VR/AR Pitch Night 2019

Special Event
Theater 7–9:30pm
  • Regular $25
  • Media Center Members $15


See the next wave of immersive creators show off their upcoming work with entertaining pitches, and stick around to check out recently premiered works from major festivals!

VR/AR Pitch Night 2019 is sponsored by Verizon Media.


Hold onto your headsets and join us for our fourth annual VR/AR Pitch Night!

See the next wave of immersive creators show off their upcoming work with entertaining pitches, and stick around to check out recently premiered works from major festivals!


  • 7:00 – 8:00 PM: The Pitches (Theater)
  • 8:00 – 9:30 PM: VR Gallery + Reception (Media Arts Gallery, Lounge)


Five amazing virtual reality, augmented reality, and/or immersive projects will be selected by the Made in NY Media Center by IFP staff to present a five minute-long pitch to a panel of industry judges, and to our live audience. 


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.

Kane Lee is a multi-Emmy Award-winning producer and heads content for Baobab Studios and has served as executive producer for the immersive studio’s groundbreaking works directed by animation luminary Eric Darnell, including 2017 Emmy Award winner Invasion! featuring Ethan Hawke, 2018 Emmy Award winner Asteroids! featuring Elizabeth Banks and, most recently, Crow: The Legend, starring John Legend and Oprah Winfrey. He also serves as producer of the studio’s VR immersive theater multisensory narrative, Jack, directed by Mathias Chelebourg, the first part of which premiered to great acclaim at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival.


Jury Prize includes:

  • A $500 giftcard 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 includes: a $150 gift card for Media Center events and classes.


Chocolate Milk 

Interactive VR experience imagined by Jonathan, a 31-year old person, who has perfect pitch, perfect memory, and likes chocolate milk. The story explores Jonathan’s life based on his experiences as a person with autism immersing the viewer into his everyday reality.

  • Directors: Sonja Bozic, Jonathan Weiner
  • Producer: Sonja Bozic
  • Co-Producer: Vladimir Vidic
  • Editors: Sonja Bozic, Vladimir Vidic
  • Music by: Janja Loncar
  • Scriptwriter: Larry Weiner
  • Designer: Valentina Poprzan

Window to Freedom VR

Window to Freedom brings imprisoned women of ecuador closer to the personal life events they are missing and to memories of the outside world through virutal reality.

The project imagines a simple way for imprisoned women to reconnect with that they miss most – an upcoming daughter’s wedding, Sunday dinner with the kids, playing cards with friends or the fruit market on a crowded weekend.

  • A production by Alessandra Zeka, Sam Baumel and Priscilla Aguirre


Social Media:


New York, before Internet era. Mona is a struggling dancer recruited to a lucrative venture promising the exploit of a lifetime: a body-sharing program that transcends virtual simulation and transports consciousness between renters and loaners. A cerebral dark comedy series, REALITY is a retro-futuristic look at technology facing doom.

  • Director: Joe Garrity


Social Media:

  • Twitter: @realitytheshow
  • Facebook: @realitytheshow
  • Instagram: @realitytheshow

Reflection: A Virtual Routine

A Virtual Reality experience that takes the viewer inside the world of a professional ballet dancer.

Through the eyes of CALVIN ROYAL III, the first African American male Soloist at American Ballet Theater, Calvin’s story will open the viewers’ eyes to the thrills, challenges and pressures that all ballet dancers experience, while giving insight into what it means to break barriers and make changes in one of the world’s oldest, most competitive art forms.

  • Directed by: Katya Martín
  • Executive Produced by: Katya Martín, Kaye Kendall, AMAZE
  • Produced by: Jonathan Melton, Katya Martín, Ernest Lee
  • Featuring: Calvin Royal III of American Ballet Theater
  • Edited by: AMAZE


Into the Lower Depths

Into the Lower Depths is an experimental project aimed to documentary the underground world of New York city. It consists of 2 parts leveraging new storytelling techniques: an AR soundwalk experience aimed to layer stories of sewer dwellers upon the mix of real location and virtual image; a 360 video offering viewers immersive experience and freedom to choose what they want to look at.

  • Director: Yuanyuan Wang
  • Software Engineer: Qice Sun
  • UI/UX Designer: Nianqi Zhang


After the pitches, we'll celebrate! Attendees can explore a selection of VR installations throughout our Media Arts Gallery and Lounge spaces.

Complimentary food and beverages provided.

Our VR Gallery:

Queerskins: a love story

A diary and a box of belongings offers a devoutly Catholic mother living in rural Missouri in 1990 a second chance to know Sebastian, the estranged son she has lost to AIDS.

  • Artistic director and interactive designer: Cyril Tsiboulski
  • Writer and director: Illya Szilak
  • Producer: Kathleen Fox


BattleScar follows a year in the life of Lupe, a Puerto Rican-American living in late 1970’s New York City. The film utilises Lupe’s handwritten journal to guide us through her experiences spanning across the year 1978 as she meets Debbie, another runaway kid living in the city. Debbie will introduce Lupe to the Punk scene of the Bowery and expose her to the secret worlds co-existing in the Lower East Side in the late 70’s.  BattleScar is a coming of age drama that explores the theme of identity through the use of animation and immersive environments in virtual reality.

  • Created by: Martín Allais / Nico Casavecchia
  • Written by: Nico Casavecchia
  • Produced by: Atlas V in coproduction with 1STAveMachine, Fauns and Arte France in association with Kaleidoscope
  • Sound Design & Original Music: Antfood

Special thanks to StoryCode and KitSplit, co-founders of VR Pitch Night.

The evening's reception will feature bites from our friends at Bread and Spread.

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