Mária Rakušanová got her start in the VR industry in 2014 when she was a product marketer for the Gear VR at Samsung. Her job meant that she would watch a lot of immersive content that she would use to market this stand-alone, mobile VR headset. In 2016, she started curating immersive work for the Raindance Immersive section of the Raindance Film Festival, which has always had a distinctly independent selection. The 2020 edition of Raindance Immersive marks her fifth year of curating the best-of works from the year, and it features over 50 hours of content.
Raindance Immersive gives out 10 different awards that include best experience for narrative experience, documentary experience, animation experience, multi-player experience, immersive game, immersive world, and Discovery World for Best debut. There are also outstanding achievement awards in audio, art, and design. The immersive world award category is new this year, which features a number of different VRChat worlds.
I had a chance to catch up with Rakušanová on October 19th in order to get a sneak peak of the Raindance program, the opening night party on November 2nd in a custom-built VRChat world that will serve as the Raindance Immersive hub, different master class workshops, as well as a sneak peak of the live performances that start during the second week.
If you want to catch up from a lot of good independent VR games, stories, and experiences from 2020, then this should be a great opportunity to see what you may have missed. In terms of how to access the Raindance Immersive 2020 experiences, there isn’t an accreditation fee, but you may need to either purchase some of the games from Steam/Viveport, or use the free two-week Viveport trial in order to get access to the full selection. There’s also six live performances during the second week that will require advanced booking.
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