Munich, 14 | 09 | 2017

At all important international film festivals, VR Experiences caused quite a stir in the first half of this year. CinematicVR and Immersive Storytelling inspire the medium of the future with creative, artistic content.

We throw a light on various aspects of development, production, financing and distribution of content and delve into the matter with - among others - Paul Mowbray (NSC Creative, UK), Greg Passmore (VR Technology & Content Creator, USA), Alexandre Perez („Sergeant James“, F), Benjamin de Wit (Artistic Director, VR Days Europe, NL), and Ruta Boguzaite (WideVR, F) according to their experience and best practices.

How to develop for the innovative medium? What does it do to us as a viewer/user? And what business models already exist?

In addition to the keynotes and inspiration talks, experiences will be demoed and expert sessions will take place in parallel.

Paul Mowbray

NSC Creative / UK

Paul ist Geschäftsführer von NSC Creative, dem immersiven Storytelling Studio im National Space Center, UK. Er hat über 14 Jahre Erfahrung in der Produktion, Regie, Schreiben und im Animieren für immersive Umgebungen, von VR, Domes, Themenparks bis hin zu Museen. Er erhielt Auszeichnungen für immersives Design und arbeitete an einigen der weltweit beliebtesten immersiven Fulldome Dokumentarfilmen, die Millionen von Menschen in 70 Ländern inspiriert haben.

Benjamin de Wit

VR Days / Netherlands

Benjamin de Wit is Founder and Festival Director of VR Days, Europe’s leading creative professional VR/AR/MR event. De Wit was trained as an actor and worked with Ivo van Hove’s Toneelgroep Amsterdam from 2001-2007. Since then, he has developed several businesses including, Spot On Agency, agency for actors and Studio Stomp, digital agency. He is also on the board of Norma, the Dutch neighboring rights organization for musicians and actors.

Alexandre Perez

SERGENT JAMES / France

After graduating from the ESEC film school in Paris, Alexandre Perez embarked on a career in directing, starting with the short awarded « PARKING ». He followed that with more award-winning shorts and two collaborations with France Inter – CANNES YOU HEAR (2014) and ROUGE (2015).
 In 2017, he presents SERGENT JAMES, his first 360° fiction (VR).

Greg Passmore

PassmoreVR / USA

Greg Passmore has produced 3D music videos for Linkin Park, Slash, Devo, & Plain White T’s; developed visual effects technology for Transformers, Alice in Wonderland, Pirates of the Caribbean; worked on simulation rides for Ripley’s, MGM and Disney. He has also produced dozens of museum films and was awarded several patents in special effects and virtual reality. He currently is producing volumetric virtual reality content and custom software from his studio in Austin, Texas.

Rafael Hostettler

Roboy / Switzerland

Being fascinated by the complexity and beauty of everything, Rafael always had a hard time to do just one thing. Since graduating from ETH Zurich, he builds robots that imitate the human anatomy. Roboy, his 3D printed robot boy, plays in a theatre, goes to school and teaches children AI & ethics. Rafael also co-founded Medical Templates to revolutionize image guided interventions in radiology. Ultimately, all he wants is to become a robot, to stay curious forever.

Julia Leeb

photojournalist, filmmaker / Germany

With her studies in international relations Julia works as photojournalist and filmmaker, which have led her to over 80 different countries. She has done projects in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Syria, Libya, Afghanistan, Sudan, North Korea and Iran. Her pictures from war torn countries have been published worldwide. She produces VR and 360° content and strongly believes that this technology will fundamentally change journalism as we know it today.

Dr. Thomas Glückstein

Attorney / Germany

Certified specialist attorney for copyright and media law. Studied law in Munich and Amiens (France). Doctoral scholarship at the Max-Planck-Institut for Innovation and Competition. Qualified commercial mediator. With Lausen Rechtsanwälte since 2006. Focus on copyright and company law in the sectors film/TV, multimedia and online media. Activities as a lecturer for the Akademie der Deutschen Medien and the Bavarian Film Centre.

Mitya Sorkin

Feeling Films LLC / Belarus

Mitya is creative producer of film & VR projects at Feeling Films LLC / Minsk, Belarus. Co-author and co-producer of such spherical short films as War Knows No Nation and Here And There he is a pioneer of VR in Belarus.

Mitya is also author of several non-commercial initiatives in Belarus including VIR:CINEMA, annual VR/360 film festival in Minsk. He has been selected as one of 37 participants from 22 European and non-European nations of the VR CREATORS’ LAB in Munich (July, 2017).

Sönke Kirchhof

INVR.SPACE GmbH/ Germany

Sönke is CEO and executive producer of Award winning Full Service VR Studio INVR.SPACE GmbH. He studied political science in Hamburg and Film and TV Production at Filmuniversität Babelsberg. He works in the fields of VR, stereoscopic filmmaking, VFX and CGI Postproduction as well as Research and Development in arts and technology for more than 15 years. He is also founder of reallifefilm international GmbH, working as producer and stereographer in all kind of projects.

Adina Mungenast

FFF Bayern / Germany

After her studies at the Munich Filmschool, Adina Mungenast worked as a producer for movies and series for H&V Entertainment. Since Feburary 2014 she works as a funding executive at the FFF Bayern for feature documentaries, webseries and virtual reality projects.

Ewa Szurogajlo

Creative Europe Desk München / Germany

After graduating in International Relations at the University of Economics in Poznan (Poland) and the Aalborg University (Denmark) Ewa worked as Project Manager in various industries (European Access Group, CCR Logistics Systems, Wirecard Technologies). Since 2012 she is funding consultant at the Creative Europe Desk Munich, one of four German information offices of Creative Europe MEDIA, the EU funding programme for films and games.