FilmGate Interactive Media Festival Makes Virtual Reality a Reality

The ninth annual FilmGate Interactive Media Festival is currently taking place in South Florida through December 5th. According to their press release, the festival is “designed to highlight and demonstrate how new technologies enable new modes of artistic and media expression.” They also say, “Audiences will have access to more than 30 interactive experiences, 15 labs and lectures, interactive exhibits, 4 experiences with a dome, financial market, b2b meeting, music and live events that are accessible to all age groups.

FilmGate Interactive Media Festival venues include the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, Downtown Media Center, SE Financial Center, O Cinema South Beach and the Fountainbleu Hotel.

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The festival will offer augmented reality (XR) programming using headsets, but also interactive installations and experiences that don’t require headphones. All of this, according to FilmGate co-founder/CEO Diliana Alexander, “makes the audience feel like they’re in a whole new digital world, or in other words, expanded with almost magical layers. We jump into the world first imagined by science fiction writers. Everyone from Meta and Microsoft to indie creators are exploring what that means. And we’re bringing it to Miami so everyone can experience it first hand.”

Many events are free. You can check out the full schedule and purchase tickets for ticketed events at

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Some of the highlights include…

stiltsville, a virtual reality game/documentary featuring a time-traveling photographer tasked with traveling to Stiltsville homes in different time periods in an attempt to preserve them. The first episode begins at the Perez Art Museum, and the second episode takes place in the 1970s, where participants are transported into the middle of a party and can play blackjack, change records, dance, and take pictures until two visitors disrupt time. flow – governor and hurricane.

As the water falls, a virtual interactive waterfall that aims to explore different aspects of water and its metaphorical concepts and shed light on the relationship with water as a precious element. A large-scale installation in the form of a cascade, the work reacts to mobile phone flashlights. Also included are added mirrors, real water and vibrating motors to make the experience even more immersive.

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Poet’s room from Korea is a VR experience exploring the work and life of poet Yun Dong-ju through his poems.

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