The VR NOW Awards 2017

Making VR is adventurous. We celebrate and award the best in Tech, Business and Art. Those who use technology to shape our future. Who use VR for innovative business models. Who give visionary content a new voice.


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The best VR project of the year, 
based on overall quality and innovation. 

With the VR Impact Award we support projects aimed at making a difference – through journalism, artistic expression or by social or non-profit organizations.

The VR Industry Award highlights handy and innovative virtual reality business-to-business applications and solutions.

The VR Entertainment Award acknowledges the most outstanding and fun experience – including interactive, storydriven or experimental formats.

The VR Technology Award seeks to recognize the technically most advanced Virtual Reality projects, tools, services, hardware and techniques.



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VR NOW Award Show

The winners will be announced during the VR NOW Award Show on November 16th, at the Schinkelhalle in Potsdam.

The Award Show and after party are free to all VR NOW Con ticket holders.

The Jury

Our Expert Jury who will review all submissions and selected the nominees for each award category, will soon be announced.

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The Main Jury will select the winners for each award category.

Sarah Kinga Smith
Reverse Engineering Studios
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we are open for new applications till Sunday, October 1, 2017

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Phenomenon Media

Christopher Sibley is a multi-hyphenate creative entrepreneur who founded Papalote Productions for creating commercials, documentaries, music videos, and indie shorts, while simultaneously launching SkyFrame Studios – an aerial cinematography company.  As a producer and director, he has successfully crowdfunded a variety of both long and short-form live action projects, screened short films at Cannes, and was the lead creator behind VRVC: Future Stories conference in partnership with Leap Motion and Violet Crown Cinemas.  He has consulted both Michael Shamberg and Casey Affleck in conceptualizing VR and New Media. Recently, he has worked with Patron, USA Today, and Angari. 



Eddie Lou
Sandman Studios

Eddie is the founder and CEO of Sandman Studios, a VR content studios based in Beijing that produces premium VR experiences. Sandman Studios’s recent work “Free Whale” is selected by 74th Venice Film Festival VR Competition.

Eddie is also an active industry advisor and community organizer for the VR industry in China. Eddie created China’s first independent VR festival Sandbox and worked with AR/VR research and consulting company Greenlight Insight for industry research.

Eddie held degrees from Imperial College London, University of the Arts London and London Business School. Prior to joining VR industry, Eddie has been working as business strategist and consultant for APEC China Business Council,, iResearch and Accenture.



Andrew Van Wyk
DreamWorks Studios / Amblin Partners

Anrdew Van Wyk is a writer and producer from California, with a MFA from the Peter Stark Producing Program at USC. After graduating with honors from UCLA with degrees in English Literature and Screenwriting, he traveled the globe working alongside Chopard Award winning actor Kevin Zegers, and Academy Award-nominated actor Djimon Hounsou. Shortly thereafter, Van Wyk co-founded Somnium Entertainment with Mr. Hounsou and spearheaded the development of a slate of feature projects, the first of which was the international documentary – FREEDOM PEAK (2014).


Van Wyk has produced multiple short films, music videos and commercials including projects with The Mental Health Association, St. Luke’s Hospital, Chesapeake Energy, iProspect and performing artist Sky Ferreira. As a writer he contributed to articles published in major online media (Huffington Post, CNN, The Hill), had speeches delivered before both the US Congress and the United Nations, wrote copy for start-ups and Fortune 500 companies alike (Oxfam, MHA, Chesapeake Energy, I Am Vibes), and had multiple feature scripts optioned. More recently, Van Wyk co-founded ANML Pictures – a creative collective with offices in Los Angeles and Austin, that develops and produces visual content in a variety of forms.

At his core, Van Wyk is a storyteller. He is an avid world traveler and explorer found in America’s National Parks and various mountain tops on any available weekend. Combining a passion for cinema and literature with a love of storytelling, Van Wyk consistently contributes a unique perspective and way at telling compelling narratives in a variety of mediums.



Ioulia Isserlis
AnotherWorld VR

Born in Moscow. Studied and worked in New York and Tel Aviv. Based in Berlin.

Ioulia Isserlis is the Co-Founder and CEO of AnotherWorld VR, a content and VR production studio that focuses on creating cinematic and narrative-driven VR experiences.

Before founding AnotherWorld (pun intended), Ioulia worked in the fields of content creation, film production/post-production, radio broadcasting, and print and online media management.

Since going full-time into creative VR production, she has overseen a variety of projects from historical drama to horror and worked with clients such as Microsoft.



Max Sacker
AnotherWorld VR

Max Sacker is a filmmaker, Co-Founder and creative director at Anotherworld VR.
Before going full time into virtual reality, he wrote and directed a number of award-winning
fantasy and horror short films including The Secret Adventures of the Projectionist  and
worked as a story consultant and VFX supervisor on the social media horror film Unfriend (Warner Bros.)

He is currently working on KOBOLD: a horror film and VR experience that blurs the line between cinema and VR gaming.



Sarah Kinga Smith
Reverse Engineering Studios (RES)

Sarah Kinga Smith is the founder of Reverse Engineering Studios ( “RES” ), a talent management and production company for digital and traditional media.

Prior to her engagement at RES, she was managing director of London then later US based film funds, overseeing projects from companies like Universal Pictures, Lionsgate and Europacorp. She executive produced commercially successful pictures (“Lone Survivor”, “2 Guns”, “November Man”) and worked with critically acclaimed directors & producers of companies, like Sony, Annapurna, Riddley Scott Associates and Digital Domain.

In 2014 taking a break from film finance, she returned to creative development and joined a talent management company as Head of the International Literary Talent Department. She worked with clients at HBO, Vuguru, Amazon and MakerStudios. Digital companies brought new formats and access to new platforms, pushing creators to adopt new ways of story telling by merging traditional business models of Film & TV with fast paced digital environment.                                                                     

To discover new media formats, in 2015 with her producing partner Micke Hjorth (Chairman of the Board at Starbreeze Studios) she produced a live action immersive VR experience (“Cockatoo Spritz”), which was premiered at Cannes Film Festival in 2016. Since she had showcased immersive and interactive content at International and US festivals, including TIFF, Dubai Film Festival, Brussel Media Summit, Beijing Film Festival and EFM in Berlin.

With a global perspective, as a cross collateralised content creator, Reverse Engineering Studios (RES) was founded to support creatives, to manage IP development across platforms and to utilise technology in suitable media formats including VR & AR. In 2017 RES in collaboration with Eddie Lou (CEO of Sandbox VR & Sandman Studios ) co-founded Pitch Virtual, an online content studio to support great stories and storytellers in creation, communication and collaboration.



Gabo Arora

Gabo Arora is Creative Director & Senior Advisor at the United Nations; Founder & President of LightShed, a virtual reality and social impact start-up; and an award-winning filmmaker represented by His current focus is on new technologies that promote social causes and make decision-making processes more inclusive. Among these projects, he has developed a viral video campaign for the climate change summit, and worked with internet influencers to promote accountability on global humanitarian aid assistance. His most recent work was as a co-creator, director and producer of the UN’s first-ever virtual reality film series focusing on vulnerable populations. His work has screened at Sundance and other major film festivals. He is a World Economic Forum 2016 Arts and Cultural leader at Davos and a Term-Member at the Council on Foreign Relations.



Gayatri Parameswaran
NowHere Media

Gayatri Parameswaran is co-founder at NowHere Media – an immersive storytelling studio based in Berlin. She is a VR/360° creator, documentary maker and journalist from India. Her areas of focus are human rights and the environment. As a journalist and filmmaker, she has documented under-reported issues in over 25 countries. Her work has appeared in international media outlets such as Al Jazeera English, Deutsche Welle, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Radio Netherlands Worldwide, Weekendavisen and more.

She is part of Oculus VR for Good’s Creator’s Lab 2017.  She co-directed India’s first VR experience about intimate partner violence (IPV) for Love Matters India, which was exhibited at 10 Delhi metro stations in June 2017, and has been screened at the USNC-UN Women Global Voices Film Festival in San Francisco. She is an alumni of the German Chancellor Fellowship (Bundeskanzler Stipendium) and was awarded the Youth Champions Initiative grant by the David and Packard Lucile Foundation for innovation in the field of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (2014-15).

She is an Erasmus Mundus Scholar with an MA in Journalism (2009-11), as well as a gold medallist as a Bachelor of Mass Media (Journalism) at the University of Mumbai (2005-08).