FIVARS in FALL 2022 Official Selections

FIVARS in FALL 2022 Laurels
FIVARS proudly presents the Fall 2022 Official Selections. All are in competition and eligible for People’s Choice in Best Interactive or Passive Experience, Jury Prize and Impact Award.
A Greenwood MassA Greenwood Mass / Offeren Y Llwyn
Director: Tracy Spottiswoode
Country: Wales, United Kingdom | RT: 16m 20s

You are invited to a strange and surreal ceremony in an ancient church on the coast of south Wales, but is this liminal Gothic fairytale ritual a wedding or a funeral – or something in between?

The SoloistAlex Honnold : The Soloist VR
Director: Jonathan Griffith
Country: United Kingdom, France | RT: 1h

Join renowned rock climber, Alex Honnold, as he takes you on a tour of his soloing grounds in the US and new objectives in Europe.

Antigone's of the pandemicAntigone’s of the Pandemic
Director: Miranda Lakerveld, Siavash Naghshbandi
Country: Netherlands | RT: 51m 5s

The heroes that fought for dignified burials.
Part One: Indonesia – A Prayer for Protection
Part Two: India – The Mystery of Life and Death
Part Three: Middle East and North Africa – A Place to Mourn

Beyond the Milky WayBeyond the Milky Way
Director: Briege Whitehead
Country: Australia | RT: 26m 35s

Experience the greatest scientific endeavour in history as you step onto Australia’s future site for the incredible SKA telescope and journey to the edges of the Universe in spectacular 360° virtual reality.

Blood RelationsBlood Relations
Director: Analee Weinberger with Dpt.
Country: Canada, Israel | RT: 18m

Blood Relations is a whimsical VR documentary about an adopted child and a quest to solve an ancestral mystery.

Castle of UnknowingCastle of Unknowing
Director: Damian Thorn-Hauswirth
Country: United States | RT: 5m 55s

Enter into a virtual reality surrealist allegory, where the viewer explores themes of suffering and transformation.

Director: Christopher Boulton
Country: United States | RT: 10m

An immersive trip across time and space that compresses sixty years of scientific imagination and invites you to feel them all at once.

David Attenborough's First LifeDavid Attenborough’s First Life
Director: Elliot Graves, Matthew Baker-Jones
Country: United Kingdom, United States | RT: 11m 18s

Journey back 3.5 billion years with David Attenborough and witness the origins of life on our planet in Virtual Reality. With world-leading paleontological research and breakthroughs in CGI technology, First Life presents a new milestone for beautiful natural history storytelling while raising the bar for quality in mobile VR headsets.

Director: Mengtai Zhang, Lemon Guo
Country: United States | RT: 30m

In China, internet gaming is described as “electronic heroin” and many parents of suspected internet addicts send them to re-education camps. One of them was the director of this VR experience that places you at the center of his haunting experiences.

Flowing with FireFlowing With Fire
Director: Michael Gabriele, Morgan Jenkins
Country: United States | RT: 8m 15s

Los Angeles Flow Artists spin fire as a means to make deeper connections with themselves and the world around them.

Iago: The Green Eyed Monster
Director: Josh Nelson Youssef, Mary Chieffo, Camila Morturano, Julian Dorado
Country: United States | RT: 4m

Iago: The Green Eyed Monster is an original ~ 4-minute high-energy musical prequel to a futuristic take on Shakespeare’s Othello that explores the psychology and origin story of the notorious villain Iago reimagined as a woman.

Ion PosterIon
Director: Marek Slipek
Country: Germany | RT: 5m 36s

Ion describes the processing procedure of a digital machine condensed into rhythmic patterns.

Kingdom of PlantsKingdom of Plants with David Attenborough
Director: Iona McEwan
Country: United Kingdom, United States | RT: 4m 45s

Welcome to the Kingdom of Plants; a 3-part VR 180 series that lets you immerse yourself in the otherwise hidden lives of plants. Follow David Attenborough deep into this savage world and witness together the desperate battles, beauty, and sacrifices plants make to ensure the survival of their species.

Tale of OnogoroThe Tale of Onogoro
Director: Hiromichi Takahashi, Hiroyo Matsuyama, Tetsuya Watanabe
Country: Japan | RT: 10m

“Save the world with Haru, a shrine maiden who quells “Kami!” Haru has summoned you to Onogoro Island, a floating island in a parallel world. Together, you must solve sprawling puzzles and defeat giant beasts called “Kami” that are blocking your path. The Tale of Onogoro was created by producer/director Hiromichi Takahashi and the development team behind the VR Escape-the-Room game Last Labyrinth.

Director: Ryan Griffen
Country: Australia | RT: 32m 30s

Life is hard. Life after death is harder.

Munich72Munich 72
Director: Matthias Leitner; Eva Deinert
Country: Germany | RT: 20m

München 72 – A documentary experience in virtual reality on the 50 anniversary of the Olympic Games and their tragic events․

Director: Kevin Mack
Country: United States | RT: 55m

Namuanki is an ancient aquatic oasis from the distant future.

Off RailOffRail
Director: Ari Tarr
Country: United States | RT: 45m

“The AI Theme Park of the Future, where nothing can go worng”

Director: Carly Lave
Country: Germany | RT: 8m

Paar is an immersive dance experience split between dual bodies and theaters.

Nyssa Reimagined HeroReimagined Volume I: Nyssa
Director: Julie Cavaliere
Country: United States | RT: 15m

After losing her best friend/broom, a precocious young witch is guided by her familiar spirit through the depths of the dark migration where she must learn about fear and how to harness it in order to protect her village from the wrath of the evil Teemencaag.

Star StuffStar-Stuff: a way for the universe to know itself
Director: John Desnoyers-Stewart
Country: Canada | RT: 8m

Star-Stuff: a way for the universe to know itself is an immersive experience that transforms you into constellations and lets you play with the stars with another galaxy.

Stories of HomeStories of Home
Director: Parul Wadhwa
Country: United States | RT: 10m 5s

Stories of Home VR depicts three unique personal narratives of “home” as place, memory, object and experience told by three immigrant and refugee women. These are narratives of stories of hope, resilience, and belonging in the United States.

Director: Gina Kim
Country: South Korea | RT: 12m 30s

TEARLESS moves through the haunting spaces of “Monkey House,” a medical prison established to isolate US military comfort women with STDs in South Korea.

The Fortune TellerThe Fortune Teller
Director: Brian Thomas Abraham- Director, Chris Orsi- Director of Photography
Country: United States | RT: 4m 31s

A fortune teller who’s down on her luck mistakenly summons the ghost of her ex-husband, revealing the secrets that spell her doom.

The Home WithinThe Home Within
Director: David Smith
Country: United States | RT: 14m 26s

An Appalachian VR experience about movement, music and place.

Alien RescueThe MetaMovie Presents: Alien Rescue
Director: Jason Moore
Country: United States | RT: 1h 15m

Alien Rescue is a live virtual reality experience where you play a role in an interactive movie.

Director: Malia Bruker
Country: United States | RT: 11m 20s

Starting as isolated individuals grappling with the effects of trauma, dancers create a ritual space to move together in solidarity.

Tricycle Bicycle Cycle Out of ContextTricycle Bicycle Cycle “Out of Context”
Director: Ryan Schmal Murray
Country: United States | RT: 3m 27s

Made up of multiple fragmented and collaged clips filmed during the recording of their new EP, this psychedelic 360 music video captures the garage rock spirit of indie band Tricycle Bicycle Cycle.

We Should Meet in AirWe Should Meet in Air
Director: Stepy Kamei, Erik Blair
Country: United States | RT: 30m

An interactive conversation with poet Sylvia Plath on her 30th (last) birthday.

Webby's Wonder World - posterWebby’s Wonder World
Director: Nataliya Velykanova
Country: France | RT: 16m 40s

Webby’s Wonder World is an artistic journey into the eccentric virtual world: an immersive and fun game-like experience for newbies and young generations about ethical issues on the internet and in the metaverse.

When Pixels Were Precious
Director: Jacquelyn Morie
Country: United States | RT: 15m

A nostalgic look at the early experimental days of computer graphics made on an Apple II computer as related by the creator.