Sundance: Wemo and Seed & Spark Offer Grants for VR Filmmakers

/ Jan 27, 2015

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Oculus isn’t the only company trying to incentivize filmmakers to move into virtual reality. Crowdfunding platform Seed & Spark is working with VR tech company and platform Wemo.io on a grants program to help indie filmmakers jump on the VR bandwagon.

Like Oculus, Wemo and Seed&Spark are sampling VR experiences at this year’s Sundance Film Festival as a way to recruit new VR creators. Filmmakers can apply to receive a grant by submitting a proposal for a “short, immersive experience,” which will be reviewed in time for production beginning in early March.

Those who receive grants will get financing (corresponding to the size of the proposed project), equipment loans, post-production assistance, and even VR training that will extend all the way to the set (since VR is uncharted territory for your average filmmaker).

As Neville Spiteri, CEO and co-founder of Wemo, explained in a statement, “2015 is essentially ‘Year One’ for VR.” He wants to get creators in on the ground level who have the skill and the voice but not necessarily the means or the notion to break into this highly technological area.

Thus, the Wemo and Seed&Spark grants will aim to help out a “diverse” group of filmmakers. Thanks to the immersive quality of VR, “never before have filmmakers been able to get so close to walking in someone else’s shoes,” said Anthony Batt, co-founder of Wemo.io. “Stories told in the immersive space can have an incredible impact on audiences. Accordingly, the more diverse the stories, the greater the empathic space we grow and share.”

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