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Joy Sorman & Catherine Lacey in Conversation ONLINE EVENT Albertine Bookstore/French Embassy
Oct 17
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Joy Sorman & Catherine Lacey in Conversation ONLINE EVENT Albertine Bookstore/French Embassy

French Immersion

The United States represent a vivid market for festivals and institutions likely to select or program immersive projects and stories.

MAJOR US FESTIVALS FOR NEW MEDIA

  • South by Southwest / SXSW

Austin, Texas – March 

The Virtual Cinema section was created in 2017 and is divided between 360° Video et Room-Scale projects. The French producers we support can also be nominated for the Interactive innovation awards (among them, a VR & AR category and a Visual Media Experience category) or for the Gaming section.

France is visible on SXSW through the French Tech organization, and Business France (Trade Show, French Tech House…)

SXSW Virtual Cinema
SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards
SXSW Gaming


  • Sundance New Frontier

Park City, Utah – January / February 

The New Frontier selection has been created in 2007 and focuses on fiction or non-fiction projects: multimedia installations, transmedia narrations, virtual reality experiences, performances or movies.

Sundance New Frontier


  • Tribeca Film Festival

New York, New York – April 

The interactive productions have their own category since 2012 (the Tribeca Storyscapes section) and in 2016 was created a section dedicated to VR (the Virtual Arcade section). Since 2017, the Tribeca Film Festival was also extended to videogames with the Tribeca Games festival.

The Cultural Services of the French Embassy initiated in 2016 a partnership with Storyscapes and the Virtual Arcade (VR-demo event and cocktail at the Embassy during the Festival).

Tribeca Film Festival Immersive Section

FILM FESTIVALS SPECIALIZING IN VR

  • Chicago International Film Festival

Chicago, Illinois – October 

Immersive Cinema - Virtual Reality is taking hold as a powerful new method of storytelling—engulfing viewers in worlds and human experiences in unique and transformative ways. Come experience VR for yourself!

Industry Days is the Chicago International Film Festival’s hub for filmmakers and industry professionals to connect, share ideas and inspire each other.  Industry Days program will include workshops on financing, distribution, documentary storytelling, and screenwriting; conversations about music and film, women in the industry, and virtual reality; as well as networking events and a competitive pitch session.

Chicago International Film Festival – Immersive Cinema
Chicago International Film Festival – Industry Days


  • Cinequest

San Jose, California – March 

Cinequest Film Festival brings together the Silicon Valley's technologies and innovation with cinema. Created in 2017 Cinequest VR, the VR section of the festival, represents each year the most established names in VR – including Oculus, Google, Samsung, HTC, Unity, Wevr, Baobab, Penrose – as well as many buzz-worthy up-and-comers.

Cinequest Film & Creativity Festival - Vritual Reality Experience


  • Filmgate Miami

Miami, Florida – Date to be determined

The only interactive festival in the Southeastern United States was created in 2012 and is held each year.

Filmgate Miami

 

FESTIVALS DEDICATED TO DIGITAL PRODUCTIONS

  • Future of Storytelling

Staten Island, New York – June 

This festival was created in 2016 and follows a 2-days professional summit. It programs all kinds of interactive experiences : installations, VR projects, AR projects…

FoST festival


  • Games for Change Festival

New York, New York – July 

The Games for Change Festival highlights the groundbreaking work that has been done in the G4C community in the last decade and a half. Explore how VR/AR/MR technologies are offering radical new ways to create social impact. The G4C Festival offers three expertly curated tracks of panels, talks and workshops around emerging sectors in the impact games field : Civic & Social issues ; Games for Learning Summit ; Neurogaming & Health.

Games for Change Festival