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Virtual Reality will be Big at Sundance Film Festival

Virtual reality lovers are in for a huge treat at the Sundance Film Festival.

The annual event to be held from Jan. 22 to Feb. 1 in Park City, Utah will be packed with VR offerings, providing audiences with a chance to experience entertainment in a whole new way.

There are three major movies that will be viewed in VR at the festival. There's a film about a Mongolian yak herder familys; musician Patrick Watson's loft studio in Montreal and a movie linked to the film "Wild." All three features were created by the visual artists Félix Lajeunesse and Paul Raphaël.

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There will be a total of 12 installations for the Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR and Google Cardboard during the yearly event. The technology's part of the New Frontier section.

Nine out of these 12 installations feature virtual reality technology. As for the rest, they make up a single installation said to be a video-game like piece.

Shari Frilot, one of the senior programmers who will be participating in the event, said this is "a point of conversation that's going to be really relevant to festival audiences and filmmakers."

She continued by pointing out that she "never really seen anything like this where a new technology is so muscularly poised to hit the market. This is the year that we're really going to get wired into this hardware in a major way. It really has the potential to shift the [filmmaking] terrain quite a bit in a very significant and deep way."

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