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VR takes center stage at Tribeca Film Festival

VR takes center stage at Tribeca Film Festival

Virtual reality and interactive storytelling will take center stage at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), which takes place from April 13-24.

Twenty-three VR exhibits and interactive installations from leading creators and emerging artists will be presented, with 16 of them making their world debut, at the Tribeca Festival Hub, located at 50 Varick Street.

The Virtual Arcade invites audiences to explore the world of VR, taking them to vastly different worlds crafted by some of the leading creators working in the medium. The Virtual Arcade, open April 18-20, demonstrates the breadth of work created by VR storytellers, including projects that are rooted in documentary, narrative, gaming, music and journalism.

The lineup also incorporates established programs including Storyscapes, the fourth annual juried showcase with 10 VR and interactive installations available April 14-17, and TFI Interactive, the fifth annual forum convening the brightest thinkers from media, gaming and technology on April 16.

Tribeca 2016 night

Tribeca Film Festival is now in its 15th year.

“Tribeca has always celebrated the most exciting new forms of storytelling, from video games to virtual reality,” said Jane Rosenthal, co-founder Tribeca Film Festival and executive chair of Tribeca Enterprises. “This year’s program, which you can touch and feel at our amazing Festival Hub at Spring Studios, features the most dynamic work to date at the intersection of story and technology. We’re committed to giving the independent artists we support the best stage to share their mind-blowing work with audiences.”

Genna Terranova, festival director, added: “Our experiential program is what happens when artists create wildly different adventures that go outside traditional methods. Here stories are not passively watched they are actually ‘experienced’ – you are a participant,” said. “Today virtual reality offers a new landscape for creating worlds and stories. At its best it can be a powerful vehicle for magically transportive explorations that test the limits of our imaginations and psyches.”

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