Virtual Reality at the 75th Annual Venice Film Festival

Seven standout selections demonstrating the scope of the filmic art form

On a Venetian island named Lazzaretto Vecchio (aka VR Island) the Venice Film Festival‘s virtual reality division showcases and honors advancements in the cinematic medium, both immersive and linear. For the second annual Venice Virtual Reality program, 30 works were selected from roughly 250—a rising number that reflects the importance of film festivals with regard to VR storytelling. And, as expected from the prestigious event, it’s hard to find a roster as …

Venice Film Festival Introduces a Virtual Reality Competition

A roster of works announce the prestigious festival's commitment to VR storytelling

It comes as no surprise to learn of the continued artistic application of virtual reality. And to witness film festivals like Sundance or Tribeca embracing the technologically-driven storytelling medium only makes sense. But when one hears that a more traditional institution such as the Venice Film Festival, now in its 74th year, will be hosting a VR competition, it’s clear we’ve reached a tipping point …