In partnership with Broad Green Pictures, virtual reality (VR) agency Kaleidoscope awarded the Jury Prize of the Kaleidoscope VR Film Festival (KVRFF) to Tomas Mariancik for his piece “Sightline: The Chair.” In addition, the Audience Award was won by the VR film “Surge,” directed by Arjan van Meerten.
KVRFF is presented by Vrideo, and it is a multi-city tour showcasing some of the best in VR filmmaking from around the world. The inaugural festival was held in August 2015 in Portland, Oregon.
The festival’s Jury Prize was developed by Broad Green Pictures to recognize creators in this innovative entertainment medium. The jury featured six notable figures in the field of motion picture entertainment: Ramin Bahrani (Filmmaker, “99 Homes”), Victor Moyer (President, Production, Broad Green Pictures), Shari Frilot (Chief Curator, New Frontiers, Sundance Film Festival), Carolyn Giardina (Contributing Editor, Tech, “The Hollywood Reporter”), and Lucy Walker (Filmmaker, “Buena Vista Social Club: Adios”).
“To bring virtual reality to new audiences across North America has been an incredible experience and we are thrilled with the success of our inaugural year,” said René Pinnell, co-founder of Kaleidoscope and KVRFF. “We were honored to include over 20 outstanding films in this year’s program.”
Read below for more information on the 2015 winners. Synopses provided by KVRFF.
2015 Jury Prize Winner
“Sightline: The Chair”
Dir. Tomas Mariancik
A surreal experience that demonstrates virtual reality’s full potential both in creating a variety of worlds that feel real and creating realities that behave unlike anything you might know. In “Sightline,: the moment you shift your gaze the environment changes — a unique interaction that could point the way towards smooth scene transitions in cinematic virtual reality.”
2015 Audience Award Winner
“Surge” Dir. Arjan van Meerten
Virtual reality music video ‘Surge’ is an abstract meditation on the evolutionary process and its relentless march towards complexity. Built with ‘Unreal’ by artist Arjan van Meerten, “Surge” was produced over the course of a year with Arjan creating all of the music, animation and code himself. With thousands of downloads, “Surge” is currently the highest rated experience on “Oculus Share.”
The festival made stops in Portland, Seattle, Vancouver, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston, Montreal, Toronto, New York City, and Austin. More information can be found at the KVRFF website.