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Red Sea: Immersive delves into the world of VR

The Red Sea: Immersive jury will be presided over by pioneering American avant-garde artist Laurie Anderson
Red Sea: Immersive delves into the world of VR

The Red Sea International Film Festival (RedSeaIFF), has announced its 21-strong programme of virtual reality experiences, running December 7-15, presented in collaboration with Art Jameel, and hosted at Jeddah’s new creative complex, Hayy Jameel.

Red Sea: Immersive will introduce immersive storytelling experiences to audiences in Jeddah, while also serving as a catalyst to future immersive content creators and studios from the region. Thirteen of the most significant VR works produced in 2021 will be presented in competition for the Golden Yusr Immersive Award, which includes a cash prize of $10,000, with eight projects presented out-of-competition. The programme is curated by Liz Rosenthal, curator of Venice VR at the VeniceInternational Film Festival. 

Red Sea: Immersive will be adjudicated by an all-female jury of three leading international artists. The jury will be presided over by pioneering American avant-garde artist Laurie Anderson, who will be joined by BAFTA-winning director Victoria Mapplebeck and one of the first Saudi Arabian street artists,Sarah Mohanna Al Abdali.

Edouard Waintrop, Artistic Director of the RedSeaIFF, said: “There is something truly special about the experiences in Red Sea: Immersive. It is an art that is so complimentary of the main Festival programme, but also stands independently as a ground-breaking and boundary-pushing selection of work. It is an honour to be able to host this curation, and we are excited to see the lasting impact that Red Sea: Immersive has on the Saudi art, film, and technology industries.” 

The 13 VR works being presented in the competition are AnandalaEnd of NightGenesisGlimpseGoliath: Playing with RealityKusundaLaikaLavrynthosLe Bal De Paris De Blanca LiMarco & Polo Go RoundReeducatedSamsara (Lun Hui) and The Sick Rose

The Book of DistanceHangman At HomeMareMaskmakerPaperbirds 1 & 2Replacements (Penggantian)We Live Here and VRChat Worlds Collection are the eight experiences being presented out-of-competition as part of the programme. 

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