Today, most film festivals approach all forms of immersive media as one category, outside of traditional fixed-frame films. For example, Tribeca displays immersive experiences in its Virtual Arcade and Storyscapes section. Cannes includes them in its NEXT initiative. The list goes on.
That means experiences from flat 360 video to stereoscopic 360 video to volumetric video to augmented reality experiences are competing for the same slots in a segment of the festival devoted to innovation. As such, it makes sense that selection committees would want to display the latest advancements in technology.
But, that might be killing the chance for narrative 360 video to establish itself, and allow full creative exploration of the format.
Check out my full article in Redshark News.