26. ‐ 31.03.2019
© Philipp Kohler

In 2019 the VR Storytelling Award is going for round three! After two very successful editions in 2017 and 2018, we’re organizing for the third time an international competition with the presentation of the finalist’s works to an audience in a theatre like experience.

Starting now, the call for submissions is open and will run until January 15th 2019.

Our main interest lies in narrative and documentary VR content, on new forms of narration in the virtual world. Thus, the competition is aimed at all those who are approaching VR with regard to the content. Fictional and non-fictional VR experiences either rendered or filmed in real-time can be submitted as long as they are compatible with mobile HMDs (Gear VR or similar devices).

An independent jury will determine the five finalists from all the entries. The works will be presented to the audience in public screenings during the festival and the winner will be honored and awarded with a cash prize.



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In case your film production is not completed until the given deadline, or if you want to send the viewing copy on DVD, BluRay or USB flash drive, we kindly ask you to register it anyways and to contact us in order to coordinate further steps.

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LICHTER Filmkultur e.V., Leipziger Str. 9, 60487 Frankfurt am Main, GERMANY


Virtual Reality (VR), Cinematic VR and 360°-video are visual presentations that stimulate people's imagination not just since the recent euphoric wave. Stereoscopy, that means threedimensional image representations, is a process as old as photography itself. Without a doubt, the technique which through a mixture of stereoscopy and movement detection dupes the viewer's brain and creates the impression of a real, persistent environment, will continue to develop decisively in the next few years.  VR stands in a long series of narrative traditions and yet, is something completely new. As the first medium in history, it lifts the boundary between narrator and audience, between the screen and the viewer, and relocates the viewer directly and immediately in other places. Literature, film and theatre can only serve as templates for virtual narration, however, a distinct form is not yet available. VR has the chance to become an entirely new media category, provided that it is possible to create content which goes beyond the mere spectacle which VR is currently still leaning towards.


In the last year, the jury consisting of five experts in the field of virtual reality [Vanessa Kincaid (Littlstar), Tomislav Bezmalinovic (VRODO), Eckart Köberich (ZDF Digital) and Philipp Mehler (LICHTER Filmfest)] viewed over 70 submitted works. The works of the five finalists – Georgy Molodtsov (US/R), John Hsu (TWN), Max Solomon (US), Theodore Ushev (CDN) and Pierre Zandrowicz (CAN) – were presented in several screenings during the 11th LICHTER Filmfest Frankfurt International. The winner, Pierre Zandrowicz (F), was awarded with a cash prize of 1,000.00 Euro for his VR production „I, Philip“.

Additionally, a accompanying program consisting of a market, panels and roundtable discussions offered a platform to both a specialized audience as well as to those interested in VR content, in order to address the developments and possibilities in the field of virtual reality more extensively.


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