Taking place at the end of the month in the annual Cinequest Film & VR Festival, held in in San Jose and Redwood City, California. The event is set to feature a massive selection of virtual reality (VR) workshops, panels and cinema programmes, as well as awards, the winners of which have now been announced.
The Cinequest VR Awards cover 19 categories from Best Overall VR Experience and Best VR Documentary to Best VR Sound Design and the Visionary Award. The awards will be presented as part of the Closing Night festivities for the Cinequest Film & VR Festival on Sunday, 12th March.
For those interested in going to the festival passes come in three varieties: Film Lover, Maverick and VIP Access, priced at $165 USD, $250 and $500 respectively. While each will offer varying access to the event, if you want to see any of the VR related programmes or workshops you’ll need to be a VIP.
“Representing the epicenter of virtual reality, Cinequest VR exists to meet current needs and celebrate this exploding industry. Our Board feels VR looks like the inception of TV. No matter how many boxes people had in their living rooms, if all they could see was static or off-putting programs, it’s doubtful TV would have succeeded. Cinequest VR will help emerging content creators access this opportunity and will celebrate and showcase the exciting successes of today’s VR,” said Halfdan Hussey, CEO and co-founder, Cinequest.
Inaugural Cinequest VR Award Winners:
Best Overall VR Experience
Gnomes & Goblins
Best VR Interactive
Best VR Motion Picture
Rain or Shine
Honorable Mention: Please, State Your Name.
Best VR Motion Picture – Animation
Best VR Documentary
Under the Net
Honorable Mention: Collisions
Best VR Motion Picture – Horror
Best VR Motion Picture – Fantasy & Sci-fi
Best VR Motion Picture – Family
Best VR Game
The Gallery: Episode One – Call of the Starseed
Honorable Mention: Fantastic Contraption
Honorable Mention: Bound
Best VR Family Game
Best VR Adventure
Best VR Live Experience
Best VR Immersive
The Night Cafe
Best VR Social Experience
Best VR Story or Script
The Tragic Story of Betty Corrigall
Best VR Cinematography
Best VR Sound Design
Best VR Production Design
War Knows No Nation