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THE EXPANSE 2021

Welcome to The Expanse, a free virtual exhibition space presented by the 2021 BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express.

Venture below the River Thames for an unmissable showcase of the best new immersive art and extended reality works from around the world. Inside The Expanse, you can explore interactive artworks, 360-degree films and network with other festival visitors.

The Expanse is available worldwide for free 6-17 October 2021. Find out more here.
  1. LFF EXPANSE

    Free
    Art & Design
    Narrative
    Social
    Video

Available to experience at The Expanse:

Adult Children

A poetic VR piece that interrogates the fragility of relationships in a time of social distance.

Atomic / Ghost in the Atom

This astonishing immersive installation by Finnish artists collective HNV comprises two different art works, each contemplating the history and legacy of nuclear waste.

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This immersive film project makes us aware of how closely modern forms of economic enslavement compare with earlier forms that ‘civilised’ society claims to have cast aside.

Laika

Employing striking VR animation, Asif Kapadia tells the story of Laika, the stray dog that the Soviet Union sent into orbit, in this exclusive LFF Expanded world premiere.

A Life in Pieces: The Diary and Letters of Stanley Hayami

Step into the wartime diary of a young Japanese-American teenager as he describes his internment during the Second World War, due to his ethnic background.

Missing Pictures: Tsai Ming-Liang

The VR series finds one of Taiwan’s most acclaimed filmmakers journeying into his childhood dreams.

Noah’s Raft

Acclaimed Nigerian filmmaker Joel Kachi Benson’s VR documentary shows how one person with a vision can transform a whole community by means of education.

Samsara

Hsin-Chien Huang’s latest work will transport you through space and time, blowing your mind with extraordinary visualisations of human existence in an ecstasy of colour and form.

Virtually There

Leon Oldstrong’s first VR film shines a light on a violent knife crime from multiple perspectives in an attempt to empathise with all parties involved.

Adult Children

A poetic VR piece that interrogates the fragility of relationships in a time of social distance.

Atomic / Ghost in the Atom

This astonishing immersive installation by Finnish artists collective HNV comprises two different art works, each contemplating the history and legacy of nuclear waste.

Container

This immersive film project makes us aware of how closely modern forms of economic enslavement compare with earlier forms that ‘civilised’ society claims to have cast aside.

Laika

Employing striking VR animation, Asif Kapadia tells the story of Laika, the stray dog that the Soviet Union sent into orbit, in this exclusive LFF Expanded world premiere.

A Life in Pieces: The Diary and Letters of Stanley Hayami

Step into the wartime diary of a young Japanese-American teenager as he describes his internment during the Second World War, due to his ethnic background.

Missing Pictures: Tsai Ming-Liang

The VR series finds one of Taiwan’s most acclaimed filmmakers journeying into his childhood dreams.

Noah’s Raft

Acclaimed Nigerian filmmaker Joel Kachi Benson’s VR documentary shows how one person with a vision can transform a whole community by means of education.

Samsara

Hsin-Chien Huang’s latest work will transport you through space and time, blowing your mind with extraordinary visualisations of human existence in an ecstasy of colour and form.

Virtually There

Leon Oldstrong’s first VR film shines a light on a violent knife crime from multiple perspectives in an attempt to empathise with all parties involved.

LFF Expanded Trailer

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