Oldenburg Film Festival Enters the Metaverse – The Hollywood Reporter

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    The Oldenburg International Film Festival is coming to the Metaverse. Known as ‘German Sundance’, the indie film festival celebrates his 30th anniversary this year, and fans will be able to attend a virtual reality version of him at the event.

    A collaboration between German metaverse platform MILC and film critic site The Film Verdict was announced Thursday as a way to bring the “Oldenburg magic” and international festival scene to the virtual world.

    Oldenburg founder and festival director Torsten Neumann also said that conducting “metaverse screenings” (screening festival films to audiences around the world in the virtual reality space of the MILC platform) is a great way for international festivals to reach out to audiences around the world. said it could be a way to give fans access to premieres and exclusive footage. event.

    Regulations currently imposed by the Federation of International Film Producers Associations (FIAPF) require international film festivals like Oldenburg to restrict access to world premiere screenings to direct local audiences or individual regions. . However, Neumann claims that the “Metaverse Premiere” could be a different event.

    “Since 2020, when the world had to move to digital segregation, we have embraced new and innovative forms of festival as a welcome opportunity,” said Neumann. The unique status of digital film premieres has the potential to open up new perspectives, and supporting indie films in particular seems like an exciting avenue to explore. ”

    MILC and The Film Verdict launched the first-ever Metaverse-only film festival, Alpha Film Festival, this March. MILC’s Hendrik Hey and The Film Verdict’s Eric Mika said working with Oldenburg was part of a shared goal. ”


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