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Arden’s Wake (Prologue) and Maestro

In a post-apocalyptic world, a young woman and her father live in a lighthouse atop an endless sea.

“Arden’s Wake” is an animated virtual reality film that takes place …

The Believers Are But Brothers

Enter an electronic maze of fantasists, meme culture, 4chan, the alt-right and ISIS.

Billed as an electronic maze of fantasists, meme culture, 4chan, the …

Bloodless

A 12-minute VR film that traces the last living moments of a South Korean sex worker servicing the U.S. military.

Based on a true story, “Bloodless” is a ten-minute VR documentary …

Carne y Arena

An art installation and VR experience that takes you to the U.S.-Mexico border.

Based on true accounts, “CARNE y ARENA (Virtually present, Physically invisible)” …

Cosmic Top Secret

An autobiographical adventure game by T, who wants to learn the truth about her parents’ work with Danish intelligence during the Cold War.

Trine Laier just wanted to know what her parents did during …

Did You Mean MailChimp?

A marketing campaign that's an ecosystem of playful experiences, from hit singles to a new brand of potato chips, coupled with a clever use of paid search advertising.

The automated email service MailChimp is the world’s leading marketing platform, …

Everything

An open-ended interactive experience that encourages you to become anything.

“Everything” is an open-ended, interactive experience that demonstrates the interconnectedness of …

It Must Have Been Dark By Then

A book, a map and stories on your headphones help distant places bring context to the place where you are now.

A beautifully designed book, a map on your smartphone and audio …

What Remains of Edith Finch

You are the last surviving member of an ill-starred family in Washington State, and you have come to explore the house where everything went wrong.

“What Remains of Edith Finch” is a collection of short stories …

The Oracles

A multi-platform educational experience inspired by the myth of Hercules and his 12 labors. BREAKTHROUGH AWARD WINNER

Breakthrough Award Winner Punchdrunk’s “The Oracles” is a multi-platform experience developed …

The Space We Hold

Bear witness to the testimony of three former “comfort women” who were among the 200,000 girls and young women forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese Army during World War II.

Based on The Apology, Tiffany Hsiung’s award-winning documentary for the National Film …

Zero Days VR

The true story of a clandestine mission to sabotage an underground Iranian nuclear facility, told from the viewpoint of the sophisticated cyber-weapon that did it. SPECIAL JURY PRIZE

Special Jury Prize Based on Alex Gibney’s feature-length documentary Zero Days, …

Absolut Silverpoint

Most advertisers seem to want to take over your screen. Not this one: As Brand Republic put it, “Absolut’s Silverpoint app has taken over our lives.”

Most advertisers seem to want to take over your screen. Not …

The Deeper They Bury Me: A Call from Herman Wallace

The story of an inmate who spent 40 years living in solitary confinement and an artist quest to build the prisoner a house...

Herman Wallace (1941-2013) was a Black Panther activist who went to …

The Displaced

In November 2015, for its first virtual reality news story, The New York Times Magazine presented an 11-minute video that introduced readers to three of them...

As war and repression have transformed once-livable communities into horrific dominions …

Door into the Dark

For most of us, being lost is a discomfiting experience. May Abdalla and Amy Rose have managed to get people to line up for it...

For most of us, being lost is a discomfiting experience. May …

Freedom

An artist who lives and works in New York, Josh Kline is concerned with, as he puts it, “technology changing what it means to be human.”

An artist who lives and works in New York, Josh Kline …

The Hopscotch Opera

Hopscotch, The Industry's original opera, that took audiences on a dazzling and disorienting ride through the streets of Los Angeles in 24 different car journeys.

Inspired by the 1963 Julio Cortázar novel Hopscotch, which consists of …

Karen

Karen is a life coach and she's happy to help you work through a few things in your life. You interact with Karen through an app.

App stores for mobile devices sport a variety of “life coach” …

Life Is Strange

Returning to her old high school in Oregon after a five-year absence, Max discovers that her former best friend has become obsessed with the mysterious disappearance of fellow student.

At a time when a culture war has erupted among video …

Mukto-Mona

Immersive, digital experiences may sometimes feel profound, but rarely are they a matter of life and death. A tragic exception is Mukto-Mona (Freethinker)...

Avijit Roy at the Musée Rodin in Paris. Immersive, digital experiences may …

Network Effect: Human Life on the Internet

The Internet is said to show our common humanity. Through its data, it is said to provide a kind of omniscience, and through its social networks, a deeper sense of connection. For those without access, it holds the promise of a better life.

A network effect is the halo that results when each new …

The Pickle Index

In a glum nation ruled by a stylish dictator, all citizens are required by law to participate in the Pickle Index, a fermentation-based recipe exchange. From within this network, an incompetent circus attempts an unlikely uprising.

With few exceptions, the e-book has yet to evolve into much …

This Is the Story of One Block in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn

Go door to door, meet the neighbors, watch prices dip and soar, learn how historical forces shape a single street

One of the biggest questions raised by digital journalism is also …

Collisions

A virtual reality journey to the homeland of indigenous elder Nyarri Morgan and the Martu tribe in the remote Western Australian...

Collisions is a virtual reality journey to the homeland of indigenous …

Field Trip to Mars

An ordinary school bus ride becomes an incredible space journey.

For Lockheed Martin’s “Generation Beyond” project, an educational program to bring …

Firewatch

A mystery set in the Wyoming wilderness, where your only emotional lifeline is the person at the other end of a handheld radio . . .

The year is 1989. You are a man named Henry. You …

Giant

Parents struggle to distract their young daughter by inventing a fantastical tale. SPECIAL JURY PRIZE

Special Jury Prize Trapped in an active war-zone, two parents struggle …

Inside

A visually expressive game that taps into dark areas of the collective unconscious.

Created in Copenhagen by a small game developer called Playdead, “Inside” …

Inside: Artists & Writers in Reading Prison

Reading Prison is known because of its most celebrated inmate: Oscar Wilde.

Oscar Wilde’s cell. Photo: Morley von Sternberg In September 2016, HM …

Laura Poitras: Astro Noise

An immersive installation deals with mass surveillance, the war on terror and the U.S. drone program.

Laura Poitras: Astro Noise was the first solo museum exhibition by artist, …

Riot (Prototype)

An emotionally responsive video experience . . .

RIOT is an immersive video installation that takes place in a …

Saydnaya: Inside a Syrian Torture Prison

Usng architectural and acoustic modeling, researchers help victims reconstruct their experience of incarceration.

In 2016, Amnesty International teamed up with Forensic Architecture, a research …

The Swedish Number

Sweden got its own phone number and invited the world to call. BREAKTHROUGH AWARD WINNER

Breakthrough Award Winner In April 2016, Sweden became the first country …

These Memories Won’t Last

A graphic artist deals with loss of memory in a compelling and very personal way.

In this interactive webcomic, an “infinite canvas” written in HTML5, writer …

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Honoring the most innovative approaches to narrative from the past year.

Westworld

A hit television series addresses the moral quandaries of AI in a meta-story about interactive narrative.

HBO’s Westworld averaged near 12 million viewers per episode during its first …

Digital Dozen

Innovative VR films, a marketing campaign that defies description, games that push the possibilities of the form . . .

Breakthrough Award

A mixed-reality educational experiment that led schoolchildren to explore the world of myth.

Special Jury Prize

A virtual reality film that takes you inside a computer virus.
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