ADL Film Fest & AFTRS Launch Inaugural International Virtual Reality Award

29 May 2017


The Adelaide Film Festival (ADL Film Fest) and the Australian Film, Television & Radio School (AFTRS) today launched an international Virtual Reality Award that will debut at the 2017 ADL Film Fest in October. Submissions close 21 June.

The AFTRS ADL Film Fest International VR Award selection will screen alongside the festival’s International Feature Award and Flinders University Feature Documentary Award. The new competition further adds to the festival’s reputation as a leader in screen culture, having been the first Australian festival to introduce an international competition, and the first to invest directly in film production with the ADL Film Fest Fund.

ADL Film Fest is an annual celebration and exploration of Australian and international screen culture with a unique program of screenings, forums and special events.

In 2016, the festival hosted the Australian Premiere season of ADL Film Fest Fund-commissioned VR work COLLISIONS by Australian artist and filmmaker Lynnette Wallworth. COLLISIONS headlined the 2016 ADL Film Fest goes Rogue event with an exclusive season followed by a national Australian tour to Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Darwin.  In 2015 saw the launch of the ADL Film Fest’s first VR Lounge.

In 2017 the VR program will be a true celebration of screen innovation and will be showcased alongside ADL Film Fest’s new sister event Hybrid World Adelaide, an interactive tech based event for the digitally curious and the screen obsessed.

CEO and Artistic Director of the ADL Film Fest, Amanda Duthie said “ADL Film Fest is thrilled to be working with AFTRS on this international award. Virtual Reality is the new platform for screen content and every week we are seeing new ways this can be used to push the boundaries of storytelling. AFTRS is developing the skills of those working at the forefront of this growing technology and is the perfect partner for this new initiative.”

CEO of AFTRS, Neil Peplow said “AFTRS has encouraged Australian creatives to explore the potential of VR through a range of initiatives over the past year.  There are such exciting possibilities for storytelling in the VR space and we are delighted to partner with the ADL Film Fest on its first international VR Award which will encourage innovation and showcase the possibilities of VR to the Australian screen community.”


INFORMATION FOR FILMMAKERS  /submissions/vr-submissions/


Key dates:

May 29:           AFTRS ADL Film Fest VR International Competition submissions OPEN

June 21:           AFTRS ADL Film Fest VR International Competition submissions CLOSE

October 4-8     Hybrid World Adelaide, interactive tech-based event:

October 5-15   2017 ADL FILM FEST