Virtual Reality Projects to Debut at 2016 Tribeca Film Festival

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The 2016 Tribeca Film Festival has lined up 23 virtual-reality exhibits and interactive storytelling installations to be presented during this year’s festival, including 16 world premieres. Part of an ongoing effort to incorporate new media into the festival, the programming will be showcased at the Tribeca Festival Hub in downtown Manhattan.

“Tribeca has always celebrated the most exciting new forms of storytelling, from video games to virtual reality,” co-founder of Tribeca Film Festival and executive chair of Tribeca Enterprises Jane Rosenthal said. “We’re committed to giving the independent artists we support the best stage to share their mind-blowing work with audiences.”

“Our experiential program is what happens when artists create wildly different adventures that go outside traditional methods,” festival director Genna Terranova said. “Today virtual reality offers a new landscape for creating worlds and stories.”

The “virtual arcade” of VR projects will be open April 18-20 and showcase projects based in documentary, narrative, gaming, music and journalism. This slate features the world premiere of documentary “The Artists of Skid Row” and fictional tale “Holidays: Christmas VR” (pictured above), among many others.

Other subsets of the lineup include the festival’s annual Storyscapes programming, which this year features 10 virtual-reality and interactive installations, and a one-day forum bringing together media, gaming and tech. As part of Storyscapes, “Sens,” the first project to adapt a graphic novel into a virtual reality, will make its world premiere.

“Hacked by Def Con and Mr. Robot,” sponsored by USA television series “Mr. Robot,” returns to the festival this year April 15-17. Def Con allows participants to explore hack-type scenarios to further understand technology, surveillance and security, and also includes panels that tackle topics of hacker culture.

For the third year, Games for Change will include a day-long event April 18 that will feature a Charity Game-a-thon in which two YouTube gamers, Tom Syndicate and Captain Sparklez, battle it out to raise money for GameChanger Charity.

The 15th annual Tribeca Film Festival runs April 13-24.