Russian VR Seasons
At 2nd Uralkinofest
In 2017 for the second time Ekaterinburg hosted the Ural Open Festival of Russian Cinema. The program of 360 VR movies "Russian VR Seasons" was presented for the first time. Early in this year movies of the program were shown at 70 Cannes Film Festival and at 39 Moscow IFF. VR cinema demonstrations were held from 3 – 7 of September in the Yeltsin Centre, one of the most innovative cultural centers in Russia. Spectators watched VR movies made by international filmmakers in the specially equipped cinema with simultaneous VR demonstrations in more than 30 Gear VRs.
The program featured films by Russian studios and independent filmmakers experimenting in the field of spherical cinema and VR, as well as bright examples of foreign films that already attracted attention to themselves on major international venues
"The Story of one Jester"
6 min. 6 sec, fiction, Russia
Director: Alexey Bystritskiy
Scriptwriter, producer: Alexey Likhnitsky

The movie concerns unknown details of the most famous royal jester`s last day.
"What people!"
Fiction, 8 min, Russia
Script and director: Vera Smolina
Producer: Alexey Lichnitsky

On air investigation goes out of control.
"The Family Circle"
3 min. 20 sec, fiction, Russia
Director: Linara Bagautdinova
Author of the idea, producer: Valentin Rogatin

The relationship of 4 different families during the period of some years.
"Out of body"
Fiction, 12 min, Russia
Script and director: 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.
6 min. 23 sec., documentary, Russia, 2016
Director: Georgy Molodtsov
Producers: Georgy Molodtsov, Stanislav Kolesnik, Dmitry Agutin
Maxim Kiselev is the only professional figure ice wheelchair skater. In this experience you'll be able to learn, what does it mean to ice skating on a wheelchair and be both an audience and a participant of this performance thanks to Virtual Reality 360° technology.
"The spacewalker VR"
4 min. 22 sec., animation, Russia, 2017
Director: Alexander Gorokhov
Production: CGF Studio, Bazelevs

VR short film lets you experience the first human walking in space The film immerses audiences in the experience of Leonov and his fellow cosmonaut Pavel Belyaev during their flight on the Voshod-2 on March 18-19, 1965
"Elbrus VR"
10 min, documentary, Russia, 2017
Director: Maxim Nikonov
Production: LenVR

The first documentary film in the format of virtual reality about the ascent to Elbrus - the highest point of Europe. Every year hundreds of people come to Elbrus to climb to the top of this volcano. Why, despite all the difficulties that travelers are waiting for at every step, do people still aspire to the summit, even if they stay there only a few minutes, after hours of a long, exhausting journey? To answer these questions the viewer must go all the way to the top together with the film group.
"Lake Baikal: The Science and Spirituality of Extreme Water"
7 min. 22 sec., documentary (360 3D), USA, Russia, 2016
Directors: Michael Owen, Georgy Molodtsov

Cinematic virtual reality will transport viewers to Lake Baikal in Siberia during winter 2016 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.
"Between Petrov and Vodkin"
3 min. 40 sec, animation, Russia, 2017
Directors: Denis Semionov, Natalia Severina

Through the history of one painting, the VR movie tells about the highlights of 1912 year, which have taken place on the cultural scene of the Russian Empire. Thanks to new technologies in cinema production, a viewer gets an opportunity to find himself in retro footage of the pre-revolutionary Russia and then to immerse into the most prominent picture of Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin "Bathing of a red horse".
"Space 360"
07:45 min, animation, Russia
RT continues with its special series of panoramic videos from space. This time, cosmonaut Andrey Borisenko will show you a module called 'Cupola', from which the inhabitants of the International Space Station can observe the Earth.
"Hermitage. VR Experience"
Documentary, 15 min, Russia
Director: Michail Antikov
VR tour through the history of the Hermitage with Konstantin Khabensky.
Feature, 20 min, 2016
Director: Ilia Leonov
Stepan`s imprisonment and coming back to his home town has become a great surprise for his relatives. The happiest person – is his deaf and dump sister. But Stepan`s secret can darken this mirth.
Documentary, 08:05 min, 2017
Director: Maxim Savchenko
This film is about the unique icebreaker, called Minin, at the lake Baikal in Siberia, Russia. This is one of the smallest icebreakers in the world, and, probably, the oldest (it was built in 1954). This film is about one day of icebreaker Minin. It shows us simple life of small village Port Baikal, place were time sops about 30 years ago. We will meat Minin's crew with their stories, problems and hopes.
"The Big Theatre 360"
Documentary, 3:08 min, 2016
Explore the world famous Bolshoi Theatre with RT's exclusive 360 video.
"Longing for Wilderness"
Animation, 3 min, Germany
Director: Marc Zimmermann
"Longing for Wilderness" features a virtual ride taking you from the dull noisy city through the slowly transforming forest towards a calm and airy wide landscape. The goal is to express our innate longing to experience nature in its rawest forms – something that is becoming an increasingly rare opportunity these days
"Gladiators In The Roman Colosseum"
Documentary, 9:40, Germany
Director: Jörg Courtial
Rome: 80 AD. You are standing in the arena of the extravagantly decorated Colosseum surrounded by 50,000 cheering spectators. You witness a bitter fight between two gladiators directly in front of you. This is a fight to the death: you are in the middle of it.
Animation, 7 min, Germany
Director: Philipp Maas, Dominik Stockhausen

An asteroid emerges from the darkness of space, sending out some kind of signal. A drone tries to locate the source and dives deep into an extensive cave system.
Documentary, 4:52 min, Germany
Director: Jörg Courtial

Lava bombs, towering clouds of ashes – these are some of many jawdropping phenomena that can be marveled at in this 3D-360° film. With complex 3D reconstructions created by Faber Courtial Digital Productions, the ZDF Terra X series impresses audiences with hitherto unreachable places or historical events.
"The Prospects"
Animation, 2m21s, China
Directors: Xiaolin Zeng (Zaoeyo), Yan Liang
The Prospects is a CG 360 video about why humans are driven to uncover the secrets of the world through 4 scenes: the room of knowledge, the neutrino detector, the DNA, and the cosmos.
Feature, 14 min, France
Director: Pierre Zandrowicz

In early 2005, David Hanson, an American robotics, is developing its first android human. His name is Phil and it is simply the copy of the famous science fiction author Philip K. Dick.Through the memories of the android and those of the author, the film offers an interpretation of Phil's life.
Animation, 6 min, USA
Director: Eric Darnell
From the Director of Madagascar comes an enchanting new VR experience Invasion!Immerse yourself in this tale of aliens trying to take over the planet. They're thwarted by the Earth's meekest and most adorable creatures – 2 fluffy white bunnies - and you are one of them.
"Asteroids. Teaser"
Animation, 3 min, USA
Director: Eric Darnell
Asteroids is an interactive buddy film that takes us into space with our two alien friends. We explore the nooks and crannies of their spaceship and delve into the nature of friendship as the two pals squabble before ultimately demonstrating their mutual affection. These two are Laurel and Hardy-like bumblers.
"Here And There"
Feature, 12 min, documentary, Belarus
Director: Kirill Galitsky
The movie is about a writer who lives among barricades of books and magazines. He is searching for the right story but should overcome the resistence of his characters and daily routine in the person of his importunate wife. The scene is laid in two worlds: the world of author and the world of his novel. And it seems that the door between them isn't closed
"War speaks the same language"
Feature, 7 min
Director: Oleg Chetverikov
The movie - recollection of three 2nd World War war veterans.
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