Title: Born Into Exile
DIR: Charlotte Windle Mikkelborg
Country: Jordan/UK/Spain | RT:8m17s
Production Company: Picture This Productions
The film follows two pregnant Syrian refugee women, living in Zaatari refugee camp, Jordan, in the week leading up to the births of their babies. The film highlights the fact that 500 pregnant women and girls die daily in crisis situations because of complications in pregnancy and childbirth. The film has recently had private launches at the ‘Women Deliver’ conference in Copenhagen, the first ‘World Humanitarian Summit’ in Istanbul and most recently in the US Houses of Congress, with the result that a decision was made to commit more money to the United Nations Population Fund, whose remit is to deliver a world where every childbirth is safe.
Charlotte Windle Mikkelborg is a filmmaker and virtual reality journalist. She’s particularly interested in the question of whether and to what extent VR heightens empathy. Previously BBC China Correspondent, Charlotte has been running Picture This Productions since 2009. Turning ideas into powerful films that help change the world, Picture This Productions has made 40+ short docs, animations and interactive projects of global social relevance for clients including the United Nations and several of the world’s leading NGOs, helping them inform and influence governments and key decision makers. Several of these films have been re-versioned for broadcast including for Channel Four’s Foreign film Fund. Charlotte has also directed/produced a handful of feature length films, which have garnered awards including the Grand Jury Prize at SXSW and the Silver Hugo at the Chicago Film Festival. Born into Exile is Charlotte’s first 360 film.
The FIVARS virtual and augmented reality stories festival will be dropping down into the very heart of Toronto in the very heart of the largest conference and expo in the industry on the Eastern seaboard June 25th through 27th 2016. The conference and expo, run by Constant Change Media Group Inc, which controls VRTO – one of Toronto’s largest VR Meetup groups, hosts Intensive Training in 360 video production, VR authoring, hacking the Metaverse (web VR) plus two days and two tracks of conferences, panels, discussions and keynotes from such luminaries as Brett Leonard (director of Lawnmower Man and Virtuosity), Philip Lelyveld director of VR program at Entertainment Technology program and at University of Southern California USC) and speakers from across North America and beyond.
The FIVARS pavilion, a specially ticketed event, features the same proprietary NoLine ticketing system and will showcase a preview custom selection from the 2016 programme, including several world premieres and new technological approaches to immersive storytelling.
For more information visit the Expo’s official site at http://conference.virtualreality.to
Happy Birthday, or the beginning of the end…
It all starts as a Happy Birthday, everything is normal as you go about your day, until everything begins to go very… very… wrong!
DIR: Hans Kristian Bergan and Bendik Krause
Hamar, Norway | RT: 4m17s
Production Company: Making View AS
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