Venice Jury presented
The Venice International Film Festival has now assembled a pan-European jury for its 77th edition. British director Joanna Hogg (The Souvenir), French actress Ludivine Sagnier (8 women, swimming pool) and Austrian filmmaker Veronika Franz (Goodnight Mommy), along with jury president Cate Blanchett, will award this year’s competition entries, including the coveted Golden Lion. Also on the jury: German director Christian Petzold (Undine, Barbara), Romanian filmmaker Cristi Puiu (The Death of Mr. Lazarescu) and Italian writer Nicola Lagioia. Find the complete jury hereherehere. The Venice Film Festival is scheduled to take place from 2 to 12 September.
Mobile games market is growing
The German mobile games market is growing by 22 percent. This means that it achieves a turnover of around 1.843 billion euros, according to data from the market research company App Annie. With 19.5 million users, the smartphone is the most popular gaming platform in Germany. 11.3 million people also use their tablet to play games. “Games for smartphones and tablets are an integral part of everyday media life for millions of Germans, just like news sites or exchanging information via messenger,” says game managing director Felix Falk.
B3 highlight nominated for Emmy
The immersive VR story Gloomy Eyes is nominated for an Emmy nomination in the category Outstanding Interactive Original Program. The Argentinian-French VR story in three parts, which was a highlight of the VR section of B3 2019, tells of the love between Zombie Gloomy and the mortal girl Nena, which defies all odds. The narrator of the English version is Hollywood star Colin Farrell.
Google AI translates hieroglyphics
On the anniversary of the discovery of the Rosetta Stone (15 July 1799) in the Nile Delta, Google has published an AI that can translate Egyptian hieroglyphics. The ancient stone tablet helped to decipher Egyptian pictographic writing, as it contains a priestly decree from 196 BC in Demotic, Ancient Greek and Egyptian hieroglyphics. The pictographic writing was in use from about 3200 BC to 394 AD and comprised about 7,000 characters. Google’s AI researchers have incorporated their hieroglyphic translator, Fabricius, into the tech company’s Arts & Culture App. There, users can learn the language in a playful way and then have their own words and messages translated. Google also offers an expert version of Fabricius aimed at language researchers. (Source: Mixed)
Virtual worlds without glasses
With a self-developed AI system and a display the size of a window, an Irish start-up wants to digitally extend people’s homes. “Roomality” shows, for example, beautiful sandy beaches, the mountain peaks of the Alps or the crater landscape of the moon. All scenarios are presented in photorealistic 3D and do not require additional VR glasses. Roomality names a number of possible applications for its glasses-free 3D system. For example, the film industry should benefit from the photorealistic backgrounds and be able to save costs for location-based shooting or even replace the green screen with AI-generated landscapes. In private homes, Roomality is primarily intended to help people relax. Users could escape from everyday life by looking out of a virtual window at a snowy landscape or an idyllic beach. (Source: Mixed)
B3 partners ready to go: NODE20 Second Nature
From 2 to 8 October 2020, the NODE Forum for Digital Arts will bring together artists, designers, theorists and technologists in a hybrid festival format in order to critically reflect upon the role of new technologies and creative practice in times of ecological crisis. NODE and B3 will continue their close partnership in 2020. Both events are in direct communication and support each other in advertising and marketing. The 6th edition of the Frankfurt festival is dedicated to the ecological dimension of new technologies and their use in art, creative industries and design. In response to this year’s special conditions, NODE20 will transform its traditional Frankfurt venues into digitally enhanced spaces. All digital festival venues can be visited via the online festival headquarters using a browser or app. Find all relevant information here.https://20.nodeforum.org/
The women’s suffrage movement has recently been included in the app of USA TODAY, the country’s highest circulation newspaper. In the augmented reality section of the app, the section “Heroes of Women’s Suffrage” brings memorable campaign speeches by the three most famous suffragettes, Carrie Chapman Catt, Mary Church Terrell and Elizabeth Cady Stantond, via VR back to life. The right to vote for women in the USA was introduced in 1920 after 70 years of struggle.
In search of XR-pioneers
The association nextReality.Hamburg e.V honours creative pioneers by looking for the best projects in the fields of augmented, mixed and virtual reality as well as 360° film. With prize moneys totalling 10,000 euros, the XRC Award is one of the most important prizes in the industry while also breaking new ground for the development of immersive media and future technologies in Germany. Companies, agencies, start-ups as well as students, freelance artists and developers from the entire DACH region can take part. Submission with a short project description and with pictures or videos until August 14, 2020 here.
Fantasy Filmfest starts on September 9
At this year’s edition of Fantasy Filmfest, much leaner because of coronavirus, around 20 feature films will be screened in seven German cities over five days, starting on September 9. Among the first titles announced are two interesting feature film debuts: “Relic”, a horror drama about three generations of women in a family by director Natalie Erika James, who won an award for her short film “Creswick”, and “Sputnik”, a Russian science fiction horror thriller by Egor Abramenko. The 34th edition of the big audience festival will run in Berlin and Frankfurt from 9 to 13 September, in Hamburg, Munich and Nuremberg from 16 to 20 September and in Cologne and Stuttgart from 23 to 27 September.
Berlin helps small companies in the media and cultural sector
The Berlin Senate has decided to continue its Emergency Aid Package IV and to extend its scope of application, following a proposal by the Senator for Culture, Klaus Lederer. According to the package, the existing programme (for which applications could only be submitted between 11 and 15 May) is to be increased by 30 million euros and is now also to be open to companies in the cultural and media sector with ten or fewer employees which are not receiving predominantly public funding and have been particularly hard hit by the Covid-19 crisis. The background to this measure is that the funding period of previous aid from both the Federal Government and the State of Berlin generally ends on 31 August at the latest. In addition, the small companies have not been reached so far. According to a statement by the Senate Chancellery, the programme that has now been passed will “close the emergency aid gap that will arise for September”.
German-French film fund enters the next round
Projects can be submitted for the German-French Fund until 8 October. The fund was launched in 2015 and has a total annual budget of 200,000 euros. The highest possible funding amount per project is 50,000 euros. The aim of the fund is to support the creation and co-production of fictional series between the two countries. Partners in the German-French Fund are the FFF Bayern, the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW and MFG Baden-Württemberg on the German side and the CNC and the Grand Est region on the French side. Further information and the application form can be found on the homepages of the participating German sponsors. MFG Baden-Württemberg has taken over the coordination on the German side; submissions must be sent there.