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Film Students To Compete in Virtual Reality Production Contest

One of the first ever competitions involving virtual reality production will challenge college film students to create their own 360-degree films.

360fly, which produces single-lens cameras to capture 360-degree video, will sponsor the 360 VR (virtual reality) Film Contest for film students at New York University and the Rhode Island School of Design along with Drury Design. The students will use 360fly HD cameras, which they were briefed on during an April 9 presentation on the NYU campus.

"Virtual reality represents the next chapter in the evolution of storytelling and giving these young open minds the chance to explore it can go far in unearthing new ways to utilize it that haven't even been anticipated," said Evan Polivy, director of Drury Design's Creative Lab. "This is very much unexplored creative terrain, which is why we're so excited about where the creative minds of these talented students will go when utilizing this immersive format enabled by the 360fly camera."

Submissions will be due by May 3 and then be showcased at the Wanted Design space May 17, in conjunction with Design Week in NYC. They will also be available for viewing online at Drury Design's YouTube channel. A panel of judges will pick winners in three categories: narrative, documentary and experimental.

The three winners, which will be announced June 1, will receive $500 and a 360fly 4K camera.

"We believe that the young, creative minds that embrace and expand the possibilities of this new medium will be this category's most significant driver," said 360fly CEO Peter Adderton. "That's what makes this competition so exciting."

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