May 24, 2022

Virtual Reality at MIFF

Virtual reality is gaining popularity in the games industry, but what about filmmaking? Recently many filmmakers have been delving into virtual reality as a new way to tell stories. The potential to create narratives using the technology have been met with some famous directors speaking out against the it.

“The only reason I say it is dangerous is because it gives the viewer a lot of latitude not to take direction from the storytellers but make their own choices of where to look,” Steven Spielberg said in an interview Reuters reported.

Now Melbourne audiences will have a chance to explore this new form of storytelling at the Melbourne International Film Festival. The sessions are proving popular with many now selling fast or with standby waiting lists for some sessions.

The future of Virtual Reality is not a clear-cut path at this point in it’s development. The potential of virtual reality films will only expand and grow as audiences become familiar with the technology and as filmmakers learn to fully explore it’s potential.

Melbourne now has the ability to see and experience this new form of communication at the Melbourne International Film Festival. This year the festival is featuring virtual reality films and facilitating panel discussions and master classes on the subject. There is also a tailored VR Symposium Pass for people who want to attend all of the talks delivered by some of the virtual reality filmmakers featured in the festival. The pass covers all of the events on Saturday 13th of August.

This year’s festival is coming to a close this weekend. Check out the full Virtual Reality Series here. If you can’t make it this year, virtual reality is sure to become a permanent part of the festival, so look out for next year!


Julie Dunmore

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