Showcasing state of the art immersive technologies, Mitcham VR Festival will close FilmMerton, the year-long community arts outreach project in south-west London, on Saturday 7th March

This incredible and free one-day event will present Virtual Reality and 360-degree films, giving visitors the opportunity to engage with a broad range of movies. Highlights include Gloomy Eyes, starring Colin Farrell, the story of a zombie kid called Gloomy and a mortal girl called Nena fall in love, forming a deep connection that even the most powerful man cannot destroy. Judi Dench: My Oak Tree VR is a pioneering, immersive 360 film that allows viewers to fly around and through the most impressive oak tree in Judi Dench’s garden. Combining cutting-edge graphics, real scan data, state-of-the-art 360º filming techniques and poetic storytelling, this heart-warming journey brings the tree alive in a completely new way, and shows how trees can help to save our planet.

Other festival highlights include emerging VR director, Samantha Kingston’s Anonymous, her immersive documentary and a personal story of living with an alcohol dependent parent, hiding the secret and dealing with the death of that parent. Mitcham resident and emerging VR director, John Lynch, will share Crackle Pop, a part documentary, part music VR experience which explores the phenomenon of sound to colour synaesthesia. The Curious Tale of the Stolen Pets invites audiences to solve its mystery by exploring wonderful miniature worlds. Set in Victorian London, Kinch and the Double World brings the fantasy adventure to cinematic Virtual Reality. VR comedy series Bro Bots, set in the not-so-distant future, introduces two British robots – Otis and Roberto – as they arrive in New York to join the NYPD.

Gloomy Eyes (Atlas V and 3DAR)

At Mitcham VR Festival, interactive Virtual Reality films will be showcased alongside 360-degree films to give visitors the opportunity to engage with a broad range of immersive experiences from sci-fi thrillers to romantic dramas; documentary investigations to comedy flicks.

The festival will also see the premiere of four specially commissioned short films made in Merton from both established and emerging artists, including former asylum seeker and Mitcham resident Matvi Khoso’s The Streets That Shape Us and Merton resident Charlie Strank’s The History of Wimbledon Football Club – As Told in Lego which documents ‘football coming home’ to the local community. Local Mitcham resident, Rosie Gaunt-Mathieson (Dawn of a New Gay, selected for London Short Film Festival 2020) will present Just Delivered, a heartwarming romantic comedy. Peter Lee Scott (Sketch, winner of Best Film at British Independent Film Festival 2018) will share His Name is Gerry, a drama-comedy about young people and bereavement. All the Fun of the Fair will enable visitors to step into their local history through an Augmented Reality installation: audiences will be transported from 2020 to the historic Mitcham Fair using smart phones and a unique soundscape to bring images to life.

Cllr Cooper-Marbiah, Merton’s Cabinet Member for Culture comments, “I am so delighted to see this festival in Mitcham. The Council has been proud to support the innovative work showcasing the great opportunities in our area. Not least, FilmMerton has commissioned four new films entirely made in the borough and premiered at the Festival. We are bringing innovative technologies to Merton and I hope that our residents enjoy the chance to see exciting new work.”

The Mitcham VR Festival will take place Saturday 7th March 2020 at General Giles Social Club and you can find further location details and book your tickets on the official website.

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