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VR Theater
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Be part of SIGGRAPH's VR Theater, where immersive storytelling thrives!

Be part of what’s next for virtual reality storytelling by sharing your project as part of this truly “theatrical” experience.

This summer in Los Angeles, the VR Theater will showcase innovative virtual reality stories within a state-of-the-art theater environment, where attendees will enjoy and celebrate the evolution of a young art form in a one-hour compilation of the best of the best in short-form immersive narratives.

Accompanying the program, there will also be individual kiosks near the venue for attendees to enjoy groundbreaking experiences that don’t fit in the one-hour theatrical format.

What is the VR Theater?

The VR Theater is a world-class showcase of exemplary virtual reality storytelling that celebrates the early evolution of the medium. The main program features the best VR narrative content in a high-end, seated, panoramic, multi-viewer immersive space, running approximately one hour from start to finish. Premiere and innovative pieces are also shown in single-viewer kiosks throughout the SIGGRAPH conference venue. The kiosks allow flexibility in the type of hardware and content that the VR Theater can accept. So, in case you don’t feel like your piece fits into the main program, we strongly encourage you to still submit!

What is the VR Theater looking for?

We want to show pieces that stand out in terms of quality and execution. Selected works will present a mix of experiences from established companies, indies, and educational institutions, and should be accessible and, hopefully, celebrate diversity and inclusion. Submitted content will be reviewed by an expert jury who will evaluate each piece based on thematic fit, how it works in the appropriate space, its order of playback, and, most importantly, whether the theater can respect the viewing format/experience intended.

How to submit

Log into the submission portal, select the “Make a New Submission” tab, and choose the VR Theater form. To review all information that you will need to submit, view the VR Theater Sample Submission Form.

VR Theater submission requirements:

  • All descriptions, captions, and notes to the jury must be in English.
  • Submitted by 26 March 2019 at 22:00 UTC/GMT.
  • Content links need to be accessible from the time of submission through the end of SIGGRAPH 2019 (1 August 2019).
  • In order to complete a successful submission, all applicants must complete the ACM Rights Management Form. The form will be sent as a final step to your application.

If you have other headset/hardware needs, you may email vrtheater-s2019@siggraph.org and explain your circumstances.

Submission Specifications

Length:
Maximum length of 30 minutes may be submitted, but the Computer Animation Festival VR Theater reserves the right to show only excerpts of selected works at the jury’s discretion. Strong preference will lean toward selections that are 5-12 minutes in length. If your piece is longer than 30 minutes, please contact the subcommittee and explain your circumstances.

Hardware:
Make sure your submission works on a VR-ready PC.

Headset:
The content should run in one of the following headsets:

  • HTC Vive
  • Oculus Rift

Evaluation

VR Jury

All submitted entries are evaluated by a jury of individuals from the technical, creative, and production communities within the immersive industry. Jurors are established experts in the immersive fields, and take care in reviewing and ranking all entries based on several criteria set by the program and conference chairs.

Submitters will be informed by email of the status of their submissions only after the jury makes its final decisions. All submitters will be notified of their status no later than 6 May 2019. The jury will also select a recipient of the all-new Best in Show Award for VR projects, chosen from the pool of works between the VR Theater and Virtual, Augmented & Mixed Reality programs.

Upon Acceptance

Notification

All VR Theater submitters will be notified by email of the status of their submission(s) on or before 6 May 2019. Each year, we receive far more submitted pieces than we can accept, and we are not able to accept many deserving pieces.

After Acceptance

The period of time between the jury meeting and the SIGGRAPH 2019 conference is very short, and many things happen in that time. If your work is selected, you will be expected to reply promptly to any request for information or clarification from the Computer Animation Festival VR Theater Subcommittee. It is unlikely that we will need to contact you regarding your work after your notification, but please plan to be available via email in case a need arises. In order to complete a successful submission, all applicants must complete the ACM Rights Management Form. The form will be sent as a final step to your application.

Contributor & Presenter Recognition

If you wish to attend SIGGRAPH 2019, registration and travel costs are at your own expense. See the SIGGRAPH 2019 Recognition Policy for a summary of what you will receive if your work is accepted to SIGGRAPH 2019.

Timeline

26 March
VR Theater submission period closes, 22:00 UTC/GMT

6 May
VR Theater submitters notified of accepts/rejects

28 July–1 August
SIGGRAPH 2019
Los Angeles Convention Center
Los Angeles, CA, USA

ACM Rights Management Form

If you are submitting work to the SIGGRAPH 2019 VR Theater:

  • You must complete the ACM Rights Management Form. The form will be sent to all submitters as a final step to the application.
  • Your representative image and text may be used for promotional purposes. Several SIGGRAPH 2019 programs – Art Gallery, Computer Animation Festival, Real-Time Live!, Technical Papers, and all installation programs – will prepare preview videos for advance promotion of accepted content, which may include a portion of the video you submitted for review.

FAQ

I have submitted my work to the most recent SIGGRAPH Asia. Is it OK if I submit the same work to SIGGRAPH 2019?

Yes. You can submit the same work to SIGGRAPH 2019 as long as it was released after 3 April 2018. We are independent festivals with separate juries and acceptance procedures.

How many works can I submit to the VR Theater?

There is no limit. You may submit as many as you like, but ensure you complete a separate submission form for each work.

Is there a submission fee for submitting to the VR Theater?

No. You only need to complete the online submission process.

Where do I send my submission materials?

All works must be submitted via the SIGGRAPH 2019 online submission system. The online submission process allows submitters easy access to the submission system, eliminates time-consuming shipping and mailing, and provides an efficient procedure for reviewing submitted work.

Can I enter my work through Withoutabox?

The VR Theater does not accept submissions through Withoutabox. All works must be submitted via the SIGGRAPH 2019 online submission system.

When is the submission deadline for the VR Theater?

Online submission forms and accompanying uploads must be completed no later than 26 March 2019 for the VR Theater. All deadlines are 22:00 UTC/GMT (convert to your time zone). Submissions received after either deadline will not be reviewed.

I will not have my work finished by the submission deadline. Is it possible for me to submit “work in progress” for reviewing?

Sort of. The SIGGRAPH 2019 VR Theater will only show finished projects. If the file/project you would like to submit is scheduled for completion after 6 May 2019, we will not accept your submission. If the project will be completed on or before 6 May 2019 but after 26 March 2019, we are open to considering the work. Please email vrtheater-s2019@siggraph.org to explain your circumstance.

We are an art school, and we are planning to submit several student works as one submission. Is this OK?

No. Each piece must be uploaded separately to the online submission system along with its own completed and signed submission form. Each piece is judged on its own merit.

What file formats are acceptable for submission?

See the How to Submit guidelines for file format details.

What criteria will the jury use to select works?

Jurors are expected to select the highest quality works from among those submitted. Each juror takes into consideration the technical aspects of the piece, the visual interest, and, where applicable, the storytelling; however, the jury’s primary criterion is to select the pieces it feels will form the strongest show.

My work makes use of commercially recorded music. Is that OK?

You are responsible for securing the necessary permissions and licenses for audio material that is contained in your work. If your music was not created originally for your content, or if you are using another person’s music, you must obtain the necessary permissions or required licenses. We will not purchase these rights for you.

If my work is selected for the VR Theater, will SIGGRAPH 2019 pay for my accommodation and travel expenses?

No. You are responsible for your accommodation and travel expenses. For details, please refer to the Contributor Benefits policy.

Do I need to supply my own headset or computer?

No, you just need to create a submission and make sure your content is available for us to access. The VR Theater will provide hardware.

Do I need to be present to demo my content during SIGGRAPH 2019?

No. Our volunteer operators will help attendees enjoy your content. However, we do ask you (or someone on your team) to attend the conference, since we might ask for help setting up your content.

What hardware platforms are supported or preferred?

The VR Theater prefers content that can be enjoyed on Oculus or Vive hardware due to the logistics of the theater format. If your piece cannot be converted to run on Oculus or Vive and uses another commercially available platform, the jury will still consider it.

Should I bring marketing or branding materials (banners, for example) to the VR Theater?

No. Please don’t bring any studio or sponsored materials. The VR Theater space will not display them.

Should I submit to Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality program, VR Theater, or Emerging Technologies?

If your submission is primarily a technology demo — something that is hands-on for attendees to try out — we recommend submitting to the Emerging Technologies program, which closes on 12 February 2019.

If your submission is more about providing an interactive experience for an attendee to try, with your own tech or third-party tech, please submit it to the Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality program, which closes on 26 March 2019. In general, the Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality program is focused on interactive VR installations. This is where you will find new uses of VR, MR, and AR, ranging from games, simulations, or professional applications to complex art installations.

VR Theater is focused on VR storytelling and is looking for submissions that help develop the language of storytelling in virtual reality through 26 March 2019. The type of content ranges from 360-degree video to experiences that fully utilize HTC Vive or Oculus Rift and their controllers. If your submission could go either way, we recommend that you carefully evaluate each program. If it is more suitable for a program other than the one you select, we will endeavor to transfer it.

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