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Crossing Borders: Getting Real About VR

Crossing Borders: Getting Real About VR, 22 July in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

July 22, 2017. 10:00-18:00 at the Content Malaysia Pitching Centre (CMPC), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

As part of the Crossing Borders programme, a special VR-day will be offered in Kuala Lumpur on 22 July with the aim to explore the potential and future of Virtual Reality in relation to filmmaking. Admission is free and participants can register for the session via Eventbrite.

There’s a lot of hype around Virtual Reality. There was a lot of hype around 3D - and it failed to take off with TV audiences. Will VR go the same way? Our special guests would say no. In fact there is no comparison between the two. VR has the potential to bring people, places, and experiences closer together than ever before. Even if you don’t intend to use Virtual Reality in your productions, as a media professional you should stay informed – because VR is coming and it has the power to change the world. Join Crossing Borders and a line-up of VR professionals as we explore what is being hailed as the new mass media of our times.

The VR-day is part of the Crossing Borders programme and open to industry professionals.


There is no admission fee for taking part in the session. Those interested in participating can register for the VR-Day until 19 July via Eventbrite:


Ruth Berry | Director/Producer, First Act Films; Consultant, Terra Mater Factual Studios, Australia/Germany

Ruth Berry has made documentaries across many genres but her passion lies with science and natural history. Credits include: Dinosaurs On Ice, Thriller Science, Terrible Lizards of Oz, Tropic Gothic, Hypsi the Forest Gardener and The Neanderthals' Dark Secret. She series produced and directed three episodes of Asia - Secret Lives, Hidden Places for ARTE/NDR. Ruth is concept adviser and past mentor for Europe's premier training organisation, Documentary Campus. Together with her business partner Rodney Sewell, her company First Act Films and ARTE France are developing a new history format, Skeleton in The Closet. She consults for the prestigious Terra Mater Factual Studios and was on their behalf a member of the steering committee of the World Congress of Science and Factual Producers. She designs and produces discussion panels for Documentary Campus industry events, the Sheffield Documentary Filmfest, the World Congress of Science and Factual Producers and MIPTV.




Lionel Chok | Creative Technologist iMMERSIVELY, Singapore/Malaysia

Despite a somewhat advancing and cosy career path over the past 18 years in media, design, tech and creatives, Lionel decided to trade in his work life to take on a student role yet again, to move to London to pursue a Master's degree in Creative Technology; specialising in Augmented and Virtual Reality.
There, he produced London's first ever 360 Virtual Reality Dance staged at Middlesex University and also ZANA Singapore Inside out (London) a VR experience ( for the touring exhibition by Singapore Tourism Board. After completing and achieving distinction in his postgraduate studies, he returned to Singapore and immediately became a much sought after consultant and speaker in the fields of Virtual Reality.



Cornel Hillmann | CG artist/VR developer/Entrepreneur CGARTIST, Singapore

started my career as an art director in Los Angeles after receiving my diploma in computer graphics from Platt College, Alhambra, California. I launched the companies CNIT Media GmbH in Hamburg, Germany, and Emerging Entertainment Pte. Ltd. in Singapore. I also produced the DVD lineup of ,, which originally started as an artist boot camp and is now my home base for WR- and CG2. related projects ( Over the last years have lectured on the subjects of character animation, design and virtual reality and often contribute to interactive media-related events as a panel member or speaker. I am currently leveraging my skills and experience in CG and media design to develop WR projects.

Bryan Seah | Head of Original Content, Southeast Asia Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific, Singapore

As Head of Original Content, Bryan oversees all linear and digital productions for Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific's portfolio of brands across Southeast Asia. Bryan has worked on some of Discovery's key titles such as Say Yes To The Dress Asia, JumpCut Asia and Singapore Stories. Currently he is having fun tinkering and geeking out, spearheading digital content initiatives including online short-forms and WR 360 productions. His work has been recognised at top-level industry events such as the Worldfest Film Festival, New York Festivals, and the Asian Television Awards. Bryan and his production team have recently been nominated for an International Emmy for Wild but True', a series on biomimicry filmed in Australia.



About Crossing Borders

Crossing Borders is an international training programme launched in 2010 by Documentary Campus and the EDN – European Documentary Network. It brings together filmmakers and documentary experts from both Europe and Asia, who are highly motivated to collaborate with each other across national borders, and have the ambition to enter each other’s markets both artistically and financially.

Through one-to-one sessions with recognized professionals and trainers from around the world, the programme offers creative and practical support for targeting a project for the international market. The aim is to create an invaluable network between Europe and Asia and to furnish the participants with the necessary knowledge and contacts for their future work on an international level. For more information on previous editions of Crossing Borders and examples of participating projects and success stories visit



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