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The nonclassic conference of leading-edge technologies MIXAR 2016 took place in Moscow (Russia) at the 24th September 2016. One of the main parts of the event was MIXAR VF Filmfest where every visitor could have the chance to watch Russian and international VR films.

Demonstration of the films took place simultaneously thanks to the VR Cinema technology developed by Interactive Lab, one of the leading VR companies in Russia, Samsung Gear VR devices and Georgy Molodtsov, program director of the festival.

The festival’s program was divided into 4 sections: VR cinema (selection of international animated, documentary and fiction films), VR journalism (works by RT360 and NYT VR), trailers of 360 degree projects and Russian VR (works of Russian companies). Among the films were the winners of international and Russian festivals.
Thanks to the VR cinema system, which can connect all devices “on air” without any wires, no headphones for visitors of the festival were needed, and a single platform of powerful multi-channel surround sound was organized and synchronized with each device.

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International Panorama

1. “Invasion!”
Directed by Eric Darnell, USA, Baobab Studio, 3:20 min, Animation
2. “I PHILIP”
Directed by Pierre Zandrowicz, France, ARTE360, Okio-Studio, 15 min, Feature film 360 3D
3. “INTERRUPTURE”
Directed by Jason Drakeford and Thomas Nybo, USA, 3 min., Animation
4. “PROSPECTS”
Directed by Yan Liang, China, Beauty of Science, 2 min 10 sec, Animation
5. “THE ARK”
Directed by Eline Jongsma and Kel O’Neill, USA, 9 min, Documentary
6. “SONAR 360”
Directed by Philipp Maas, Dominik Stockhausen, Germany, Filmakademie,
6 min 20 sec, Animation 360 3D
7. “CLOUDS OVER SIDRA”
Directed by Gabo Arora and Chris Milk, USA, With.in For UN, 8 min, Documentary 360 3D
8. “DIRROGATE : MEMORIES OF MAYA 360”
Directed by Clyde Dsouza, UAE, 10 min, Animation 360 3D
9. “VODOU HEALER”
Directed by Lucy Walker, USA, WITHIN, 6 min., Documentary 360 3D

VR Journalism

  1. THE FIGHT FOR FALLUJA
    The New York Times VR, USA, DIRECTED, EDITED AND WRITTEN BY Ben C. Solomon, 11 min. 8 sec., Documentary
  2. DONBASS 360: Donetsk airport ruins and testimony
    RT360, Russia, 3 min. 32 sec., Documentary

360 Trailers

  1. CHORNOBYL 360
    Interactive application, Directed by Kirill Pokutnyy, Ukraine, Verum Visum, 3 min. 12 sec., Documentary
  2. Elbrus 360
    Directed by Maxim Nikonov, Russia, LenVR, 1 min 45 sec, 360 3D, Documentary
  3. IMMERSIVE COMBAT
    Trailer of fiction project, Directed by Alina Mikhaeva, USA, RUSSIA, SPHERICA, 3 min.
  4. STEPKA
    Trailer of fiction project, Directed by Ilya Leonov, Russia, 3min, Leon Media

Russian VR

  1. THE STORY OF ONE JESTER
    Directed by Alexey Bystritskii, Produced by Alexey Likhnitsky, Russia, EMC VR Film Lab, 6 min, Fiction Film
  2. RECONNECTION
    Directed by Lada Iskanderova, Produced by Sergey Chernousov, Russia, EMC VR Film Lab, 3 min, Fiction Film
  3. FAMILY CIRCLE
    Directed by Linara Bagautdinova, Produced by Valentin Rogatin, Russia, EMC VR Film Lab, 4 min, Fiction Film
  4. DREAM SKI
    Directed by Georgy Molodtsov, Russia, VRability, Gigapano, 3 min 33 sec, Documentary promo
  5. FEEL NOIR
    Directed by Denis Semenov, Russia, Great Gonzo, 1 min. 30 sec., Animation
  6. TOLBACHIK VOLCANO
    AIRPANO, Russia, 4 min., Documentary
  7. LAKE BAIKAL: THE SCIENCE AND SPIRITUALITY OF EXTREME WATER (work in progress)
    Directed by Michael Owen, Georgy Molodtsov; USA, Russia, MediaCombo, Gigapano and VRability, 7 min 20 sec, 360 3D
  8. DIAMOND JOURNEY
    Directed by Anton Zhdanov, Russia, Planetpics, 7 min 30 sec., Documentary, corporate
  RT's spherical content was acquired by companies from more than 20 countries

MIXAR VR Film Fest follows the tracks of the EMC VR Film Festival, the first event of such kind in Russia, which was held in Moscow in June, 2016. The success of that event lead to the appearance of several more cinematic VR platforms and venues, which are going to distribute this content commercially:

MIXAR 2016 was held for the second time in Russia. More than 4000 visitors participated in the conference in 2016, including 70 speakers in the business section, 35 exhibitors with advanced technologies in VR/AR area. The first winners of the Russian MIXAR Awards got their prizes. Experts jury announced top 10 best projects of the year. PlanetPics was chosen as “The best 360 video” for the educational film “Diamond Journey”. Due to the partnership with the Mettle company, the winner will receive a set of plugins required to work with 360 video. The two companies were selected to the short-list for the MIXAR award, and will also have the opportunity to use the Skybox plugins by Mettle — the software leader in post-processing spherical videos.1-yrqmu3fliesfpf00zu8vsw

The Russian VR content market is getting interesting for major companies in the VR world. So, Kane Lee, one of the leaders of the Baobab studio and the creator of the film “Invasion“, will visit Moscow to participate in Kinopoisk Film Market. “Invasion” (directed by Eric Darnell, “Madagascar”) became one of the top animated films in 360 degree format, and currently has received “green light” for the full-length version both in VR and in traditional format. You can find more information on the opportunities for VR animation and traditional films during the presentation of Lee Kane at Kinopoisk Film Market.

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Check out the list of all VR films presented during MIXAR VR Filmfest here.

Most films can be found online or in the special app, therefore everyone who did not have a chance to visit MIXAR 2016 can dive into the world of VR cinema by him/herself.

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