NYT VR wins mobile Grand Prix prize at Cannes

Still from The Displaced.

Still from The Displaced.

The New York Times Virtual Reality app won the Mobile Grand Prix at Cannes Wednesday night.

The newspaper has given away 1.3 million free Google VR headsets to subscribers to the Times’ Sunday edition since last November. Around 500,000 then downloaded the NYT app for Android or iOS, which generated a total of 1.5 million content views, according to the newspaper.

Content included The Displaced, a virtual reality film about children uprooted by war,  created in collaboration with Chris Milk and his virtual reality company Vrse, since renamed Within.

Other films were sponsored by GE and MINI. GE’s film, “Nature is Inspiring our Industrial Future,” was shortlisted for Mobile Lions in the “virtual reality experience” category.

Read full story at The New York Times.

Watch a video about NYT VR below from T Brand Studio, the newspaper’s marketing arm:

 

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Maria Korolov is editor and publisher of Hypergrid Business. She has been a journalist for more than twenty years and has worked for the Chicago Tribune, Reuters, and Computerworld and has reported from over a dozen countries, including Russia and China.