• Cinema

4th Annual VR Arles Festival

Co-created by BNP Paribas in 2016, the VR Arles Festival returns from 1 July to 25 August. The festival puts the spotlight on virtual reality cinema, documentary film and artistic creation. It forms an integral part of Rencontres d’Arles and will run for eight weeks.

The VR Arles Festival was co-founded by BNP Paribas, Fisheye and Rencontres d’Arles

The festival is now an unmissable date in the Virtual Reality calendar.









For this fourth year, the VR Arles Festival will give leading virtual reality artists the chance to talk in a full programme:

  • 20 works/films shown to the public
  • one day of conferences
  • workshops for children
  • a writing workshop.

Discover the Festival programme

Discover the Festival programme

An international jury 

During the opening week, an international jury, chaired by the multiple award-winning actress Charlotte Rampling, awarded various prizes to the selected works. The eight members of the jury brought all their expertise and vision on cinema, communication, image, art and techniques: Charlotte Rampling (actress), Renaud Grand-Clément (Le Point), Christopher Miles (Le Palais de Tokyo), Paolo Moretti (Directors’ Fortnight), Alia Ouabdesselam (BNP Paribas), Vincent Perez (actor and director), Céline Tricart (VR director) and Yukiko Yamagata (Open Society Foundation).

Winners of the VR Arles Festival 2019

The VR Arles Festival jury, chaired by actress Charlotte Rampling, has awarded four experiences from the official selection of the VR Arles Festival.

Fictions Prize: 7 Lives

The immersive work 7 Lives directed by Charles Ayats, Sabrina Calvo and Jan Kounen took the Fiction category award. A Red Corner, France Télévisions, a_BAHN and Frakas Productions production.

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Versions Prize: Traveling while Black

The extremely moving documentary Traveling While Black was directed by Roger Ross Williams, Ayesha Nadarajah, Felix Lajeunesse and Paul Raphaël.

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Visions Prize: HanaHana Multi-Bloom

HanaHana Multi-Bloom, an entertaining, multi-user experience designed by artist Mélodie Mousset, won the prize for the best artistic creation.

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RE-ANIMATED by Jakob Kudsk Steensen, which won the Jury Prize, is a speculative and poetic reflection on the death of the last Moho bird on the island of Kauai.

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Discussion organised by BNP Paribas about the festival

  • A panel discussion was organised on financing virtual reality works, led by BNP Paribas, with Bertrand Cizeau (BNP Paribas Head of Communications), Elisha Karmitz (mk2), Céline Tricart (Lucid Dreams Productions) and Perrine Vincent (CNC). Where are we, three years on from the launch of the first Oculus headset? How is creation financed and what distribution and dissemination practices have been put in place? What are the results and what’s the outlook? Overview in the company of experts in the field. 
  • In addition, from this year, BNP Paribas supports the 1000 Visages association, which promotes the democratisation of art and more specifically cinema. Five young people from the association are invited to the festival so they can make “feedback” videos, take part in dedicated meetings and discover the festival’s VR experiences.

VR Arles Festival 2019


The VR Arles Festival is back from July 1st to August 25th, 2019 at the Saint-Césaire Convent in Arles.


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