Kenyan student reaches Vista Project final
KENYA: Ian Job, a student at Africa Digital Media Institute in Nairobi, has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Vista Project. The Vista Project is a global ‘big-screen interactive storytelling competition for students’, organised by TimePlay Inc and the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE).
‘The Vista Project is a unique platform for showcasing TimePlay's interactive cinematic mobile technology,’ explained TimePlay CEO Jon Hussman. ‘We are delighted to participate, in conjunction with SMPTE, as the technological partner in the inaugural year of this student competition.’
The competition judges selected Mr Job as a finalist alongside Shane Murphy from San Francisco State University and Jon Navarro, a student of Long Island University in Brooklyn, New York. The best two short films will be chosen and screened at the TimePlay booth at CinemaCon in Las Vegas in March. The winner will receive a prize of US$5,000, while the runner up will be given half of that amount. Both films will then be subject to a theatrical release.
‘We congratulate Ian, Shane, and Jon as they enter the final round of competition in the Vista Project,’ said Bud Mayo, the founding chair of the Vista Project student filmmaker competition. ‘In conjunction with the creative technology development team at TimePlay, these three finalists will each create ten-minute film shorts that combine great storytelling with cutting-edge, next-gen interactive technology. This innovative approach will allow moviegoers to make key decisions about the plot via their smartphones that influences the on-screen action and fosters additional audience engagement.’