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VR Awards Season: Geneva Tous Ecrans, IDFA DocLab, 360 Film Festival SATIS, Thessaloniki IFF winners

Autumn is a festival seasons and this time we have a chance to evaluate the winners of 4 recent events, happened in November.

Geneva International Film Festival Tous Ecrans
2–10 November 2017 (Geneva, Switzerland)

Web site: http://www.giff.ch/2017/site/en/the-festival

International VR Works Competition

Reflet d’Or for Best VR Film 2017, donated by the City of Geneva : CHF 10,000 — ALTERATION (FR) by Jérôme Blanquet
«A story symbolic of our time, Alteration uses strong visual components ton rapidly take over the world we are in and replace it with intelligent virtual reality systems. Alteration is built around the idea that “form nfollows function”, where the narrative prevails, using the VR format as an new medium for some superb immersive storytelling. »

A Special mention of the Jury goes to ALICE, THE VIRTUAL REALITY PLAY (FR) by Mathias Chelebourg and Marie Jourdren
« A Visionary Award goes to Alice,n reflecting our appreciation for its innovative and scalable concept andn new way of entertaining audiences, while achieving significant content nquality, advanced levels of technology, and high levels of interaction nand personalized performance. »

The VR Youth Jury Award 2017 (honorific) goes to :
MIYUBI (CA/US) by Félix Lajeunesse and Paul Raphaël
« The film was full of extraordinary details. We were deeply touched by the sincerity of the creative team. »

SATIS Screen4All (Paris, France)
8–9 November, 2017

Web site: http://www.satis-expo.com/en/events/360-film-festival-film-selection.html

GRAND PRIZE

“Altération” by Jérôme Blanquet, produced by Okio Studio, VR, 18’, 2017, France for “its particularly striking sensory experience in terms of image with its effects of veil as on dynamic spatial sound”.

360 FILM FESTIVAL PRIZE, Best FICTION film

“Here and There” by Kiryl Halitsky, independent, VR, 9’, 2017, Belarus for “the device cleverness of the film, underlining the common points of VR space with that of the theater through VR cinematic”.

360 FILM FESTIVAL PRIZE, Best DOCUMENTARY film

“Notes to my father” by Jayisha Patel, produced by Reel FX Creative Studios, VR & 3D, 11’, 2017, India/UK for “its breakthrough experience, choosing an elegant bias in relation to a difficult subject, thanks to the beauty of images and the proximity developed with the narrator”.

360 FILM FESTIVAL PRIZE, Best CORPORATE MOVIE

“Kinoscope” by Philippe Collin & Clément Léotard, produced by Agat/Ex Nihilo, VR, 9’, 2017, France for “the unique animated poetry developped in VR, original and inventive solutions for a corporate movie”.

360 FILM FESTIVAL PRIZE, Best LIVE film

“Naive New Beaters ‘Heal Tomorrow’ “ by Romain Chassaing, produced by SoLab, VR, 4’, 2017, France for “the dynamism and fantasy of its VR processing describing a ‘mise en abyme’ of the VR system itself, making it necessary”.

360 FILM FESTIVAL PRIZE, Best ART film

“Blind Vaysha VR” by Theodore Ushev, produced by the NFB (National Film Board), VR, 8’, Canada for “its creative and original play with the VR system and the brilliant style of Theodore Ushev gathered with very good narrative and technical qualities”.

58th Thessaloniki International Film Festival November 2–12, 2017 (Thessaloniki, Greence)

Web site: http://www2.filmfestival.gr/en/

The jury of the VR Films Competition section comprised of Emma Boa (project manager, Edinburgh Film Festival, UK), Aliki Tsirliagou (art historian, director of Nitra Gallery, Greece) and Aris Dimokidis (Editor-in-chief of website Lifo.gr, Greece).

The VR section Best Film award, with a cash prize of 3,000 euros -sponsored by the Film Centre Serbia - was bestowed to the film Bloodless by Gina Kim, “a fearless and uncompromising work, making extraordinary use of VR to create a fully immersive experience tackling a political situation, an innovative, original and starkly atmospheric film”.

Special Mention to the film Notes on Blindness by Peter Middleton and James Spinney, “beautifully rendered with strong, effective visuals, this is a sensitive and impactful film that exemplifies the use of VR as a tool to break down barriers, and provide a glimmer of understanding of the “emotional experience of blindness”, according to the jury’s rationale.

IDFA DOC LAB
15–26 November, 2017 (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

Web site: https://www.doclab.org

Despite of the fact, that there were several VR films in competition and expo, the awards were given mostly to a mix-genre works.

DFA DocLab Award for Digital Storytelling
The jury of the IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling consisted of Hugues Sweeney (Canada), Annelies Termeer (Netherlands) and Dan Tucker (United Kingdom).

The winner of the IDFA DocLab Digital Storytelling Award 2017 is: Cosmic Top Secret by Trine Laier (Denmark).
This project brought a big smile to the face of all three jurors. We love its tone of voice, the visual style and the interaction. We can tell that the creators worked in a cross-disciplinary team and that they did loads of user testing to get it right; two things we encourage all digital storytellers to do. The platform chosen by the makers felt like the perfect one for this specific story: together with the main character, you dive into the secret history of her father, assembling pieces of the puzzle along the way.”

IDFA DocLab Immersive Non-Fiction Award
The jury of the IDFA DocLab Competition for Immersive Non-Fiction consisted of Toby Coffey (United Kingdom), Shirin Anlen (Israel) and Klasien van de Zandschulp (Netherlands).

The winner of the IDFA DocLab Immersive Non-Fiction Award 2017 is: Lauren by Lauren McCarthy (United States)
“Technology is becoming as important as it is intrusive in our lives. This project takes that premise and uses the form to discuss itself. It examines the influence of technology on humanity, and the need for humanity to influence technology. Whilst evidently a project about tech and software, it is also a fascinating insight into how people build relationships and who or what they let into their lives.”

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Georgy Molodtsov

Curator, Russian VR Seasons Initiative, creative director at VRability, 360 film director