Realm, a virtual reality facility, is quite transparent about the erotic nature of its services: Wall to wall, it is lined with tempting previews of sexy, ready-made experiences. But Realm also offers something more: With the help of data-mining technology, clientele can create virtual facsimiles of real-life places and people. This hyper-personalization is what attracts Cecily, a young woman grappling with a disorienting world and an intense fixation.

Maggie Brennan (US)
Maggie Brennan is an animator, filmmaker, cartoonist, and musician. She grew up on Long Island and lives in Queens. Her animated films have screened in festivals worldwide including SXSW, SIFF, Palm Springs ShortFest, RiverRun, AIFVF, and more. Her comics have been published by The New Yorker, The Fader, Inverse, and elsewhere. She has also produced illustrations and animations for a number of corporate and commercial clients.