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Dubai Film Festival VR sessions kick off today

Dubai Film Festival VR sessions kick off today

The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) kicked off last night with a star-studded red carpet opening ceremony. This year’s show features a dedicated VR thread under the slogan “Different Reality” with VR films, conference sessions and a press junket.

The VR films being shown include: ‘Are You Listening?’, ‘Flash’, ‘I Philip’, ‘When All Land Is Lost, Will We Eat Coal?’ and ‘No Borders’.

Conference sessions include ‘Immersive Stories, Alternate Worlds’ which will look at the impact of VR on film, news and sports entertainment. The panel, which is being moderated by Karim Saad, founder of Giga Works, brings together four experts: Lewis Smithingham, President & Partner of 30 Ninjas; Darren Emerson, co-founder & CCO of VR City; Michael Owen, principal, Media Combo, and Daniel González Franco, co-founder, BeAnotherLab.


A second panel discussion entitled ‘Is the Future Really Virtual?’ will focus on the potential of VR for film and TV. This panel is moderated by   Elizabeth M. Daley, Dean at USC School of Cinematic Arts and features panellists Lauren Selig, co-founder & producer, Shake & Bake Productions; Sam Englebardt, chief strategy officer at The Void, and Adam Brenner, VP of marketing & partnerships at OTOY.

The Dubai International Film Festival opened in spectacular fashion at the Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai on December 7th with a Red Carpet Opening Gala for the international premiere of political thriller, ‘Miss Sloane’ from renowned British director John Madden who was there to present his film. The film was the first of more than 150 diverse titles from 55 countries to be showcased at this year’s Festival.

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