The year 2017 will be the second year that the Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival has included virtual reality (VR) entries. The VR experiences are part of the VRgins program, which for the first time, will have a cash prize available to creators who make innovative use of VR to tell a story.
The contest is titled Immersive Encounters and it will be the first time the festival has offered a competitive VR program. The festival is looking for a creator who will take advantage of the unique storytelling possibilities offered by VR, and not just concentrate on the technical aspects. A cash prize of £1,000 GBP is on offer to the winner.
The VRgins program will be offering a dedicated VR cinema which will be showing films and experiences in VR, augmented reality (AR) and 360-degree video, and filmmakers and VR content creators are being encouraged to submit their work for consideration for inclusion.
Encounters Festival Director Rich Warren said of the VRgins program: “VR, AR and 360 are fast becoming hugely popular and increasingly accessible formats, with this new content strand we’re looking for creative filmmakers. There’s tremendous potential for this to become a very powerful tool in filmmaking and we’re really excited to see what comes of it.”
Creators who wish to submit their work for the festival can do so through the Encounters Film Festival official website up until the 23rd May, after which the festival organisers will decide what will be included in the week-long festival programme which will take place on 19-24th September, 2017, in Bristol, UK.
VRFocus will bring you further information on VRgins at Encounters Film Festival as it becomes available.