The best virtual reality from the 2017 tribeca film festival

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Virtual reality is far from what anyone would call an established medium, but at events like this week’s Tribeca Film Festival, it’s a mainstay. Since awarding early VR journalism pioneer Nonny de la Peña a grant in 2013, the Tribeca Film Institute has developed a full-fledged interactive art section known as Tribeca Immersive, where all but one of this year’s 30 experiences involve virtual reality.

At last year’s festival, I grouped the best work into “cinematic” and “interactive” categories — cinematic usually meaning 360-degree video or animation, and interactive meaning anything that offers some control to participants. But these catch-alls no longer seem relevant. Many creators are now working within specific genres, like live-action documentaries and experiential installations, and a lot of experiences excel in one area, but don’t lend themselves to traditional ranking.

So what should VR festival awards look like in 2017? I loosely adapted some new categories from the Proto Awards — VR’s (much, much smaller) version of the Oscars. This system may not last long either, but it’s the best way I’ve found to capture the show’s varied experiences.

Source: http://www.theverge.com/2017/4/26/15419106/best-vr-tribeca-film-festival-2017

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