Setting the traditional film festival format into the nontraditional setting of VR, the AltspaceVR + Cyberia collaboration allowed thousands of people across the world to view the same films at the same time, all together — constructing a virtual theatre with no maximum capacity and a film festival with no entry fee.
CyberiaVR: The First Film Festival to take place in Virtual Reality
Feb 10-12, 2017
Lights Camera Action: Cyberia Brings First-Ever In VR Film Festival
Like the movie trailer that actually makes you want to see the movie, AltspaceVR’s recent collaboration with Cyberia Film Festival producers arrived last weekend to much anticipation. Announced by VRScout, Carpe Diem! San Francisco, and The VR Shop, the Cyberia Film Festival’s billing as the first of its kind in virtual reality transformed into a two-thumbs up weekend event running from Friday, February 10–Sunday, February 12, 2017.
The CYBERIA Film Festival is the first conventionally-styled filmfest to be held in a Virtual Reality environment. CYBERIA seeks to explore a new frontier in cinema appreciation, reaching across the globe to bring together an audience as diverse as its content.
To date, online festivals presenting conventional 2D films have utilized an unstructured, video-on-demand format, isolating the audience members from one another, except for the ability to leave text comments regarding a film. Other festivals, featuring Virtual and Augmented Reality content, have adopted the “Tech Conference” model, holding their events in convention centers, which offer ample opportunity to socialize–but only for those able to attend in person. Conceived by a team with well over a decade of experience producing film festivals in real life, CYBERIA joins forces with AltspaceVR to create a festival-going experience unlike any other.
This weekend catch a screening of over 38 short films presented entirely in virtual reality.
VR social platform AltspaceVR has teamed up with veteran film festival organizers Cyberia to generously bring us an impressively-packed independent short film festival this weekend. The really cool part however, is that the whole vent will be conducted within virtual reality.
Taking place today through Sunday, the Cyberia Film Festival is making history as the first conventionally-styled film fest to be held entirely in virtual reality. After registering over at Cyberia Film Festival in VR (100% free), users will be instructed on how to access this weekend’s screening of 38 short films collected from across the globe using a VR headset such as the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive or Samsung Gear VR. If attendees don’t have access to a head-mounted display, they can simply view the experience on a standard desktop in 2D.
The films will be shown to the audience on giant HD monitors within the AltspaceVR virtual platform, much like how the software’s users normally enjoy their video content. While conversations between attendees will be muted during actual screenings to allow for a pleasant viewing experience, the audience will be allowed to discuss their opinions with each other in-between the films all without taking off their headsets. According to the festival’s schedule, which i’ll include below, a film is set to screen every hour or quarter hour depending on the individual lengths. A moderated Q&A with the filmmakers will also be conducted following each screening. I’m assuming this will all be done with the host and interviewees each taking control of their own Altspace Avatar’s.