Open Frame Award


Open Frame Award

Since its shift to Virtual Reality and spherical cinema in 2018, the Open Frame Award has continued to experiment with new forms and media formats. So far, by coming together in Wiesbaden, a learning curve has come into being through the physical collaboration during the festival week, when filmmakers, VR creators, jury members and audiences met and found a common understanding of where the road is leading us. However, this year this process was interrupted by the need to flatten the curve of the Covid-19 pandemic, which makes it impossible to meet in person. But the experimental nature of our award and the lessons we have learned from participants of past editions, who are fearlessly moving into the unknown, give us the motivation to do as much as we can. With the help of our partners and former Open Frame Award winners, we have recreated our landmark venue, Caligari Filmbühne, in virtual reality and will be holding most of our VR activities there. Even after the festival week, you are invited to join this unique virtual experience on your own! The Open Frame Award is accessible with VR hardware and PC. In the following you find more details as well as a FAQ.

You can find a list of the selected projects here.

Overcoming time constraints to bring the festival online, goEast and VRrOOm were able to achieve a remarkable result, making the goEast's 2020 edition become the world's very first event to offer access to 360° VR films to all, and interactive experiences to pre-registered guests. 

To visit virtual venue you should install VRCHAT and visit VRROOM as we describe here.

If you have installed VRChat properly follow this LINK,and you will be directed diretcly into our world.

To visit OFA online you have to install the free programme Steam. Here you can download the free programme VRChat, whose system requirements can be found both on the VRChat website and below in our FAQs.


Open Frame Award - the Jury

Mária Rakušanová

Mária Rakušanová led mixed and virtual reality product marketing and administration at Microsoft and Samsung Europe, before moving to platform partnerships and content acquisition for HTC VIVE in Europe. She drives efforts to create a community of creators and partners who push the boundaries of XR development and strives to help create a path of profitability for the industry. She has curated three editions of "Raindance Immersive", the XR strand for interactive projects of the Raindance Film Festival in London.

Averie Timm

Averie Timm is a producer at Facebook AR/VR (Oculus), specializing in interactive spatial storytelling experiences. She has produced VR content with partners around the world including, most recently: EVEREST: JOURNEY TO THE TOP OF THE WORLD, a three-part immersive video series by Jonathan Griffith, and THE KEY by Celine Tricart, an interactive experience from the Oculus VR for Good program that won Tribeca Film Festival's juried Storyscapes award.

Akmyrat Tuyliyev

Born in Turkmenistan, Tuyliyev studied film and television production in the USA at Savannah College of Art and Design and earned his master's degree from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts in the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP). He has produced augmented reality experiences for TV networks and his work has been showcased in many museums. Today, he is a producer in the interactive department of the PBS documentary series POV: the POV Spark. Here, he produces interactive independent non-fiction projects and leads initiatives supporting interactive independent storytellers.


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In the aftermath of the Award Ceremony, Denis Semionov held interviews with the filmmakers of the 2020 winning projects in VRChat.

BABYN YAR. VIRTUAL MEMORY received a Special Mention by the jury.

WHISPERS VR was awarded with the Open Frame Award.

Interview with Jacek Nagłowski (WHISPERS VR)

Interview with Kirill Pokutnyy (BABYN YAR. VIRTUAL MEMORY)