5 VR Works for BIAF 2022

From the Main Square VR animation project

The 24th Bucheon International Animation Festival(BIAF2022) released 5 selected films in the VR category. The number of films was reduced to five from eleven of the previous year; however, the overall selection became even more varied, with entries from Brazil to China.

The full lineup:

From The Main Square, Pedro HARRES, Germany/Brazil
Encircling a central square, a new town emerges in all its diversity. A crossroad of stories, buildings, hopes, and conflicts. Social ties and cultures take root. People nurture sympathy and care for their equals, but also animosity towards those who are different.

Thank You for Sharing Your World, SAKUDO Yu, Japan

Takashi lost his eyesight in grade school. Though he can recreate the world in his mind, he is losing interest with fewer things to enjoy. He had a friend, Shinji, who was autistic. One day, Shinji invites him to a steam locomotive ceremony.

Midnight Story, Antonin NICLASS, United Kingdom/Swiss/France

An old lady is waiting for the last coach in a sad station. Looking for distraction, she starts observing the lonely travellers. Suddenly the pigeons manage to create a connection between them all.

Reimagined Volume I: Nyssa, Julie CAVALIERE, USA

This female led, directed, and produced anthology series will take the audience into a new kind of storybook by showcasing lesser-known fables, mythology, and folklore in a gender-inclusive experience.

Diagnosia, ZHANG Mengtai, USA/China

“Diagnosia” portrays the director's memories of being incarcerated in a military- operated Internet addiction camp in Beijing in 2007.

BIAF is the first Korean film festival to add VR category to international competition. One among the five selected high-profile VR films, will win the Best VR, Jury Prize.Some of the winning films of the category are: 2019 'Age of Sail' also nominated for an Academy Award for Animated Shorts, 2020 'Ghost in the Shell' of Production I.G, and 2021 'The Hangman at Home' directed by Michelle Kranot and Uri Kranot.

BIAF2022 will be held from October 21 to 25, 2022. In Bucheon, South Korea.

(central image: From The Main Square, Pedro Harres)

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