2016 KALEIDOSCOPE AWARD WINNERS
Six projects have earned Kaleidoscope Awards for excellence in virtual reality storytelling.
GRAND PRIZE COMPETITION
Seven projects have been nominated for the Kaleidoscope Grand Prize for excellence in virtual reality storytelling.
Kaleidoscope has curated nineteen of the best virtual reality experiences made by independent artists around the world.
DIR. DANIËL ERNST
NL | 4 Mins | Interactive Experience
Blocked In was the first diorama released by Dutch artists Daniël Ernst and offered a place in which the visitor could experience an immersive room and the surreal sight of Tetris blocks falling from the sky.
DIR. MICHAEL CATALANO
US | 11 Mins | Pre-Rendered 180 Animation
Bright Shadows is an 11 minute animation of dynamic, colorful abstractions choreographed to instrumental music.
DIR. TYLER HURD
US | 2:07 Mins | Real-Time Animation
Widely credited as the first animated cartoon for virtual reality, BUTTS is a story about anxiety, depression, and lots and lots of jiggling posteriors.
DIR. JAMES GEORGE & JONATHAN MINARD
US | 15 Min | Interactive Experience
CLOUDS is an interactive documentary portrait of a community of digital pioneers, explored through the lens of code.
CREATED BY ERAN HILLELI, NICK PITTOM, ET AL.
International | 4:40 Mins | Real-Time Animation
The story of the long lost Great Spirits known as the COLOSSE explores themes of fear, power, and respect.
DIR. TYSON SADLER
US | 3 Min | 360 VR Video
RYOT and The Huffington Post present "The Crossing," a virtual reality film and immersive reporting series hosted by Susan Sarandon chronicling the refugee crisis as it unfolds in Greece.
DIR. PHILIPP WENNING
DE | 6 Min | Interactive Experience
Meet the real pioneers of virtual reality -- creators who have been working in the field of VR for more than two decades.
DIR. DANIËL ERNST
Netherlands | 3 Mins | Real-Time Experience
DER GROSSE GOTTLIEB, the greatest acrobat of his generation, has built a tower of chairs high enough to knock on heaven’s door and visit the stars!
DIR. JANICZA BRAVO
US | 5 Min | 360 VR Video
This remarkable live-action VR experience transports you to a day in the life of a tight-knit community in South Central Los Angeles.
DIR. ELLI RAYNAI
Canada | 12 Mins | 360 VR Video
Follow a young couple who discover a new crowd-funded app that allows them to swap consciousnesses and feel what it's like to be in each other's body.
CREATED BY MARSHMALLOW LASER FEAST
UK | 9 Min | Real-Time Animation
A 360-degree generative virtual reality film experience, this work is an artistic interpretation of the sensory perspectives of three species natural to British woods.
DIR. BEN VANCE
US | 5 Min | Interactive Experience
This breathtaking, animated cosmic environment inspires an intimate connection to the possibilities and wonders of space, where mysterious phenomena, hidden beauty, and the infinite await.
DIR. AARON BRADBURY
UK | 5:20 Mins | Pre-Rendered 360 Animation
More than 100000 chemical reactions happen in your brain every second. So what about the moment you saw the girl of your dreams, and she saw you?
DIR. SARA VOGL & NICO UTHE
DE | 12 Min | Interactive Experience
Walk, jump, climb, swim and even fly as a bodiless consciousness in a constantly expanding universe of dreams.
DIR. CONNOR HAIR
US | 13 Min | 360 VR Video | World Premiere
Consumed by Virtual Reality addiction, a woman clings to the digitally reconstructed memory of her dead husband. As the lines of reality blur, she begins to question which world is real.
DIR. JOÃO INADA
US | 6 Min | 360 VR Video | World Premiere
Reframe Iran is a virtual reality experience taking place in eight Iranian artist studios throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe.
DIR. MATE STEINFORTH
DE | 3 Mins | Real-Time Animation | World Premiere
An interactive VR music video for Reminder — the new single from upcoming album MODERAT III.
DIR. ARJAN VAN MEERTEN
Netherlands | 3:34 Mins | Real-Time Animation
An abstract meditation on the evolutionary process and its relentless march towards complexity.
DIR. BENJAMIN DICKINSON
US | 10 Min | 360 VR Video
Burning with originality, intelligence, and a deft use of the medium, Reggie Watts weaves a virtual reality story that is a dream-within-a-dream meta-ride down the rabbit hole, where the only constants seem to be his philosophical musings, comedic insights, and musical genius.
DIR. DARREN EMERSON
UK | 13 Mins | Live-Action 360 Video
Combining personal testimony, reconstruction, and abstract imagery, journey into the heart of one survivor’s extraordinary story.
Kaleidoscope has curated a program of the best virtual reality experiences from major VR studios and companies.
DIR. JAKE ROWELL
US | 3 Min | Real Time Animation
This animated experience lets you encounter an 80-foot blue whale while enjoying the awe, wonder, and majesty of underwater habitats.
DIR. THOMAS WALLNER
US | 11 Min | 360 VR Video
Directed by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Thomas Wallner, Edge of Space is virtual reality documentary about the launch of one of the largest stratospheric balloons.
DIR. ERIC DARNELL
US | 2 Mins | Real Time Animation
Advanced aliens arrive on Earth to claim it as their own -- and destroy anything that tries to stop them!
CREATED BY PENROSE STUDIOS
US | 5 Min | Real Time Animation
An immersive, animated VR film about loneliness, friendship, love, and loss.
ORIGINALLY CREATED by SKILLMAN & HACKETT
US | 5 Mins | Interactive Experience
Tilt Brush lets you paint in 3D space with virtual reality. Your room is your canvas. Your palette is your imagination. The possibilities are endless.