From left to right: Ricardo Laganaro (A Linha, best VR experience), Céline Tricart (The Key, best VR), Joël Kachi Benson (Daughters of Chibok, best VR story)
Tonight, the Venice VR jury announced the VR official competition winners:
Best Virtual Reality: Céline Tricart, “The Key”
The Key is an interactive experience mixing immersive theatre and virtual reality. It has a strong narrative structure punctuated by moments of interactivity. The participant goes on a journey exploring dreams, and must face challenges and difficult decisions in each, experiencing loss. The participant will experience a metaphorical journey from danger to safety. Through this journey a hidden truth is uncovered, and a new beauty revealed.
Best Virtual Reality Experience: “A Linha,” Ricardo Laganaro
A Linha is a full-body VR interactive narrative experience about love and the fear of change. Set upon a scale-model of 1940s São Paulo, the experience transforms the user into a child who unlocks this enchanted world. Through this world, they experience the story of Pedro and Rosa, two miniature dolls who are perfect for each other, but reluctant to break boundaries and overcome their limitations to live out their love story.
Best Virtual Reality Story: “Daughters of Chibok,” Joel Kachi Benson
In 2014 the sleepy agrarian community of Chibok (Borno State, North East Nigeria) was thrust into the global spotlight when the dreaded, anti-women education, terrorist group Boko Haram stormed the town at night and abducted 276 teenage schoolgirls from their dormitories. The world watched in shock and horror as videos of the girls, surrounded by machine gun- wielding terrorists, surfaced all over the internet and satellite channels across the globe. The VR deals with the aftermath of the kidnappings, and explores topical global issues of gender rights and the right to education.