'Sightline: The Chair' Tops Kaleidoscope Virtual Reality Film Festival

Broad Green Pictures created the festival's jury prize to recognize VR content creation.
Courtesy of TOMÁŠ MARIANČÍK
'Sightline: The Chair'

Director Tomas Mariancik's inventive Sightline: The Chair — a virtual reality experience that demonstrates VR's ability to create new worlds — was honored with the jury prize at the new Kaleidoscope VR Film Festival, a multi-city tour created to showcase the potential of VR filmmaking.

In Sightline, the moment the viewer shifts his or her gaze, the environment changes, a unique interaction that "could point the way towards smooth scene transitions in cinematic virtual reality," according to VR agency and festival founder Kaleidoscope and Broad Green Pictures, which developed the festival’s jury prize to recognize VR content creation.

The winner was selected by a jury that included Ramin Bahrani, the writer-director of 99 Homes; Victor Moyers, Broad Green Pictures' president of production; Shari Frilot, chief curator, new frontiers at the Sundance Film Festival; Lucy Walker, director of the upcoming Buena Vista Social Club: Adios; and The Hollywood Reporter's contributing editor, tech, Carolyn Giardina.

Additionally, Arjan van Meerten’s VR music video Surge received an Audience Award from the festival.

“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 Rene Pinnell, co-founder of Kaleidoscope and the festival. “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."

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