As part of this year’s Gimli Film Festival, we have specially curated four Canadian immersive narrative experiences 

In partnership with New Media Manitoba, and the National Film Board these films have been hand-selected by Hyper VR Festival,  one of the world’s premiere virtual reality film festivals. Designed to be immersive and interactive these experiences explore new ways to tell stories and engage audiences. See how theatre, cinema and gaming are all merging together into these immersive experiences.

All selections can be viewed in a browser (we recommend the latest version of Firefox or Chrome) Requests can also be made for a complimentary Google Cardboard which allows you to enjoy the films with your smartphone, except for Out of my Window that requires Adobe Flash to be installed on your computer browser.

 

 

SUPREME LAW

dir. Katerina Cizek
2019 | Canada | 45 mins | Interactive documentary

Americans are passionate about their constitution. Canadians aren’t. Supreme Law is here to change that. Made in partnership with the Centre for Constitutional Studies and directed by two-time Emmy winner Katerina Cizek, this interactive documentary brings together Canadian YouTube stars, constitutional scholars, historic video clips, and meticulously researched background on one of the most important and dramatic political events in Canada of the 20th century. And it’s all wrapped in a brilliantly retro visual aesthetic with a soundtrack of tunes that rocked the country during the ’80s. This is an entertaining and rich resource for anyone who wants to understand the stories behind the Canadian Constitution and how they continue to resonate today.

 

 

BEAR 71

creators: Jeremy Mendes and Leanne Allison and the NFB

2017 | Canada | 20 mins | Interactive documentary | More info

Bear 71 is the true story of a female grizzly bear monitored by the wildlife conservation offices from 2001 – 2009.

She lived her life under near-constant surveillance and was continually stressed by the interactions with the human world. She was tracked and logged as data, reflecting the way we have to see the world around us through Tron and Matrix-like filters, qualifying and quantifying everything, rather than experiencing and interacting

 

 

 

OUT OF MY WINDOW

dir: Katerina Cizek

2010 | Canada | Interactive storytelling| Full Credits

It’s a journey around the globe through the most commonly built form of the last century: the concrete-slab residential tower. Meet remarkable highrise residents who harness the human spirit — and the power of community — to resurrect meaning amid the ruins of modernism.
With more than 90 minutes of material to explore, Out My Window features 49 stories from 13 cities, told in 13 languages, accompanied by a leading-edge music playlist. It is the latest production from the NFB’s multi-year, multi-platform collaborative and global documentary project, Highrise.

 

 

 

Wenazìi K’egoke / See Visions

dir: Casey Koyczan and Travis Mercredi

2020 | Canada | 360 immersive storytelling

“Wenazìi K’egoke; See Visions” presents numerous scenes to experience the myths, legends, and visions from the Northwest Territories, which takes them on a journey of immersive storytelling within a VR environment. This is the prototype for the beginning of a three-chapter VR/360 project.

On YouTube, click on the gear icon and choose 4K resolution for a better experience. If watched in a VR headset, you’ll experience it in 3D stereo