Floating with spirits

A film by Juanita Onzaga, 2023

Genre: Hybrid VR docu-fiction

Languages: Spanish, English

Format: VR

Sound: 5.1

Duration: 31 min

Countries: Belgique, Luxembourg, Netherlands

Year: 2023



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Two little sisters prepare for the Day of the Dead in the mystic mountains of Mexico, remembering the stories their shaman granny used to tell. A portal opens as the Mazatec community celebrates and we enter the interactive universe of their ancestors and the spirits of nature, each keeping a secret world to be unveiled.



Director: Juanita Onzaga

Lead Developer: Guido Boogaard

Technical Artist: Lillian Souwer

Choreographer: Diego Vega

Costumes: Anja Perisic

Hair & Make-up: Jasmine Schmit

Editing: Pia Dumont & Juanita Onzaga

Sound: Céline Bodson & Gerardo Martinez Angeles / Mad-Trix & Unison Studios

Post-Production 360 Image: L’Imagerie – Sylvain Lange / Dominique Zelter-Russel


Producer: Emmy Oost

Co-producers: Corine Meijers (Studio Biarritz) & Donato Rotunno (Tarantula)

Line producer: Daniel Loustaunau (Colectivo Colmena – MX), Fernand de Amorin (Tarantula)


With the support of Film Fund Luxembourg, Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), The Corona Emergency Fund of the Flanders Government, Netherlands Film Fund, Creative Europe MEDIA of the European Union and Vocatio Fund.


Jaquelyne -
4 spirits -
Flower world -
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80th Venice International Film Festival - Venice Immersive / Official Competition

Film Fest Gent



Juanita Onzaga (1991) is a film director and artist born in Colombia, based between Brussels, Bogotá & México. Her work combines fiction and non-fiction elements, touching the importance of mysticism, memory, death and imagination, creating poetic tales that reflect di!erent ways of perceiving reality within strong political contexts.


Her short films have been presented at Cannes Directors Fortnight, Berlinale Generation, IFFR Tiger competition, the MoMA of New York, the Museum of Modern Art of Paris and many more festivals, museums and venues, while being awarded internationally.


She is currently in financing stage of her first fiction feature film THE LANDSCAPES THAT YOU SEEK, in development of a documentary and creating a series of installations about ancestral futurism.





“a whispered paean to the nature gods sustained by seductive visuals” – Xan Brooks / The Guardian