Cinequest Film & VR Festival Showcases Artistry w/ Cutting Edge VR and AR Experiences

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Cinequest Film & VR Festival Showcases Artistry w/ Cutting Edge VR and AR Experiences

Cinequest, a vanguard organization that fuses creativity with technological innovation to empower, improve, and transform the lives of people and communities, today announced the details of its virtual reality (VR) program at its international celebration of the filmed arts, the Cinequest Film & VR Festival.

The Silicon Valley’s premier convergence of technology, innovation and artistry, Cinequest celebrates the impact of tech in evolving the creation, consumption and distribution of entertainment for creators and audiences alike. From March 1st – 4th, Cinequest will showcase the union of creativity and tech, artistry and engineering, with an unparalleled selection of VR cinema programs, immersive experiences, workshops with luminaries in this emerging medium, culminating in a presentation of 19 awards for VR content on the final day of Cinequest, March 11th, 2018.

Festival First: Opening Night 360 Livestream by Samsung

Continuing its commitment to spotlighting emerging technologies that enhance the way entertainment is created, consumed and distributed, Cinequest has partnered with Samsung for a 360 livefeed of its opening night conversation with legendary actor William H. Macy, who directed the opening night film, Krystal.  From Cinequest’s home in the tech capitol of Silicon Valley, and broadcast live in 360 from the gorgeous, renovated 1920s era movie mecca, the California Theatre, film fans from around the globe will be able to experience the energy and excitement of Cinequest from a ‘virtual’ front row seat.

Hollywood meets Hi-Tech: Featured VR Cinematic Selections 

In a selection of twenty-nine VR films and interactive experiences, early VR adopters and newcomers can experience outstanding cinematic and immersive content that spans an astounding array of genres, themes, settings and realities, during Cinequest’s VR program running March 1 – March 4.

This year’s selections includes three immersive works that feature Cinequest Maverick Spirit Award honorees, John Travolta and Nicolas Cage, and this year’s Cinequest VR Visionary honoree, Travis Cloyd. Cage and Cloyd will discuss their collaboration on The Humanity Bureau VRevolution during the Nicolas Cage Maverick Spirit Award Event (February 28th), joined onstage by director Rob W. King and producer Kevin DeWalt.

A connector and conduit between the fields of film and techCloyd will presents works at the festival’s VR Cinema program that meld the star-power of Hollywood with astounding technology: 

The Humanity Bureau VRevolution (World Premiere)

Starring Nicolas Cage, this dystopian thriller set in the near future sees the world facing serious environmental problems as the result of global warming. The standalone episodic virtual reality series will release on March 2nd, followed by the theatrical film release of the sci-fi action-thriller,

The Humanity Bureau on April 6th. The Humanity Bureau VRevolution was directed by Rob W. King and Josh Courtney. Produced by Travis Cloyd. Josh Courtney, Kevin DeWalt and Rob Bryanton. Written by Dave Schultz and Travis Cloyd.  The experience is a Mind’s Eye Entertainment Presentation. Distributed by OneTouchVR.

Speed Kills VR Experience

Starring Maverick Spirit Award recipient John Travolta and Katheryn Winnick, speedboat racing champion and multimillionaire Ben Aronoff (Travolta) leads a double life that lands him in trouble with both the law and drug lords. Directed by Travis Cloyd. Produced by Travis Cloyd, Guy Griffithe, Richard Del Castro and TopDogVR.

The Recall VR Abduction

Starring Wesley Snipes in his virtual reality debut, five friends vacation at a remote lake house, expecting nothing less than a good time – unaware that planet Earth is under an alien invasion and mass-abduction. Directed by Mauro Borrelli and Josh Courtney. Produced by Travis Cloyd, Josh Courtney, Kevin DeWalt, Danielle Masters, Rob Bryanton and Wesley Snipes. The standalone virtual reality film and feature film was released in June 2017. The Recall VR Abduction is a Mind’s Eye Entertainment Presentation. Distributed by OneTouchVR.

Virtual and Augmented Reality Workshops

Cinequest’s Workshops will inspire and educate VR and AR content creators with practical discussions and explorations of leading edge VR and AR technological breakthroughs, and the opportunities in this emerging medium. Between educational sessions, guests can access the VR Experience Lounge to sample VR games and adventures, ranging from otherworldly to awe-inspiring.  

3D 360 Video Production Best Practices | Thursday March 1st, 3PM

Presenters: Joshua Dixon, Emerging Products, Samsung; John Furton, VR Content, Samsung

From bleeding edge technologists at the leader in VR, Samsung, explore best practices in creating immersive experiences, and workflows associated with filming in 360.  

Leading Edge VR Tech | Friday March 2nd, 3PM

Presenter: Buzz Hays, Head of Product at Lytro, Inc.

Hays will discuss Lytro and other emerging technologies paving the way for the creation of high quality immersive entertainment, and the technology that is revolutionizing the future of media.


What Works in VR | Saturday March 3rd, 3PM (PART 1)

Presenter: Max Salomon, Executive VR and 360 Producer at Black Dot Films

Multiple Emmy award-winning executive producer, writer and director of documentaries & non-fiction programming Max Salomon discusses the importance of putting “the story and content first” when it comes to VR.

Creating with AR and VR Technology | Saturday March 3rd, 3:45 PM (PART 2)

Presenter: Limbert Fabian, Executive Creative Director at Flight School Studio

Emmy-award winning director and executive creative producer at Flight School, Limbert Fabian illustrates how he applies his passions for film and storytelling to the exciting new mediums of virtual and augmented reality.       

VR Awards

The Silicon Valley is the epicenter of VR, and Cinequest has long played a role as the leading showcase and implementer of pioneering media technologies. Thus, it’s fitting that Cinequest presents Awards to the leading artistic and technological achievements in VR and AR cinema, gaming, and interactive experiences. Cinequest’s Board will present the VR Awards as part of the Closing night festivities of the Cinequest Film & VR Festival on March 11, recognizing exceptional work in 19 categories.

Renowned for the exceptional quality and diversity of its program, CQ2018 will screen 229 feature and short films, including 75 World and 55 U.S. premieres from 45 countries, and invite attendees to immerse themselves in a new storytelling medium at its curated VR Cinema and VR Experience Lounge.  Over the 13-day program, Silicon Valley becomes the epicenter of tech and entertainment as global filmmakers, futurists, writers, technologists, actors and converge to celebrate their work in the world’s leading innovation community and one of the most diverse metros in the world.  

To learn more about the full festival lineup, and to purchase festival passes, tickets to screenings and special events, visit

About Cinequest

A vanguard organization set in the Silicon Valley, Cinequest’s uniqueness and impact result from being ahead of the curve in the powerful integration of creativity and technology. Cinequest fuses the world of the filmed arts with that of Silicon Valley’s innovation to empower youth, artists, and innovators to create and connect – driving transformations and a better tomorrow. Cinequest does this through Cinequest Film & VR Festival, Picture The Possibilities, and its sister company Cinequest Mavericks Studio. (Voted Best Film Festival by USA Today Readers.)

Author: VR Reporter

I am a hi-tech enthusiast, VR evangelist, and a Co-founder & Chief Director at Virtual Reality Reporter!

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