The Lucid Dreams Productions experience was created by Celine Tricart in partnership with Oculus VR for Good Creators Lab and Friends of Refugees and narrated by Alia Shawkat
Awarded $10K cash prize will be donated to Friends of Refugees for their continued efforts in the global refugee crisis
May 3, 2019 (New York, NY)—The Tribeca Film Festival, presented by AT&T, has announced Celine Tricart’s interactive VR experience, THE KEY, as the recipient of the Immersive Storyscape’s grand jury prize for Best Virtual Reality Immersive Story, the highest recognition for the category. THE KEY, which was produced by Gloria Bradbury and Celine Tricart and narrated by Alia Shawkat, is a metaphorical journey from danger to safety where the audience is faced with a series of difficult choices and loss.
“We are so thankful for this incredible award —and to the Tribeca Storyscapes team and jury, as well as the Oculus VR for Good Creators Lab program for providing our team with this amazing opportunity,” said creator Celine Tricart.
A room-scale interactive experience where the viewer controls a series of high pressure, delicate twists and turns THE KEY holds a special message revealing at the end that they have just made their way as a refugee. Upon exiting the immersive experience, the non-profit Friends of Refugees was on site to answer audience questions and provide educational resources surrounding the global refugee crisis.
The $10,000 cash prize presented with the grand jury prize award, will be donated to Friends of Refugees to support their mission to empower refugees through opportunities that provide for their well-being, education and employment.
“This award will help us find venues to showcase The Key around the United States and abroad, delivering this important message to the public. This is a big win for our incredible team of talented people as well as our non-profit partner, Friends of the Refugees,” said Tricart.
THE KEY is created and directed by Celine Tricart and produced by Gloria Bradbury and Lucid Dreams Productions, made in partnership with the Oculus VR for Good Creators Lab and Friends of Refugees. The experience made its world premiere at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival in the Immersive Virtual Arcade.
The 2019 Tribeca Film Festival Virtual Arcade featured a lineup of 22 compelling VR, AR and MR experiences and exhibits, with 4 world premiere projects in the Immersive Storyscapes competition. The Immersive category had a total of 27 World Premieres including films in Cinema360. The Jury consisted of the Head of Emerging Media at Black Public Media Lisa Osborne, Executive Editor, Digital at Fast Company Paul Smalera and Technology Strategist and Maker Adaora Udoji.