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NYC Independent Film Festival Looks to VR Cinema

Submissions now open for 360 films and interactive VR stories.

The 8th Annual NYC Independent Film Festival is set to take place in May 2017, and today the submission process has been opened for virtual reality (VR) film makers. The winner of this category will be announced at the NYC Independent Film Festival Award Ceremony on Sunday, 7th May 2017, while all entries will be granted a free, automatic listing on popular movie website IMDB.

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Two different submission processes are on offer depending on the build of a creative’s 360 motion-picture piece. For 360 videos and Cinematic VR pieces, submissions should be uploaded to YouTube in a 360 format (preferably with spatial audio) and a link to the video on YouTube should be provided in the submission. Films will be shown in Samsung Gear VR head-mounted displays (HMDs), so filmmakers should indicate a preference for Oculus Video or Samsung VR (formerly MilkVR). After acceptance, filmmakers will be required to provide an MP4 or MKV that plays in one of those two applications on a Gear VR.

For interactive VR submissions that use a videogame engine, such as Unity or Unreal, the showcase will also use Gear VRs but also offer HTC Vive HMDs, so the experience must be designed for one of these two platforms. The required file, such as an APK, should be provided along with a video-based trailer, if available.
Entrance into the competition requires a submission fee of $35 USD. The full process for submitting content can be found at https://www.nycindieff.com/submissions/submit, and VRFocus will keep you updated with all the latest details on the VR content showcased at the 8th Annual NYC Independent Film Festival.

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