Tribeca Film Festival 2018

With a stellar, diverse lineup of 360-degree mobile content, virtual exhibits, and immersive films slated for April, New York City’s Tribeca Film Festival continues to break ground in 2018. Tribeca Film Festival continues to emerge as a top VR film festival, with two virtual reality programs studded with star talent: Virtual Arcade, featuring Storyscapes, and Cinema360, a mobile VR program. Both programs highlight a range of VR content — from horror to documentary to experimental — and many of the film’s slated to screen at Tribeca Immersive shed light on critical social issues. Read on for a breakdown of what to expect from each lineup and a taste of some of the world premieres we’re highly anticipating!

Tribeca Immersive Virtual Arcade

The Virtual Arcade is a location-based entertainment installation (LBE) that presents twenty-six virtual reality experiences, five of which are in competition with each other as part of Tribeca’s Storyscapes program. These are a few of the incredible world premieres set to screen in the Tribeca VR program.

My Africa

My Africa at the Tribeca VR Program

Photo by Amy Vitale


Created by Conservation International, Passion Planet, and Vision3

Narrated by Lupita Nyong’o, viewers of My Africa experience what it’s like to care for a baby elephant, witness a wildebeest migration, and watch a lioness hunt. This virtual reality piece takes place in Northern Kenya and foregrounds the work conservationists are doing to protect local wildlife.

Arden’s Wake: Tide’s Fall

Ardens Wake Tides Fall Penrose Studios at Tribeca VR Program

Created by Eugene YK Chung and Jimmy Maidens

This sequel to Penrose Studios’ Arden’s Wake follows protagonist Meena as she searches for her father. Arden’s Wake made waves when it premiered last year, and this 30 minute long film narrated by Alicia Vikander is sure to follow suit.


Coral Compass: Fighting Climate Change in Palau

Coral Outcrop Flynn Reef

Directed by Tobin Asher, Elise Ogle, and Jeremy Bailenson

Climate change is threatening Palau, a country in the Micronesia region in the western Pacific Ocean, with rising sea tides, ocean acidification, and coral bleaching. Coral Compass, a 360 film with VR expert Jeremy Bailenson at the helm, documents how Paulans are adapting to their changing ecosystems – and functions as a compelling argument for environmental legislation.


Tribeca Immersive’s Cinema360

The following films are part of Cinema360, Tribeca’s VR theater featuring 360 degree mobile content across genres.

She Flies By Her Own Wings

She Flies By Her Own Wings, Tribeca Cinema360 Program

Created by Jesse (Jesus) Ayala

Supported by Oculus’s VR For Good Creators Lab and part of Tribeca’s showcase of 2018 VR For Good projects, She Flies By Her Own Wings documents transgender Air Force veteran and activist Shannon Scott as she advocates for transgender members and veterans of the armed forces.

The Caretaker

The Caretaker, Tribeca Cinema360 Program

Created by Jacob Wasserman, Nicolas Pesce, and Adam Donald

The Caretaker is one of the 360 film projects featured in Cinema360’s “It’s Right Behind You” horror lineup. Check into a strange hotel alongside a couple whose car breaks down on the side of the road, and witness the horrors that unfold!


02:09, a part of Tribeca Cinema360 "Horizons"

Created by Svante Fjaestad

Part of Cinema360’s “Horizons” — the festival’s lineup of experimental mobile VR — this short film offers viewers a glimpse into an apocalyptic world in which only the affluent can escape Earth.


SPIN Studio

Did you know it’s easy to use SPIN Studio to manage and play VR video on multiple headsets at film festivals? VR casting is the first-of-its-kind solution that lets anyone send up to 8K resolution 360 video, no awkward sideloading or app development required!


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