While all eyes might be on Las Vegas next week for the annual CES technology event there’s plenty of other shows going on. Vulcan Productions and Kaleidoscope their inaugural Impact Reality Summit in Seattle, WA, focused on promoting immersive storytelling with a powerful impact.
Featuring panels, workshops, and an exhibition of the best in “XR for good” storytelling, the two-day event will focus on four categories: Climate Change, Community & Social Justice, Ocean Health and Conservation. Projects chosen to feature include The Key, Traveling While Black, Drop in the Ocean, Tree, Storyfile, 4 Feet: Blind Date, Bonfire, Daughters of Chibok and My Africa: Elephant Keeper.
All those chosen will be in the running for four awards, helping to fund further development. Best in Community & Social Justice, Best in Sustainability and Best in Climate Change will each award $10,000 USD, while the Grand Prix winner will receive $20,000.
“Vulcan Productions has put together an amazing and diverse lineup of some of the most cutting edge XR projects in the industry,” said Matt Milios, Creative Director, Emerging Media at Vulcan Productions. “We’re couldn’t be more thrilled to be hosting such an eclectic mix of panels, events, and workshops.”
“The lineup at the inaugural Impact Reality Summit will not only inspire people but really represent the best in “XR for good” storytelling,” said René Pinnell, CEO at Kaleidoscope. “We are proud to share these wide-ranging filmmakers’ stories with the leading creators, technology leaders and funders in the XR industry.”
Some of the panels being held include Animating the Future, hosted by Baobab Studios’ CEO Maureen Fan and Chief Creative Officer Eric Darnell, and Ethics of Time Travel, looking at how the rising generation will access historical moments. Then there’s the Impact Reality Pitch, a chance for 10 creators to seek funding for in-development projects, led by Kaleidoscope CEO René J. Pinnell.
The Impact Reality Summit runs from 9th-10th January, designated a ‘Pros-Only’ event, For further updates from Vulcan Productions and Kaleidoscope, keep reading VRFocus.