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Calling All Immersive Creators: Submit to VR/AR Pitch Night 2019!

Impress key decision-makers in the world of VR, AR, and immersive filmmaking, and take your project to the next level with our fourth annual VR/AR Pitch Night!

Reality check: we’re hosting our fourth annual VR/AR Pitch Night on Thursday, March 28 and we’re looking for the best indie immersive projects! (And we’ve added “augmented reality”/”AR” to the title, to keep up with the times.)

Have a virtual reality, augmented reality, and/or immersive project that you think everyone should know about? Then read all about the contest and apply below to the VR Pitch Contest.

DEADLINE: March 15

CONTEST DETAILS

Five cutting-edge VR-AR-XR-immersive projects will be selected by the Media Center to pitch their concepts to a live theater audience.

Selected projects will have 10 minutes on stage to present a five minute-long prepared pitch for panel of industry jury and our live audience, followed by five minutes of Q&A from our jury/audience.

Jury Prize:

  • $500 gift card for Media Center events and classes
  • One (1) year free subscription Depthkit Pro, the “next-generation creative toolkit for volumetric filmmaking” (value: $479.88/pre-tax)
  • Private mentorship sessions with Atlas V (Spheres, Battlescar, Gloomy Eyes)

Audience Choice Award:

  • $300 gift card for Media Center events and classes
  • More to be announced!

Our Jury:

  • Cyril Tsiboulski: Co-Founder, Cloudred – Queerskins: a love story (Tribeca ’18)
  • Yasmin Elayat, CMO & Co-Founder, Scatter – Zero Days VR (Sundance ’17)
  • James George, CEO & Co-Founder, Scatter
  • Casey Pugh, Head of Creator Labs, Vimeo 
  • Zeina Aby Assi, Director of Interactive Programs, Tribeca Film Institute

OUR PITCH JURY: 


Cyril Tsiboulski
 is co-founder of Cloudred, an interactive design studio in NYC. Their clients include The NYC AIDS Memorial, The Museum of Jewish Heritage, Mayor of London, and UNICEF. Their work has earned recognition by The Webbys, NYC Open Data, AIGA, SXSW, IxDA, Communication Arts, and Time Magazine. Cyril is also a faculty member at NYU’s Digital Communications and Media program. In 2018, he and his long time artistic partner Illya Szilak created their first VR project, Queerskins: a love story. Featuring an interactive installation and performance photography, the VR experience premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and went on to critical acclaim at festivals around the world, including a month-long solo exhibition at the Toronto International Film Festival’s Light Box Gallery. In 2019, the Venice Biennale College selected their second VR project, Queerskins: ark, the second chapter of the Queerskins story, for its Cinema VR Lab.


Casey Pugh
is an Emmy-winning creative technologist immersed in the online video industry for the past 11 years. As Head of Creator Labs at Vimeo, Casey leads the vision, strategy and execution for pushing the video platform beyond its existing storytelling boundaries. In 2009, he created Star Wars Uncut, a crowd-sourced remake of classic Star Wars movies that won a 2010 Primetime Emmy. Casey was an early employee of Vimeo and co-founder of VHX, a technology solution for creators building and distributing premium over-the-top (OTT) video channels, which was acquired by Vimeo in May 2016.


Yasmin Elayat is an Emmy-award winning immersive director and CMO/Co-Founder at Scatter, an immersive entertainment and software company pioneering Volumetric Filmmaking. Yasmin directed Scatter’s Zero Days VR (Sundance 2017) a documentary about cyber warfare and the Stuxnet virus, which won the Emmy for Original Approaches: Documentary. Yasmin’s work has won multiple awards and exhibited at various festivals including Sundance, Tribeca, SIGGRAPH, Festival de Cannes, and the World Economic Forum.


James George is CEO and Co-Founder of Scatter, a company dedicated to defining the emerging language of Volumetric Filmmaking. Prior to Scatter, James was a practicing media artist. His work has been exhibited at Museum of Modern Art in New York, The Barbican in London, Ars Electronica, Sundance New Frontier, and Tribeca Film Festival Storyscapes. He was also the first artist in residence at Microsoft Research in Redmond, Washington.


Zeina Abi Assy is a writer, cultural curator and media artist from Lebanon. She is the Director of Interactive Programs at Tribeca Film Institute. She has an MFA in Creative Writing Nonfiction from The New School, and a BFA in Graphic Design from The American University of Beirut. In her work, she explores the complex relationship between the personal and the global manifestation of culture, technology, art, and politics.

CRITERIA AND REQUIREMENTS

Projects will be selected to pitch, and evaluated for prizes, based on:

  • Engaging narrative/story structure
  • Clear and thoughtful integration of form to the content, i.e. “Why does this need to be in VR, AR, XR?”
  • Forward-thinking use of visual, audio, and/or interactive components in the piece
  • Feasibility of project completion

We welcome VR-AR-XR-immersive projects of all kinds, from documentary-based work to fictional stories to purely sensory experiences: no restrictions on specific content, so long as it’s engaging, firmly rooted in the medium of choice, and possessing a clear purpose or story arc.

Ideally, projects should be currently in production or close to complete, but not yet finished.

Submissions must send supporting materials to help selection committee (and, if selected, our jury and audience) visualize your projects. We can accept trailers, concept artwork, pitch decks, visual treatments, and even demos if accessible online.

Any questions about submission materials may be directed to programming@nymediacenter.com.

While both our selection committee and our jury will keep an eye out for noteworthy, clean production values, submissions need not be completely polished at this stage. Ultimately, content, purpose, and feasibility of completion are the top criteria.

If selected, projects will be asked to prepare a short, visual pitch deck for the Pitch Night. Pitch decks may include audio samples and video clips/trailer. All pitches must be five minutes in length.

PRESS (2017):

Keeping Virtual Reality Weird: 2nd Annual VR Pitchfest with KitSplit + StoryCode + IFP Media Center
https://thevideoink.com/2017/03/06/keeping-virtual-reality-weird/