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We're thrilled to announce our first free immersive film festival, The Future’s Now, taking place on Fri 5 Apr & Sat 6 Apr.

Centred around the theme of exploring the intersection of technology and cinema, The Future’s Now promises a fascinating weekend of film and virtual reality (VR) gaming and storytelling.

Headlining the festival is the Open Cinema Stage; curated by local 15–20-year-olds, the two-day film programme offers a diverse selection of American and Japanese films delving into AI, VR gaming, automation, machines, and the societal impact of technological advancements.

Festival-goers can revisit past films that made predictions about the future of technology, making a judgement on their accuracy.

They’ll also get the chance to see highly anticipated blockbuster Dune: Part 2, paying what they can starting at a minimal ticket price.

Adding to the excitement, those who attend can immerse themselves in the VR Stage in our studio, featuring VR experiences and games from award-winning Bristol producer We Are Anagram, among independent producers. Perhaps they’ll get a chance to be someone else, explore another place and get swept up in the story.

Jess Brewster, Director of The Roses, says, “The Future’s Now is a trailblazing opportunity for our town and beyond to experience our cinema and virtual reality for free. The local young community have put together an intriguing line-up of films that open-up conversations around the changes in technology and the impact on society, which couldn’t be more topical today given the speed of which technology is advancing and how that could change the world for generations to come.

The full line-up will be announced in the coming weeks and cinema seats can be booked online or festival-goers can turn up on the day.

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