The 8th annual Lumiere Awards has taken place and as VRFocus reported in January it featured 11 virtual reality (VR) categories. The winners have now been announced with several familiar experiences taking the top prizes.
Hosted by The Advanced Imaging Society and The VR Society, the awards featured several honourable mentions with filmmaker and VR creator, Jon Favreau, awarded the Society’s Harold Lloyd Award. HTC Vive’s Cher Wang was selected for the Sir Charles Wheatstone Award for exemplifying exceptional forward movement in the VR Sciences. Her award was presented by AIS-VR Society President Jim Chabin and actress Maria Bello. And Google Earth VR was presented the Century Award by Ed Begley Jr. for VR in service of environmental enrichment.
The full rundown of award winners were:
Best VR Experience: Google Tilt Brush
Best VR Film Experience: Ghostbusters VR Experience (Sony Pictures Entertainment/THE VOID)
Best VR Animation & CGI: Dear Angelica (Oculus Story Studio)
Best Episodic Content (360-degree): Invisible (Doug Limon/30 Ninjas/Conde Nast/Jaunt VR/Samsung)
Best Live Action (360-degree): Nomads: Sea Gypsies (Felix & Paul Studios)
Best VR Documentary: The Click Effect (Annapurna Pictures/Here Be Dragons)
Best VR Journalism: Take Flight (New York Times)
Best VR Sports Experience: Follow My Lead: The Story of the 2016 NBA Finals (Oculus & M ss ng P eces)
Best VR Music Experience: Joshua Bell VR (Sony PlayStation)
Best VR Advertising/Branded Content: 360 Tour of the Shinola Factory with Luke Wilson (Reel FX)
Best VR Gaming: Job Simulator (Owlchemy Labs)
VRFocus will continue its coverage of the latest VR accolades as the year progresses.