Kaohsiung Film Festival touts immersive entries

Kaohsiung,  The annual Kaohsiung Film Festival will include a segment that features 3D animation, augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), mixed reality, motion platform or interactive elements, when it opens in mid-October, the organizers said Saturday.

In the festival’s XR Dreamland segment, seven films will be screened, two of which were made in Japan, the organizers said in a statement.

The Japanese entries are “Last Dance” — a 3D animation — and “Ghost in the Shell: Ghost Chaser,” a VR film that requires the audience to sit on a motion platform that creates a sense of movement along the storyline, according to the statement.

Two of the productions in that segment were made in Taiwan and feature VR and theater, it said.

In “The Great Tipsy: Next Stop,” the audience will have the opportunity to interact with real-life actors, while “Chroma: A Derek Jarman Project,” directed by Baboo Liao (廖俊逞), explores the experience of the late British director’s gradual loss of eyesight due to AIDS, the statement said.

The XR program also includes two interactive AR films — “Tónandi,” which features the Icelandic band Sigur Rós, and “Florence,” an animated fantasy released by an Australian games studio, the festival organizers said.

Meanwhile, the VR film “The Dawn of Art,” directed by Pierre Zandrowicz, will take the audience to the prehistoric rock art site of the Chauvet Cave in France, according to the statement.

The festival will also screen five films created under the Kaohsiung VR FILM LAB project, it said.

Earlier in the week, the organizers published the full list of entries that will be screened Oct. 16 to Nov. 1, including the opening and closing films, both of which will premiere at the festival.

The festival will open with “Be Alive Just Like You” directed by Lai Meng-jie (賴孟傑), which takes an in depth look at disadvantaged families, and will close with Kaohsiung director Tsai Chia-ying’s (蔡佳穎) debut feature, a sci-fi thriller called “Visitors.”

New and classic films from home and abroad will be screened, with a focus on films made in Kaohsiung, and the festival will also pay tribute to late French film director Jacques Rivette in a dedicated program, the organizers said.


Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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