Screen School VR Lab

In 2019, The Screen School VR Lab returned to ASFF. Presented in partnership with London College of Communication, this is a platform for audiences to explore film like never before, offering the opportunity to take viewing experiences into new dimensions and be immersed in some of the world’s most exciting new technologies.

The VR Lab was complemented by a series of panel discussions which truly delve into the making and realisation of VR and 360 film through the lens of ethics, production and storytelling. Questions are asked: What might the cinematic landscape look like in the future? What are the implications of working with immersive film?


360 Cinema

Audiences were invited lose themselves in the magic of 360 filmmaking and delve head first into bold and exciting stories that immerse the viewer in the centre of the action.

360 filmmaking offers the unique opportunity to experience the full potential of cinema, transporting viewers to new worlds and allowing them to consider different perspectives.

The 360 Cinema included five curated screenings, showcasing the most exciting and innovative work from talented practitioners in new technologies, exploring the potential of fascinating documentary, groundbreaking experimental film and awe inspiring narratives.

Viewers we encouraged to journey to the top of Mount Everest, explore a futuristic city scape, play witness to the Warsaw Uprising, journey boldly into space or join the a dreamlike animated adventure.


Immersive Experiences Lab

Bringing viewers ever closer to the action, the Immersive Experience Lab encouraged audiences to step beyond the confides of traditional cinema, allowing viewers to interact with the action.

Viewers bore witness to an epic Viking battle, explored the human stories and vast concrete structures of the Aylesbury Estate, risked life and limb in a Orwellian road race and experienced first hand the growth and life of a tree from sapling to towering giant.

The Immersive Experience Lab grants the opportunity to explore the potential of VR in a celebration of innovation and technical triumph.


VR Discussions

Running alongside the Screen School VR Lab, ASFF welcomed industry professionals and practitioners to share their experiences of working with new technologies. In these relaxed discussions, our guests explored the practicalities and challenges of VR filmmaking, considering practical techniques as well as the potential of VR, its role in the future of cinema and its purpose beyond the realm of filmmaking.



In Partnership with London College of Communication

In 2019, for the second year running, we proudly worked in partnership with London College of Communication’s Screen School Programme to bring VR and Immersive experiences to ASFF. Screen School goes beyond traditional academic models, designed instead to bring film and television together with the disciplines of games, animation, sound arts and design and live events.