Another Approach: XSTNCE

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01.04.2018, by Elena van der Baan

The Creative Lab at the Go Short Film Festival 2016

As you might know, we have participated at the Go Short Film Festival in Nijmegen in 2016 with XSTNCE, an experimental movie for virtual reality (VR) based on dialogues. It was inspired by researchers’ ambitions to discover the mysteries of the brain. Therefore, they created a card named XSTNCE, which is able to save a full copy of your brain and can then be inserted into an android body in order to create eternal life.

Opinions of the Creators of XSTNCE

Fabienne Zuijdgeest was one of the producers of the movie XSTNCE at the Go Short Film Festival of 2016. We asked her what she thought of the Go Short: “Go Short Film Festival is a very fun and interesting festival that shows lots of different kinds of films. They have short movies, VR experiences and so much more! There was an air tent cocoon where i went into to lay down and look at the movie projection on the ‘ceiling’ as if I was in this movie myself. I didn’t get to experience all the films myself unfortunately, but all the different films areas and themes made it an interesting event to explore and experience all sorts of films”. 

The Festival itself was well visited by various groups of people, about which Fabienne mentioned:

“When we exhibited XSTNCE at Go Short, I noticed that people of all different kinds of ages, countries, and professions were interested. The different groups of people that visit the Festival give the event a fun and inclusive vibe! To conclude, I think the Go Short Film Festival is a great way to give starting or more experienced filmmakers the opportunity to show their films and to spread the film joy.

Jason Brugges was another producer of the movie. We asked him what his opinion was on the Film Festival: “thanks to Go Short Film Festival, we were able to present our 360-degree film XSTNCE to a broad and diverse audience. Our VR stand was in an open tent accessible for everyone who happened to drop by the festival. This was an amazing way to get to know how people felt about our film, because of the opportunity to talk with every viewer face to face. The festival looked nice, the participants were excited and the weather was great. Everything combined led to a great atmosphere during the entire festival and a week I won’t forget anytime soon.”

Sammy Wisniewski was one of the producers for the HoloLens film The Dancer Awakens. She said that the festival is amazing for filmmakers to get inspired and meet other filmmakers. Especially as a producer you get to meet people, you can help each other with film projects and pitch your ideas.

A pretty good motivation to participate for the upcoming festivals right?


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