September 7, 2019 (Venice, Italy) —The Venice Film Festival announced today the The Key, directed Celine Tricart and produced by Gloria Bradbury and Celine Tricart of Lucid Dreams Productions, has been awarded the grand jury prize for Best VR Film. Actress and activist Alia Shawkat narrates the experience.
“We are so honored to receive this award for Best VR Film, and to have had the opportunity to show The Key to the Festival and the Biennale audiences” said Tricart. “Over the course of 10 days, more than 500 people went through the experience, cried, laughed and reflected with us. This project is derived from the hard work of a diverse team whose mission is to raise awareness about issues around the world. We are grateful for the opportunity to use immersive theater and VR as a means to tell stories and help communities understand each other.”
In a joint statement, Venice VR programmers Liz Rosenthal and Michel Reilhac added, “Celine Tricart has this rare talent of combining poetry with the most poignant narrative twist in her striking interactive installation The Key. She represents the best in where interactive stories can take us.”
The Key invites its audience to pursue their own journey into darkness making their way to light. A room-scale interactive experience, The Key holds a special message that is not revealed until the end, when the twists and turns selected by the viewer uncover a hidden past.
Shawkat, best known for her roles on Arrested Development and Search Party, is the voice that guides audience members through the experience.
The Key world premiered at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival as a juried selection in the Immersive Storyscapes category winning the Grand Jury prize for Best Immersive Media.
The 2019 Venice Film Festival’s Venice VR program featured 26 projects in three competition categories: ‘Best VR Immersive Work’, ‘Best VR Immersive Experience for Interactive Content’ and ‘Best VR Immersive Story for Linear Content’. The international Jury was headed by composer, artist and director Laurie Anderson (President of the Jury) along with Italian photographer Francesco Carrozzini and Italian designer Alysha Naples.