Black Rock City Film Festival


For the second year in a row, Burning Man has been cancelled. This has not stopped Burners from spreading the 10 Principles of Burning Man, which meld the society known as Burning Man online and through small regional burns. While I have often thought of attending Burning Man over the years, the desert and I really do not agree. Too many years spent in the mud and the sand, and so it came as a surprise when I found myself attending Burning Man virtually in 2020. AltspaceVR and Burning Man came together and made a week of mind-blowing immersive experiences, across a wide range of platforms possible. It was a totally amazing experience.

Burning Man has once again been cancelled due to the pandemic, but get ready for another mind-blowing Virtual Burning Man experience starting August 29–September 7, 2021. Tickets are now on sale at

Burning Man proper is made up of a multitude of camps that are the soul of Burning Man. One of those camps is VideoGasm—a camp dedicated to the creation of art through film and video, in conjunction with other forms of self-expression. This was the first virtual camp I visited and ended up staying on.

The Burning Man VideoGasm Camp was founded in 1998. Ed “Early” Lazar, one of the VideoGasm founders, can often be found visiting the virtual VideoGasm camp. Eric Eide, a host at the VideoGasm camp, has now kept the Virtual VideoGasm doors open for 305 days. You can visit the virtual VideoGasm camp on AltspaceVR every day. Just check the AltspaceVR calendar of events.

Over the last 305 days [this being written in July 2021], the Altspace virtual filmmaking community has grown to the point that making a film in virtual reality is no longer a proof of concept. Several short films have been produced as a result of the community that has sprung up around the VideoGasm camp. I have enjoyed attending the daily meetings, and have met filmmakers, and other creatives from all over the world, and have witnessed the creation of a virtual film company.

It has long been a tradition for those attending Burning Man to submit a short film to VidoGasm’s 48-hour film festival. Due to the pandemic, however, in lieu of the traditional 48-hour film festival, VideoGasm is announcing a call for entries to the Black Rock City Film Festival. The theme of the Black Rock City film festival is the 10 Burning Man principles. Filmmakers have 5 minutes to expand on a principle.
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I am looking forward to an amazing time on the Virtual Playa, August 29–September 7, 2021, and of course attending the screenings at the Black Rock City Film Festival.

I hope to see you there.

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