Virtual Reality: six works in competition at RiFF20

Tomorrow it’s going to be the first day for the Virtual Reality section of the River Film Festival 2020.

Created by River College VR – a project by the cultural association Researching Movie – #RiFF20 VR will be with us for 5 days, from September 6 to September 10. Immersive pieces presented at important international festival will compete for the audience vote at Propileo di Porta Venezia, Padua.


Momenti di visione al Riff19


Despite difficulties created by Covid19, the success of the first edition convinced the River Film Festival to confirm this second edition too., thanks to the partnership with HIT (Human Inspired Technologies Research Centre) of the University of Padua.

Here the six works in competition:

ARIPI Dmitri Voloshin

2019 / Moldavia / 7 min.

This story is about an astronaut who, as a child, dreamed of flying and being free. And now he seems to be flying in the sky, but he is actually locked in the capsule of a spacecraft. One day, minor problems lead to bigger problems, causing the spaceship to lose control and collapse on Earth…

VR FREE Milad Tangshir

2019 / Italia / 10 min.

Free Explores the nature of incarceration spaces by portraying slices of life inside a prison in Turin, Italy. The lm also captures the reaction
of several inmates during brief encounters with immersive videos of life outside of prison.

GO Sandro Zollinger and Roman Vital

2020 / Svizzera / 25 min.

Looking for a break in his life, Peter Thaler ventures on a hike in the mountains from which will never return. From an unprecedented symbiosis between literature and virtual reality, emerges a completely new experience taken from a story by Klaus Merz…


2019 / Nigeria / 11 min.

In 2014 the sleepy agrarian community of Chibok (Borno State, North East Nigeria) the terrorist group Boko Haram stormed the town at
night and abducted 276 teenage schoolgirls. The VR deals with the aftermath of the kidnappings, and explores topical global issues of
gender rights and the right to education.

AFTER THE FALLOUT Sam Wolson and Dominic Nahr

2019 / Svizzera-USA / 15 min.

After The Fallout pushes past traditional documentary tropes to evoke the reality and emotional gravity of life in Fukushima, ten years after the 2011 nuclear disaster. The film is an immersive mosaic that takes us through surreal environments in the exclusion zone…

LIFE-GIVER Petter Lindblad and Alexander Rönnberg

2019 / Svezia / 12 min.

In a near future the environment is destroyed. Evacuation of the planet begin, but only a few are chosen to leave. “Life-giver” follows a mother’s struggle through an abandoned Stockholm to save her family. With only a few hours before the last evacuation ship leaves, she ends up sacrifying herself.