Saturday 4th November &
Sunday 5th November 2023
Welcome back to the Belfast XR Festival 2023, running from 4th to the 5th November. This year we are proud to partner with the ground-breaking StoryFutures Xperience who have provided 21 pieces of virtual reality content made by Oscar and BAFTA award-winning filmmakers that showcases the best of local and international immersive technology content.
As well as inviting audiences to The Black Box, we have also added a VR Cinema at the Bean Bag Cinema, where audiences will be able to share new ways of experiencing VR. Our ambition is to create an unmissable annual gathering for XR that inspires storytelling where our underlying ethos is to bring virtual and augmented reality content to new audiences locally.
We are delighted to be working with StoryFutures Xperience as one of our partners. ‘StoryFutures Xperience’, is a dedicated VR distribution programme working with leading independent cinema venues and arts centres to innovate opportunities for audiences across the UK, supported by the BFI, awarding National Lottery funding. This partnership has been made possible through our StoryFutures Xperience partner, Queen's Film Theatre.
StoryFutures has worked with a range of partners to reversion and reimagine VR content and covers diverse themes such as music, sport and climate change. They range from beautifully animated 360 films to full interactive immersive experiences. StoryFutures hopes to continue to build a sustainable cultural network for VR exhibition by providing unprecedented infrastructure and support which will increase accessibility and engagement with audiences across the UK. It will also allow companies and freelancers to increase the visibility and exposure of their VR projects to new and emerging audiences and locations.
StoryFutures are also delighted to be the recipients of Meta’s Immersive Learning VR headset donation. Hundreds of Meta Quest 2 headsets have been made available to help bring new forms of screen culture to life and develop a wider audience for Virtual Reality across the UK. Wider UK distribution will help to continue to increase awareness and engagement with VR and immersive experiences for all age groups and demographics.