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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, LOS ANGELES, CA, NOVEMBER 4, 2016 — The American Film Institute (AFI) today announced details for State of the Art Technology Showcase: Innovation and Immersive Storytelling, taking place at AFI FEST 2016 presented by Audi. Now in its third year as part of the festival, the two-day event will feature a selection of 360-degree, VR and immersive short film experiences representing a cross-section of what's currently possible in this new cinematic medium — and what's yet to come.

"There is a new generation of ambitious storytellers who are building innovative narratives, and worlds and immersive experiences with cutting-edge technology whose work we want to showcase at AFI FEST," said Jacqueline Lyanga, Director, AFI FEST. "We're going to be presenting work from creative leaders in the field, from companies like Dark Corner, Felix & Paul Studios, Google Spotlight Stories, Here Be Dragons, Oculus Story Studio, Penrose Studios, Wevr and more."

The Showcase will take place Saturday, November 12, and Sunday, November 13, throughout locations in The Hollywood Roosevelt, including the VIZIO Lounge, and will include panel discussions with leading artists, interactive installations and VR stations accessible to festival attendees for a hands-on experience of this latest technology. Admission to all panels and events is free for festival guests and pass holders. Individual tickets are available on the festival's mobile app and on

Dolby, Google Spotlight Stories and VIZIO are sponsors of this year's Showcase. The opening keynote is sponsored by Google Spotlight Stories and will be delivered at the AFI FEST Cinema Lounge in The Hollywood Roosevelt on November 12 by Anthony Batt, co-founder and executive vice-president of virtual reality creative studio and production company Wevr.

Special guests and panelists at the Showcase include: Kim Adams, Oculus Story Studio senior producer and RAIN OR SHINE producer; Tuna Bora, production designer of PEARL; Daniel Burwen, Director of Experience at Jaunt VR; Eugene Chung, director of ALLUMETTE; Karen Dufilho-Rosen, executive producer at Google Spotlight Stories; Rainer Gombos, Emmy®-winning visual effects supervisor and founder of production company REALTRA; James Kaelan, Seed&Spark creative director; Oscar® winner Patrick Osborne, director of PEARL; Jan Pinkava, creative director of Google Spotlight Stories; and more. 


GOOGLE SPOTLIGHT STORIES CASE STUDY: PEARL and RAIN OR SHINE – A conversation about development and production with the creative talent behind two of Google's latest projects, PEARL and RAIN OR SHINE.

IMMERSIVE STORYTELLING: BUILDING ANIMATED WORLDS – A conversation about the cutting-edge animation used in VR content between creators from Google and Oculus Story Studio and the VR experiences ALLUMETTE and GNOMES & GOBLINS.

IMMERSIVE STORYTELLING: GENRE EXPANDS INTO VR – Join the Dark Corner creators, Seed&Spark creative director James Kaelan and others who have brought genre stories to the immersive VR space.

VR AND 360° CAMERA RIG WORKSHOP – A conversation about the camera systems and rigs that filmmakers use to shoot and edit VR content, with cameras and rigs included from Dark Corner, Here Be Dragons, Jaunt One, Radiant Images and REALTRA.


ALLUMETTE – An intimate tale about the love between a mother and her child as well as the sacrifices people are willing to make for the greater good. DIR Eugene Chung. Penrose Studios.

BURLAP – Step inside the lair of a lonely and disturbed killer as he comes closer than ever to completing his masterpiece. DIR Justin Denton. Dark Corner. 

CATATONIC – An immersive journey through an insane asylum in which the audience, bound to a wheelchair, undergoes a sensory-shocking horror thrill ride. DIR Guy Shelmerdine. Dark Corner; Here Be Dragons.

GNOMES & GOBLINS – Take a first step into the interactive fantasy world of Jon Favreau's GNOMES & GOBLINS and its many realms and denizens. Created by Jon Favreau. Wevr.

HARD WORLD FOR SMALL THINGS – A narrative exploration of the circumstances and lives affected by a single tragedy in Los Angeles. DIR Janicza Bravo. Seed&Spark; Wevr.

HENRY – This brilliantly animated delight takes you inside the world of a lonesome but lovable hedgehog. DIR Ramiro Lopez Dau. Oculus Story Studio.

KÀ THE BATTLE WITHIN – Designed as an epic VR Cirque du Soleil show, the world of KÀ THE BATTLE WITHIN is an adventure of heroism and martial arts. DIRS/SCRS François Blouin, Félix Lajeunesse, Paul Raphaël. Felix & Paul Studios.

LOVR – A story of love, told through neural activity captured over four seconds. DIR Aaron Bradbury. Luniere.

MULE – A thrilling, emotional journey through the last moments of a man's life. Choose your ending — do you want to be buried or cremated? DIR Guy Shelmerdine. Dark Corner.

NOTES ON BLINDNESS – An immersive VR experience based on one man's sensory and psychological experience of blindness. DIRS Arnaud Colinart, Amaury La Burthe, Peter Middleton, James Spinney. Ex Nihilo; ARTE France; AudioGaming; Archer's Mark.

PEARL – Set inside their home, a beloved hatchback, PEARL follows a girl and her dad as they crisscross the country chasing their dreams. From Academy Award®-winning director Patrick Osborne comes a story about the gifts we hand down and their power to carry love, and about finding grace in the unlikeliest of places. DIR Patrick Osborne. Google Spotlight Stories.

RAIN OR SHINE – It's a perfect summer day in London; the sun is shining, the birds are singing, there's a spring in everybody's step and Ella is determined to wear her new sunglasses. What could possibly go wrong? DIR Felix Massie. Google Spotlight Stories.

THROUGH THE AGES: PRESIDENT OBAMA CELEBRATES AMERICA'S NATIONAL PARKS – President Obama guides us on a wondrous and transporting journey to Yosemite as he honors the National Parks Service Centennial. DIRS Félix Lajeunesse, Paul Raphaël. Felix & Paul Studios.

TILT BRUSH – A stunning drawing tool that lets you paint life-size brush strokes in a 3D space. Google.

THEBLU – A three-part immersive encounter with undersea life. DIR Jake Rowell. Wevr.

THE VISITOR – A short horror experience about an unexpected visitor knocking on your door. DIRS James Kaelan, Blessing Yen. Seed&Spark. 

As Previously Announced

The Opening Night Gala will be the World Premiere of RULES DON'T APPLY (DIR Warren Beatty) on Thursday, November 10. Isabelle Huppert will be honored with a Tribute on Sunday, November 13, followed by a Centerpiece Gala screening of ELLE (DIR Paul Verhoeven). JACKIE (DIR Pablo Larraín) will screen as a Centerpiece Gala on Monday, November 14. LA LA LAND (DIR Damien Chazelle) will screen as a Centerpiece Gala on Tuesday, November 15. Annette Bening will be honored with a Tribute on Wednesday, November 16, followed by a Centerpiece Gala screening of 20TH CENTURY WOMEN (DIR Mike Mills). The Special Closing Night Gala Presentation will be PATRIOTS DAY (DIR Peter Berg) on Thursday, November 17.

In addition, the American Independents, Cinema's Legacy, Midnight, New Auteurs, Shorts and World Cinema and World Cinema Masters in Conversation sections have also been announced. More information about these sections is available via the 2016 Film Guide here.

In celebration of the 30th edition of the festival, a trio of diverse female trailblazers are featured in both the festival's 2016 key art and programming lineup. AFI FEST will spotlight Dorothy Dandridge, the first African American nominated for a Best Actress Academy Award®; Ida Lupino, a pioneering director, writer, producer and actress who became the first woman to direct a film noir; and Anna May Wong, the first Chinese-American actress to rise to international prominence.

AFI FEST takes place November 10–17, 2016, in the heart of Hollywood. Screenings, Galas and other events will be held at the TCL Chinese Theatre, the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres, the Egyptian Theatre and The Hollywood Roosevelt. The full festival lineup and schedule will be unveiled in October.

For the 13th consecutive year, AFI FEST will showcase the very best in global cinema thanks to the visionary support of presenting sponsor Audi.

Patron Packages ensure reserved seats for Gala screenings, and all proceeds benefit the educational programs of the American Film Institute. A limited number of individual tickets to Opening Night and other screenings are also made available at no charge thanks to the event sponsors.  Go to now to purchase Patron Packages, which can include access to Galas and other high-demand films and events.  Individual tickets will be available on beginning November 1.

As part of their membership benefits, AFI members will receive a complimentary AFI FEST Cinepass, which allows access to all regular screenings and special offers at this year's festival. Additionally, AFI members at the Two-Star level and above receive a 10% discount on all AFI FEST Patron Packages and Express Passes. Information about AFI membership is available at

Audi is the exclusive presenting sponsor of AFI FEST 2016, once again championing innovative filmmakers from around the globe through its steadfast support of the festival and AFI's mission.

Additional top sponsors include AT&T; American Airlines, the official airline of AFI; and VIZIO, the official home theater sponsor of AFI.

About the American Film Institute
AFI is America's promise to preserve the heritage of the motion picture, to honor the artists and their work and to educate the next generation of storytellers. AFI programs include the AFI Catalog of Feature Films and the AFI Archive, which preserve film heritage for future generations; the AFI Life Achievement Award, the highest honor for a career in film; AFI AWARDS, honoring the most outstanding movies and TV series of the year; AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies television events and movie reference lists, which have introduced and reintroduced classic American movies to millions of film lovers; year-round and special event exhibition through AFI FEST presented by Audi, AFI DOCS and the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center; and educating the next generation of storytellers at the world-renowned AFI Conservatory. For more information about AFI, visit or connect with AFI at,, and

About AFI FEST presented by Audi
A program of the American Film Institute, AFI FEST presented by Audi is a celebration of global cinema and today's Hollywood — a showcase for the best festival films of the year and an opportunity for master filmmakers and emerging artists to come together with audiences in the movie capital of the world. Celebrating its 30th edition, AFI FEST is the only festival of its stature that is free to the public. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognizes AFI FEST as a qualifying festival for both Short Film categories for the annual Academy Awards®. This year's edition takes place November 10–17, 2016. Additional information about AFI FEST is available at Connect with AFI FEST at, and

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