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2021 Sundance Film Festival’s New Frontier Selection Revealed

"Fortune !" by Brett Gaylor, Nicolas Bourniquel and Arnaud Colinart - Atlas V, Arte France and the National Film Board of Canada

Since its launch, the Sundance Film Festival’s New Frontier has served as a showcase for dynamic, innovative work at the crossroads of film, art, and technology -- and 2021 is no exception, with 14 works in the program.

For the first time ever, adventurous audiences around the world will be given the chance to engage with the works, the artists, and each other via a bespoke virtual platform, accessible via computer and VR headsets. The New Frontier Gallery hosts the complete slate of live performances, AR, VR, and other emerging media works. Cinema House is the Festival’s fully immersive, big-screen theater, and Film Party is an interactive social space where the entire community of accredited Festivalgoers can safely gather together again. The environment also features interactive tools such as proximity audio and video chat.

This year, 2 French co-produced immersive experiences are part of the Selection:

4 Feet High VR (Argentina, France)

Juana, a 17-year-old wheelchair user, aims to explore her sexuality but is ashamed of her body. Trying to find her place in a new high school, she will go through failure, friendship, fear and politics until she builds her own pride

Lead Artists: María Belén Poncio, Rosario Perazolo Masjoan, Damian Turkieh, Ezequiel Lenardón

Key Collaborators: Marie Blondiaux (Red Corner), Marcos Rostagno, Eugenia Foguel, Matias Benedetti, Manuel Yeri, Martin Lopez Funes, Guillermo Mena

Cast: Marisol Agostina Irigoyen, Florencia Licera, Marcio Ramses, Natalia Di Cienzo, Francisca Spinotti.

Fortune! (France, Canada)

Money, from bills to coins, has no intrinsic value beyond what we’ve collectively agreed to grant it. However, there’s no denying that money governs our lives. This series of animated documentary shorts in AR for smartphones, tablets and social media platforms, explores that relationship.

Lead Artists: Brett Gaylor, Nicolas Bourniquel, Arnaud Colinart (Atlas V)

Key Collaborators: Marianne Lévy-Leblond (Arte), Rob McLaughlin, Dash Spielgeman, Rolito, Clement Chériot

Cast: Frank Bourassa

For the full film selection click here