The Virtual Reality Works of United Nations Creative Director, Gabo Arora

Immersive shorts and a dedicated app from a filmmaker holding an uncommon position

One might not be aware of the fact that the United Nations has a Creative Director. And yet, Gabo Arora, the first person to hold such a title, is doing everything in his power to change that. From immersive, film-festival quality content to a dedicated app employing virtual reality functionality, Arora’s contributions have already made a creative impact—and a financial one, as well. Arora has …

Virtual Reality Highlights from the 2019 Venice Film Festival

Four selections that run the stylistic, technical and narrative gamut of VR films today

Only the prestigious Venice International Film Festival would dedicate an island to virtual reality programming. This year, Lazzaretto Vecchio (otherwise known as VR Island) once again hosts Venice Virtual Reality—which, upon launch in 2017, was the world’s first-ever international film festival VR competition. Last year’s 75th annual festival presented a milestone VR slate. For 76th event, the division’s co-curators Liz Rosenthal and Michel Reilhac selected …

Sundance Film Festival 2018: New Frontier Immersive Works

VR, AR and more developments in the future of storytelling

With more than two dozen virtual and augmented reality projects, as well as exhibitions and more traditionally formatted filmic work, New Frontier commenced last week at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. In its 12th annual iteration, New Frontier and its cutting-edge roster of programming continue to be a declaration of advancements in many future-forward storytelling platforms. Much of what we have observed through New Frontier …