You Can Watch Sundance's VR Films Right on Your Smartphone

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If last year was the start of the VR revolution in film, this year the movement is taking over.

The app was created in conjunction with IM360, and although the festival’s content will only be available on it for a couple weeks, the VR selections will be accessible again during several other events commemorating this year’s 10th anniversary of the New Frontier program, which offers not-quite-film forms of storytelling during the festival.

Sundance's move comes at a particularly hot moment for VR—both at the festival and globally. During last year's festival, New Frontier showed quite a few VR films, but Frilot notes, "it was what was [out] there, it was was what we found and what we scratched for." This year, programmers had hundreds of submissions to choose from and normal folks outside of tech and film/gaming communities have a lot more awareness of VR. If last year was the start of the VR revolution in film, this year the movement is taking over.

They also have a lot more access to virtual reality. The Samsung Gear VR is out in the wild. The Oculus Rift is coming. And, in a wake-up-and-smell-the-immersion moment last November, the New York Times mailed a million Google Cardboards to its subscribers. Those factors, in conjunction with the availability of the Sundance slate through its new app, says a lot about the growing access to, and embrace of, VR. If any of those Times subscribers still have their Cardboards laying around, they could spend this pass looking at around of the unchanged entity that film geeks inward channelize municipality square measure seeing—and that's huge.

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