Samsung Announces Gear Indie VR Creator Challenge

Samsung Gear VR November

Oculus Connect 2 kicks off today at the Loews Hotel in Los Angeles, California and announcements are already starting to trickle in from Oculus and their partners. This morning Samsung gave us more details about their anticipated Gear Indie challenge for content creators.

Gear Indie is a channel, launched on Samsung Milk VR last month, showcasing a wide array of independent VR features produced by the ever-growing indie filmmaker community. At the time, Samsung promised a number of hosted Gear Indie challenges to inspire creators to submit content to the platform based on a specific theme.

Samsung is following through on their promise to inspire VR creators with the first announced challenge of its Gear Indie initiative – titled “There in 60 Seconds.”

“There in 60 Seconds” calls for emerging VR filmmakers to create immersive, 360-degree videos that are just 60-seconds in length and take the viewer to a place in the world that is special and unique to the creator.

Participants have the chance to win a $10,000 cash prize, as well as have their content featured on the Gear Indie channel. There will be five potential winners who will receive $10,000 prize/each. The official submission portal will open on Sunday, November 1st.

Three established VR filmmaking professionals – Jason Rubin, the head of Worldwide Studios for Oculus, Nancy Bennett, the chief content officer at Two Bit Circus, and Anthony Batt, the cofounder and executive vice president of WEVR – will act as mentors and judges throughout the process. Submissions will be judged on creativity, technical quality, and storytelling.

“We want to see great indie content get created that entertains Gear VR consumers within the Samsung Milk VR Gear Indie channel”, said Matt Apfel, VP of Strategy and Creative content at Samsung Media Solutions Center America. “But digging deeper, we’re thrilled to crowdsource these fresh voices about different ways to approach VR hurdles and ultimately, solve them together”.

On Tuesday, December 15th, Samsung will announce the top five submissions.

We are looking forward to following Samsung’s initiative and will provide updates throughout the challenge process.

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Jonathan Nafarrete is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of VRScout.

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