DREAM WITH YOUR EYES OPEN PUSHING THE REALMS OF REALITY Technology continues to break the boundaries between reality and imagination and offers us new forms of entertainment that are more immersive, where you truly are transported to other realms. We’ve been championing Virtual Reality and its creative possibilities at BBFF for the past five Festivals and this year’s XR (Extended/Cross Realities) Programme is our biggest and most ambitious yet. We’ll be delivering themed sessions of different curated experiences across multiple venues designed to entrance, thrill and enlighten. The selections include experiences which, like the films on offer at BBFF, have been sweeping awards at major festivals around the world. At our pop-up XR Space adventure has never been bigger, gameplay has never been this immersive, and characters have never been so believable that you have to take cover behind the couch. The team at Weta Workshop, world leaders in visual and special effects for film, have developed a ground-breaking game for the Magic Leap One, a new mixed reality system which blends real life with animated worlds. Dr. Grordbort’s Invaders is set in the retroscience fiction universe of Dr. Grordbort - a world of rayguns, rocket ships and deadly robot miscreants. This mixed reality experience happens right in front of you with life-sized robot menaces dropping down from the ceiling and walls. As Earth’s foremost defender it is your task to take them out. Raygun in hand, YOU are Earth’s last hope against the robotic onslaught. You’ll have the chance to experience a number of sci-fi themed VR stories, travel around our own world, encounter quirky characters, climb inside other people’s heads and see the world through new eyes. In Lucid, Eleanor is a renowned children’s author and illustrator. A car accident has left her in a coma. Before Eleanor is taken off life support, her daughter Astra is given the chance to undertake an experimental treatment that will allow her to enter Eleanor’s mind, for one last goodbye... Battlescar returns to BBFF with 2 new episodes. Set in 1978 in New York City. Debbie introduces Lupe to the punk rock scene of the Lower East Side and the secret worlds of Alphabet City. Closer to home Future Dreaming invites you to step into a time warping dream bubble as four young Aboriginal Australians guide you through their futures. Be ready for an intergalactic adventure. Look out for the space emus! Gloomy Eyes, narrated by Colin Farrell, is set at a time when the sun, tired of the humans, decides to never rise again. When the darkness awakens the dead from their graves an unlikely romance develops between a zombie kid called Gloomy
and Nena, a mortal girl. Inspired by nature and geometry, the cosmic and the earth-bound, Quartz, Byron’s newest and most unique event and gallery space is usually home to an amazing crystal array ‘The Cosmic Collection’ and creates the perfect setting for BBFF’s own collection of cosmic and spiritually themed Virtual Reality Experiences. These include: Ayahuasca - Kozmik Journey - a mind blowing immersive voyage through one of the most mysterious spiritual practices on the planet - a unique chance to experience a cultural and spiritual mystery. For the Amazonian Yawanawa, ‘medicine’ has the power to travel you in a vision to a place you have never been. Awavena uses VR like medicine to open a portal to another way of knowing. The work aims not to provoke empathy for the Yawanawa people but is rather a gift from them, to those who will virtually visit their forest
and receive this transmission — a gift that they hope can shift our consciousness, changing the way we perceive the world we know and the decisions we make. The Holy City is an interactive exploration of faith - transporting participants to Jerusalem and providing access to the most sacred rituals and the holiest sites of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. You’ll visit the most significant and beautiful sites in in Jerusalem and experience its architectural beauty, diverse inhabitants, and spiritual history. Tickets are $20 and give you access to approximately 45 minutes of VR experiences. Tickets go on sale on October 8 and are extremely limited - we encourage you to book online in advance and early. Visit bbff.com.au to learn about the full selection of 15+ XR/VR experiences, which venues you’ll find them in and to lock in your ticket today.
8 BYRON BAY FILM FESTIVAL – FRIDAY 18 TO SUNDAY 27 OCTOBER 2019BBFF.COM.AU
Programme of films and events at the 2019 Byron Bay International Film Festival