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NFB offers a foray into virtual reality with four immersive works at the REGARD Festival in Saguenay
March 8, 2016 – Vancouver – National Film Board of Canada (NFB)
The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) invites audiences to sample four of its VR productions at the 20th REGARD Festival, taking place March 16 to 20, 2016, in Saguenay, Quebec. Viewers can plunge into the virtual-reality memories of a WWI photographer or perhaps try their hand at making life-and-death decisions on board a self-driving car in the following immersive works, which will be presented on Saturday, March 19, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the festival’s Espace NFB in the Hôtel Chicoutimi: Loïc Suty’s The Unknown Photographer ( Turbulent/NFB), Vincent Morisset’s Way to Go (NFB/ France Télévisions/ AATOAA), Munro Ferguson’s Minotaur (NFB) and Vincent McCurley’s Cardboard Crash (NFB). In addition to these VR titles, all of which have received an enthusiastic response on the national and international festival circuit, the festival is screening a strong and varied lineup of NFB short documentary and animated films.
Works at the Espace NFB
- The Unknown Photographer by Loïc Suty (Turbulent)
Co-produced by Claire Buffet (Turbulent) and Louis-Richard Tremblay (NFB)
Executive producers: Marc Beaudet and Benoit Beauséjour (Turbulent), Hugues Sweeney (NFB)
A virtual-reality plunge into the fragmented memories of a First World War photographer. The 20-minute work was showcased at the Montreal International Documentary Festival (Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal – RIDM) and IDFA DocLab in Amsterdam in 2015 and at Sundance and the Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois in 2016.
For more information on The Unknown Photographer, visit nfb.ca/theunknownphotographer to view a short film by Bertrand Carrière along with documentary vignettes.
- Way to Go by Vincent Morisset
Created by Vincent Morisset, Philippe Lambert, Édouard Lanctôt-Benoit and Caroline Robert of Studio AATOAA
Produced by Hugues Sweeney (NFB) and co-produced by Boris Razon (France Télévisions) and AATOAA
Equal parts open-world game and modern-day poetry in motion, Way to Go artfully blends hand-made animation, 360-degree video-capture technology and pure webGL sorcery to create a virtual walk in the woods. This technicolor, shamanistic world can be found in Web and WebVR versions at a-way-to-go.com.
Following its launch at Sundance in 2015, Way to Go has garnered a number of Canadian and international awards, including the Favourite Website Awards (FWA) 2015 People’s Choice Award.
- Minotaur by Munro Ferguson
Producer: Marcy Page (NFB)
RV producer: Jelena Popovic (NFB)
An abstract depiction of the journey of the mythical hero toward death and rebirth. Featuring original music by Kid Koala and originally created in SANDDE, the world’s first freehand stereoscopic 3D animation software, then adapted for VR immersion.
World premiere at the Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois 2016.
- Cardboard Crash by Vincent McCurley
Produced by Loc Dao (NFB)
In a world of AI and self-driving cars, who determines the ethics algorithm for handling life-or-death emergency situations? In Cardboard Crash, the user is slowed down to “bullet time,” becoming the computer, and forced to confront a hard decision for which there is plenty of data but no easy answer.
Previewed at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival in Beta mode.
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About the NFB
The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) creates groundbreaking interactive works, social-issue documentaries and auteur animation. The NFB has produced over 13,000 productions and won over 5,000 awards, including 14 Canadian Screen Awards, 11 Webbys, 12 Oscars and more than 90 Genies. To access acclaimed NFB content, visit NFB.ca or download its apps for smartphones, tablets and connected TV.
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