Batumi Art Teaching University,
14-15 November 2023
ბათუმის ხელოვნების
სასწავლო უნივერსიტეტი,
14-15 ნოვემბერი 2023
Following its resounding success in 2022, the "Best of French VR" showcase is back to enthrall audiences once again at the 15th International Festival of Animated Films "TOFUZI" in Batumi, Georgia.
This year's edition, set to take place from November 14 and 15, will build upon the achievements of the previous year, featuring an impressive lineup of Virtual Reality (VR) and Extended Reality (XR) projects from France.

To champion this innovative blend of culture and technology, the French Institute of Georgia, in collaboration with the Film XR Company and Animation Development Fund, are once again organizing the "Batumi VR Days: Best of French VR" showcase within the 15th International Festival of Animated Films "TOFUZI."

This year's event promises even more immersive experiences and opportunities to explore the cutting-edge world of XR.

The VR program is presented by the French Institute of Georgia as part of the "Selection VR" and "Novembre Numerique" initiative, with support from the French Institute of Paris, further emphasizing the strong international French-Georgian collaboration behind this cutting-edge event.

"TOFUZI" International Animated Film Festival is organized by
N.(N).L.E. Personage. All three organizations have equal rights, can act and perform as the festival owners.

The Festival consist of 2 main parts:
"TOFUZI" International Animated Film Festival which will be held in Batumi.
The Regional Festival "TOFUZI" will be held in about 20 regions of Georgia during the whole year after the International Festival of Animated Films "TOFUZI".
Festival web-site:

The Dawn of Art, a journey through
the Chauvet Cave
15 min, 2020, France
directed by Pierre Zandrowicz
produced by Novelab and Atlas V
The Dawn of Art, a journey through the Chauvet Cave will take you on the path to our ancestors and to mankind's first masterpiece ever: the monumental frescoes that have decorated the walls of the Chauvet cave for over 36 000 years. This VR experience told by the voices of Cécile de France (French version) and Daisy Ridley (English version) including both an interactive film and a virtual visit of the cave.

Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Interactive Media - Nomination (United States) 2021

Tribeca Film Festival Sélection (United States) 2020
Festival international du Film d'Animation d'Annecy VR Work - Sélection (France) 2019


30 min, 2021, France
directed by Abel Kohen
produced by IKO

Biolum is an interactive, narrative VR sci-fi experience which immerses you in the mysterious beauty of deep sea life on a dive that takes a shocking turn for the worse.

Courant 3D Grand Prix VR (France) - 2021
GIFF FUTURE IS SENSIBLE AWARD 2021 (Switzerland) - 2021
New images Prix de la meilleure œuvre française XR à l'export (France) - 2021
SXSW Prix du public Virtual Cinema Competition (United States) 2021
Festival international du film d'animation d'Annecy Annecy (France), 2021
Marché du films : Cannes XR Cannes (France), 2021

Goliath: Playing with Reality
25 min, 2021, France, UK
directed by by Murphy Barry Gene and Abdalla May
produced by Floréal Films

Through mind-bending animation, explore the limits of reality and a true story of mental health and the power of gaming. Echo (narrated by Tilda Swinton) guides you through the many realities of Goliath, a man who spent years in isolating mental health institutions but finds connection in multiplayer games. Combining heart-felt dialogue, mesmerising visuals and symbolic interactions, weave through multiple worlds to uncover Goliath's poignant story.

Grand Prix du jury pour la meilleur oeuvre VR à la 78ème édition de Venice Film Festival VR Expanded (Italy) - 2021
Special mention at Festival du nouveau cinema de Montréal Horizon (Canada) -

Gloomy Eyes
30 minutes, 2019, France
directed by Fernando Maldonado, Jorge Tereso
produced by Atlas V, ARTE Franc
In a world where the sun who got tired of the humans and decided to hide and never rise again, the darkness awoke the dead from their graves, a zombie kid called Gloomy and a mortal girl called Nena fall in love and form a deep connection that not even the most powerful man in town can destroy.

Artistic Achievement Winner & Sound Achivement Winner - Raindance Film Festival (United Kingdom) 2019
Cristal Best VR Experience - Annecy (France) 2019
Jury Award for Best VR work - Anima (Belgium) 2019

Special Presentation
In addition to the program, provided by Institut Francais de Georgie within the "Selection VR" and "Novembre Numerique" initiative, festival goers would be able to exclusively experience immersive animated project "MormoVerse" - co-production between France and Georgia, created by Georgy Molodtsov.
MormoVerse: Under the Pillow

20 min, 2023, Georgia, France
directed by Georgy Molodtsov
produced by Film XR
Welcome to MormoVerse – the most family friendly verse of all verses!

Join kitten Mormitten on his adventures in Under the Pillow, a new magical world in VRChat! Every night Mormitten travels inside an old couch to find the lost treasures of Yulia and Gosha, the two siblings who created him. Journey into his magical world and follow the story written by the creator's father over 30 years ago. Various adaptations were created since then – an animated film, a VR game and now also a narrative world in VRChat.

Raindance Film Festival Immersive Nomination (2023)

"Film and Art industry worldwide is benefitting from technological advancement. With this showcase we want the audience to see VR not only as a technology for gamers and geeks, but as an equal form of art, which takes the best from both Culture and Technology. We hope that this showcase would be a good start to promote VR in Georgia and make innovation more familiar to the audience"

Georgy Molodtsov
Showcase curator and director of MORMOVERSE project
Content Partners:

Tofuzi Animation Film Festival x French Institute of Georgia: Best of French VR
Project Team – Film XR:
Curator – Giorgi Molodtsov
Technical Director - Vlad Maleev

Institut Francais de Georgie:
Salome Murvanidze

XR Curator: Georgy Molodtsov / +995599051371

Tofuzi Animation Festival: Archil Diasamidze
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