Sundance Film Festival New Frontier has evolved a lot in recent years. It has come a long way in the fields of Virtual Reality, artificial intelligence, and other outside-the-box media. The New Frontier at The Ray and New Frontier Central are the two dedicated venues chosen for this category at the Sundance Film Festival 2021. 32 Projects from 21 Countries will showcase at the 2021 festival.
We have compiled a full line-up of films featuring in the New Frontier program at the Sundance festival.
New Frontier Films and Performances
Director: Kahlil Joseph
Screenwriters: Sheba Anyanwu, Lee Harrison, Darol Kae
Producers: Onye Anyanwu, Kahlil Joseph
Changing the format of newsreel, this showcases a twist on traditional news.
Infinitely Yours (U.S.A.)
Director: Miwa Matreyek
A heartening film on the climate crisis.
A Machine for Viewing (United Kingdom, Australia)
Directors: Oscar Raby, Richard Misek, Charlie Shackleton
Producers: Richard Misek, Oscar Raby
A hybrid of a real-time VR experience, and video-essay.
małni – towards the ocean, towards the shore (U.S.A.)
Director, screenwriter, and producer: Sky Hopinka
Two people navigating through a place between life and death, and their own relationship.
Sandlines, the Story of History (Iraq)
Director, screenwriter, and producer: Francis Alÿs
Iraqi children from Mosul reenacting their past to understand their present.
Vitalina Varela (Portugal)
Director and screenwriter: Pedro Costa
Producer: Abel Ribeiro Chaves
Vitalina Varela finally reaches Lisbon after waiting for her ticket for 25 years.
New Frontier Exhibitions
All Kinds of Limbo (United Kingdom)
Lead Artists: Toby Coffey, Raffy Bushman
A VR performance space packed with immersive technologies on the subject of music.
ANIMALIA SUM (Germany, Brazil, Iceland)
Lead Artists: Bianca Kennedy, Felix Kraus
A virtual reality experience that discovers our future food supply.
Lead Artist: Theo Triantafyllidis
A couple exploring the world after climate change, from movies to shopping to drugs.
Atomu (France, Kenya, U.S.A., United Kingdom)
Lead Artists: Shariffa Ali, Yetunde Dada
Experience a world through the lens of virtual reality where genders can exchange.
The Book of Distance (Canada)
Lead Artist: Randall Okita
Yonezo Okita’s grandson discovers what his family went through in three generations after the pilgrimage.
Breathe (Sweden, Canada, U.S.A.)
Lead Artist: Diego Galafassi
Realizing through the simple act of breathing that the planet we live on is as alive as us.
Chomsky vs. Chomsky: First Encounter (Canada, Germany)
Lead Artist: Sandra Rodriguez
CHOMSKY_AI is evolving through digital spaces that professor Noam Chomsky left behind.
Dance Trail (Switzerland)
Lead Artists: Gilles Jobin, Camilo De Martino
An exciting idea of enabling dance in augmented reality.
The Electronic Diaries of Lynn Hershman Leeson (U.S.A.)
Lead Artist: Lynn Hershman Leeson
Lynn Hershman Leeson goes through a journey of self-discovery, after exploring how to use a camera and making videos for 40 years.
Lead Artist: Natalia Cabrera
A virtual reality idea to heal the earth; become a mushroom.
Living Distance (China, U.S.A.)
Lead Artist: Xin Liu
Telling the story in the outer space through a wisdom tooth that is carried by a robotic sculpture.
Lead Artists: Matthew Niederhauser, Wesley Allsbrook
A virtual reality experience where participants explore transformations and alter appearances.
My Trip (United Kingdom)
Lead Artist: Bjarne Melgaard
A VR experience of a DMT trip.
Persuasion Machines (U.S.A.)
Lead Artists: Karim Amer, Guvenc Ozel
Asking the fundamental question that holds our future: do we control the machines, or do these machines control us?
Lead Artists: Jihyun Jung, Sngmoo Lee
A surreal Sisyphean world where a user enters to break the spell.
Lead Artists: Antoine Viviani, Pierre-Alain Giraud
Discovering the secrets of a strange planet.
Spaced Out (France)
Lead Artist: Pyaré
An underwater VR experience that gives the simulations of a space mission on Apollo 11.
Still Here (U.S.A.)
Lead Artists: Zahra Rasool, Sarah Springer
Using VR and AR technologies to bring to life a heartfelt story.
VR Cinema for Sundance 2021
After the Fallout (Switzerland, U.S.A.)
Lead Artists: Sam Wolson, Dominic Nahr
Fukushima dealing with the aftermath of a devastating earthquake that could split Japan.
Azibuye – The Occupation (South Africa)
Lead Artists: Dylan Valley, Caitlin Robinson, Stephen Abbott
Masello and Evan proclaiming ownership of an abandoned mansion as an artistic act.
Lead Artists: Marcos Louit, Patricia Diaz
A Cuban tradition that comprises of both Christianity and the African Yoruba.
Flowers & a Switchblade (U.S.A.)
Lead Artists: Nic Koller, Weston Morgan
An everyday scene of a conversation, formed through hundreds of videos to give a 360° Cubist world.
Lead Artists: Sandro Zollinger, Roman Vital
An enthralling story told through VR of Peter Thaler who goes to the Swiss mountains to search for stability and never returns.
Lead Artist: Brian Andrews
A backdrop of X-ray imagery, this is the struggle of a mother trying to survive alongside her kids.
tx-reverse 360° (Austria, Germany)
Lead Artists: Martin Reinhart, Virgil Widrich
What happens when the laws of cinematic experience dissolve and collide with reality?
VR Free (Italy)
Lead Artist: Milad Tangshir
Inmates discovering life outside the prison with immersive videos.
New Frontier Shorts for Sundance Festival 2021
E-Ticket (Hong Kong, U.S.A.)
Director: Simon Liu
Dante’s Inferno emerges for the streaming platform through the cataloging of a personal archive.
Guisado on Sunset (U.S.A.)
Director and screenwriter: Terence Nance
Missed connection regret at that one late-night spot.
How Did We Get Here? (U.S.A.)
Director and screenwriter: Michelle Miles
A visual exploration of microscopic changes that usually aren’t noticed, but gets big and bigger over time.
Meridian (U.S.A., Italy)
Director and screenwriter: Calum Walter
Following an autonomous machine before it disappears.
Narcissister Breast Work (U.S.A.)
Exploring why toplessness is barred for women and how it controls women on the whole.
Director: Everlane Moraes, Screenwriter: Tatiana Monge Herrera
Yemaya, the goddess of the sea, hypnotizing those who live without water.
While I’m Still Breathing (Tandis Que Je Respire Encore) (France)
Directors: Laure Giappiconi, Elisa Monteil, La Fille Renne
Screenwriter: Laure Giappiconi
Discovering the steps of sexuality, a woman finds herself in blurry details of imagination.