Virtual film wins first jury prize

Sightline: The Chair. (Image courtesy Kaleidoscope VR Film Festival.)
Sightline: The Chair. (Image courtesy Kaleidoscope VR Film Festival.)

Press release: Kaleidoscope VR Film Festival awards jury prize to Tomas Mariancik for Sightline: The Chair

San Francisco, CA –Virtual reality agency Kaleidoscope in partnership with Broad Green Pictures, today unveiled the Jury Prize winner of the Kaleidoscope VR Film Festival (KVRFF). Presented by Vrideo, KVRFF is a multi-city tour showcasing some of the best in virtual reality  filmmaking from around the world. Launched on August 22, 2015 in Portland, OR, the festival traveled to 10 different cities across North America. The Kaleidoscope VR Film Festival is a premiere event series exclusively featuring virtual reality films made by independent artists.

The Jury Prize was awarded to Tomas Mariancik for his piece Sightline: The Chair, a surreal experience that demonstrates virtual reality’s ability to create new worlds.

Broad Green Pictures developed the festival’s jury prize to recognize creators in this innovative entertainment medium.

The jury featured six notable figures in the field of motion picture entertainment: Ramin Bahrani, (Filmmaker, 99 Homes), Victor Moyers (President, Production, Broad Green Pictures), Shari Frilot (Chief Curator, New Frontiers, Sundance Film Festival), Carolyn Giardina, (Contributing Editor, Tech, The Hollywood Reporter), and Lucy Walker, (Filmmaker, Buena Vista Social Club: Adios).

Arjan van Meerten’s SURGE received the 2015 Audience Award. In each city, attendees voted for their favorite film, which was tallied to this year’s overall winner.

“To bring virtual reality to new audiences across North America has been an incredible experience and we are thrilled with the success of our inaugural year,” said René Pinnell, co-founder of Kaleidoscope and KVRFF. “We were honored to include over 20 outstanding films in this year’s program. Sightline: The Chair and Surge exemplify the cinematic achievements possible in this new frontier of filmmaking. We thank Broad Green and all of the jury members for their support and partnership.”

Presented by Vrideo, the world’s most fully built out immersive video platform, each festival event involved talks and demos from top VR filmmakers and industry members. Audiences also had the opportunity to experience the full line-up of films on Gear VR equipment supplied by Samsung, as well as Oculus VR headsets. Many of the films featured at the festival can be experienced via the Kaleidoscope portal on Vrideo’s platform.

Kaleidoscope was founded in May 2015 by entrepreneur René Pinnell and former Industrial Light & Magic technical director Michael Breymann. As one of their first major initiatives, the Kaleidoscope VR Film Festival will highlight this rapidly developing sector of the film industry and the community of skilled and innovative filmmakers behind it.

The inaugural festival made stops in Portland, Seattle, Vancouver, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston, Montreal, Toronto, New York City & Austin. Films in the 2015 line-up were sourced from filmmakers all over the world, from the U.S. and Canada, to the Netherlands and Czech Republic, among others.

The 2015 Kaleidoscope Film Festival was presented by Vrideo. Major sponsors of the festival outside of the Jury Prize included Samsung, Altspace VR and Condition One.

For more information please visit the Kaleidoscope VR Film Festival website and the Kaleidoscope website.

Watch a preview of Sightline: The Chair below. Or download the Oculus Rift experience here.

About Kaleidoscope

Founded in May 2015 by entrepreneur René Pinnell and former Industrial Light & Magic technical director Michael Breymann, Kaleidoscope is a virtual reality agency that works with independent artists to produce virtual reality films for brands, entertainment companies, and the general public. Kaleidoscope’s mission is to empower independent VR artists by promoting their work, producing original content, fostering new talent and raising the visibility of virtual reality as the new frontier of film and entertainment. For more information, please visit Kaleidoscope’s website and follow Kaleidoscope on Twitter.

About Broad Green Pictures

Broad Green Pictures is a feature film financing, production and distribution company founded by Gabriel and Daniel Hammond in 2014. The studio distributes both specialty and wide release films from in-house development and production as well as acquisitions and co-productions.

Broad Green is a fully-integrated movie studio providing filmmakers with unparalleled development support, production infrastructure, and marketing resources to execute their vision from script to screen. Through collaborative partnerships with both rising talent and established filmmakers, Broad Green shares incredible stories with the widest possible audiences, pushing boundaries and taking creative risks. The studio’s upcoming slate includes The Infiltrator, Brain on Fire and The Dark Horse, as well as Terrence Malick’s Knight of Cups, Voyage of Time and his untitled project starring Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara and Michael Fassbender. Previously released films include the critically acclaimed 99 Homes, I Smile Back, A Walk in the Woods, Learning to Drive and Samba.

About Vrideo

Vrideo is the world’s most fully built out immersive video platform, offering a suite of products that allows consumers to discover and stream immersive video across the web, mobile devices, and virtual reality headsets. Vrideo is hardware-agnostic, enabling content creators to upload once and have their videos instantly available across the universe of VR and non-VR devices. The company, based in Los Angeles, was founded in 2014 by Alex Rosenfeld and Kuangwei Hwang.