The Australian Virtual Reality Film Festival returning to Brisbane Powerhouse

By - CTL
August 14, 2018

Returning to the Brisbane Powerhouse after a sell out first year in 2017, the Australian Virtual Reality Film Festival (AVRFF), from August 21st-26th the festival will showcase virtual reality (VR) films that are guaranteed to whisk audiences away with immersive storytelling and abstract worlds.

AVRFF is a leading festival showcasing creative works utilising VR technology, and the only event focusing on VR storytelling in Australia. Selections of short films, music videos and documentaries, which integrate the use of virtual reality technology, are selected by a multidisciplinary curatorial panel to showcase the work of the next generation of filmmakers. AVRFF allows artists to present their work in a space that promotes creative development and industry discussion, as well as the capabilities that currently reside around innovative forward thinking and the continuous advancement in Virtual Reality technology.

After a sold out inaugural event last year be sure to get in quick and secure your spot to ensure you don’t miss out on a truly immersive digital storytelling experience!

Festival Director Lincoln Savage said there is huge potential of utilising Virtual Reality Technology for creative storytelling.

“This years program provides a diverse snapshot of the latest creative works being developed using VR technology from across the world,” said Mr Savage. “The immersive potential of the latest VR technology systems are being experimented with by artists and filmmakers around the world, learning as they go, these systems have not been available to creators until recently with exciting innovative new works now emerging.”

The opening night event is catered for industry creatives and professionals along with the curious public keen to experience creative works produced for the latest in VR technology. AVRFF opening night will showcase keynote speaker Stuart Campbell also known as Sutu; illustrator, interactive designer and writer, best known for​ ​Nawlz​, a 24 episode interactive cyberpunk comic book series. Sutu has developed multimedia installations for the Australian National Museum and designed pilot training programs for the Australian Defence Force. His work has won Webby, FWA, ATOM and JMAF awards. As this years AVRFF keynote, Sutu will be sharing his knowledge and approach to the art of VR storytelling. He is also the illustration artist behind one of the VR films in the program this year, Inside Manus. Sutu will also be in conversation on the panel discussion joined leading VR visionaries discussing the medium and its place in the arts.

DATE: August 21st – August 26th

VENUE: Brisbane Powerhouse, Turbine Theatre


Industry panel discussion members include:

●  Sutu (Stuart Campbell) – ​Virtual Reality artist

●  Benjamin Richards ​- Director of Creative Development & Innovation for Cutting Edge

●  Rodney Robins -​ Architect and Founder of ImmersePort and ExtremeVR

●  Ali Cameron -​ Director, filmmaker and photographer

●  Jaymis Loveday -​ VR video director and creative technologist

●  Charles Henden – ​CEO of Visitor Vision

●  Michelle Brown – ​Brisbane Artist and Content Maker

●  Lincoln Savage -​ Festival Director

Film Festival Screenings: Tuesday 21st – Sunday 26th August:

● Inside Manus (2017)

●  Biidaaban (2018)

●  A Thin Black Line (2017)

●  Rone (2018)

●  In Memory (2017)

●  Take Every Wave (2017)

●  Dinner Party (2018)

●  Sun Ladies (2018)

●  Sergent James (2018)

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