BIFF: National Documentary Seminar

The theme of this year’s documentary seminar is virtual reality and interactivity – and the many possibilities in digital storytelling presented through VR-glasses, 360-degree film and interactive websites.

The seminar is connected to BIFF Expanded, and the 12 projects in the crossover segment that can be experienced at Visningsrommet USF and at Rom 8 in Vaskerelven.

Three digital pioneers – Thomas Wallner, Phil Harper and Mark Atkin – will each hold a masterclass about a field in rapid development.

THOMAS WALLNER (Germany/Canada) is the founder and owner of DEEP inc. He is also a Emmy-awarded producer, scriptwriter and director, and works with expanding the limits for storytelling in film. He has the project The Polar Sea at BIFF, the first 360-degree documentary from the Arctic, which will be the topic of the masterclass.

PHIL HARPER (UK) works at Atlantic Productions in London after being editor for the YouTube initiative at ITN News. With Atlantic he started Alchemy VR that explores meaningful ways of conveying specialised factual content through digital platforms. He has the newly developed VR version of The Great Reef, where David Attenborough has the voice over.

MARK ATKIN (UK) is the director of Crossover, and was also this year the acting director of the important industry festival Sheffield Doc/Fest. He has extensive knowledge of the field of VR and transmedia and will hold a masterclass where he will give an overview of this diverse field.


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