Variety: Transilvania Film Fest Brings Tech Trends Into Focus

Virtual reality, live cinema, Instagram Stories and new forms of storytelling will take center stage at the Transilvania Intl. Film Festival during infiniTIFF, an eight-day exploration of how technology is reshaping the way we create and share our stories.

For its sophomore edition, infiniTIFF returns with a slate of screenings, workshops, and a full-day summit dedicated to “people who are actively shaping the future of this industry,” says curator Erwin M. Schmidt, founder of new film technologies company Cinemathon, and of a co-working space for film and tech entrepreneurs and creators, The FilmTech Office.

Two years ago, organizers approached long-time collaborator Schmidt about ways to “expand the profile” of the Transilvania film fest, long a champion of the off-beat and avant garde. The spotlight on new and innovative technologies was a natural complement for a festival accustomed to sharing “great stories on the big screen,” says Schmidt, while highlighting the seismic shifts transforming the way content is made and consumed, according to Variety.com.

The infiniTIFF program includes a selection of groundbreaking VR films, an interactive live cinema performance by the award-winning duo the Kissinger Twins, and a selection of YouTube videos put together by guest curators, highlighting the depths of “our collective audiovisual memory of the past two decades.”

A workshop will also explore the narrative possibilities of Instagram, which Schmidt calls “a place for storytelling that is highly undervalued.”

“The hands-on aspect is very important,” he says. “We wanted infiniTIFF to be more than just a place where you can go and watch new stuff. We wanted this to be a place for some people to get their hands dirty with these new forms of storytelling.”

The stories created during the workshop will have a live premiere at the infiniTIFF Summit on May 30, and can be followed and explored on Instagram @infiniTIFFstories. The hashtag is #infiniTIFFstories.

 

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