Welcome to VR Plus: Exploring Documentary And Virtual Reality

30 November 2016

We’re excited to announce a brand-new addition to the 30th Anniversary AIDC 2017 program – VR Plus – a special day of sessions presented by Film Victoria on Sunday 5 March 2017, exploring the intersection of documentary and factual media with the expanding engagement opportunities of VR (virtual reality), AR (augmented reality) and gaming.

Comprising three informative sessions and a networking event, the VR Plus day will highlight future possibilities for documentary VR/AR, provide invaluable insights into crafting immersive factual VR experiences, and identify business strategies for development in a rapidly growing field. Sessions include:

Revolution or Evolution? [VR Plus Keynote] 
VR, Games and the Future of Documentary

US-based VR/AR designer, filmmaker and founder of iNK Stories, Navid Khonsari considers how immersive technologies are revolutionising the documentary landscape, using his acclaimed docu-game about the Iranian revolution – 1979: Revolution – as a case study.

Immersed in the Story 
Virtual Reality and the Art of Narrative

Navid Khonsari, Lynette Walworth (VR artist, known for her striking work Collisions - currently showing at ACMI) and Oscar Raby (Co-Founder of Melbourne factual VR studio VRTOV) discuss the vital importance of story in developing a truly engaging VR experience.

Northern Exposure 
How Local AR/VR Producers Can Enter the Global Market

VRTOV Co-Founder Katy Morrison (co-producer of Easter Rising: Voice of a Rebel - pictured) and filmmaker Melanie Horkan (producer of the Oscar-shortlisted short doc My Enemy, My Brother) reveal the ins and outs of doing business in the international VR/AR landscape.

Social Presence
VR Plus Networking Session

An opportunity to meet and mingle IRL with speakers and documentary VR peers and luminaries in a special social get-together capping off AIDC’s first-ever VR Plus day.

“We're really delighted to be working with Film Victoria to introduce this innovation-focused day of sessions to the AIDC 2017,” said AIDC CEO / Conference Director Andrew Wiseman.

“Amid the speculation as to where VR/AR will ultimately lead, what we do know is that staying abreast of these exciting and potentially game-changing technologies will be vital (and fun) for anyone involved in documentary, factual and unscripted screen content. Here is a great opportunity to be immersed in the theory, craft and business of immersive story-telling.”

The VR Plus day joins a still-growing program of sessions, screenings, events and networking activities at AIDC 2017, led by Keynote In Conversation session More Than A Game, with Ezra Edelman (director of O.J.: Made In America) and John Battsek (producer of One Day In September); Cane Toads, Interrupted - a 30th anniversary live director commentary screening of classic Aussie doco Cane Toads: An Unnatural History; For Your Consideration – a session dissecting Awards campaigns for documentaries with Tribeca Film Institute’s Amy Hobby (producer of What Happened, Miss Simone?); and the participation of over 15 confirmed international decision makers in the AIDC Marketplace.

Entry to VR Plus day sessions will be open to AIDC All Access Pass holders (Early Bird rates available now). 

VR Plus is presented by