10 June 2023 The Irish Film & Television Network
Irish short film Glimpse wins VR award at Annecy International Animation Film Festival
21 Jun 2022 : Nathan Griffin
Irish VR short film Glimpse.
Irish VR short film Glimpse, from XR creator Michael O’Connor and Oscar winner Benjamin Cleary, has picked up the Cristal for Best VR Work at the 41st Annecy International Animation Film Festival.

Starring Taron Egerton (Kingsman) and Lucy Boynton (Sing Street, Bohemian Rhapsody), Glimpse has already picked up the VeeR Future Award for Best Interactive Experience at Cannes XR, as part of the Marché du Film 2022 programme earlier this year.

The animated short, which is produced by Mr. Kite and is written and directed by Irish filmmaking duo Michael O’Connor and Benjamin Cleary, has already screened at the Venice Film Festival and is scored by Julianna Barwick.

This year’s Annecy awards were decided by a jury that included Irish multi Oscar-nominated animator and director Tomm Moore (Wolfwalkers), Oscar nominated producer Charlotte de la Gournerie (Flee), and producer Frèdèric Maire.

Speaking about Glimpse, O’Connor and Cleary said: “Our goal with Glimpse was to explore the medium of VR to truly get inside the feeling of a break-up – reflecting the wide plethora of emotions one goes through.

“In a highly immersive way we wanted our audience to experience that raw, visceral time in life after a break-up, when you are dipping into memories, good and bad, and it all feels so immediate and present,” they added. “Stepping into that first person space, which VR allows us to occupy, was incredibly exciting to us for exploring this concept. It required us to think about the very building blocks of storytelling and moment-to-moment audience experience in new and exciting ways.”

In 2016, Cleary’s short film Stutterer won over 40 awards including an Oscar for Best Live Action Short. More recently, he released his debut feature film Swan Song on Apple TV+, which starred two-time Oscar winning actor Mahershala Ali (Green Book), Naomie Harris, and Glenn Close.

O’Connor is an XR writer, director, and producer, with previous experience working across flagship video games such as Football Manager, Donkey Kong, and Super Smash Brothers for Nintendo and SEGA. Glimpse marks O’Connor’s directorial debut.

Glimpse is a highly emotive, visual feast set in the imaginative mind of a heartbroken panda named Herbie (voiced by Taron Egerton), who has recently broken up with his deer girlfriend Rice (Lucy Boynton). Herbie is an illustrator and through his art we delve back through the memories of his relationship from the heart-breaking end to the beautiful beginning.

The film is a co-production of Mr. Kite and Albyon, the studio branch of the Atlas V group. It is Albyon’s first co-production. Lee Harris produced GLIMPSE for Electric Skies.

Glimpse was made with in association with Fis Éireann/Screen Ireland and with the support of the British Film Institute (BFI) (awarding National Lottery funding), Centre National du Cinéma et de l'image animée, Viveport, Epic Megagrants and Unreal Dev Grant, BCP, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpe, StoryFutures Academy, The National Film and Television School, Royal Holloway, University of London, United Kingdom Research & Innovation (UKRI) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and DN Pictures.

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