Sunday January 21st is VR Day:  from this edition, the Trieste Film Festival explores new technologies in cinematography. Alpe Adria Cinema, in collaboration with PAG – Progetto Area Giovani of the Municipality of Trieste promotes the project TSFF goes Virtual.

A whole day of events on the subject is held on Sunday at the Salone degli Incanti. The first one at 11am is “VIRTUAL REALITY: STATE OF THE ART”, a panel on the state of the art of immersive video, analyzing this new media that involves cinema, videogames, internet and sound design. The guests are Antonio Giacomin (VR expert), Dennison Bertram (visual artist), AIMONE BODINI (creative producer & VR specialist), and Axel Drioli (immersive audio producer).

The second appointment of the day is at 2:30pm with the workshop “WHAT IS SPECIAL ABOUT SPATIAL AUDIO?”, with Axel Drioli; it is an overview of Spatial Audio’s characteristics, strengths, and weaknesses from a creative point of view. This presentation is tailored for an audience of film makers and content creators, who may not already know the possibilities that Spatial Audio offers to storytelling.

Finally, at 5pm, the closing event: MASTERCLASS with MICHEL REILHAC, a pioneer in Virtual Reality filming. His first VR film “Viens!” premiered at Sundance 2016. He is a thought-leader for hybrid forms of storytelling and immersive, participatory, and interactive experiences.  He is the creator and co-programmer of Venice VR, the first official competition for artistic VR content at the Venice Biennale International Film Festival. He is also Head of Studies for the Venice Biennale College, and was Head of the Cross Media College at Scuola Holden, Torino, Italy.

Another event of the day, starting at 11am at the Politeama Rossetti, is A Walk Through the Trieste of Cinema. Nicola Falcinella takes you down Trieste’s Viale XX Settembre and its surroundings on a stroll through the streets of both modern cinemas and the first projections at the end of the XIX century, and then on to the Teatro Fenice and the Rossetti itself. You will see the places of Senilità and La sconosciuta, but also of Giulia and GiuliaLa forza del passato and of Bobi Bazlen’s search in Le stade di Wimbledon. You will visit the historic Caffè San Marco, the literary and cinematic café, used as a set in films based on Svevo’s novels but also in James Joyce’s Nora and in Paprika by Tinto Brass. The walk will also go through the public gardens, via Carducci and Piazza Goldoni.

TSFF Little Ones takes place at the Immaginario Scientifico: short films for kids selected by Trieste Film Festival will be shown from 10am to 6pm in the magic atmosphere of Kaleido’s maxi screen within the museum.

Double appointment – at 11am and at 3pm – with science for Sunday Scientists – Zoetrope: The Magic of Cinema. With simple materials, imagination and creativity, children will build the “ancestral” device of all film projection: they will be able to experience how, thanks to the principle of retinal persistence, the rapid succession of images gives the illusion of movement.

Head to the Teatro Miela at 10:30am for Cinema for Children: a tasty morning to enjoy animated short films selected by the Trieste Film Festival and accompanied by a rich and tasty snack by Mimì e Cocotte.

The Days of Italian Independent Distribution panel takes place at 11am at Teatro Miela. A collaboration with SNCCI, it focuses on the increasing interactions between Italian distributions and the film festivals system in the joined promotion of independent cinema.

The main event of the day at Teatro Miela, starting at 2:30pm, is the Salani Award, with four films in competition. The first one is Karenina & I (2017) by Tommaso Mottola, in which the Norwegian actress Gørild Mauseth is challenged with the almost impossible task of playing Anna Karenina in a language she never spoke and in the author’s home country. She embarks on a long journey until Vladivostok on the Trans-Siberian to learn Russian and discover the real reasons why Tolstoy ( Liam Neeson’s cameo) wrote the novel.

At 4:30pm there is the first preview of Country For Old Men (2017), a documentary by Pietro Jona and Stefano Cravero. Cotacachi, Ecuador: between the nostalgia for the American Dream and the myth of the new frontier, the paradise of a group of retired American expats in a voluntary idillic exile characterized by a problematic relationship with the locals.

At 6:30pm, A Look at the Earth (2018) by Peter Marcias. This work comes from the viewing of the film of a great Sardinian director, Fiorenzo Serra,L’ultimo pugno di terra (banned in 1965) to get to discuss on the Cinema of the real. Starring renowned international documentary directors including Vincenzo Marra, Claire Simon, Wang Bing, Brillante Mendoza, and Costanza Quatriglio.

Finally, at 9pm, the last film is Crater (2018) by Luca Bellino and Silvia Luzi. In a rough land, a father uses his daughter and her voice to take on the world and his own destiny. But success becomes an obsession, and talent becomes a punishment. Crater is a fairy tale in reverse: a docu-fiction based on the true story of a young girl, neo-melodic singer, already successful on the web.

All screenings are followed by a meeting with the authors.[:]