In an event that the organisers claim will be the largest virtual reality (VR) film event in Asia will form part of the Busan International Film Festival in South Korea.
The event, titled VR Cinema in BIFF will be screening over 30 VR films from all over the world, using exclusive screening space at the Busan Cinema Centre. Using a combination of 360-degree film and true VR experiences, VR Cinema in BIFF will be showcasing a VR Cinema as one of the event highlights, supplied by Barunson Co. The organisers of BIFF hope that the VR cinema will be a long-term project, not just a temporary structure for the duration of the festival.
That isn’t the only VR-related event taking place in Busan, however, as a VR Conference will also be held during the Busan International Film Festival as part of the Asian Film Market, which will run from 14th-17th October.
Several of the film industries biggest festivals have already begun hosting VR films, including the world famous Cannes Film Festival and Tribeca Film Festival. The organisers of the BIFF believe that VR will emerge as one of the major influences on the future of cinema as a whole.
“The merging of virtual reality technology and cinema is natural and complementary, a beneficial effort,” said actress Kang Soo-youn, BIFF’s executive director. “It is very important to think about what new horizons virtual reality can open up for Korean cinema, and which direction it will take us.”
Daniel Kang, C.E.O. of Barunson Co. also commented that: “VR is very suitable to combine culture contents. It is a highly valuable technology which can create new markets in diverse fields.”
The Busan International Film Festival will be held from 12th-21st October. Further information can be found at the BIFF official website.
VRFocus will continue to report on upcoming VR-related events.