Pilot 9/11 VR and Non Duality at Ji.hlava festival

The 27th International Documentary Film Festival Ji.hlava in Prague will present the Pilot 9/11 VR experience by Norman Leto, and Non Duality, a film essay by Tomasz Wegorzewski. 

Pilot 9/11, for which this will be the international premiere, was included in the competition section dedicated to virtual reality.
Tuesday, October 24, 4:00 pm
Wednesday, October 25, 10:00 am
Thursday, October 26, 10:00 am
Friday, October 27, 10:00 am
Saturday, October 28, 10:00 a.m.
Sunday, October 29, 10:00 am 

Non Duality, created at the Film Essay Studio, will be shown in the First Lights section on October 25 at 09:30.
Information and tickets: https://www.ji-hlava.com/

Virtual experiences by vnLab in Prague

The Art VR immersive art festival in Prague will present two VR experiences created by the VR/AR Studio: A Simple Song About Death by Maciej Czuchryta and Marta Wieczorek, and Wish You Were Here by Micha? Stankiewicz. 

A Simple Song About Death will compete in an interdisciplinary competition with 11 other projects from Central and Eastern Europe. Wish You Were Here, on the other hand, will be part of the exhibition “Dimensions of Empathy,” exploring the potential of the VR medium to build empathy and understanding regarding such topics as the climate crisis, women’s rights, racism and the struggles of indigenous peoples. 

The competition screenings will run from Oct. 31 to Nov. 5, and the exhibition from Oct. 31 to Dec. 3 at the DOX Center for Contemporary Art, Prague, Czech Republic.
For more information: https://artvr.cz/en 

Solaris Mon Amour at international festivals!

After screenings at major festivals in Poland, the foundfootage documentary, Solaris Mon Amour, directed by Kuba Mikurda and produced at the Essay Film Studio,  will see its international premiere! At the prestigious 21st edition of the Doc Lisboa festival, dedicated to documentaries and shown in Lisbon, it will be presented during just a single screening on October 26. 
For information and tickets, go to: https://doclisboa.org/2023/en/filmes/solaris-mon-amour/ 
After Portugal, Solaris Mon Amour goes to the Imagine Fantastic Film Festival in Amsterdam. Imagine is the largest fantasy film festival in the Netherlands, showcasing the best fantasy, horror and science fiction films. Two screenings of the essay will be held at the Lab111 cinema on October 26 and October 31. 
For information and tickets, go to: https://www.imaginefilmfestival.nl/en/film/solaris-mon-amour-2/ 
Solaris Mon Amour 
2023, 47 min. 
Awards and selections: 
2023 – Millennium Docs Against Gravity, nominations in the following categories – Best Polish Film Award, Best Production Award from post-production studio Smakjam, Studio Cinema Association Award. 
Director: Kuba Mikurda 
Editing: Laura Pawela 
Music: DJ Lenar 
Sound: Marcin Lenarczyk 
Produced by: Dagna Kido?, Krzysztof Franek, Krzysztof Pijarski 

vnLab at the Digital Culture Forum in Gdansk

On October 26, during the 1st Digital Culture Forum, organized by the Institute of Urban Culture, attendees will be able to take part in two panel discussions led by vnLab staff and associates:  

  • 12.50 – 13.10 Digital publications – VR/Greening digital and ecology
    Moderated by Dr. Krzysztof Pijarski, head of vnLab.
  • 15.30 – 16.30 Artificial Intelligence and Art. Talks: Jakub Depczynski (Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw), Bartosz Zaskórski aka Mosses and Lichens.
    Moderated by Dr. Ewa Drygalska, vnLab research team.

The Digital Culture Forum will also present the VR Multiverse project by Robert Mleczko and Radomir Majewski, which is an interactive VR installation based on the concept of a multilayered world.

Information and tickets: http://marketingwkulturze.ikm.gda.pl/

Virtual experiences by vnLab at the Patchlab Festival in Krakow

As part of the Patchlab Digital Art Festival, viewers will be able to enjoy two VR experiences created by the VR/AR Studio at the main exhibition. The theme of this year’s event is SPACE/S, or space and its different variations. 


  • From October 19 to 22 in the creative district of Weso?a, the following will be available to Patchlab audiences:  

VR Cave | Jowita Guja, Adam ??d?o, Duration: 10-15? 

The Cave is an interactive adaptation of Plato’s metaphor, preserving the meaning of the original, but setting it in a new context. The creators transfer the philosophical text to VR and present an experience that requires not only mental but also physical effort to emphasize the experiential nature of the philosophy. 

Pilot 9/11 VR | Norman Leto, Duration: 20? 

The experience depicts the events of September 11, 2001 from the unique perspective of military aviators who followed the hijacked passenger planes to prevent the tragedy. “Pilot 9/11” is a 20-minute story about recovery from trauma – both the broader, national one and the subjective, personal one.   

Venue: 15 Copernicus St., Tickets and information: https://en.patchlab.pl/program/exhibition/


  • October 20, 5:00 pm, VR: Open or Closed Space? Panel discussion 

Virtual reality creators and experts from Virtual Event Horizons, Dr. Jakub Wróblewski and Eliza Urwanowicz-Rojecka, as well as Jacek Nag?owski from the vnLab Laboratory, will take a critical look at the processes involved in immersive narrative spaces. They will also present the results of their research on how the audience perceives interactive narratives, as well as forecasts of, and tendencies in, the development of new digital experiences. The talk will be moderated by Dr. Jowita Guja, head of EduVRLab at AGH in Krakow. Admission to the event is free with a pass. 

Venue: Potocki Palace, Information and free tickets:

Film essays by vnLab at the Camera Action Festival

The 14th edition of the Kamera Akcja Festival, an event dedicated to film criticism, will feature new productions created at the Film Essay Studio. The Action Education series accompanying the festival will include screenings, meetings and the premiere of the vnLab digital publication.


  • October 13, 5:00 pm, Essay on Method meeting. Premiere of the digital publication on the gestures of the film essay 

Stanislaw Liguzinski and Michal Matuszewicz, directors of the Film Essay Studio, will present the digital publication Essay on the Method, edited by Stanislaw Liguzinski and Ariel Avissar. This anthology of ten texts is the result of a joint journey that filmmakers, artists, scholars and members of the vnLab Film Essay Workshop working group took between March 2021 and December 2022. 

Venue: Museum of Cinematography, free admission.
More information: https://kameraakcja.com.pl/wydarzenie/akcja-edukacja-esej-o-metodzie-premiera-publikacji-cyfrowej-o-gestach-eseju-filmowego/


  • October 14, 1:00 pm, screening of the essay Solaris Mon Amour, directed by Kuba Mikurda, 2023. 

After the screening, there is a meeting with the filmmakers – Kuba Mikurda, Laura Pawela, Marcin Lenarczyk, hosted by Kaja Klimek. 

Venue: Cinema of the Film School, free entrance.
More information: https://kameraakcja.com.pl/pokaz/solaris-mon-amour/


  • October 15, 5:45 pm, screening of essays produced at the Film Essay Workshop. 

The program includes: 

A short conversation between brother and sister, by Temra Pavlovi?, Stefan Pavlovi?, Poland, Netherlands 2023, 27’21”
Room 404, dir. by Elysa Wendi, Lee Wai Shing, Poland, Hong Kong 2023, 29’40”
Non Duality, dir. by Tomasz W?gorzewski, Poland 2023, 25”
Wanda, dir. by Anna Baumgart, Poland 2023, 20’53”
Subtotals, dir. by Mohammadreza Farzad, Poland, Germany, Iran 2022, 16′ 

Venue: Kinematograf Cinema, Museum of Cinematography, admission free.
More information: https://kameraakcja.com.pl/pokaz/akcja-edukacja-eseje-z-pracowni-vnlab/