The start of every year sees a flurry of cinematic content thanks to film festivals around the world. Sundance has just ended while March will see the return of the Cinequest Film & Creativity Festival to San Jose and Redwood City, California. Once again virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) will have a presence with the world premiere of VR film LIFE-GIVER taking place.
Produced by Snowcloud Films, Film i Väst and StudioV, LIFE-GIVER is an animated movie directed by Petter Lindblad and Alexander Rönnberg, following a mother’s struggle to save herself and her two daughters.
“2068 – the environmental crisis is in full effect. It has completely destroyed our planet and shattered humanity into a chaotic fight to survive. A plan was made to evacuate the planet before it became completely uninhabitable, but there was not enough room on the evacuation ships. A special travel pass was handed out to only the most privileged people. The rest were placed in internment camps. And now the last ship is about to leave,” explains the synopsis.
Set in an abandoned Stockholm, she has managed to acquire these sought after passes but to get to the evacuation ship they must cross the dangerous militarized zone, and time is running out. The film is told from the viewpoint of the youngest daughter’s memory, as she is now an old woman far out among the stars in the future.
”We’re very happy to have been chosen to have our world premiere in the heart of Silicon Valley. It seems a fitting place to show our first VR-film at such a melting pot of technical and creative achievements. We’re looking forward to the screenings and networking with other filmmakers and distributors of VR-projects at the festival,” says producer Petter Lindblad in a statement.
After its premiere at the festival, Nordic Entertainment Group’s 360-platform Viareal will release LIFE-GIVER to the Nordic market at the end of 2020. LIFE-GIVER is slated for release on Oculus Store and SteamVR this year. Cinequest Film & Creativity Festival takes place from 3rd-15th March 2020, with the VR-programme running between 5th-8th March. For further updates keep reading VRFocus.