VRE Fest: Virtual Reality Experience 2020


A festival to explore the vast world of immersive technologies

Virtual Reality Experience – VRE is an international festival created to explore the vast world of immersive technologies and their impact on our near future. A real observatory that will allow the public to take part in a selection of works filmed at 360°, live Virtual experiences, attend live performances, and listen to some of the most authoritative voices in the VR / AR field.

In the 2020 edition, VRE wants to explore even more in depth the limitless possibilities of digital technologies. The festival will move through a varied space, giving life to an ‘‘Extended’’ Edition. The VR Experience will take place at MAXXI while some of the most innovative Art Performing will take place at Villa Maraini, home of the Swiss institute, in the prestigious Villa Medici, home of the France Academy, in the Aula Magna Unitelma Sapienza in Rome, next to the university city.

VRE 20 official selection

But the festival also goes digital: the Film VR competition (the official selection includes 22 360° films from UK, France, Korea, Nigeria, Germany, Sweden, Italy, China, Australia and the United States)  will be streamed for free on the Veer VR Platform, while the Talk and Masterclass will be held at the Aula Magna Unitelma Sapienza and aired on the social channels of VRE 2020.

International experts will confront each other on the revolutionary and strategic role that immersive technologies are acquiring in different business areas. There’s also a space dedicated to Gaming, which, in addition to being a form of entertainment, is thought as a refined tool for enhancing cultural heritage.

All VRE 2020 events are free upon obligatory reservation for the venues in compliance with the anti-covid regulations. Click here for info.

VRE 2020 programme

On-Site Programme

Great opening at the MAXXI National Museum of Art from the XXI century, heart of the contemporary artistic experimentation, which from the 16th to the 18th of October will host a Selection of VR Experience among the most engaging and immersive of the International scene. With Dreamin’ Zone by Fabienne Giezendanner (France, Switzerland, Germany, South Korea) we will take part in the story of a Korean woman searching for her lost father. Ayahuasca: Kosmic Journey by Jan Kounen (France) plunges us into the mystery of the amazon forest led by the indigenous Shipibo, a traditional healer; with The Holy City by Nimrod Shanit (Israel) we will be protagonists of a journey inside the city of Jerusalem, the holy city. Battlescar by Nico Casavecchia, Martín Allais (France, USA) offers us the scene of a New York of the Seventies through the eyes of a punk teenager, while Once Upon a Sea is an extraordinary and engaging journey in the region of the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth. We will explore the amazing world of Gloomy Eyes by Jorge Tereso, Fernando Maldonado (France, Argentina, Taiwan, USA) with his love and dark story and finally The Key by Celine Tricart (USA) will force us into a metaphorical journey to discover a hidden truth, crude as reality.

Still from the 16th to the 18th of October, in Villa Medici, in collaboration with Rai Cinema VR, France Institute and France Academy some VR stations will be set up with a selection of French films shot at 360°, from the Official Selection. Saturnism by Mihai Grecu, The Real Thing by Benoît Felici, Mathias Chelebourg, -22.7°C by Jan Kounen, Molécule, Amaury La Burthe. The film will be available on the App Rai Cinema Channel VR.

The 16th and the 17th of October in Villa Maraini it will be possible to assist to the event produced by the Swiss Institute in occasion of VRE20: la Comédie Virtuelle, by Gilles Jobin who will transform VRE’s guests into dancers and will introduce them into the walls of the Genevan Eaux-Vives.

The 16th and the 17th of October will also be the days dedicated to Virtual Reality and sustainable development 2030, this is the goal and the fil rouge that goes through the editorial and artistic choice of VRE20. Community life, education, work, health, gender inequalities, sustainability and development are the big topics of the 2030 Agenda to take on the twists and turns in where virtual reality could be, and in some cases already is, a precious tool of engagement and investigation.

VRE is a Green Oriented festival A lot of events to talk about the impact of the new emerging technologies on great and current topics with Talk, Masterclass, Panel and Keynote in a hybrid mode: October the 16th in the Aula Magna Unitelma La Sapienza in presence and live
streaming. The 17th the appointments move on the StreamYard platform and available live on the festival’s social channels and Twitch.

October 16 – 18, 2020

digital: Piattaforma VEER VR – Streaming Canali Social

Free entry


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