Munduruku wins award at Raindance Film Festival!

October 4, 2017

Last week Munduruku: Fight to Defend the Heart of the Amazon won the Best Social Impact VR Experience at the 25th Raindance Film Festival. This the first year that Raindance has recognised VR and immersive storytelling within it’s festival programming and awards.

The team behind the experience, including VR director James Manisty, also delivered a talk at the Raindance VRX summit providing insight on how the experience was made.

This is the second award for the experience, having won the Audience Award earlier this year at Sheffield Doc|Fest. The experience is currently showing at the Future of Storytelling Festival (FoST) in New York where it has been shortlisted for the Audience Award.

Munduruku is an extraordinary experience where users are transported inside one of the Amazon’s most iconic indigenous communities, the Munduruku at one of the most important moments in their ancient history. The Munduruku are under threat, with the government planning on building a dam on the Tapajos River which might destroy their homeland forever. Considered as the next step in VR storytelling, Munduruku combines cutting edge virtual reality filmmaking and multi-sensory storytelling which provides audiences with a truly empathic, unparalleled multisensory virtual reality experience. The experience is played out within an immersive ‘pod’ which was designed by Mark Tildesley, the designer behind the Olympic 2012 opening ceremony.

The project was commissioned by Greenpeace UK and the multi sensory elements were produced by The Feelies.