360-film ‘Horizon’ will still show in Calgary despite fundraising woes – Alberta News

360-film ‘Horizon’ will still show in Calgary despite fundraising woes – Alberta News


A still of caribou from the 360-degree film Horizon.

Despite fundraising woes, the 360-degree film “Horizon” will still be shown in Calgary. 

The film showcases a collection of unique landscapes and people from across Canada and was organized by SESQUI, a Canada 150 initiative, that received $10.5 million from the Canada 150 fund. 

The taxpayer money went towards three years of work for SESQUI and funded new 360-degree camera rig designs, production, projection systems and virtual reality components of the project, said SESQUI Executive Producer Joanne Loto in an interview via email.

In the planning stages, SESQUI presented provinces and corporate donors the opportunity to fund a “dome village,” which would be built for five-day time periods in cities across the country for Canadians to immerse themselves in the 360-degree film experience. 

Only Ontario backed the project with a $2-million contribution, leaving SESQUI searching for alternate ways to show the film.

“Although we have revised the ways in which Canadians will experience SESQUI, our national tour plans have not been scaled back,” said Loto.

“For the national tour, SESQUI has collaborated with planetariums, science centres, film festivals and other events across Canada to offer free screenings and events in fixed and pop-up full-dome facilities.”

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The programming will also offer virtual reality installations, where people can see the film individually. 

So far, the film will be shown in more than 25 communities in Canada. 

One of the partners is the city’s Telus Spark Centre, which will be showing “Horizon” for free on Neighbour Day, June 17, and Canada…



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