Tribeca Film Festival announces VR lineup

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — Tribeca Festival is one of the most prestigious film exhibitions in the world, but this year’s attendees will also have the opportunity to explore over 20 virtual reality exhibits that examine humanity’s relationship with the natural world.

“Tribeca Festival’s immersive programming showcases creators using the latest in technology to tell their stories,” said Tribeca Games & Immersive Vice President Casey Baltes. “The projects we’ve curated push the boundaries of [extended reality] in both physical and digital exhibitions for audiences in New York City and around the globe.”

The festival, which 1010 WINS is a media sponsor for, announced the 2022 “Immersive” line-up on Thursday.

Participants will be able to journey through the human body in life and death with the real-time multiplayer exhibit “Evolver,” or witness a futuristic rock opera prequel to Shakespeare’s Othello in “Iago, A Green-Eyed Monster.”

A still from "Evolve."

A still from “Evolver.”

Photo credit Tribeca Film Festival


Viewers can witness a mushroom cloud explode over New York City in “Mushroom Cloud NYC,” which lead artist Nancy Baker describes as a call to action against the existential threat of climate change.

The immersive virtual experiences will transport attendees to extreme settings, like in “Kubo Walks The City,” a walking tour through Japanese-occupied Korea in 1934 or “Intravene,” a virtual safe injection site where users will be forced to confront the reality of addiction.


“Each experience presented at Tribeca’s immersive exhibition encompasses a standalone reality, represents a cause, or serves as an embassy to a world where users have agency — a chance to act: bear witness, make a statement, reach out, or simply play,” said Ana Brzezińska, the immersive curator for Tribeca.

Tribeca has been showcasing VR projects since 2014, but this is the first year that the exhibits are constructed around a unified theme.

Awards will be given to exhibits in three categories. The main competition will judge world premier creations, the best of season award will go to the best immersive experience of 2021 and the new voices competition will focus on first- and second-time VR creators.

Festival-goers can find exhibits in Spring Studios at 50 Varick Street, as well as outdoor locations around the city.

For those who weren’t lucky enough to snag tickets, a remote exhibition will be available here for anyone with a VR headset starting May 2.

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