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13 VR Projects to Compete at BIAF 2019

Festival unveils the official selection for its first VR competition, which includes Oscar-winning director John Kahr’s Oscar-nominated ‘Age of Sail.’

The Bucheon International Animation Festival (BIAF 2019), an Academy Award-qualifying event, has announced its official VR competition selection for the upcoming October 18-22 edition. 13 VR experiences were chosen, including this year’s Oscar-nominated Age of Sail by Oscar-winning director John Kahrs, along with Venice International Film Festival selection Nothing Happens and Songbird by Uri & Michelle Kranot. In addition, Ghost in the Shell: Virtual Reality Diver and the Korean VR films The Tide ep.01 and ep.02, by director Taekyung Yoo from Dexter Studios, are among the selections.

Kahrs’ 2012 Oscar-winning short, Paperman, was BIAF 2012’s opening film, and the director received the BIAF Special Distinction Prize for TV & Commissioned Film in 2017 for the short film, June.

Held in each year in Bucheon, South Korea, BIAF accepts animated films in the following categories: Competition Feature, Short, Graduation, VR, TV & Commissioned. Over KRW 46,000,000 (Approx. USD 42,000) in cash prizes will be awarded in six categories: Feature, Short, Graduation, TV & Commissioned, Korean Short and Online.

BIAF2019 VR Competition 13

No

Category

Title

Director

Country

1

VR

FOREST

Kelsey BONCATO, Daniel OLDHAM

USA

2

VR

Relation • Ship

Zoey LIN

USA

3

VR

Dokument Parakozmik

Vladislav KNEŽEVIĆ

Croatia

4

VR

Nothing Happens

Michelle KRANOT, Uri KRANOT

Denmark

5

VR

Songbird

Lucy GREENWELL, Michelle KRANOT, Uri KRANOT

Denmark

6

VR

MOWB

Kazuki YUHARA

Japan

7

VR

Living with Spinal Cord Injury

Davey JOSE

UK

8

VR

Tower of Babel by the Sea

FENG Wei-Jung

Taiwan

9

VR

Anonymous

Sojung BAHNG

Australia, South Korea

10

VR

Ghost in the Shell: Virtual Reality Diver

HIGASHI Hiroaki

Japan

11

VR

Age of Sail

John KAHRS

USA

12

VR

The Tide ep.01

YOO Taekyung

South Korea

13

VR

The Tide ep.02

YOO Taekyung

South Korea

You can find more information about the festival and selections here.

Source: BIAF 2019

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