BEYOND CINEMA @ Cannes 2018

In the context of PLUGS, GIFF is honored to present two of the most innovative Swiss projects in the field of virtual reality at NEXT Pavilion during the 71st Cannes Festival from 8 to 13 May.

Thanks to the support of Pro Helvetia – Swiss Arts Council, the 4th Beyond Cinema : The Swiss Digital Showcase will enable professionals in Cannes to bend space and time with the exciting project Elastic Time by Studio Imverse and to discover the Limbic Chair VR, a new way of interacting with the virtual world developed by Limbic Life.
Once again, for the third consecutive year and thanks to the support of Engagement Migros, a match-making module will be organized in parallel to the Beyond Cinema program that will provide Swiss digital creators in Cannes with the opportunity to meet potential investors for their projects.


Elastic Time is a mixed reality interactive documentary about space-time narrated by astronomer Tony Stark. A real-time hologram of your body is integrated into the observatory room and using the controllers, you bend space and time to your will, creating black-holes, worm-holes and time portals. Written and directed by artist Mark Boulos, Elastic Time has been created using state-of-the-art technology developed at Imverse. The volumetric 3D environment has been reconstructed from a single 2D 360° picture usingImverse LiveMaker and the real-time volumetric 3D capture of the user’s body and the volumetric recording of the actor is powered by Imverse proprietary voxel-based graphics engine.
Written & directed by Mark Boulos
Created & produced by Imverse: Robin Mange and Javier Bello Ruiz


The Limbic Chair VR is a safe and compact, hands-free navigation device for VR. The first of its kind to combine neuroscience-based research and ergonomic design, it connects behaviours, thoughts and emotions through touch and movement. Because moving your legs and moving your hands rely on two separate neurological systems, users are able to navigate intuitively with their legs, freeing their hands and head to view or play as usual. The Limbic Chair VR is designed to entice you to move, while sensors on the chair then transmit these movements to electronic devices to navigate through VR.
By Limbic Life : Patrik Künzler and Mark van Raai


Beyond Cinema: Swiss Digital Showcase / NEXT Pavilion
Exhibition : from 8 to 13 May 2018 / from 9:00 to 18:00
Showcase : Friday, 11 May 2018 / from 14:00 to 15:00
Match-making : from 8 to 12 May 2018 / by appointment (contact:
Camille Kaiser, Digital and Professional Programs Coordinator
Marie Mayoly, Professional Match-making Module Coordinator