Our international conference “i4c” (“innovation for content”) of the Bavarian Film Center with its focus on immersive storytelling and spatial narratives already grew into an exhibition in 2018. This year we are growing further and start a competition for narrative VR in cooperation with the International Filmfest München.


Virtual Worlds – International Competition for Narrative VR

Every summer since 1983 the international Filmfest München celebrates the best international and German films of the year. Around 500 film screenings and numerous other events invite visitors to become acquainted with new content, new technology, and current trends — but above all to interact with people and exchange ideas.

Film Fest Munich sees itself as a host whose doors are wide open to everyone and is a principal summer festival with over 80,000 admissions every year. More than 2,000 film industry professionals from around the world and over 500 members of the press are accredited annually.


Awards: The Munich Deer

The Munich Deer is an award for AR, VR, and MR projects. The award will honor outstanding creative achievements and the visionaries behind these works. The award ceremony will be on Thursday, 4th of July.

We are pleased to welcome these internationally outstanding visionaries for artistic VR as a jury.


International Jury

Colum Slevin

Colum Slevin (USA) is Head of Media for AR/VR Experiences at Facebook, overseeing the delivery of media content as well as a portfolio of groundbreaking live-action narrative, and real-time virtual reality experiences. His early background in production for animated TV and features led him to Industrial Light+Magic, where he was Director of Computer Graphics, and later Vice President/Head of Studio Operations at Lucasfilm, where he was responsible for the animation divisions in California and Singapore. He joined Oculus in 2015 from Telltale Games, where he was Studio General Manager.

Myriam Achard

Myriam Achard (Canada) has worked with Phoebe Greenberg to develop and promote the Canadian and international avant-garde arts scene for the last 12 years. She has been a Director of PR and Communications at the Phi Centre since its opening in 2012. Since 2015, Myriam has been researching immersive and interactive works to showcase at the Phi Centre as part of the VR exhibits. She curates the Phi Centre’s virtual reality programming which has been invited to festivals and events such as: Marché du film (Cannes), Mutek.JP (Tokyo), FuturePlay (Edinburgh), IFP (New York), and many more.

Chloé Jarry

Chloé Jarry joined Camera Lucida as new media producer in charge of transmedia and cross-media development in January 2011. She has been working on major interactive projects for over 10 years. She produced a collection of iPad and iPhone apps mixing games, interactive animations and extracts from the films for children produced by Camera Lucida, including Le Carnaval des animaux, Antoine’s Four Seasons and Peter and the Wolf. She is also the author and the producer of Missions Printemps – Die FruehlingsForscher, a French-German web/mobile/TV project. Jarry and Camera Lucida have developed webdocumentaries and more than 10 transmedia and cross-media projects together. She is the Executive Producer of The Enemy, a Virtual and Augmented Reality project directed by Karim Ben Khelifa, that has been premiered at the Arabic World Institute in Paris, in May 2017, and has been presented at the MIT Museum in Cambridge (Ms) during three months at fall 2017. In 2018, she is the co-founder of the immersive and interactive productions company, Lucid Realities (http://lucidrealities.studio). She has recently launched several new VR projects, as 1, 2, 3 Bruegel, Condemned to play or Claude Monet – The Waterlily obsession, showcased at the Musée de l’Orangerie last winter. Lucid Realities is also the line producer of Endodrome, an art VR piece by the French artist Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, showcased at the Venezia Art Biennale, and sponsored by Vive Arts.


We are looking for cutting edge, innovative, passionate and excellent artistic and narrative VR experiences and are open for all other technologies such as AR, MR and 360° film. The experiences shall not be published before October 2018. Selected projects will be presented in a public exhibition during the 37. International Filmfest München on July 2nd to 4th at the Isarforum.

Call for Entries

Call for Entries open February 25th, 2019
Submissions closed April 12th, 2019
Selection: May 16th, 2019

Submission Entry Rules – Competition
Submission Form
Contact: deerfilmzentrum.net


Professional Day – Conference

Also, for the first time we organize a Professional Day in the context of this event on Wednesday 3rd July in the Gasteig – the festival center of the International Filmfest München. International VR experts will attend the conference as keynote speakers and panelists. We are excited to announce Colum Slevin (Head of Media for AR/VR Experiences at Facebook) for the opening keynote.

The complete program of the conference will be announced soon.


Professional Day – b2b market

Our b2b market is part of the professional day on Wednesday 3rd of July in the Gasteig – the festival center of the International Filmfest München. It is a platform to support the European and international producers to find potential coproducing and financing partners for their immersive projects and get feedback from renowned experts.

Eligible are narrative, artistic, creative VR/AR and 360° projects in an advanced development state. Selected projects will be presented in an exclusive pitching session to international experts and decision-makers (producers, sales agents, distributors, financiers, broadcasters and funds) and the creators/producers will have the opportunity to get solid feedback in b2b meetings.


Speakers – Professional Day

Colum Slevin

Colum Slevin (USA) is Head of Media for AR/VR Experiences at Facebook, overseeing the delivery of media content as well as a portfolio of groundbreaking live-action narrative, and real-time virtual reality experiences. His early background in production for animated TV and features led him to Industrial Light+Magic, where he was Director of Computer Graphics, and later Vice President/Head of Studio Operations at Lucasfilm, where he was responsible for the animation divisions in California and Singapore. He joined Oculus in 2015 from Telltale Games, where he was Studio General Manager.

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b2b Market

Guy Daleiden

Guy Daleiden graduated in History and German linguistics and literature at the University of Freiburg (Germany). He started his professional career as a civil servant in 1990 when he joined the Prime Minister’s office and has a been managing director of Film Fund Luxembourg since 1999. He is member of the EFAD (European Film Agency Directors Association) and sits on the Boards of the Luxembourg Film Academy, EAVE (European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs) and Luxembourg City Film Festival.

Sebastian Sorg

>Sebastian Sorg is currently working as Funding Executive for Documentaries, Webseries and VR at FilmFernsehFonds Bayern. Before, he was directing DOK.forum, the industry platform for innovation and upcoming talents at DOK.fest Munich. Sebastian realized several films as documentary director and journalist. He was educated at University for Television and Film Munich and holds a degree in Literature and Political Science. Member of jurys and commissions such as the Creative Europe Program of the European Union.

Andrea Geipel

Andrea Geipel is head of the VRlab at the Deutsches Museum and coordinates a research project on AR/VR in the context of the museum4punkt0 project. After studying sports sciences and a brief excursion into neuropsychology, she has been working since 2015 on the question of how knowledge is conveyed on digital platforms. With a focus on the video platform YouTube, she is currently doing her doctorate at the Munich Center for Technology in Society at the Technical University of Munich.

Myriam Achard

Myriam Achard (Canada) has worked with Phoebe Greenberg to develop and promote the Canadian and international avant-garde arts scene for the last 12 years. She has been a Director of PR and Communications at the Phi Centre since its opening in 2012. Since 2015, Myriam has been researching immersive and interactive works to showcase at the Phi Centre as part of the VR exhibits. She curates the Phi Centre’s virtual reality programming which has been invited to festivals and events such as: Marché du film (Cannes), Mutek.JP (Tokyo), FuturePlay (Edinburgh), IFP (New York), and many more.  

Ingeborg Degener

Ingeborg Degener has been the managing director of Creative Europe Desk Munich (formerly: MEDIA Antenna Munich) since 2003. Creative Europe Desk Munich is an information office of the Creative Europe Programme (2014-2020), the support programme of the European Union for the audio-visual industry and the cultural and creative sector. There are Creative Europe Desks in all the member states of the Creative Europe Programme. Ingeborg joined MEDIA Antenna Munich in 1997 as project manager after five years as head of public relations at an international organization for educational exchange based in Bonn. She holds a degree in English, German and Drama Studies.

Matthias Leitner

Matthias Leitner is a digital storyteller and develops social impact strategies for companies, NGOs and the public sector. Since 2015, he has been responsible for the storytelling lab web: first for the Bayerischer Rundfunk and develops program innovations such as the #callforpodcast or the messenger project #icheisner in the Digital Developments & Social Media Unit of Bayerischer Rundfunk. He has received various awards for his journalistic and artistic work, most recently the German Digital Award 2019. The federal government's cultural and creative industries have appointed Matthias Leitner as a Fellow.

Sönke Kirchhof

Sönke Kirchhof is CEO and executive producer of award-winning VR Full Service Studio
INVR.SPACE GmbH and in charge of all business-related operations as well as deciding on
creative and technologic approaches. He works in the fields of VR, stereoscopic filmmaking,
VFX and CGI Postproduction as well as Research and Development in arts and technology
since more than 15 years. He is also founder of reallifefilm international GmbH, working as
Producer and Stereographer in all kind of projects. 

Annina Zwettler

Since 2014 Annina Zwettler is a program manager at ARTE Deutschland. In her role she works on the European broadcaster’s digital development strategy and new storytelling formats such as VR and short form webseries. With a focus as well on linear TV formats she is aware of the changing requirements on both sides. Before she was a curator and project manager at the ZKM – Center of Art and Media Karlsruhe and Technisches Museum Wien.


Call for Projects

Call for projects: March 7th, 2019
Applications closed April 12th, 2019
Selection: May 16th

Application Rules – b2b market
Application Form
Contact: prodayfilmzentrum.net


Location

Isarforum
Ludwigsbrücke
Museumsinsel 1
80538 Munich

Head of the event, curator and programmer is Astrid Kahmke, Creative Director of the Bavarian Film Center.

“VIRTUAL WORLDS is presented by the Bavarian Film Center and the International FILMFEST MÜNCHEN, with the support of the Bavarian Ministry for Digital Affairs, the Creative Europe Desk Munich, the French Embassy in Germany, the Institut Francais, the Quebec government office in Munich, SODEC(Société de développement des entreprises culturelles) and sponsored by Epic Games and Unreal Engine.


Partners

Bayerisches Filmzentrum
Filmfest München

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