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Virtual Reality Awards in Venice

Short film "Arden's Wake" by American Eugene YK Chung won the Best Virtual Reality Award at the 74th Venice Film Festival Saturday evening.

"Arden's Wake" is a 16-minute-long animation feature telling the story of a little girl who lives with her father on the water.

"This is a new art form, and it is an incredible honor that the world's oldest film festival has embraced for the first time this art form in official competition," he said.

A Best VR Experience Award (for interactive content) went to "La camera insabbiata" by artists Laurie Anderson and Hsin-Chien Huang, a VR installation that allows viewers to lose themselves in a fully interactive, and immersive animation journey.

A Best VR Story Award (for linear content) went to "Bloodless" by South Korean filmmaker Gina Kim. Based on a true story, the 12-minute-long VR film tells of the last moments of life of a sex worker, who was brutally killed by an American soldier in a U.S. army camp-town in South Korea in the early 1990s.

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