Tribeca Film Festival organizers have revealed that they will accept submissions from virtual reality producers in 2017. It’s the first major festival that will allow the category (which includes VR, AR and 360 videos) to compete against mainstream films for awards.
Tribeca featured VR content in 2016, but films were hosted in a special “Virtual Arcade” away from the main festival and were not eligible for prizes. Submissions included the 20-minute animated short Allumette, the Deep VR underwater experience that’s supposed to lower your stress, and Old Friend, a film that lets you dance in your seat using an HTC Vive headset and controller.
Festival director Genna Terranova tells Engadet, “As the technology and tools proliferate … we feel it is the right time to expand and support artists on these growing platforms in a broader way.” An endorsement from the highly respected festival could help pave the way for a wider embrace of the emerging entertainment platform.