Russian VR Seasons selection is presented at the Russian Film Week in London
13 films in RusVR Seasons program and 8 films in Planetpics prorgram are showcased at 15 Samsung Gear VR headsets during 8 days of the festival.
The Russian Film Week, running from 19th to 26th November 2017 in London will showcase more than 50 feature films, documentaries and animation. In addition to the well known films - "Attraction" (by F. Bondarchuk), "Mathilde" (by A. Uchitel), "Loveless" (by A. Zvyagintsev) - this year's festival programme will include 360-degree Russian panoramic films, under the heading of Russian VR Seasons. This is a selection of the most vivid and notable works done by Russian studios, film schools and independent filmmakers especially made in 360-degree format for virtual reality goggles.

"We are very pleased that within the framework of the Russian Film Week the British public will have the chance to appreciate the variety of the Russian VR Seasons programme. Given Russia's strengths in technology and graphics, VR could put Russia in the lead in the new era of cinema," - said Filip Perkon, General producer of the festival.

"When we came up with the idea of Russian VR Seasons, we did not anticipate how much interest this new and not yet fully understood format would attract among viewers in Russia and abroad, – said the project curator Georgy Molodtsov. – With each new show our programme is expanding, and we are glad that virtual reality technologies give an opportunity to immerse the more sophisticated viewer in the most interesting and unique places in Russia and to demonstrate the new generation's of innovators way of thinking."
Documentaries form the main part of the programme: "Lake Baikal: Winter Spirit", "VRability: Maxim Kiselev" (created as part of the motivational project for people with disabilities), "Our North Pole" (by Olesya Kustova) about trips beyond the Arctic Circle, "Kamchatka" (by Dmitry Terem) – a snowboarding experience on the slopes of Russia's Far East and many others.

During the festival, viewers will also have the opportunity to discover one of the most ambitious 360-degree projects of the year 2017 - "Reserved Pearls of Russia" (by Anton Zhdanov). This series was created by the Planetpics digital publishing house, commissioned by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology with the support of the "Expocentre – Nature Reserves of Russia" and is dedicated to the Year of Ecology in Russia. In 2017, Planetpics became technical partners with Russian VR Seasons, and provided its VR movie theatre for viewing 360 content based on the VRCM system from the Great Gonzo studio.

Viewers will have a chance to watch several short feature films in VR format: "The Hermitage VR" (by Mikhail Antykov) with Konstantin Khabensky, thriller "Out of Body" (by Maxim Nikonov), Moscow Film School students works –"The Family Circle " (by Linara Bagautdinova) and "The Story of One Jester" (directed by Alexei Bystritsky).

The animation genre will be represented by: "Between Petrov and Vodkin", part of the project "Cultural Revolution" (directed by Denis Semenov and Natalya Severina), which will allow the audience to get inside the world of world-famous pre-revolutionary paintings in the unique style of the famous Russian painter; "Spacewalker VR" (CGF studio and Bazelevs) with its highly realistic reconstruction of the spacewalk by Alexey Leonov, as well as the web series of a children's favourite, the project "Om Nom".

The program also includes two VR-projects from RT TV channel. The panoramic video "The July Crisis in Petrograd", is an artistic sketch of the revolutionary events in Petrograd in 1917. It features the renowned Russian actor and director Alexander Adabashyan. The video is part of the project #1917LIVE, which was timed to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Russian revolution. The first ever panoramic shooting, made in open space with commentary by cosmonaut Alexei Leonov and astronaut Stafford, is featured in the film "360 ° of Earth".

Russian VR Seasons programme was shown within the NEXT section at the 70th Cannes International Film Festival film market. Later, it was featured at the 39th Moscow International Film Festival, the Second Open Urals Festival of Russian Cinema, the Film Forum of the World Festival of Youth and Students, and other film festivals. In November 2017 Russian VR Seasons went on a European tour - films in the format of virtual reality were presented at the Minsk International Film Festival "Listopad" and the Festival of Russian Cinema "Sputnik over Poland" in Warsaw. After the Russian Film Week in Britain the programme will be shown in Riga at the 2ANNAS festival.

The VR demonstrаtions will be held at the Waterstones Piccadilly bookstore, located in the heart of London. Additional screenings will take place at BFI Southbank, Russian Culture Centre and Science Museum. Admission is free but to avoid queueing it is advised to register in advance.
Russian VR Seasons Programme:

The Spacewalker VR / Время первых VR (4 min 22 sec)
Animation, Russia, 2017
Director: Alexander Gorokhov
Production: CGF Studio, Bazelevs
This VR short film is about the first human walking in space. The film immerses the audiences in the experience of the Soviet cosmonauts Alexei Leonov and Pavel Belyaev during their trip on the Voskhod-2 spaceship on 18-19 March,1965.

Hermitage VR / Эрмитаж VR (19 min)
Fiction, Russia
Director: Mikhail Antikov, producer: Sergey Zakharov
VR tour through the history of the Hermitage with the renowned Russian actor Konstantin Khabensky.

Lake Baikal: The Science and Spirituality of Extreme Water: Episode 1. Winter Spirit / Озеро Байкал: Зимний дух (7 min 22 sec, 3D)
Documentary, USA, Russia, 2016
Directors: Michael Owen, Georgy Molodtsov
Cinematic virtual reality will transport viewers to Lake Baikal in Siberia and introduce them to the dramatic landscapes and the local customs and spiritual traditions of people who live around the oldest, deepest and most voluminous body of fresh water on Earth – 20% of all the liquid fresh water on our planet.

VRability: Maxim Kiselev / VRability: Максим Киселев (6 min 32 sec)
Documentary, Russia, 2016
Director: Georgy Molodtsov
Maxim Kiselev is the only professional ice-wheelchair-skater. In this experience you'll be able to learn, what does it mean to perform figure ice skating in a wheelchair and you will become both the audience and the participant of this performance thanks to Virtual Reality 360° technology.

Between Petrov and Vodkin / Между Петровым и Водкиным
(3 min 40 sec)

Animation, Russia, 2017
Directors: Denis Semionov, Natalia Severina
The first part of the immersive trilogy "Cultural revolution" focuses on the cultural scene of the Russian Empire in the year 1912. The viewer gets an opportunity to find himself in retro footage of the pre-revolutionary Russia and then to immerse himself in the most prominent picture of Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin Bathing of the Red Horse.

The Story of one Jester / История одного шута (6 min 6 sec)
Fiction, Russia, 2016
Director: Alexey Bystritskiy
Scriptwriter, producer: Alexey Likhnitsky
The movie concerns the unknown details of the most famous royal jester`s last day.

The Family Circle (3 min. 20 sec)
Fiction, Russia, 2016
Director: Linara Bagautdinova
Author of the idea, producer: Valentin Rogatin
The relationships of 4 different families during the period of several years.

Out of Body / Вне тела (12 min)
Russia, 2017
Director, script: Maxim Nikonov
An ingenious scientist carries out a dangerous experiment to prove the theory of life after death. During the experiment, he must die so that his spirit leaves the body and then return back, but everything goes not according to plan, and the scientist is forced to fight for the opportunity to return to life.

Omnom Stories , unexpected guest / Приключения Ам Няма, незваный гость (3 min)
Director: Dmitry Gorbunov
Russia, 2017
An unexpected guest arrives in the box right to Om Nom's doorstep. Who might it be?..

Kamchatka / Камчатка (4 min)
Director: Dmitry Terem
Russia, 2016
Amazing Kamchatka - snowboarding, nature and adventure

RT360: Spacewalk in open space / RT360: Выход в открытый космос (8 min)
Russia, 2016
Dir. Yana Yershalaeva
First ever spacewalk re-lived by a Russian cosmonaut in this epic 360 VR. The video, which shows out-of-this-world views of Planet Earth, is the first time that the so-called extravehicular activity (EVA) has been filmed in 360.

My North Pole VR / Мой северный полюс VR (7 min)
Russia, 2016
Director: Kustova Olesya
You will see polar bears in their natural habitat, hear the thunder of century-old ice cracking beneath the hull, soar over the silent icy desert by helicopter, and feel all the power and, the same time, the fragility of the Arctic.

RT360: Revolution 360 / RT360: Революция 360 (8 min)
Russia, 2016
Director: Alexander Skraybin
July 1917. Political tensions reach a climax. Armed militias flood the streets of Petrograd. Cossack patrols, specially ordered to the capital, try to suppress revolt against the Provisional Government.
Planetpics Programme:
(8 min, 2017 director Anton Jdanov):
The cycle of films in 360-degree format transfer the viewer to the amazing places in Russia. The unique format of the shooting evokes the sense of presence – as if you are watching the birds of the Volga River delta or breathe in the cold air of the Kola Peninsula forests.
Documentary shorts, Russia, 2017
Director: Anton Zhdanov
Scriptwriter: Ekaterina Dmitrieva
Executive Producer: Alexandra Zhmutskaya

Lena Pillars / Ленские столбы (8 min)
We will look into one of the most mysterious places of Russia to see the legendary monuments of nature and the mighty and boundless Lena – one of the longest rivers in the world.

Kandalaksha Reserve / Кандалакшский Заповедник (8 min)
We will go to the region of the rocky coasts, many kilometers of tundra and the northernmost forests of Europe, to the region between two seas - the Barents Sea and the White Sea.

Caucasus Reserve / Кавказский заповедник (8 min)
The spectators learn about the rare ancient plants of the same age as the first animals on Earth, found in the thick of the yew-boxwood forests.

Lazovsky Reserve / Лазовский заповедник (8 min)
A real trip to a mountainous region of volcanic origin, which has existed for about 100 million years.

Kronotsky Reserve / Кроноцкий заповедник (8 min)
The majestic volcanoes, the Valley of the Geysers, hot springs and glaciers, deep and narrow canyons.

Astrakhan Reserve / Астраханский заповедник (8 min)
You will find yourself in the thick of the lotus fields on the Volga River and see how the largest flower found in Russian blossoms.

Losiny Ostrov Reserve / Лосиный остров (8 min)
An impressive journey to the wildlife reserve and one of the largest national parks in the world within the boundaries of a huge metropolis (Moscow).


To book your free screening you can visit the

More information about the Russian VR Seasons initiative - www.russianvrseasons.ru
Russian Film Week website - http://russianfilmweek.org
VR section partners (Planetpics) website - http://planetpics.com
Contact email - gm@vrability.ru, Georgy Molodtsov
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