The Seattle International Film Festival has presented the first SIFF 360/VR Award, recognizing excellence in virtual reality filmmaking to We Who Remain by Trevor Snapp and Sam Wolson.
The winner will receive $500 and the opportunity for the awarded film to be distributed globally through Pixvana’s SPIN Studio platform. This year, the jury’s decision was guided by three criteria: story, impact, and technical prowess. Jury members included Julia Fryett (Director of Marketing & Community Development, Pixvana), Kate Becker (Director, Seattle Office of Film + Music) and Sarah Wilke (Executive Director, SIFF).
In a statement the jury said, “We are pleased to present the SIFF 360/VR Award, sponsored by Pixvana, to We Who Remain, a film that intimately brings the viewer inside the heart of a forgotten conflict in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan. Fusing elegant storytelling with sharp technical skill, the film weaves together narratives from a student, rebel soldier, journalist, and mother who have chosen to remain and relentlessly struggle to bring peace back to their land.” We Who Remain is produced by Emblematic Group and directed by Trevor Snapp and Sam Wolson.
360/VR Films Presented at SIFF 2017
After Solitary by Emblematic Group / Cassandra Herrman and Lauren Mucciolo
Behind the Fence by Lindsay Branham and Jonathan Olinger
Eagle Bone by Tracy Rector
The Giant by New Media Ltd. / Mike Anderson, Ryan Dickle, and Abigail Horton
Journey VR by Eugene Capon
Love! A Virtual Reality Dance Story by Jess Kantor
The Ministry of Time by Future Lighthouse / Nicolás Alcalá
Potato Dreams by Mechanical Dreams / Wes Hurley (Work-in-Progress)
Say Our Name by State Media / Stina Hamlin
Silent Resonance by Pixvana / Scott Squires
Syzygy: Paul Taylor Dance Company by Andrew Asnes
We Who Remain by Emblematic Group / Trevor Snapp and Sam Wolson
All twelve films included in the 360/VR Storytelling Pop-Up at the 2017 Seattle International Film Festival will be available for viewing at the SIFF Lounge.