Monday, May 20, 2024

The Cannes Film Festival Launches A New Competition Dedicated To Immersive Works

In 2017, Alejandro González Iñárritu made history at the 70th edition of the Cannes Film Festival with his groundbreaking virtual reality piece, “Carne y Arena” (“Virtually Present, Physically Invisible”), marking the first immersive work ever presented as an official selection at a major film festival. Recognized for his pioneering vision, Iñárritu received a special Academy Award for the project. He remains a prominent figure at the Cannes Film Festival (even serving as President of the Jury in 2019).

Because original works are now pushing the boundaries of storytelling, the Cannes Film Festival will introduce a new competition, the “Immersive Competition,” for its 77th edition.

Seven years since its first immersive selection and in line with the Marché du Film’s commitment to exploring new technologies and art forms through its innovative-focused programs, Cannes is thrilled to announce the creation of the new Immersive Competition for its upcoming 77th edition. The competition aims to spotlight the next generation of international artists redefining storytelling and inventing new narrative-driven experiences that move beyond the traditional two-dimensional cinema screen.

With the CNC’s (National Center for Cinema and the Moving Image) support, the competition will feature immersive, collective, and interactive works that utilize virtual reality, augmented reality, and other cutting-edge technologies to transcend conventional storytelling and transport audiences to different worlds, narratives, and eras.

For its inaugural edition, a committee of industry experts and Cannes Film Festival representatives, under the supervision of Cannes’s general delegate, will select eight immersive works in competition. Additionally, a curated selection of non-competitive works illustrating the synergy between immersive experiences and cinema will complement the program.

The selected works will be accessible to Cannes Film Festival and Marché du Film attendees from May 15th to 24th. They will be displayed in a 1300m2 exhibition space at the Cannes Cineum—the cinema complex of Cannes La Bocca—and the Georges Méliès Campus, a university institution dedicated to creative writing and film.

The in-competition works will compete for the Best Immersive Work prize. An international jury composed of notable figures from cinema and immersive art will present the award at a special closing ceremony, celebrating the creativity and innovation of immersive artists. Alongside the Immersive Competition, the Marché du Film will continue to explore the commercial and technical aspects of the immersive sector through a lineup of conferences, expert panels, demonstrations, and professional networking events.

In what promises to be a significant year already, the City of Cannes is also set to announce the launch of Cannes Immersive, patronized by artist Jean-Michel Jarre and supported by the CNC. This new program aims to position Cannes as a global hub for immersive creations and the emerging artistic domain of artificial intelligence (AI). Cannes Immersive will unfold through the launch of innovative events strategically designed to elevate Cannes’ status as a premier destination for immersive cultural experiences, which will be seamlessly integrated into both existing and future Cannes events. Furthermore, it will establish a permanent immersive venue in Cannes, showcasing the most exceptional immersive creations, whether assisted or generated by AI.

Are you excited for the 2024 Cannes Film Festival? What do you think of this announcement? Are you planning to attend the festival this year? Which films are you hoping will be announced for this year’s lineup tomorrow? Please let us know in the comments section below or on our Twitter account.

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Matt Neglia
Matt Negliahttps://nextbestpicture.com/
Obsessed about the Oscars, Criterion Collection and all things film 24/7. Critics Choice Member.

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