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Degrees of Freedom between Cinema and Virtual Reality
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Degrees of Freedom between Cinema and Virtual Reality

The ERC AN-ICON research group of the University of Milan, together with Filmmaker Festival and in collaboration with Veneto Film Commission and RaiCinema, have established “Degrees of Freedom”, the first award addressed to Italian Virtual Reality productions, and the award "RaiCinema Channel".

 

Open to Italian VR works created between 2019 and 2022, the “Degrees of Freedom” award aims to take stock of Italian production and enhance its artistically most significant and innovative expressions, offering specific attention to the relationship between the language of cinema and that of new immersive media.

 

In collaboration with Filmmaker and in the frame of its renowned Festival of independent and experimental cinema (taking place in Milan on November 18 – 28), AN-ICON will showcase the selection of VR works shortlisted for the awards "Degrees of Freedom" by a jury composed by Barbara Grespi, Giancarlo Grossi, Luca Mosso, Valeria Polidoro, and Sara Tirelli.

 

The evening will be concluded by the roundtable “Dwelling the images. The shapes of environmental image”, at the presence of some of the VR authors and of the organizers.

 

The event is open to the public, with free access and reservation advised to view the VR and XR works: find it here.

 

The winners of the awards "Degrees of Freedom" and "RaiCinema Channel" will be announced on the 27th of November, at the Festival closing night at Cinema Arcobaleno, in Milan.

Pre-selected works

Over the numerous applications received, the jury composed by Barbara Grespi, Giancarlo Grossi, Luca Mosso,Valeria Polidoro, and Sara Tirelli has pre-selected 9 VR works that will be showcased in the framework of Filmmaker Festival:

 

HYPERCHEMNITZ (Emanuele Dainotti, Belgio/Germania, 2022, VR 3DOF, 4’15’’)

A letter addressed to a love ended in 2025 in Chemnitz, Germany, when the Nazis have regained power and forced humanity to take refuge in virtual worlds, draws the outlines of a dystopian future poised between private and public, real and imaginary.

 

Montegelato (Davide Rapp, Italia, 2021, VR 3DOF, 28’)

The waterfalls of Montegelato, near Rome, have been the set of hundreds of audiovisual productions. Through the multiplication and superimposition of virtual screens that appear in every direction of the immersive space, the experience reconstructs an imaginary archive linked to the specificity of the landscape, from time to time background of historical, comic, dramatic, erotic and sci-fi adventures.

 

Gang Dance (Monica Mazzitelli, Italia, 2021, VR 3DOF, 5’20’’)

A dancing performance that surrounds and oppresses denying any way out. A symbolic journey in the universe of social networks, reflecting on the abuse of the body and image between exposure and sharing.

 

Moondust (Noemi Forti, Italia, 2019, VR 3DOF, 10’)

Returning from their first trip to the Moon, the Apollo 11 astronauts face a lockdown period since they are contaminated by potential pathogenic microorganisms present on lunar soil. Filled with memories, dreams, and expectations, the confinement space marks the distance that separates History from the intimate events of its protagonists.

 

The Italian Baba (Omar Rashid, Italia, 2020, VR 3DOF, 20’)

A journey to India in search of a spiritual guide, inspired by A piedi nudi sulla terra by Folco Terzani and accompanied by the narrative voice of Elio Germano. To become fully her/himself, one will have to learn to look through the eyes of the other. Virtual reality becomes the tool to accomplish this journey.

 

Affiorare (Rossella Schillaci, Italia, 2022, VR 3DOF, 20’)

An immersive documentary about daily life in the penal institutions of Turin, Milan and Venice, where female inmates live together with their children. Prison as seen by children is filled with imaginary phantasmagoria and evocative animations. Waiting to be able to fly away, free into open space.

 

MONO (Chiara Troisi, Italia, 2022, VR 6DOF, Colore, 14’)

Interiority as space, claustrophobic and monochromatic. The fragmenting and imploding of the personal world. A path to healing that passes through the expressive power of virtual reality.

 

Il dubbio (Matteo Lonardi, Italia, 2021, VR 6DOF, 21’)

What is the secret of artistic creation? Probably the ability to doubt, questioning one’s identity and choices. From Leonardo's laboratory to the contemporary painting of Beatrice Wanjiku, Il dubbiois is an interactive journey through time and history in search of the mysterious power of uncertainty.

 

Becoming-With – Encounters in an Augmented Garden (Anna Pompermaier e Cenk Güzeliş, Italia, 2022, XR, 15’)

A multi-user extended reality experience dedicated to the identity of human after human, an effect of reflections and environments generated by artificial intelligence operating through the fluid and changing process of becoming.

Program

November 25, 2022

15:00 17:15

Showcase of works pre-selected for the award "Degrees of Freedom"

17:30
Barbara Grespi, Giancarlo Grossi, Luca Mosso, Margherita Fontana, Davide Rapp, Rossella Schillaci, Chiara Troisi

Round table “Dwelling the images. The shapes of environmental image”

dissemination: public event

Degrees of Freedom between Cinema and Virtual Reality

The ERC AN-ICON research group of the University of Milan, together with Filmmaker Festival and in collaboration with Veneto Film Commission and RaiCinema, have established “Degrees of Freedom”, the first award addressed to Italian Virtual Reality productions, and the award "RaiCinema Channel".

 

Open to Italian VR works created between 2019 and 2022, the “Degrees of Freedom” award aims to take stock of Italian production and enhance its artistically most significant and innovative expressions, offering specific attention to the relationship between the language of cinema and that of new immersive media.

 

In collaboration with Filmmaker and in the frame of its renowned Festival of independent and experimental cinema (taking place in Milan on November 18 – 28), AN-ICON will showcase the selection of VR works shortlisted for the awards "Degrees of Freedom" by a jury composed by Barbara Grespi, Giancarlo Grossi, Luca Mosso, Valeria Polidoro, and Sara Tirelli.

 

The evening will be concluded by the roundtable “Dwelling the images. The shapes of environmental image”, at the presence of some of the VR authors and of the organizers.

 

The event is open to the public, with free access and reservation advised to view the VR and XR works: find it here.

 

The winners of the awards "Degrees of Freedom" and "RaiCinema Channel" will be announced on the 27th of November, at the Festival closing night at Cinema Arcobaleno, in Milan.
25 November 2022
15:00
18:30

Aula Crociera Alta di Studi Umanistici

University of Milan

Via Festa del Perdono, 7 20122 Milan

organized by

AN-ICON
FILMMAKER
VENETO FILM COMMISSION

Reservations to view the VR works

https://www.eventbrite.it/e/biglietti-gradi-di-liberta-tra-cinema-e-realta-virtuale-467562180067

Degrees of Freedom between Cinema and Virtual Reality
Aula Crociera Alta di Studi Umanistici
University of Milan
Via Festa del Perdono, 7 20122 Milan
20221125
15:00
18:30