introduce XR3, a specially-designed VR environment to showcase the best VR narrative content. Then from July 6th-15th, Cannes XR will benefit from the momentum of the Marché du Film at the Festival de Cannes by connecting the cinema industry with the XR community. Not only will we be demonstrating XR3, but there will also be networking events and inspiring conferences with top speakers.”
A unique exhibition in terms of its stakes and its reach, XR3 will bring together around 50 works in virtual reality including many world premieres, resulting from the expertise and curation of each event to explore the field of immersive arts.
All three VR selections will be made available at the Museum of Other Realities (MOR), a virtual exhibition space with inventive scenography, which has been specially designed for this momentous occasion. The full body of VR works will soon be revealed.
“We are so excited to work with Cannes XR and NewImages Festival to present the XR3 platform this season at the Museum of Other Realities,” said Loren Hammonds, Vice President, Immersive Programming of the Tribeca Festival (June 9-20). “It’s especially poignant in this year of transition to be presenting our 3 separate curations under one umbrella for at-home audiences. We are so encouraged by the growing number of VR enthusiasts globally, and we can’t wait to launch this amazing new work to the world in June.”
As a hybrid event, XR3 will be able to present an exciting line-up of VR works to a worldwide audience via several modes of access:
- For people with a VR headset: Online access, through the MOR app (available on the platforms Steam and Viveport).
- For everyone: Onsite access in the context of all three events, as well as access to VR stations set up by our partners across the world.
“We are very proud of NewImages Festival’s association with two events as prestigious as Cannes and Tribeca!” added Michael Swierczynski, director of NewImages Festival (June 9-13, Paris Forum des Images). “This approach is fully in line with our strategy of bringing together and federating a whole range of key partners around the world in order to promote a common and unbounded access to XR creation, to the benefit of the works, the artists and, of course, the audiences.”
Some of the animation highlights of these combined programs include the comedic, surreal love story of Marco & Polo Go Round; Paper Birds, the story of a short-sighted child with a gift for music (voice starring Jojo Rabbit‘s Archie Yates); the wartime stories of an imprisoned Japanese-American teenager in A Life in Pieces: The Diary of Stanley Hayami; comic-book adaptation Jailbirds; and sci-fi adventure Rebels, about a resistance group fighting a mandate of conformity in a parallel world.
With the MOR, a gallery specialized in the exhibition of international VR artists, the participants will be able to discover a unique venue and access the full body of works offered by NewImages Festival, Cannes XR and Tribeca. The integrality of the program will be available through the MOR app which can be downloaded starting June 9 on Steam and Viveport. The full body of works will remain free to access 24/7 until June 20, and again from July 6 to 15.