The Audi Dublin International Film Festival has announced the launch of the inaugural Immersive Stories: Conference & Exhibition curated by Eoghan Cunneen, a Senior Software Engineer at Lucasfilm Ltd, San Francisco.

This major new addition to the ADIFF programme will take place over two days on February 24th and 25th, 2018, and will feature a variety of keynote speakers and an interactive exhibition. The event will feature speakers who tell stories across multiple platforms with backgrounds that span three distinct areas: fictional story-worlds, news and documentary and music and sound. The speakers will provide insight into their work and how they leverage these platforms to their full potential.

Cunneen is a Senior Software Engineer at Lucasfilm Ltd’s Advanced Development Group where he has worked on Star Wars: Trials on Tatooine and Alejandro Iñarritu’s highly acclaimed Carne y Arena, the virtual reality experience which was a huge hit at the Festival de Cannes in May 2017. With an illustrious career to date, the Irishman was previously a key figure with Academy Award-winning visual effects studio Framestore where he worked on titles such as Gravity, Paddington, Robocop and Clash of the Titans. He is also the co-founder of the Irish VFX + Animation Summit.

The Immersive Stories: Conference & Exhibition will provide a hands-on opportunity for attendees to participate in the best multi-platform and immersive entertainment. The exhibition is a critical component to Immersive Stories; we hope to provide attendees with the opportunity to not only experience storytelling on these emerging new immersive platforms, but also demonstrate how consuming entertainment through these mediums can fit into their daily lives.
Eoghan Cunneen

Audi Ireland is proud to support this exciting new addition to the 2018 Audi Dublin International Film Festival programme. Digital innovation is very much part of our DNA at Audi and the Immersive Stories: Conference & Exhibition provides a unique opportunity for national and international experts in the field to come together to share insights, explore future trends and inspire the next generation of digital creatives.
Richard Molloy, Head of Marketing and Product for Audi Ireland 

ADIFF, Screen Training Ireland & Audi Ireland recently awarded Creative Director Aoife Doyle and Producer Niamh Herrity of Pink Kong Studios, alongside writer Denis James Ryan, a bursary of €30,000, to produce their virtual reality concept Aurora which will premiere as part of Immersive Stories: Conference & Exhibition.

Immersive Stories: Conference & Exhibition event details:
Dates:  Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th February, 2018
Venue:  The Mansion House, Round Room
Cost:  €95 for both days (lunch included), student and unwaged discount available, early bird tickets available until end December.

Confirmed speakers include:
Diana Williams, Content Strategist, Lucasfilm Ltd (Star Wars)
Neil Leyden, Head of RTE.ie
Aoife Doyle & Niamh Herrity, Co-Founders, Pink Kong Studios
Colum Slevin, Head of Experiences, Oculcs VR
Curtis Hickman, Founder, The Void

Tickets are available at http://www.diff.ie/festival/conference

With much of Audi Dublin International Film Festival galas and films for 2018 already nearly finalised, it’s never too early to secure your seat at all the key events of the 16th Audi Dublin International Film Festival as season tickets and gift vouchers are already on sale at diff.ie.

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