The two-day State of the Art Technology Showcase: Innovation and Immersive Storytelling at AFI FEST 2016 presented by Audi, will feature a selection of 360-degree, VR and immersive short film experiences.

“There is a new generation of ambitious storytellers who are building innovative narratives, and worlds and immersive experiences with cutting-edge technology whose work we want to showcase at AFI FEST,” said Jacqueline Lyanga, Director, AFI FEST. “We’re going to be presenting work from creative leaders in the field, from companies like Dark Corner Studios, Felix & Paul Studios, Google Spotlight Stories, Here Be Dragons, Oculus Story Studio, Penrose Studios, Wevr and more.”

The third edition of the Showcase will take place Saturday, November 12, and Sunday, November 13, throughout locations in The Hollywood Roosevelt, and will include panel discussions with leading artists, interactive installations and VR stations accessible to festival attendees for a hands-on experience of this latest technology.

Special guests and panelists at the Showcase include: Kim Adams, Oculus Story Studio senior producer and RAIN OR SHINE producer; Tuna Bora, production designer of PEARL; Daniel Burwen, Director of Experience at Jaunt VR; Eugene Chung, director of ALLUMETTE; Karen Dufilho-Rosen, executive producer at Google Spotlight Stories; Rainer Gombos, Emmy®-winning visual effects supervisor and founder of production company REALTRA; James Kaelan, Seed&Spark creative director; Oscar® winner Patrick Osborne, director of PEARL; Jan Pinkava, creative director of Google Spotlight Stories; and more.


GOOGLE SPOTLIGHT STORIES CASE STUDY: PEARL and RAIN OR SHINE – A conversation about development and production with the creative talent behind two of Google’s latest projects, PEARL and RAIN OR SHINE.

IMMERSIVE STORYTELLING: BUILDING ANIMATED WORLDS – A conversation about the cutting-edge animation used in VR content between creators from Google and Oculus Story Studio and the VR experiences ALLUMETTE and GNOMES & GOBLINS.

IMMERSIVE STORYTELLING: GENRE EXPANDS INTO VR – Join the Dark Corner Studios creators, Seed&Spark creative director James Kaelan and others who have brought genre stories to the immersive VR space.

VR AND 360° CAMERA RIG WORKSHOP – A conversation about the camera systems and rigs that filmmakers use to shoot and edit VR content, with cameras and rigs included from Dark Corner Studios, Here Be Dragons, Jaunt One, Radiant Images and REALTRA.


ALLUMETTE – An intimate tale about the love between a mother and her child as well as the sacrifices people are willing to make for the greater good. DIR Eugene Chung. Penrose Studios.

BURLAP – Step inside the lair of a lonely and disturbed killer as he comes closer than ever to completing his masterpiece. DIR Justin Denton. Dark Corner Studios.

CATATONIC – An immersive journey through an insane asylum in which the audience, bound to a wheelchair, undergoes a sensory-shocking horror thrill ride. DIR Guy Shelmerdine. Dark Corner Studios; Here Be Dragons.

GNOMES & GOBLINS – Take a first step into the interactive fantasy world of Jon Favreau’s GNOMES & GOBLINS and its many realms and denizens. Created by Jon Favreau. Wevr.

HARD WORLD FOR SMALL THINGS – A narrative exploration of the circumstances and lives affected by a single tragedy in Los Angeles. DIR Janicza Bravo. Seed&Spark; Wevr.

HENRY – This brilliantly animated delight takes you inside the world of a lonesome but lovable hedgehog. DIR Ramiro Lopez Dau. Oculus Story Studio.

KÀ THE BATTLE WITHIN – Designed as an epic VR Cirque du Soleil show, the world of KÀ THE BATTLE WITHIN is an adventure of heroism and martial arts. DIRS/SCRS François Blouin, Félix Lajeunesse, Paul Raphaël. Felix & Paul Studios.

LOVR – A story of love, told through neural activity captured over four seconds. DIR Aaron Bradbury. Luniere.

MULE – A thrilling, emotional journey through the last moments of a man’s life. Choose your ending — do you want to be buried or cremated? DIR Guy Shelmerdine. Dark Corner Studios.

NOTES ON BLINDNESS – An immersive VR experience based on one man’s sensory and psychological experience of blindness. DIRS Arnaud Colinart, Amaury La Burthe, Peter Middleton, James Spinney. Ex Nihilo; ARTE France; AudioGaming; Archer’s Mark.

PEARL – Set inside their home, a beloved hatchback, PEARL follows a girl and her dad as they crisscross the country chasing their dreams. From Academy Award®-winning director Patrick Osborne comes a story about the gifts we hand down and their power to carry love, and about finding grace in the unlikeliest of places. DIR Patrick Osborne. Google Spotlight Stories.

RAIN OR SHINE – It’s a perfect summer day in London; the sun is shining, the birds are singing, there’s a spring in everybody’s step and Ella is determined to wear her new sunglasses. What could possibly go wrong? DIR Felix Massie. Google Spotlight Stories.

THROUGH THE AGES: PRESIDENT OBAMA CELEBRATES AMERICA’S NATIONAL PARKS – President Obama guides us on a wondrous and transporting journey to Yosemite as he honors the National Parks Service Centennial. DIRS Félix Lajeunesse, Paul Raphaël. Felix & Paul Studios.

TILT BRUSH – A stunning drawing tool that lets you paint life-size brush strokes in a 3D space. Google.

THEBLU – A three-part immersive encounter with undersea life. DIR Jake Rowell. Wevr.

THE VISITOR – A short horror experience about an unexpected visitor knocking on your door. DIRS James Kaelan, Blessing Yen. Seed&Spark.

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