Virtual Worlds

What happens when the boundaries between the real world and the digital world are transcended? When a quirky live stream suddenly becomes an undesired look at the darker side of one's own life? When a kind zombie feels like an outsider in his own community and looks elsewhere for affection? When a walk through the impressive halls of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame offers a vivid look at a place that no longer exists in that form? When Caspar David Friedrich's monk is suddenly no longer gazing longingly out to sea, but letting his gaze wander across the beach?

VIRTUAL WORLDS is an international competition for narrative VR, curated by Astrid Kahmke, creative director of the Bavarian Film Center. As part of FILMFEST MÜNCHEN, a selection of some of the most innovative and important international VR experiences will be on display at the Isarforum from July 2 to 4, 2019. Judging the competition will be Myriam Achard (curator at the Virtual Reality Phi Center in Montreal), Colum Slevin (head of media for AR/VR experiences at Facebook, San Francisco), and Chloé Jarry (founder and CEO of Lucidrealities Studio, Paris).

France as this year's guest of honor is represented by numerous VR experiences and artists. In addition, VIRTUAL WORLDS is presenting the first retrospective of works by multiple award-winning Montreal studio Felix&Paul. The VR artists and producers will be present.

Within the context of VIRTUAL WORLDS, a Professional Day will be held at the Gasteig on July 3, with presentations and an exclusive B2B event for VR projects under development and numerous international decision-makers. On Thursday, July 4 at 8:30 p.m., an award ceremony will take place, and following it, the Ampere/Muffatwerk will host "Virtual Worlds Clubbing by Epic Games: The (Un)Real Virtual Party Night" (admission is free).

The complete program will be posted at and additional information at

There you can also get your tickets for the individual VR experiences and presentations. VIRTUAL WORLDS is presented by the Bavarian Film Center and FILMFEST MÜNCHEN with support from the Bavarian Ministry of Digital Affairs, the Creative Europe Desk München, the French embassy in Germany, the Institut Français Deutschland, UniFrance, the government office of Quebec in Munich, and SODEC (Société de développement des entreprises culturelles). It is sponsored by Epic Games and Unreal Engine.

Julia Weigl

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