FIVARS Online Nominated for Innovator of the Year at 2024 Poly Awards

Enhancing Global Access and Distribution to Virtual Storytelling Through WebXR Technology

The Festival of International Virtual & Augmented Reality Stories (FIVARS) is proud to announce its Innovator of the Year nomination at the 2024 Poly Awards. The nominees for the acknolwedgement are FIVARS producer and designer Keram Malicki-Sanchez and developer James Baicoianu. This nomination highlights the festival’s role in enabling worldwide access to immersive virtual narrative works without the need for downloads or proprietary software.

FIVARS, founded in 2015 by Malicki-Sanchez, has been a pioneer in presenting virtual reality experiences that connect to an international audience. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the festival showcases immersive spherical narrative works in various form factors.

This year’s innovation includes the iterations of the FIVARS online platform’s enhanced video playback capabilities, supporting 5.7K spherical stereoscopic video, full dome, and multiple Barco escapea dn projection-mapped formats with ambisonic 1 or 2 audio support and automatic VR headset detection to provide an unparalleled viewing experience.

Claire Marshall’s “Permutations” showing in a custom-designed 4-wall theater created by the FIVARS team shows 4 synced 1080p screens with spatial audio.

The FIVARS Spatialized Events platform (“FSE” for short”) features customizable avatar support via Ready Player Me, Eventbrite registration integration, and a dynamic 3D video kiosk system. This system allows for selecting multiple bitrates and frame sizes, complemented by webcam, VOIP, and text chat functionalities, facilitating a rich and engaging festival environment.

“FIVARS is dedicated to breaking down geographical and technological barriers in storytelling. This nomination reflects our commitment to innovation and accessibility in the digital spatial storytelling space,” stated Keram Malicki-Sanchez.

The FIVARS 2023 online festival theater

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