Los Angeles, CA (Variety) — Though Canada’s National Film Board has invested in interactive projects for well over a decade, 2020 has proven to be a banner year for the publicly funded organization, as three of their VR productions made waves across the international festival circuit.
This past January, director Randall Okita’s “The Book of Distance” premiered at Sundance, kicking off a yearlong festival tour that took the immersive doc from Tribeca to Bucheon to Venice. On the Lido, Okita’s critically acclaimed doc was joined by two other NFB co-productions, Pietro Gagliano’s “Agence” and Michelle and Uri Kranot’s “The Hangman at Home,” the latter of which would go on to win the festival’s grand jury prize.
Now playing at NewImages Festival in Paris ahead of additional festival dates in Ottawa, Vancouver and Montreal, “The Book of Distance” represents a new milestone for the NFB’s interactive lab, which began to experiment with storytelling when the Oculus DK1 headset was made available to developers in 2014.
Two years later, the film board invited four multidisciplinary directors to come experiment with the new technology. “We decided to invite four artists with whom we had worked with before, but who had never made a VR project,” … — Ben Croll/@Variety