Cate Blanchett, Colin Farrell and Millie Bobby Brown in Cannes Immersive Lineup

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The Cannes Film Festival has unveiled the inaugural lineup for its Immersive Competition section, the first-ever selection of augmented and virtual reality works to screen at the austere French film fest.

The 8 competition titles and 6 out-of-competition screenings include works featuring such talents as Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell, Millie Bobby Brown, and Tahar Rahim. The lineup highlights cutting-edge VR and AR techniques and includes location-based virtual reality, mixed reality experiences, projection mapping, and holographic works.

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Introducing the new immersive section, Cannes said it hoped to “spotlight the next generation of international artists who are redefining storytelling and inventing new narrative-driven experiences that move beyond the traditional two-dimensional cinema screen.” The section is being organized with support from the French national film board, the CNC. The immersive works will be presented at an exhibition space in the Cannes Cineum complex on the outskirts of the city and at the campus of Cannes’s Georges Méliès film school.

The best immersive work will be honored at a ceremony on May 23.

The immersive sidebar will run May 15-24, alongside the 2024 Cannes Film Festival (May 14-25).

2024 Immersive Competition Lineup

Immersive Competition

En Amour
Claire Bardainne, Adrien Mondot, Laurent Bardainne
Casting Claire Bardainne (voice over), November Ultra (singing voice)
Produced by Adrien M & Claire B, Ekleroshock records

UK, France, United States
French Premiere
Barnaby Steel, Ersin Han Ersin, Robin McNicholas
Casting Cate Blanchett (voice)
Produced by Marshmallow Laser Feast, Atlas V, Pressman Film, Orange, Bia-Echo Foundation, Dirty Films

Human Violins: Prelude (multi-user version)
Romania, France
World Premiere
Ioana Mischie
Casting Cabiria Morgenstern (English Voice)
Produced by Storyscapes, Da Prod, Studioset

Maya: The Birth of a Superhero
UK, France, United States
European Premiere
Poulomi Basu, CJ Clarke
Casting Indira Varma, Kathy Packianathan (French voices), Indira Varma, Charithra Chandran (English voices), Florrie Antoniou (voices)
Produced by Just Another Production Company, Floréal, Meta VR for Good, France Télévisions, Francetv Storylab, Meta

France, Taiwan
Tania de Montaigne, Stéphane Foenkinos, Pierre-Alain Giraud
Casting Tania de Montaigne, Rebecca Naluyange, Keril Daniel Elombe, Véronique Bailey, Jona Kraft, Sergei Laev, Mbongiseni Kunene, Craig Thomas Crawford, John Harve Jackson, Gwei Lun-Mei (Mandarin voice), Susanna Dimitri (Italian voice).
Produced by Novaya, Flash Forward Entertainment, Centre Pompidou

Telos I
Canada, Sweden, Denmark
World Premiere
Dorotea Saykaly, Emil Dam Seidel
Produced by Dorotea Saykaly, Emil Dam Seidel
Casting Dorotea Saykaly

The Roaming
France, Luxembourg, Canada
Mathieu Pradat
Casting Axel Beaumont, Pierre Tallaron, Tony Sanial, Mila Pousséo, Chloé Froget, Anne Klein, Marianne Bourg
Produced by La prairie productions, Wild Fang Films, Normal Studio, Small Creative

Traversing the Mist
Tung-Yen Chou
Casting Jing-Yan Lin
Produced by Very Theatre

Immersive Selection (Non-Competitive Works)

France, United States Martin Allais, Nico Casavecchia
Casting Dawson (English voice), Jehnny Beth (French voice), Lo Rivera (German voice)
Produced by Atlas V, Albyon, 1STAveMachine, ARTE France, Oculus, Ryot

France, Germany
Marion Burger, Ilan J. Cohen
Casting Olivia Cooke (English voice), Vimala Pons (French voice)
Produced by Atlas V, Reynard Films, France Télévisions

Gloomy Eyes
Argentina, France, United States
Fernando Maldonado, Jorge Tereso
Casting Tahar Rahim (French voice), Colin Farrell (English voice), Max Riemelt (German voice), Jorge Drexler (Spanish voice), Jam Hsiao (Mandarin voice) Produced by Atlas V, 3dar, ARTE France, HTC, Ryot

Missing Pictures: Naomi Kawase
France, UK, Taiwan, Luxembourg, South Korea
Clément Deneux
Casting Naomi Kawase
Produced by Atlas V, ARTE France, BBC, PTS, Serendipity Films, Wild Fang Films, Giioii

Notes on Blindness
France, UK
Arnaud Colinart, Amaury La Burthe, Peter Middleton, James Spinney
Casting John Hull (English version), Lambert Wilson (French version)
Produced by Ex Nihilo, ARTE France, Archer’s Mark, Novelab

United States, France
Eliza McNitt
Casting Jessica Chastain, Millie Bobby Brown, Patti Smith
Produced by Protozoa Pictures, City Lights, Crime of Curiosity, Atlas V

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