VR Experience

VR Experience

Cinequest VR Experience

This is the hot spot for immersive interactive VR that catapults you to the next level of virtual realism. You're surrounded by a full 3D 360 world that allows you to actually interact with the world and characters as an active participant. Festival-goers will be given hand motion controllers enabling them to interact with their environment and world objects, make decisions and simply play around in these virtual worlds. For Cinequest All Access Passholders only on a first come, first served basis.
Located in KALEID Gallery, 320 S. 1st Street, San Jose, across the street from California Theatre on the corner.

Bodyless by Hsin-Chien Huang
Journey through a surreal life after death experience of a political prisoner victimized under Taiwan 1970's martial law period.

Experience this VR journey through the eyes of a deceased political criminal convicted under a governmental secret experiment. An old Taiwanese belief states that after a death, their ghost descends into the underground world. However, on the seventh month of the lunar calendar, which is called “Ghost Month”, the gates of hell open and the ghosts can return to the world of the living to visit their families. The old man’s ghost prepares for his journey and ascends back to the surface world. Experience this fanciful story through his eyes, as the world is a blend of folk culture and a rich spiritual world interwoven with nature. However, a mechanical force starts to deteriorate the spiritual world, eventually reducing forms and memory into simple geometric shapes that can be easily processed by technologies.
Bonfire by Eric Darnell
You’ve crashed your spaceship into an alien jungle. Your instincts, nourishment cylinders and a wary robot sidekick are all you have for survival... or so you think.

As Space Scout 817, you are on a mission to discover a new home for the human race after it has made a mess of Earth. After your crash-landing at night in a mysterious clearing of an unknown planet three-hundred light-years from Earth, your only source of light is your makeshift bonfire. Beyond its glow everything falls to darkness. You have only your instincts and your robot sidekick, Debbie, to guide you. Voiced by comedian, actress, and writer Ali Wong, Debbie’s companionship comes with a signature wariness. When a chance meeting with a local inhabitant further steers your mission off course, you learn that unexpected encounters just might result in lasting friendships. In the end, the choice is ultimately yours: Will you follow your captain or your conscience?
When the CEO of a gene editing empire goes missing, his youngest daughter, Wendy, sets out to find him.

As Wendy searches her father’s house, Wendy uncovers a terrible secret that her older sister is determined to keep under wraps. The night takes a turn for the worse when a pack of mysterious intruders threaten to kill Wendy. She must learn to fight back in order to survive and get even with her dysfunctional family.
Doctor Who: The Runaway by Mathias Chelebourg
From the BBC, you'll adventure inside the TARDIS with the Doctor in this beautifully animated, interactive story from the Doctor Who team.

You’ve been in a collision. You wake inside the TARDIS. The Doctor introduces you to what you collided with. He’s a strange and magnificent ball of living energy called Volta. Part surly teenager, part bomb, Volta is very unstable. In fact, he’s primed to explode. Big time. Unless he can be returned to his home planet, Sharpish. Drawn into a frantic chase, you become The Doctor’s unlikely assistant as she races against time to get Volta home to his parents in this animated adventure from the team behind Doctor Who Series 11.
Eleven Eleven
SYFY presents a ground-breaking entertainment experience where stories unfold simultaneously. Follow characters as they navigate the final minutes of a planetary extinction-level event that will end it all.

Eleven Eleven is an original multilinear narrative experience designed from the ground up. The story is a science-fiction tale consisting of multiple characters who are on a race against the clock as a planet ticks down to its final moments. You will be able to follow any character with the ability to explore the environment from any angle. Along the way, characters will cross paths with one another, enticing the user to restart the clock and repeat the narrative from different perspectives in order to unravel all the stories.
Feather by Keisuke Itoh
Feel the happiness of giving versus receiving as you help a small ballerina doll realize her goal of becoming a magnificent ballet dancer.

This is a story about a small girl doll whose dream is to become a ballet dancer. Help move the story along inside her doll house, placed high in an old attic. In addition to watching the story play out, you can also interact with the doll by passing a feather to her interactively, where the feather acts as both a symbol for courage and encouragement. Use the feathers to help her confront difficulties as she continues to grow on her goal to be a ballet dancer.
Future Dreaming
Step into a time-warping dream bubble as four young Aboriginal Australians guide you through their futures. Be ready for an intergalactic adventure. Look out for the space emus!

Inspired by the ancient Australian Aboriginal practice of Dreamtime, a mental visualization technique where you see your spirit move through the past, present or future. What does your future look like one week from now? Or 5 years from now? And 20 years from now? This work promotes cultural rights through accessibility and supports emerging artists to increase their skills and capacity in the digital domain.

THE 100%: Maggie's Story
Follow Maggie Kudirka, a professional ballerina, diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer, as she fights her way back to strength through dance and hope.

A first-hand experience of the hardships she endured on her journey to finding a way to live a full life, post-diagnosis. Through a seamless mix of immersive storytelling, interactivity, archival footage, and interviews, THE 100% is ultimately a story that inspires and offers hope – showing that even with the most dire prognosis, there is always a way to push through and get back to 100%.

The Lost Botanist
A beautiful interactive adventure where you are misplaced in a world searching for dreamers to restore harmony.

While researching the lost marvels of the natural world, you open a grimoire that transports you to the Under-Garden, the dream-like home of the spirits of all forgotten things. In each of the wondrous places you’ll visit, you must find a mythical creature to guide you further into the unknown... a journey to another dimension that will restore your childhood sense of wonder.

Vacation Simulator
Reallocate your bandwidth to splash, s’more, snowball, and selfie your way to optimal relaxation in this rough approximation of actual human vacationing.

Welcome to the Vacation Simulator, a rough approximation of VACATION inspired by real human NOT JOBBING. Brought to you by the same robots behind Job Simulator, enjoy, relax and just plain have fun in this highly interactive experience.
Ayahuasca - Kosmik Journey
Relax and trip through a simulated medicinal plant induced visionary experience.

Take a visionary experience, led by an indigenous Shipibo traditional healer in the amazon rainforest, where you will navigate spirits and earthly creatures (including snakes and spiders) where you will eventually find bliss. Through the realms of medicinal plants blending art, culture, music and technology, this mind-blowing experience is a voyage through one of the most mysterious spiritual practices on the planet: Ayahuasca, the vine of the soul, and how to find your inner space. Experience the magic and healing power.
30 Minutes of Danger
In a potentially deadly case of mistaken identity, Nassim is poisoned and must engage in a heart-pumping game of cat and mouse to secure the antidote.

You awaken as Nassim, and discover that the technician in front of you has poisoned you in a deadly case of mistaken identity. She believes you have stolen her treasured ‘bloodstone’, and dangles the antidote in exchange for your life in a heart-pumping game of cat and mouse.