Debut film and immersive experiences in Venice

VENICE. 'Shorta' meets its first audience at the Venice Film Festival (2-12 September), which also marks the world premiere of three Danish virtual reality works.

The world's oldest film festival in Venice launches its 77th edition on 2 September with a programme that includes four Danish projects.

Anders Ølholm and Frederik Louis Hviid's 'Shorta' willl be world premiering in the Venice International Film Critics' Week (Settimana Internazionale della Critica), running in parallel to the festival's main section.

The film is one of seven debut films in competition for the following prizes: the Grand Prize, the Verona Film Club Award for the most innovative film, and a prize for Best Technical Contribution .

The Critics' Week films are also eligible for the Lion of the Future – "Luigi De Laurentiis" Venice Award for a Debut Film selected among all first features in the competitive sections across the Venice Film Festival.

'Shorta, an action drama about a routine patrol that goes terribly wrong for the two officers Jens and Mike, features Jacob Hauberg Lohmann, Simon Sears and the young debuting talent Tarek Zayat. Toolbox Film is producing, and Paris-based Charades handles international sales. The domestic premiere is set for 8 October.

Venice Film Festival's competition for virtual reality, Venice VR Expanded, will be showcasing three immersive works from Denmark:

'A Taste of Hunger – VR' by Christoffer Boe and David Adler produced by Zentropa and Makropol, 'Hush' by Vibeke Bryld and producers Final Cut for Real, and finally 'The Hangman at Home' by Michelle and Uri Kranot and Late Love Production.

The three projects, along with the remaining works of the Venice VR Expanded competition, are available for viewing throughout the whole festival period at fourteen cultural institutions around the world – including the Copenhagen art gallery Nikolaj Kunsthal.

The works can also be experienced online, with the right VR equipment, via a special festival platform. For this, an accreditation is necessary. Find a guide on the festival website.

The following prizes are handed out in the VR competition: a Grand Jury Prize for Best VR Immersive Work, an award for Best VR Immersive User Experience and the award for Best VR Immersive Story.

'Shorta' as well as the three VR works are supported by the Danish Film Institute. The Venice Film Festival kicks off from 2 to 12 September. See more on the festival website.