Burbank, CA – Immersion, a short animated film by Connor Bland, will screen at the Burbank International Film Festival. The film will screen as part of the Animation Shorts selection at 11:30am on Saturday, September 9th, 2017. The Burbank International Film Festival runs from September 6th through September 10th 2017 at the AMC 16 in Downtown Burbank. Tickets for the screening may be purchased on the Festival website.
In Immersion, set in the not-so-distant future, a gamer’s mind gets lost inside a unique virtual reality involving a Western standoff and a baseball pitch. As the two settings seamlessly intertwine in action, we cut to a ticking clock. A man who was immersed inside both scenarios is sitting on a couch with a VR device strapped to his head. Out of breath, his battery meter clicks to zero percent as his body becomes numb. His dog comes up to him, yet the motionless character does not react. Immersion is a fantastical, yet alarming glimpse into the potential gaming evolution that is virtual reality.
Immersion previously won Most Innovative Short and the UCLA Festival of Animation 2017, and was named Official Selection at the Montreal International Animation Film Festival and the Skyline Indie Film Fest.
The filmmaker, Connor Bland, was born and raised in Sacremento, CA. He moved to Los Angeles to pursue his Graduate Degree in Animation at the UCLA’s Animation Workshop. His long-term goal is to fulfill a career in character animation, and eventually direct his own animated films.
For more information on Immersion and the Burbank International Film Festival, including a full screening schedule, updates, and announcements, visit the BIFF website. Tickets may be purchased through the BIFF website or ItsMySeat.