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Applications for ANIDOX:VR Awards 2021 are open

Animated documentries in Virtual Reality

ANIDOX:VR Awards 2021

29.09.21 – 03.10.21 Viborg Animation Festival

The ANIDOX:VR Award exhibition and seminar addresses factual and visual storytelling in emerging media/VR: An exciting meeting between animation, documentary and digital innovation.

The jury awards the most outstanding VR experience a cash prize and the most innovative work, a residency at The Animation Workshop / Open Workshop – for the development of new work.

ANIDOX:VR is an international showcase and a key player in the art-meets-technology landscape. We create and curate events which are attractive and accessible to the general public, as well as drawing audiences and professionals from the worlds of science, tech, business and the arts.

ANIDOX:VR Awards Exhibition & Seminar is a part of Viborg Animation Festival held 21.09.21 – 03.10.21. With kind support from Vision Denmark, Viborg Kommune, The Danish Film Institute, The ministry of Higher education and Science. Sponsored by Gallery NB and HTC VIVE.

Guidelines and regulations

• Submissions are open from 20 April 2021.
• All entries shall be submitted no later than 20 July 2021 at 11:59pm (GMT).
• The ANIDOX:VR Award competition is open to all original works, immersive and/or interactive VR experiences which can be justified as an animated documentary.
• Submissions are opened to all works completed in 2020 – 2021.
• The devices that may be used to watch the experience: HTC Vive, Oculus (Quest or Rift) or Playstation VR.
• Only direct download of playable builds are accepted.
• The selected experiences will be shown to the general public, industry professionals, and members of the jury as part of Viborg Animation Festival 21 Sept. – 3 Oct. 2021.

A jury made up of a number of international industry professionals from the fields of XR, cinema and the arts will evaluate the experiences that have been selected.
The jury will award two prizes recognising the best immersive and/or interactive works in the competition, for their contribution to innovative storytelling and production:
• The Special Prize, with a €1,000 grant.
• A development residency at The Animation Workshop, for the creation of new work.
– The terms of this award are specified by The Animation Workshop.
The prizes will be announced on Saterday 2 Oct. 2021. The award will be given to the director / creator of the experience.
ANIDOX:VR Award is supported by Viborg Animation Festival, Viborg Kommune, The Animation Workshop /Via University college, The Danish Film Institute and the Swedish Film Institute, Denmark’s Ministry of Higher education and education.

• All submissions to the ANIDOX:VR award shall be made through our online entry platform Filmfreeway:
o No other entries shall be taken into consideration.
o In complete or incorrect entries shall be considered void.
o Please sign up an account at FilmFreeway and add project on the platform before submission, then follow the guideline to directly upload your work.
o Please fill out the technical form for VR Competition, and provide links for

• By entering your work, you hereby state that you hold all the related rights to the work, or
have been authorized to do so by all the rights holders.
• Submissions shall be made in English.
• The selected works shall be presented in English or in their original language with English or
Danish subtitles. The rights holders will bear the costs of subtitling their work, if necessary.
• Works submitted to the competition may not be withdrawn.
• No racist or sexist content shall be accepted.
• Submissions shall be made having read and accepted these rules and regulation.

Required information for submission
You will be asked to provide the following information or documents – please attach one PDF file:
• General information: title, year, genre, length, format, device, version, current state of play.
• Two synopses – 500 and 1,500 characters maximum (including spaces).
• Information on the project’s developer or developers, producer or producers (and/or co-producer or co-producers), and creative team.
• Information on the premiere and selection in other festivals.
• HD images, and a video link to a trailer.
• Direct links for download of playable build.
• Please specify the devices that may be used to watch the experience (At this point we only offer HTC Vive and Oculus)
• The required dimensions (when applicable)
• Any technical or logistic information relevant to the presentation of the work (when applicable)

Presentation during the festival
Should your experience be selected by the board, it will be showcased on 21 Sept. – 3 Oct. 2021 at Viborg Animation Festival. The selection committee shall determine:
The area or areas in which each experience will be seen.
The time or times when each experience will be available.
Installation considerations / specifications shall be discussed with creators.
Selection announcement
The list of selected experiences will be announced by email to the main applicant, and publicly, by the beginning of September. The selected projects’ rights holders shall send the completed and signed contract officially establishing their selection to the ANIDOX:VR Award within one week.
Logos / publicity
Should the selected work be awarded a prize, the rights holders for the awarded works agree to include the ANIDOX logo on all promotional and publicity material pertaining to the work (trailer, website, press kit, poster, etc.).
Press kits
The information and materials submitted will be used by the Festival’s communications team. They must be notified of any changes taking place between submission and selection as quickly as possible, and no later than 10 September 2021.
Visuals – HD and not subject to copyright – that were sent along with the submission form will be used by the Festival to publicize the selection. The Festival also reserves the right to reuse them on its various communication channels, for promotional purposes.
The creators the selected work shall receive up to two invitations the Viborg Animation Festival and which will take place from 21 Sept. – to 03 Oct. 2021. Invitations include festival accreditation, travel expenses (within Europe) and accommodations for 3 nights. Should other members of the team wish to attend, travel and accommodation costs shall be paid by the developers / producers of the selected works.

By submitting your project to the 2021 ANIDOX:VR Award, you agree to our data processing policy, in accordance with the GDPR.
For any questions regarding the ANIDOX:VR Award, please contact Michelle Kranot , ANIDOX Producer by email:

ANIDOX:VR 2021 Selection

ANIDOX:VR supported by

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  • Uri photo

    Director, animator, filmmaker, teacher. Born 1975. Graduated from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem. Master of Fine Arts from Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design in Budapest.

    Kranot is behind numerous award-winning animated shorts and VR projects, co-directed with his partner Michelle. Prominent titles include 'Hollow Land' (2013), which was on the Oscar shortlist for best animated short, and 'How Long, Not Long' (2016), which won the FIPRESCI prize at Annecy. Michelle and Uri Kranot are also behind the VR projects 'Nothing Happens' (2017), 'Songbird' (2019) and 'The Hangman at Home' (2021).

    Uri holds various positions at The Animation Workshop in Viborg, Denmark. Working with the Bachelor education, professional training and in research & development.

  • Klara grunning photo

    Consultant and guest tutor

    Emmy Award winning Klara Nilsson Grunning is a freelance content, production, distribution, financing consultant and executive producer for film, TV and cross media world-wide. Currently she is a film commissioner at the Norwegian Film Institute, previously she has been the documentary consultant at the Swedish Film Institute. Before which, she worked five years as the commissioning editor for documentary feature and short films at the Royal Danish Film Institute. Klara has been shaping and taking part in ANIDOX since 2012.

  • Michelle Kranot photo

    Michelle is the producer, project manager and creative director of ANIDOX. She is an artist, filmmaker and producer based in Denmark.

    A member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She has recently won the Grand Jury Prize for Best VR Immersive Work at Venice International Film Festival. Awards for previous works include the FIPRESCI Prize at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival, a place on the Academy Awards® Shortlist, and the Danish Arts Foundation award.

    Together with her partner and co-director Uri, The Kranots are the founders of TinDrum, a research and development studio. They started the ANIDOX programme in 2006, now a part of The Animation Workshop / VIA University College, Denmark.