Adelaide Film Festival to hold the first ever VR competition


Thousands of competitions are held in the animation arena across the world in all major film festivals.
Now an International Virtual Reality competition has been organised by the biennial Adelaide Film Festival  in association with the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS).

Amanda Duthie, CEO and artistic director of the ADL Film Fest, said, “ADL Film Fest is thrilled to be working with AFTRS on this international award. Virtual reality is the new platform for screen content, and every week we are seeing new ways this can be used to push the boundaries of storytelling. AFTRS is developing the skills of those working at the forefront of this growing technology and is the perfect partner for this new initiative.”

The competition is now open for submissions from filmmakers globally. Selected films will be shown at the October festival in the South Australian capital and will feature as part then ongoing tech event Hybrid World. The festival is looking for inventive, independently produced works of fiction, documentary and interactive virtual reality projects, it is understood.

The VR Award, with a yet-to-be-announced prize, will add to the festival’s awards line up that includes an international feature film competition and a feature documentary competition.

The Adelaide Film Festival  (ADL) has built a reputation as arguably Australia’s most progressive having been the first local festival to create an international feature award and the first to invest directly in film production with the ADL Film Fest Fund.

The most recent feature to be financed through the fund is David Stratton: A Cinematic Life screened out of competition at the 70th Cannes Film Festival last month.

Last year, Adelaide had the Australian premiere of VR project Collisions made by hometown artist and filmmaker Lynette Walworth. That project garnered Wallworth a Sundance institute VR|Jaunt  residency in 2015.