Eternal Spring VR Now Available! | Canadian Screen Award Nominations | VOTE NOW!

The Eternal Spring film and VR experience both picked up nominations at the 2024 Canadian Screen Awards

We have thrilling news to share with you! There’s a new way to experience the world of Eternal Spring with the release of Eternal Spring VR―available today on Meta Quest and coming soon to Steam VR! 

Eternal Spring VR is an animated 360 documentary that goes inside the harrowing experiences of a real-life survivor of religious persecution in China, Jin Xuezhe, adding a new dimension to the feature film that was Canada’s official submission to the 2023 Oscars®.

Eternal Spring VR was first presented at a special session during the Available Light Film Festival in Whitehorse in 2023. Today it is widely available on Steam and Meta storefronts!

This 12-minute interactive documentary combines live-action 360 video and original recorded testimony with animated recreations brought to life from the drawings of acclaimed comic book artist Daxiong (Star Wars, Justice League), who, like Jin, was forced to flee his hometown of Changchun to escape persecution. 

Compatible with Meta Quest 3, Meta Quest 2 and Rift, the interactive VR film features a custom soundscape to trigger haptic sensations delivered through the new Woojer Vest (optional), which heightens the experience as cops arrest you on the street for handing out leaflets, and you get to feel the heart-pounding tension of a police interrogation in China.

Canadian Screen Award nominations – voting now open!

Eternal Spring VR is among three nominees at the 2024 Canadian Screen Awards for Best Immersive Experience – Non-Fiction

Also, following Eternal Spring’s airing on CBC, the film became eligible for craft categories at the 2024 CSAs. We’re thrilled to share that Bret Killoran and his team have been nominated for Best Sound, Documentary or Factual at the awards, and we thank all who supported their nomination! 

Canadian Screen Award voting is taking place now! We welcome Academy members to view both Eternal Spring and Eternal Spring VR and to cast their votes today here in the Academy portal (categories 6005 and 1041).

Please make sure your vote is in by Monday, March 25!

More Good News – Sundar Prize Nomination

Eternal Spring has been nominated for the inaugural Sundar Prize in the Best Canadian Documentary category, sponsored by Rogers Group Of Funds! The theme of this first year is “Celebrating Human Resilience,” and we’re thrilled to be part of it!

The winners will be announced on the official Sundar Prize website on April 2, 2024 prior to the festival on June 15 and 16, 2024.

Eternal Spring Digital Comics App

Fan of comic books? Experience stories from the animated film Eternal Spring in a new digital comic book format! Featuring art by Daxiong (comic illustrator for Justice League and Star Wars comics) and the Eternal Spring production team, new original story text by the Pearman Brothers, and narration by Jesse LaChappelle.

Four issues of this immersive digital comic–featuring original music, sound, and narration–give a fresh take on parts of the Eternal Spring film: THE CRACKDOWN, FLEEING HOME, A BOLD PLAN and ALL ON THE LINE.

Get the apps for your Apple device on the iOS App Store HERE

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