Inception and Kaleidoscope have announced the winners of the first ever Online VR Film Festival. The four winners and 24 shortlisted films were selected by a panel of judges for their creativity, their use of VR techniques, the quality of their films, and their storytelling capabilities.
“We’re always trying to push the boundaries and creativity of content in the VR space,” says Benny Arbel, Inception CEO. “We believe that working with the top creators from around the world is one of the best ways to do this, and the Festival has truly brought together some of the best talents in VR today. We’re proud to have instituted this festival and hope to continue it for years to come.”
“Our goal for the online festival was to shine a light on creators with new experiences, telling stories in interesting ways,” says Jill Basmajian, Head of Production at Kaleidoscope. “The creators who were awarded cash definitely deserve it and we hope they keep pushing VR forward!”
2018 Online Film Festival Winners:
- First Prize: Your Spiritual Temple Sucks (Director: John Hsu, Producer: Serendipity Films, Co-producers: Funique VR Studio) – Mr. Chang arrives to his “Spiritual Temple,” a place that represents one’s destiny. To solve his marital crisis and financial problems, he summons his guardian – The Thunder God. They attempt to tidy his life, which turns out to be a big mistake… with hilarious consequences.
- Second Prize: Aquaphobia (Director & Producer: Jakob Kudsk Steensen) – Aquaphobia uses VR to connect inner psychological landscapes with exterior eco-systems. The work is inspired by psychological studies of the treatment of aqua phobia – fear of water- as an entry point to transform perceptions of our relationship to future water levels and climates.
- Honorable Mention: Bananza! (Creators & animators: Teyosh Studio) – Bananza! is a VR ride that explores growing up in a digital age. The symbols of a digital culture are incorporated subliminally, through bananas, a favorite fruit for both kids and grownups.
- Honorable Mention: The Joy Of Frogs (Creators: The Guardian Media Group, Producer: Lisa Golden) – Every spring, ponds around the UK start stirring and frogs come out of their winter slumber to mate. Join them in the pond for a unique perspective on an event that’s been happening since the age of the dinosaurs.
Learn more about the festival, the winners and the shortlisted videos here.