We’re very excited to reveal the Raindance Film Festival 2018 programme.

Celebrating its 26th year, the Festival will take place in London’s West End from September 26th – October 7th 2018, screening over 200 projects – including features, documentaries, shorts, web series, virtual reality and music videos.

A champion of indie filmmaking, Raindance Film Festival 2018 will celebrate the world, international, European and UK premieres of the best of indie cinema.

The Jury

This year’s competition films will be judged by apanel of a number of eminent industry professionals such as writer John Harris Dunning, filmmaker and music producer from Japan Mike Rogers and Alex Hoffman (Global Executive Producer, Head of Music for VICE UK) plus high profile supporters such as Michael Flatley (Blackbird), Ray Winstone (The Departed, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull), Jonathan Pryce CBE (Game of Thrones, Tomorrow Never Dies, Pirates of the Caribbean), Carmen Ejogo (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Selma), Adrian Lester OBE (Hustle, The Day After Tomorrow), Aisling Loftus (Mr Selfridge, War & Peace), Gareth Edwards (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Star Wars: The Last Jedi), Juliet Stevenson CBE (Truly, Madly, Deeply, Bend It Like Beckham), Judi Shekoni (Maleficent 2, Breaking Bad: Part 2Rufus Sewell (Dark City, A Knight’s Tale), Greta Scacchi (Presumed Innocent, White Mischief), Sienna Guillory (Resident Evil: Retribution, Resident Evil: Apocalypse), Jenny Agutter (Logan’s Run, An American Werewolf in London, The Avengers), Annabelle Wallis (The Mummy, Peaky Blinders), Laura Carmichael (Man in an Orange Shirt, Downton Abbey), Karen Bryson (Shameless), Genevieve O’Reilly (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Tin Star), Madeleine Mantock (Charmed, Into The Badlands) and Rupert Evans (The Man in the High Castle, Hellboy).

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Opening Night

The UK Premiere of Marialy Rivas’s Princesita (Chile/Argentina/Spain) will open the festival. The film tells the story of Tamara, a twelve-year old girl living in a religious cult whose leader is convinced that she is the chosen one to carry a holy child.

Princesita is directed by Marialy Rivas, winner of the World Cinema Screenwriting Award at Sundance 2012 for Young and Wild, and co-produced by Pablo Larraín (A Fantastic Woman, Neruda, Jackie). 

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Closing Night

The International Premiere of Bob Giordano’s The Odds brings the jam-packed festival to a close. The film follows a woman who enters an underground endurance competition, hoping to win the million dollar prize and turn her life around. As the increasingly punishing rounds progress, she finds herself entangled in a sadistic, manipulative game with no way out.

The Odds is an award-winning directorial debut feature of Bob Giordano, and brings to the screen a tense, deeply psychological horror experience. THE ODDS has received multiple awards, including Best Horror Feature Film at New York City International Film Festival. Don’t miss Raindance’s fabulous closing night party after!

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The Feature Films

In Competition

Princesita
Directed by Marialy Rivas (Chile/Argentina/Spain) – UK Premiere

In a distant land on the southernmost tip of the world lives Tamara, a twelve-year-old girl who has been raised in a cult led by the charismatic Miguel. As she becomes a young woman, she receives instructions for her life mission: to carry a holy child, fathered by Miguel himself.

Cast: Sara Caballero, Marcelo Alonso, María Gracia Omegna

Family
Directed by Veronica Kedar (Israel/Germany) – UK Premiere

Home is where the hurt is… Lily would do anything to make it go away.

Cast: Eli Danker, Evgenia Dodina, Veronica Kedar, Hen Yanni, Aryeh Hasfari

Love At Least
Directed by Kosai Sekine (Japan)  World Premiere

A radical, stupid and very real love story.

Cast: Shuri, Masaki Suda, Riisa Naka

When Margauz Meets Margaux
Directed by Sophie Fillières (France) – UK Premiere

Margaux is women in her twenties living a carefree but unsatisfying life. One night at a party she meets another Margaux, two decades her elder. Troubling details and similarities seem to link the two women, and their lives become increasingly entangled.

Cast: Sandrine Kiberlain, Agathe Bonitzer, Melvil Poupaud

We
Directed by Rene Eller (Netherlands, Belgium) – UK Premiere

During a scorching summer in a Belgian-Dutch border village, eight teenagers play games to break the listless monotony. They challenge each other and soon their sexual curiosity starts to blur the lines between right and wrong. As innocence is crushed in depraved games the teenagers soon turn into ruthless predators.

Cast: Aimé Claeys, Tijmen Govaerts, Pauline Casteleyn, Maxime Jacobs, Friso van der Werf

A Crimson Star
Directed by Aya Igashi (Japan) – World Premiere

Yo is a young girl who, while hospitalised, encounters and becomes emotionally attached to Yayoi, a kind nurse. A year after they first meet the two meet again by chance but under different circumstances – Yayoi is no longer a nurse, but a sex worker.

Cast: Miku Komatsu, Yuki Sakurai, Katsuya Maiguma

The End of Wind
Directed by Fog Forest (China) – European Premiere

A solitary white-collar worker searches for the meaning of life. An innocent prisoner newly released from prison awaits his death. A North Korean woman escapes to China to survive. These three strangers will meet and become friends for a moment. One by one, they will disappear with the wind.

Cast: David Dai, Jing Mu, Shuxian Ren,

Saint Judy
Directed by Sean Hanish (USA) – European Premiere

Saint Judy tells the true story of Los Angeles immigration attorney Judy Wood, who single-handedly changed the United States Law of Asylum and saved countless lives in the process.

Cast: Michelle Monaghan, Leem Lubany, Common, Alfred Molina, Alfre Woodard

Saviors
Directed by Christopher Greenslate (USA) – UK Premiere

A young woman embeds herself in a white power group in order to find her adoptive African-American mother. But one night after the group returns from a rally they test her allegiance. Shot in a single, continuous take.

Cast: Megan Johnson, Nathaniel Stroud, Joe Cadiff, Carol Payton, Austin Ford, David Dimitruk, Jon Maxwell, Brian Regal, Morris Black, Kendra Thompson, Glenn Lutz

M
Directed by Sara Forestier (France) – UK Premiere

Lila and Mo meet at a bus stop. Lila has a paralysing speech impediment. Mo is chatty and exuberant. Lila is preparing for her exams. Mo illegally races cars for a living. Opposites attract, and they fall in love. But Mo carries a secret burden.

Cast: Sara Forestier, Redouanne Harjane, Jean-Pierre Leaud, Liv Andren, Nicolas Vaude

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Best Documentary Feature

Ballet Now
Directed by Steven Cantor (USA) – European Premiere

Dance sensation Tiler Peck, a principal dancer at the New York City Ballet, curates a three-day dance series entitled Ballet Now, seeking to push boundaries and integrate unexpected elements into performances to delight ballet’s devout followers, and create new fans. This film captures a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process.

Cast: Tiler Peck

Nossa Chape
Directed by Jeff and Michael Zimbalist (Brazil, Colombia, Spain) – UK Premiere

NOSSA CHAPE tracks the rebuilding of the Chapecoense football club in Brazil after an airplane crash left only three players alive. Through exclusive interviews of the families of the deceased, the new team, and the three surviving players, the documentary investigates the community’s many challenges in the aftermath of tragedy.

Cast: Jakson Ragnar Follmann, Alan Luciano Ruschel, Helio Hermito Zampier Neto

The Artist & The Pervert
Directed by Beatrice Behn, René Gebhardt (Germany) – UK Premiere

Georg Friedrich Haas is a renowned composer of symphonic music, and descended from Nazi ancestors. His wife is an African-American kink educator. They engage in a controversial role-play game between a white master and a black slave. This ground-breaking film documents their lives between perversion, art, love, and radical self-determination.

Cast: Georg Friedrich Haas, Mollena Lee Williams-Haas

Tre Maison Dasan
Directed by Denali Tiller (USA) – International Premiere

An intimate portrait of three boys growing up, each with a parent in prison. Directly told through the child’s perspective, the film is an exploration of relationships, separation, masculinity, and coming of age in America when a parent is behind bars.

Cast: Tre Janson, Maison Teixeira, Dasan Lopes

Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World
Directed by Catherine Bainbridge. Co-Director: Alfonso Maiorana (Canada)

RUMBLE: THE INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD is a feature documentary about the role of Native Americans in popular music history.

Cast: Link Wray, Charley Patton, Jimi Hendrix, Taboo, Randy Castillo

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The Discovery Award – Best Debut Feature

Ana By Day
Directed by Andrea Jaurrieta (Spain) – International Premiere

Ana is from a traditional middle-class family, on the cusp of a PhD and marriage, but she feels unfulfilled. When a double appears and takes her place she is totally free for the first time. Ana explore her new anonymity and freedom, testing her limits and searching for meaning.

Cast: Ingrid García-Jonsson, Mona Martínez, Marcelo Ogalla, Fernando Albizu, Maria José Alfonso

Borders, Raindrops
Directed by Nikola Mijović, Vlastimir Sudar (Republic of Srpska/Bosnia and Herzegovina/Montenegro/Serbia/Sweden/UK) – UK Premiere

A young city girl visits her family high up in the Balkan mountains, recently divided by new borders. Her presence brings love, mystery, and hope that everyone will be able to live together again.

Cast: Kristina Stevović, Vahidin Prelić, Robert Budak, Nedjeljko Milović, Ognjen Vujović

Silent Night
Directed by Piotr Domalewski (Poland) – UK Premiere

Christmas Eve. A house in a village in eastern Poland. Adam, a young economic migrant, returns home unannounced for a traditional supper. Nobody in his large family suspects the true reason for his unexpected return to Poland.

Cast: Dawid Ogrodnik, Tomasz Zietek, Arkadiusz Jakubik, Pawel Nowisz, Agnieszka Suchora

Ederlezi Rising
Directed by Lazar Bodroza (Serbia) – UK Premiere

This is a story of an astronaut sent on a long intergalactic mission, accompanied by a female android. During the flight he begins to fall in love with the android, believing that there is a real person inside the machine.

Cast: Sebastian Cavazza, Stoya, Maruša Majer, Kirsty Besterman

We The Coyotes
Directed by Hanna Ladoul, Marco La Via (USA) – UK Premiere

Amanda and Jake are in love and want to start a new life together in Los Angeles. The first day of their new life takes them all around the city, bringing them more surprises and frustrations than expected. Will they make the right decisions?

Cast: Morgan Saylor , McCaul Lombardi , Betsy Brandt , Khleo Thomas, Lorelei Linklater

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Best UK Feature

George Michael: Freedom – Director’s Cut
Directed by George Michael, David Austin (UK)

Set against a backdrop of never seen before private footage, extraordinary performances and insight from famous friends, George’s self-portrait is love, loss, success, defeat and his creative process which reveal how he masters the art of being one of the most influential artists of his generation.

Cast: Emmanuelle Alt, David Austin, Tony Bennett, Mary J Blige, Naomi Campbell

Team Khan
Directed by Oliver Clark, Blair Macdonald  – World Premiere

A fly-on-the-wall documentary about professional boxer Amir Khan, filmed between 2014 – 16. We follow Khan as he chases a fight with the unbeaten superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr. Outside of the ring Amir must grapple with family, fame, and religion, as he grows from boxing’s golden child into a man.

Cast: Amir Khan

Kaiser! The Greatest Footballer Never To Play Football
Directed by Louis Myles – UK Premiere

Carlos Henrique Raposo had one dream – to become a professional footballer. Despite having no footballing talent he managed to con a professional career within the game in Brazil for twenty six years, while never playing a game. This is the tale of the greatest sporting fraud of all time.

Cast: Carlos Henrique Raposo, Renato Gaucho, Zico, Bebeto, Junior

We The Kings
Directed by Lauren Mackenzie – World Premiere

In this contemporary thriller, a fostered teenager has a vendetta against the former guardian of his foster brother. As his actions spiral out of control he finds himself a hiding place. But although he assumes he is alone, he soon finds out that things aren’t as straightforward as they seem…

Cast: Elliot James Langridge, Timothy West, Amanda Abbington.

Nightshooters
Directed by Marc Price – World Premiere

When a group of filmmakers witness a brutal gangland execution they find themselves on the run from a violent horde of criminals determined to eradicate any witnesses. Unable to flee the building, our hapless film crew must use their guerrilla filmmaking skills as weapons to survive the night.

Cast: Jean-Paul Ly, Nick Aaron, Nicky Evans, Rosanna Hoult, Richard Sandling

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The Shorts

Best Short Of The Festival

The Last Day Of The Empire
Directed by Anna Rubi, Julia Halasz (Hungary)

The empire collapses in a blink of an eye. Oppression disappears, but so does safety. Everything is unstable, but also possible. We follow episodes of a fictitious regime change when, for an exceptional moment, power is held by ordinary people and their clumsy acts of self-liberation.

Cast: Csaba Sebestyen, Denes Janoch, Monika Tuza, Sara Meszaros, Zsoka Nemet

Souls Of Totality
Directed by Richard Raymond (UK/USA)

A love story about the intensity of a looming moment that can change everything.

Cast: Tatiana Maslany, Tom Cullen, Helen Shaver, Joseph Ollman

June 21
Directed by Nagisa Morimoto, Pierre-Audric Gadeau (France) – International Premiere

A young man helps a clinic patient break out of her room. Together, they set off to venture far from the city and enjoy the summer days.

Cast: Jérémie Galiana, Nagisa Morimoto

Clean Blood
Directed by Jordan Michael Blake (USA) – European Premiere

A Christmas movie about family, the apocalypse and an immaculately pregnant man.

Cast: Jordan Michael Blake, Stephanie Allynne, Whit Hertford

Imfura
Directed by Samuel Ishimwe (Switzerland/Rwanda) – UK Premiere

IMFURA casts a light on the issues faced by families who were torn apart by the Rwandan genocide. A young man returns to the village where his deceased mother was born and hopes that encouraging the community to collectively share their voices and experiences will provide some healing for all.

Cast: Moses Mwizerwa, Hadija Nyirababikira, Yves Kijyana

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Best UK Short Film

Landsharks

Directed by Aaron Dunleavy

A young teenage boy is lured into the jaws of an underground loan shark. LANDSHARKS follows the vicious cycle of misguided youths on a troubled estate, forced to carry out the dirty work of exploitative adults.

Cast: AJ McNulty, Laura Whittle, Tommy McAleer, Mikey Sweeney

Thawed
Directed by Jon Drever – World Premiere

The future. A woman has brought back her husband from cryogenic suspension…well, most of him.

Cast: Diane Morgan, Alistair Green

Little Monster
Directed by Charlotte Regan – World Premiere

A man has his first phone call to his daughter after being sent to prison.

Cast: Neil Maskell, Fady Elsayed

Alien Culture
Directed by Iesh Thapar – World Premiere

West London, 1979. Racial tensions are running high. Lucky thinks his brother is in trouble, but the truth is far from what he expected.

Cast: Sagar Radia, Reiss Kershi

Ellston Bay
Directed by Nicholas Eriksson – European Premiere

When Keir decides to re-establish contact with his estranged father, he returns to his hometown by the sea, and quickly discovers that all is not as it seems on the surface.

Cast: John Rhys-Davies, Richard Kovacs, Gareth Lawrence, Christina Hardy

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The Gallery of Immersive Stories

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1. Best Interactive Narrative VR Experience

The Archivist
Directed by Orly Rodriguez (USA) – World Premiere

A VR experience based on the world of Twin Peaks, taking you beyond the curtain and into the unpredictable dreamscape. With a new original storyline and soundtrack, THE ARCHIVIST invites you to experience an entirely new mystery, with new characters as well as those you know and love.

Cast: Jason McNeil, Ally Tasker Murphy, Curt Clendinin 

Awake: Episode One
Directed by Martin Taylor (Australia) – UK Premiere

Harry is a prisoner in his own house and lost in his mind, obsessed with discovering the truth behind a recurring dream of his departed wife. And now there is a new presence in his world: you. Your arrival signals a life-changing event capable of saving Harry from his darkness.

Cast: Jake McDorman, Analeigh Tipton, Nicholas Hope, Alan Watts

Kobold
Directed by Max Sacker, Ioulia Isserlis (Germany) – UK Premiere

KOBOLD blurs the line between cinema and VR gaming. Immerse yourself in true, cinematic realism. Explore a fully interactive universe entirely scanned with photogrammetry from real locations. Pick up clues. Solve a mystery and come face to face with an ancient evil…

Cast: David Bredin, Nick Holaschke, Garry Lane

Transference
Directed by SpectreVision (Elijah Wood, Josh C. Waller, Daniel Noah, Kyle McCullough, Lisa Whalen) and Ubisoft (Patrick Plourde, Sylvain Bernard, Christian Bedard) – Canada – UK Premiere

A psychological thriller placing you face-to-face with a fractured family, as you freely explore their minds. Navigate a dream-like home filled with secrets. Collect the evidence of a family’s history to choose how you repair their lives. Learn the rules of a place bent on breaking them. Unlock the truth.

Cast: Lindsay Burdge, Macon Blair, Tyler Crumley

Umami

Directed by Landia Egal, Thomas Pons (France) – UK Premiere

UMAMI is a real-time animated Virtual Reality experience immersing the viewer into the story of a man rediscovering his memories through a series of traditional Japanese dishes, beverages and tastes: the sweet, the sour, the bitter, the salty and the UMAMI, the ‘delicious taste’ in Japanese.

Cast: Amaury la Burthe, Eimi Kawahara

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2. Best Animation Experience

Arden’s Wake: Tide’s Fall
Directed by Eugene YK Chung (USA) – UK Premiere

TIDE’S FALL continues the journey of Meena, a young woman living in a post-apocalyptic world, searching for her father in the depths of the ocean after his disappearance. Featuring the voice of Academy Award-winner Alicia Vikander, this next instalment of ARDEN’S WAKE embraces the art of long-form storytelling in VR.

Cast: Alicia Vikander, Richard Armitage.

Crow: The Legend
Directed by Eric Darnell (USA) – UK Premiere

Inspired by the Native American legend, a fully immersive journey exploring themes of self-discovery, diversity and selflessness wherein the viewer plays a key role in the story of Crow, voiced by John Legend, who must give up everything he values to save his friends – or so he thinks.

Cast: John Legend, Oprah Winfrey, Constance Wu, Liza Koshy, Tye Sheridan, Sarah Eagle Heart, Randy Edmonds, Diego Luna

Madrid Noir – Prologue
Directed by James A. Castillo (UK) – World Premiere

It’s a warm spring night in Madrid, 1929. A detective named Manolo Monreal, grouchy after a long day on the job, encounters a stray puppy on the streets. Will Manolo be enchanted by her cuteness and keep her safe from the dangers of the night?

Shennong: Taste Of Illusion
Directed by Li Mi, Zheng Wang (China) – UK Premiere

An adventure story about a hero of prehistoric China. A battle takes place between Shennong, the God of Chinese medicine, and a beast from his imagination.

Yeti And Spaghetti

Directed by Craig Phillips, Harold Hayes, Jr. (USA) – World Premiere

The ice caps are melting and all kinds of prehistoric beings, ancient monsters, and cosmic what-nots are rapidly thawing out in the magical landscape, Hourglass Moonland. When a young Inuit girl, Spaghetti, crashes her snowmobile into a melting glacier, she lets loose a wild Yeti. Their adventures are just beginning.

Cast: Sienne Josselin, Kelly Skiver, Harold Hayes, Jr., Matt Bobb

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3. Best Cinematic Narrative VR Experience

Dinner Party
Directed by Angel Manuel Soto (USA) – UK Premiere

Betty and Barney Hill are an interracial couple who made the first report of a UFO abduction in America in 1961. After undergoing recorded hypnosis to recover memories of their experience, the Hills listen to the recording during a dinner party, and what they hear could change their lives forever.

Cast: Malcolm Barrett, Sarah Sokolovic

Hotel Zentai
Directed by Leonardo Medel (Chile) –  World Premiere

Four stories intersect in a zentai club, a sexual fetish where participants wear lycra suits and rub each other. A mother and daughter recognise each other in a ritual, a man can’t decide what to wear, a coach loses his authority, and two lovers never see each other’s faces.

Cast: Mariana Di Girolamo, Antonia Zegers, Alejandro Goic, Fernanda Ramírez, Eliana Albasetti

Kinch And The Double World
Directed by Colin Arnold, Steve Cholerton (UK) – World Premiere

A young street urchin named Kinch, living in Victorian London, steals a loaf of bread and is pursued by a policeman. Taking refuge in an old vaudeville theatre he meets a magician who transports him to a parallel universe where magic is real.

Cast: Mack Keith-Roach, Bella Padden, Edward Halsted, Robert Fitch

King Of Infinite Space
Directed by Taylor Myers, Dan Hasse, Darren Emerson (USA) – World Premiere

Step into Hamlet’s mind as his faith in humanity erodes and he unravels his philosophy of wonder, loss, and madness. A whirlwind of spectres and omens descend, stretching the very fabric of reality. Is this a vision of the future or just another of his bad dreams?

Cast: Taylor Myers, Constantine Malahias, Yuriy Pavlish, Jonathan Hopkins, Beth Ann Hopkins

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4. Best Documentary VR Experience

Grenfell: Our Home
Directed by Jonathan Rudd (UK)

GRENFELL: OUR HOME is a bold and innovative VR documentary, which combines survivor’s testimonies filmed in stereoscopic 360º video with computer-generated animation. The film offers a powerful and original perspective on the Grenfell Tower fire and the community that existed before the fire.

Cast: Gomes family, Alves family, Corinne Jones, Jason Miller, Lilian Alwa

Inside Tumucumaque
Directed by Ina Krüger, Patrik de Jong (Germany) – International Premiere

INSIDE TUMUCUMAQUE allows the audience to discover the unique ecosystem of the Tumucumaque nature reserve from the perspective of the animals living there. Fly like a harpy eagle, swim with the black caiman, and get a sense of how these animals perceive the world.

Is Anna OK?
Directed by Camila Ruz (UK)

This is a true story of twins Anna and Lauren whose lives are changed in an instant. Step into their memories, connect the two halves of their story, and join them as they piece their world back together.

Cast: Marli Siu

Nothing To Be Written
Directed by Lysander Ashton (UK) – World Premiere

During the First World War millions of multiple choice postcards were sent from the front. Nothing was to be written on them, as communication was only allowed through prescribed phrases. NOTHING TO BE WRITTEN is an artwork inspired by musician Anna Meredith’s FIVE TELEGRAMS and drawing inspiration from these postcards.

The Sun Ladies

Directed by Celine Tricart, Christian Stephen (USA) – UK Premiere

In 2014 ISIS fighters invaded Iraq and targeted the Yazidi community of Sinjar. Men were killed, and women and girls taken as sex slaves. Those who escaped started a female-only fighting unit called the Sun Ladies to bring back their sisters and protect the honour and dignity of their people.

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5. Best Social Impact VR Experience

Being Me
Directed by Peter Collis (UK) – World Premiere

An immersive tool used to highlight the needs of children in the care system. Through the eyes of a child, the film follows the journey from foetus to early childhood, experiencing the impact of abuse and neglect but also the power of positive intervention from adults in the child’s life.

Cast: Victoria Yeates, Raeleigh Green, Matilda Velevitch, Charlie Bedford, Sarah Hoare

The Dairy Industry
(UK/US) – World Premiere

Few have witnessed the unimaginable suffering of cows and their calves on dairy farms, where a cycle of cruelty affects entire families. Our team of investigators transport you inside this secretive industry to share the heartbreaking stories behind every glass of milk. Will you be a witness?

Cast: Evanna Lynch

The Evolution Of Testicles
Directed by Ryan Hartsell (UK – England, Ireland / USA – Utah, Texas) – International Premiere

Two parts humour, one part emotion, this salty sweet VR piece starring Chris O’Dowd raises awareness about testicular cancer through laughter. This project is part of the Oculus VR for Good Creators Lab, where filmmakers are paired with nonprofits to make great VR in the name of social good.

Cast: Chris O’Dowd, Andy Neill, Ali Shaw, Jay Holmes

My Africa 

Directed by David Allen (UK/US) – European Premiere

A virtual reality journey to northern Kenya, where the futures of wildlife and people are intertwined. Viewers will stand in the midst of a thundering wildebeest migration, witness a lioness snatch her prey, go nose-to-trunk with an inquisitive baby elephant, and meet a community dedicated to saving Africa’s wildlife.

Cast: Lupita Nyong’o, Naltwasha Leripe

My Africa: Elephant Keeper

Directed by Adam May, Elliott Round, UK, European Premiere

Become an Elephant Keeper and learn more about the remarkable work undertaken at the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary in Kenya. Following on from the 360° film MY AFRICA, audiences can now welcome Dudu, a baby elephant, to the sanctuary, using real world props to create an innovative interactive VR experience.

Cast: Hannah Boulting

Window To Our World

Directed by Ben Perry (UK) – World Premiere

Harnessing the power of VR to transport viewers into the world of a child, the film enables carers and professionals to understand how trauma and abuse impact children’s development and behaviour. It aims to motivate action to address the UK’s foster carer shortage and its significant social and financial implications.

Cast: Annick Elaine Weerts, Julian Ben Vinnicombe, Daniel Michael Jacobs, Robin Daniel Thompson, Alice Blake

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6. Best Music VR Experience

Chorus
Directed by Tyler Hurd (USA) – UK Premiere

CHORUS transforms you and five friends into fantastical female warriors and sends you on an epic journey to a faraway Tron-like fantasy world. There, you will battle weird and treacherous monsters to save your species from extinction, while fighting to the visceral sounds of electronic music duo, Justice.

Nothing To Be Written
Directed by Lysander Ashton (UK) – World Premiere

During the First World War millions of multiple choice postcards were sent from the front. Nothing was to be written on them, as communication was only allowed through prescribed phrases. NOTHING TO BE WRITTEN is an artwork inspired by musician Anna Meredith’s FIVE TELEGRAMS and drawing inspiration from these postcards.

Opinions
Directed by Kenneth Henderson, Alyssia Frankland (UK) – World Premiere

Modern society is obsessed with social media. Online platforms provide us with a constant unwanted stream of other people’s opinions. What happens when it all gets too much? Cabaret superstars Bourgeois & Maurice offer us a solution in this satirical VR music video.

Cast: Liv Morris, George Heyworth

Ukiyo Cave: Surely

Directed by Chagall and Eduardo Fitch (UK, The Netherlands) – World Premiere

Music is a gateway to emotion but in a media-congested society, do we get to ever truly listen? UKIYO CAVE: SURELY uses the immersive qualities of VR and 3D spatialised audio to bring back focus, gently directing the viewer towards a state of musical euphoria.

Cast: Chagall, Leyla Rees, Stijn Goossens

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7. Best Multi-Person Experience

Chorus

Directed by Tyler Hurd (USA) – UK Premiere

CHORUS transforms you and five friends into fantastical female warriors and sends you on an epic journey to a faraway Tron-like fantasy world. There, you will battle weird and treacherous monsters to save your species from extinction, while fighting to the visceral sounds of electronic music duo, Justice.

Is Anna OK?

Directed by Camila Ruz (UK) – London Premiere

This is a true story of twins Anna and Lauren whose lives are changed in an instant. Step into their memories, connect the two halves of their story, and join them as they piece their world back together.

Cast: Marli Siu

The Apple

Directed by Bin Gu, Kaoru Naito, Liquan Liu (China, Japan, Korea) –  World Premiere

THE APPLE walks the viewer through different stages of life whilst exploring the world of ‘The Philosopher’. Each life stage is represented by distinctive styles of movement that are a metaphor for the human journey from beginning to end. Spatial compression algorithms were used to create this unique multi-person experience.

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8. British Award: Best UK Experience

Grenfell: Our Home

Directed by Jonathan Rudd (UK)

GRENFELL: OUR HOME is a bold and innovative VR documentary, which combines survivor’s testimonies filmed in stereoscopic 360º video with computer-generated animation. The film offers a powerful and original perspective on the Grenfell Tower fire and the community that existed before the fire.

Cast: Gomes family, Alves family, Corinne Jones, Jason Miller, Lilian Alwa

Judi Dench: My Oak Tree VR

Directed by Daniel Wan and James Manisty (UK) – World Premiere

Fly around and through a two-hundred-year-old oak tree in Judi Dench’s garden. Combining cutting-edge graphics, real scan data, state-of-the-art 360º filming techniques and poetic storytelling, this heart-warming journey brings the tree alive in a completely new way, and shows how trees can help to save our planet.

Cast: Judi Dench

Kinch & The Double World

Directed by Colin Arnold and Steven Cholerton (UK) – World Premiere

A young street urchin named Kinch, living in Victorian London, steals a loaf of bread and is pursued by a policeman. Taking refuge in an old vaudeville theatre he meets a magician who transports him to a parallel universe where magic is real.

Cast: Mack Keith-Roach, Bella Padden, Edward Halsted, Robert Fitch

Nothing To Be Written

Directed by Lysander Ashton (UK) – World Premiere

During the First World War millions of multiple choice postcards were sent from the front. Nothing was to be written on them, as communication was only allowed through prescribed phrases. NOTHING TO BE WRITTEN is an artwork inspired by musician Anna Meredith’s FIVE TELEGRAMS and drawing inspiration from these postcards.

Opinions

Directed by Alyssia Frankland and Kenneth Henderson (UK) – World Premiere

Modern society is obsessed with social media. Online platforms provide us with a constant unwanted stream of other people’s opinions. What happens when it all gets too much? Cabaret superstars Bourgeois & Maurice offer us a solution in this satirical VR music video.

Cast: Liv Morris, George Heyworth

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9. Discovery Award: Best Debut Experience

Crackle Pop

Directed by John Lynch (UK) – World Premiere

Experience the neurological phenomenon of sound to colour synesthesia – the perception of colours or shapes when listening to sounds and music. Documentary and music video collide in this kaleidoscopic VR film, pieced together from the descriptions of synesthetes listening to the breathtaking music of Paul Russell’s post-punk orchestra, Human Pyramids.

Cast: Yasmyn Hendrix, Timothy Layden

Madrid Noir: Prologue

Directed by James A. Castillo (UK) – World Premiere

It’s a warm spring night in Madrid, 1929. A detective named Manolo Monreal, grouchy after a long day on the job, encounters a stray puppy on the streets. Will Manolo be enchanted by her cuteness and keep her safe from the dangers of the night?

The Archivist

Directed by Orly J Rodriguez, Jr. and Kemal Can Kirdar (USA) – World Premiere

A VR experience based on the world of Twin Peaks, taking you beyond the curtain and into the unpredictable dreamscape. With a new original storyline and soundtrack, THE ARCHIVIST invites you to experience an entirely new mystery, with new characters as well as those you know and love.

Cast: Jason McNeil, Ally Tasker Murphy, Curt Clendinin

Trail Of Angels

Directed by Kristina Buozyte (Lithuania) – UK Premiere

TRAIL OF ANGELS is a tribute to the famous Lithuanian painter and composer M.K. Čiurlionis. It‘s an immersive VR animation that invites the viewer to explore the magic world of Čiurlionis’s paintings while listening to his original music.

Ukiyo Cave: Surely

Directed by Chagall and Eduardo Fitch (UK, The Netherlands) –  World Premiere

Music is a gateway to emotion but in a media-congested society, do we get to ever truly listen? UKIYO CAVE: SURELY uses the immersive qualities of VR and 3D spatialised audio to bring back focus, gently directing the viewer towards a state of musical euphoria.

Cast: Chagall, Leyla Rees, Stijn Goossens

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10. Grand Jury Prize: Best Immersive Story

7 Miracles

Directed by Rodrigo Cerqueira and Marco Spagnoli (USA, Italy) – World Premiere

The world’s first feature-length immersive experience, 7 MIRACLES is a deeply personal story of Jesus and his seven miracles, based on the book of John.

Cast: Dejan Bucin, Ben Starr, Sara Lazzaro, Lorenzo Balducci, Cosimo Fusco

Arden’s Wake: Tide’s Fall

Directed by Eugene YK Chung (USA) UK Premiere

TIDE’S FALL continues the journey of Meena, a young woman living in a post-apocalyptic world and searching for her father in the depths of the ocean after his unexpected disappearance. Featuring the voice of Academy Award-winner Alicia Vikander, this expansion of Penrose Studios’s award-winning ARDEN’S WAKE embraces the art of long-form storytelling in Virtual Reality.

Cast: Alicia Vikander, Richard Armitage

Crow: The Legend

Directed by Eric Darnell (USA) – UK Premiere

Inspired by the Native American legend, a fully immersive journey exploring themes of self-discovery, diversity and selflessness wherein the viewer plays a key role in the story of Crow, voiced by John Legend, who must give up everything he values to save his friends – or so he thinks.

Cast: John Legend, Oprah Winfrey, Constance Wu, Liza Koshy, Tye Sheridan, Sarah Eagle Heart, Randy Edmonds, Diego Luna

Transference

Directed by SpectreVision (Elijah Wood, Josh C. Waller, Daniel Noah, Kyle McCullough, Lisa Whalen) and Ubisoft (Patrick Plourde, Sylvain Bernard, Christian Bedard), Canada, USA – UK Premiere

A psychological thriller placing you face-to-face with a fractured family, as you freely explore their minds. Navigate a dreamlike home filled with secrets. Collect the evidence of a family’s history to choose how you repair their lives. Learn the rules of a place bent on breaking them. Unlock the truth.

Cast: Lindsay Burdge, Macon Blair, Tyler Crumley

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The Web Series

All Web Series will compete for two awards: the Jury Award and the Audience Award.

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Industry forum

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