Virtual Reality Lineup:

THE REAL THING by Benoit Felici & Mathias Chelebourg
DOLPHIN MAN VR by Benoît Lichté
SANCTUARIES OF SILENCE by Adam Loften & Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee
THE SUN LADIES by Celine Tricart & Christian Stephen
I’M NO HERO by Sergii Polezhaka

This competition is dedicated to showcasing diverse and innovative work in the VR space. Experiences include works made by Women, People of Color and LGTBQ.

The Second Annual Virtual Reality Grand Prix Award will be offered on Sunday, October 21st, 2018. 

This program is generously supported by Samsung & Oculus.


Illya Szilak is a writer, artist, independent curator and physician. With her long-time collaborator Cyril Tsiboulski (Cloudred Studio) she creates interactive narratives that incorporate historical and documentary media. Reconstructing Mayakovsky and Queerskins are both included in The Electronic Literature Collection and have been taught as examples of innovative narrative and experimental game at the university level. Her latest projects Atomic Vacation and Queerskins: a love story, experiences for virtual reality, are forthcoming. An Oculus Launchpad fellow, she has received grants for her VR work from The Sundance Institute/Arcus Foundation and most recently from The Tribeca Film Institute and The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Stina Hamlin is a veteran member of the Producer’s Guild of America (PGA) and committee member of the Women’s Impact Network, has produced non-fiction, lifestyle television for twenty years.  Producing credits include Production Executive and Post Supervisor for multiple Scripps Networks and Discovery television series.

She transitioned from working in commercials to Senior Producer at post production facility, DuArt, and now is the Director of Post Production at East Coast Digital.  Under the New Media division she launched at ECD, she has been post producing the in-app videos for the Unicef Kid Power Band over the past year and is currently in post-production for a 360 documentary filmed in Mozambique, Africa for the U.S. Fund for Unicef.

Stina’s life-long enthusiasm for the arts, documentaries, and technology has evolved into a passion for producing cinematic virtual reality and 360 storytelling.  Her first virtual reality project, “Cardboard City,” was winner of the Samsung Gear Indie Milk VR contest in January 2016 and premiered at Sundance on the MilkVR platform.  “Cardboard City” then evolved into an interactive documentary featuring a blend of makers’ space, augmented reality, and virtual reality that premiered at New York Film Festival’s Convergence in October 2016.

A former professional dancer, she was driven to direct a series of 360 dance pieces by choreographer, Jonathan Lee, one of which recently won the grand prize in the #causes category for the Samsung Creators Awards, entitled “Say Our Name.”  Stina is currently working on the sequel to “Cardboard City,”Boxed Out,” which has live action, stop motion, and interactivity, “Paper Doll Origami” a room scale interactive VR installation, as well as content for USA Today’s “VRtually There” series with her production company, State Media.