In a move that has become commonplace over the last few months, the Cannes XR 2020 event which was to be held alongside the Cannes Film Festival is moving online. Now called Cannes XR Virtual, the digital festival will be host by the Museum of Other Realities in June.
Remaining committed to its support of the XR community, the Marché du Film – Festival de Cannes wants to remain a place where professionals from across the industry can remotely come together to help shape its future.
Cannes XR Virtual will be made available across a variety of platforms. Anyone with a virtual reality (VR) headset can step into the Museum of Other Realities (MOR) from 24th June to 3rd July, the app supporting VR headsets on Steam, Viveport, or Oculus.
There will also be a 2D live video stream shot inside MOR featuring conferences, pitching sessions and project presentations. A selection of 360 cinematic experiences will be showcased on the VeeR platform plus those without a headset will be able to go to select locations in several major cities across the US, China and France.
“It is a very special edition. After having prepared for a promising edition in Cannes, where for the first time we would have expanded the VR to the Palm Beach, we had to reinvent Cannes XR and find a way to put it online,” said Jérôme Paillard, Executive Director of the Marché du Film in a statement. “I’m very impressed to see how fast, with our spectacular team and our wonderful partners, it has been possible to build a totally new concept where we will be able to show worldwide, and with optimal quality, the VR experiences that we were expecting to show in Cannes”.
“The MOR is a perfect place to host an ambitious and stylistically challenging event like Cannes XR,” adds Robin Stethem, Co-founder of the Museum of Other Realities. “Creating a virtual venue that can host numerous showcases, VR arcades, 360 cinemas and networking spaces where some of the finest global digital players can meet and interact is what we love to do. The MOR is a place to connect, share, and experience virtual reality art with others, and so we hope everyone who is interested in XR creation will join us for the virtual edition of Cannes XR.”
To create a diverse programme Cannes XR Virtual has collaborated with Tribeca Film Festival and Kaleidoscope who will be curating their own showcases.
The professional side of Cannes XR Virtual will only be open to those registered with the Marché du Film Online. Accreditations open 12th May at an early bird rate of €95 EUR until 29th May and €195 thereafter.
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