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StoryFutures Academy celebrates three development funded projects at Tribeca Film Festival 2022

StoryFutures Academy celebrates three development funded projects at Tribeca Film Festival 2022

  • Date13 June 2022

StoryFutures Academy announces three projects supported by its Development Funding will be participating in the Tribeca Film Festival 2022 programme.

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Two of the three projects, GLIMPSE and INTRAVENE, have been nominated for awards; whilst the Wilder Films Production, Fireworks, will be celebrating its US premiere.

Brought to you by the team behind Mr. Kite and Albyon, the studio branch of the Atlas V group, GLIMPSE is an animated, virtual reality (VR) interactive film directed by the Irish duo of XR creator Michael O’Connor and Academy Award winner, Benjamin Cleary (Stutterer, Swan Song). After winning Best Interactive Experience at Cannes XR, as part of the Marche du Film 2022 program, GLIMPSE has been nominated for the Best in Season award at Tribeca 2022.

Staring Taron Egerton (Rocketman, Kingsman: The Secret Service) and Lucy Boynton (Sing Street, Bohemian Rhapsody) with an original score by Julianna Barwick (Healing is a Miracle, Will) GLIMPSE is an emotive, visual feast set in the imaginative mind of a heartbroken panda named Herbie (Taron Egerton), who has recently broken up with his deer girlfriend Rice (Lucy Boynton). Herbie is an illustrator and through his art we delve back through the memories of his relationship from the heart-breaking end to the beautiful beginning.

GLIMPSE was made with the support of the BFI’s Film Fund, Centre National du Cinema et de l’image animee, in association with Screen Ireland, the support of Viveport, Epic Mega Grants and Unreal Dev Grant, BCP Auvergne-Rhone-Alpe, StoryFutures Academy is the UK’s National Centre for Immersive Storytellilng, run by the National Film and Television School (NFTS) and Royal Holloway, University of London. It is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, part of the UK Research and Innovation.

Richard Hemming from Royal Holloway's Department of Media Arts, said: "Glimpse is a highly technical animated VR film containing interactive elements in Unreal Engine. Working directly with the production team I ensured integration of audio assets in conjunction with the spatial and  interactive aspects of the experience. The aim being to ensure a smooth delivery of a 6Dof experience that pushed boundaries of current engine capabilities and hardware. The team is extremely proud of our recent award at Cannes XR for “Best VR Interactive Experience."


Following its UK premier at Curzon Soho in London on the 10th March 2022, Fireworks, made its US debut at Tribeca Film Festival on 12 and 13 June 2022.

Fireworks is a tense, heart-stopping political thriller set simultaneously in an M16 ops room and a Tripoli marketplace; it is one of the very first films in the UK to be made using real-time Virtual Production technology within an LED volume. Told in real time in the moments before a potential strike on a Tripoli target, the film uses ground-breaking Virtual Production techniques to tell its story.

Fireworks stars Charlotte Riley, Denise Gough, Ivanno Jeremiah, Sophie Wu, Hammed Animashuan, Raghad Chaar, Elysse Adil. Directed by double Academy Award winner Paul Franklin, produced by BAFTA winner Annalise Davis, written by acclaimed screenwriter Steven Lally. A Wilder Films production, in collaboration with DNEG, Epic Mega Grants, Dimension, Lipsync Post and StoryFutures Academy.

Watch all the Behind the Scenes episodes here.


UK-Canada Immersive Exchange project INTRAVENE will not only be making its world premiere but has also been selected for the Main Competition of Tribeca Immersive 2022.

INTRAVENE is an immersive audio experience using binaural 360-degree sound to plunge listeners into the heart of the overdose crisis in Vancouver. It is a ground-breaking partnership of immersive and documentary experts and drug user activists: DARKFIELD, Crackdown and Brenda Longfellow.

Over 20 minutes, INTRAVENE Episode One: BENZOS immerses listeners in the intense audio environment of the OPS where a user has inadvertently injected a hit contaminated with benzos. Opioid overdoses were bad enough, but now Vancouver’s drug supply – already contaminated with fentanyl – is laced with benzodiazepines. Peer workers like Trey Helten, a former drug user and manager of an Overdose Prevention Site, loves his chosen community and has saved hundreds of lives with naloxone, but now benzos are throwing up new kinds of challenges.

The UK-Canada Immersive Exchange is supported by an international collaboration between StoryFutures Academy, the National Centre for Immersive Storytelling (run by the National Film and Television School and Royal Holloway, University of London), Arts Council England, the Canada Media Fund, the Canadian Film Centre’

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