Guest speakers

Vitalijus Zhukas

Vitalijus Zhukas is a producer of short films, documentary, music video and commercials. In 2010 he founded OKTA Studio, which soon became the region’s leading 3D production studio, working on high-end quality content creation for game, movie and advertising industries. While still working in traditional media, OKTA studio has a strong focus on innovative XR project’s development during recent years. Mr Zhukas is the co-creator of ‘Trail of Angels’, which was nominated for the Venice Award for Best Virtual Reality and the award for Best Virtual Reality Story at the Venice Film Festival in 2018.

Mathias Van Dosselaer

Mathias Van Dosselaer is the co-founder and Operational Director of Yondr, an immersive award-winning media agency with a focus on virtual reality, video & branding. Yondr launched earlier this year it’s VRTL Academy, an online learning platform about the production of virtual reality video.

Jens Franssen

Jens Franssen is a journalist at the Flemish broadcasting company VRT, who travelled to Syria to make television, radio and virtual reality stories on the situation in the North‐East of Syria. He will present and discuss ‘Syria’s Silence’ and ‘Ryad’s War Oil’, two 360° videos shot on location in war‐torn Syria.

Paolo Favéro

Paolo Silvio Harald Favéro is a visual anthropologist presently Associate Professor in Film Studies and Visual Culture at the Department of Communication Studies, University of Antwerp. A member of at the Visual and Digital Cultures Research Center (ViDi) he is also the Chair of the MA in Film Studies and Visual Culture. His core interest is the role of images (new and old) in human life. An important part of his research is about immersive images and the way 360° video, virtual, augmented and mixed reality seek to wrap viewers in the image and to blur the distance between viewer and viewed, self and world.