"Filmed entirely inside the world of virtual reality (VR), this immersive and revealing documentary roots itself in several unique communities within VR Chat, a burgeoning virtual reality platform. Through observational scenes captured in real-time, in true documentary style, the film reveals the growing power and intimacy of several relationships formed in the virtual world, many of which began during the COVID-19 lockdown, while so many in the physical world were facing intense isolation. Although remaining wholly within the VR domain of avatars and imagined worlds, the film has the same elements of humour, serendipitous interactions and unexpected events that characterize documentary films made in real life. WE MET IN VIRTUAL REALITY tenderly documents the stories of people experiencing love, loss and unexpected connection, expressing vulnerability around mental health struggles and questions about identity, offering a hyper real journey into the human experience of an online world that may soon shape the future."
Special Jury Mention: Most Innovative Documentary - Calgary Underground
Special Mention: Grand Prix - Millennium Docs Against Gravity
World Premiere: Sundance Film Festival 2022 World Cinema Documentary Competition
"Come for the gimmick, stay for the poignance of Joe Hunting’s 'We Met in Virtual Reality', a documentary that starts out odd and ends up oddly sweet."
Daniel Fienberg: The Hollywood Reporter
"The optimism of 'We Met In Virtual Reality' is absorbing and infectious. For all its bleeding-edge tech, and murky event horizon, the film is an authentic feel-good film of our current pandemic moment"
Kurt Halfyard: Screen Anarchy
"A tender, affecting documentary about love, friendship and people finding a place where they can be themselves"
Jonathan Romney: Screendaily
Presented by Field of Vision
In Association with Cinetic Media
Directed, filmed, edited and written by Joe Hunting
Producer: Joe Hunting
Executive Producer: Charlotte Cook, Bryn Mooser, Kathryn Everett
Featuring: Jenny0629, Ray_Is_Deaf, DustBunny & Toaster, IsYourBoi & DragonHeart, Scout, DylanP, MooseStash, Kevin.