DC Web Fest 2018: Official VR/AR Selections

Congratulations to our official DC Web Fest selections! 

We are pleased to announce the VR/AR selections for this year's festival. This form of digital storytelling will only grow in the coming year, and these selections illustrate just how far it can go. Check out these incredible works! 

Lion 360: Watch as Gibson the lion and his mother struggle with their pride’s alpha male in this groundbreaking 360-video, filmed completely in the wild from the heart of a pride of lions for National Geographic.

The Crew: A Filipino cruise ship cleaner finally gets a chance to perform an opera aria in the crew talent show, but when the show is canceled he still finds a way to sing.

I Saw The Future: In a dark expanse that could be the cosmos, we hear the voice of Arthur C. Clarke, whose face – taken from a BBC archive dating back to the 1960s – appears in the distance. His features quickly dematerialize into a multitude of shimmering pixels, creating an enveloping and immersive space out of which the thoughts of the famed author of 2001: A Space Odyssey emerge. At the heart of this spectral environment, A. C. Clarke tells us about the arrival of digital revolution, decades ahead of his time. This film is an invitation to travel, and a crepuscular form of poetry to be experienced immersively.

Alterations: Alexandro volunteers for an experiment carried out to study dreams. He doesn’t even imagine that he’s going to be subjected to the intrusion of Elsa, a form of Artificial Intelligence, who’s going to digitize and dematerialize his subconscious in order to feed off it.

The Killing Pits of Ponar: Done in conjunction with PBS NOVA, this is an immersive VR film that tells the little-known story of the origins of the Nazi genocide during WWII and the daring escape by prisoners who resisted.

The Story Unfolds: Created by the Alexandria firm Illustrate My Design, this Augmented Reality experience commissioned for the American Advertising Awards Gala, the only guidelines were a folded paper origami crane with the tagline “The Story Unfolds.” IMD created an interactive AR game that has the user collect glowing orbs so an origami crane is released into the sky. The crane symbolizes the possibilities of the future through collaboration.