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Showcase your immersive and innovative storytelling at SIGGRAPH’s VR Theater!

Submissions Closed

Contribute to what’s next for virtual reality storytelling by sharing your short-form narratives as part of this truly theatrical experience.

This summer in Washington, D.C., the VR Theater is a showcase featuring innovative and inspiring virtual reality stories within a state-of-the-art theater environment. Attendees will enjoy and celebrate the evolution of an art form in a one-hour compilation of the best of the best in short-form immersive narratives.

Accompanying the program also will be individual kiosks near the venue for attendees to enjoy groundbreaking experiences that don’t fit in the one-hour theatrical format.

What is the VR Theater?

The VR Theater is a world-class showcase of exemplary virtual reality storytelling that celebrates the early evolution of the medium. The main program is a showcase of the best VR narrative content experienced in a high-end, seated, panoramic, multi-viewer immersive space, running approximately one hour from start to finish. Premiere and innovative pieces are also shown in single-viewer kiosks. The kiosks allow flexibility in the type of hardware and content that the VR Theater can accept. Even if you feel like your piece doesn’t fit into the main program, we strongly encourage you to still submit!

What is the VR Theater looking for?

We want to show pieces that stand out in terms of quality and execution. Selected works will present a mix of experiences from established companies, indies, and educational institutions; should be accessible; and, hopefully, celebrate diversity and inclusion. Submitted content will be reviewed by an expert jury who will evaluate each piece based on thematic fit, how it works in the appropriate space, its order of playback, and, most importantly, whether the theater can respect the viewing format/experience intended.


How to Submit

Log into the submission portal, select the “Make a New Submission” tab, and choose the VR Theater form. To review the information you will need to submit, view the VR Theater Sample Submission Form.

VR Theater Submission Requirements:

  • All descriptions, captions, and notes to the jury must be in English.
  • Submit by 11 February 2020 at 22:00 UTC/GMT.
  • Content links need to be accessible from the time of submission through the end of SIGGRAPH 2020 (23 July 2020).
  • In order to complete a successful submission, all applicants must complete the ACM Rights Management Form, which will be sent to you upon submitting.

If you have other headset/hardware needs, you may email and explain your circumstances.

Submission Specifications


A maximum length of 30 minutes may be submitted, but the VR Theater reserves the right to show only excerpts of selected works at the jury’s discretion. Strong preference will lean toward selections that are 5-12 minutes in length. If your piece is longer than 30 minutes, please contact the program chair and let us know why your piece requires such length. The VR Theater seeks experiences that start and end automatically without user interaction. Similar to a theater experience, we want the submission to start and end without user feedback.


Make sure your submission works on a VR-ready PC.


The content should run in one of the following headsets:

  • HTC Vive
  • Oculus Rift


VR Jury

All submitted entries are evaluated by a jury of individuals from the technical, creative, and production communities within the immersive industry. Jurors are established experts in the immersive fields, and they take care in reviewing and ranking all entries based on several criteria set by the program and conference chairs.

Submitters will be informed by email of the status of their submissions only after the jury makes its final decisions. All submitters will be notified of their status by the end of April. The jury also will select a recipient of the Best in Show Award for VR projects, chosen from the pool of works between the VR Theater and Immersive Pavilion programs.

Upon Acceptance


All VR Theater submitters will be notified by email of the status of their submission(s) by the end of April. Each year, we receive far more submitted pieces than we can accept, and we are not able to accept many deserving pieces.

After Acceptance

The period of time between the jury meeting and the SIGGRAPH 2020 conference is very short, and many things happen in that time. If your work is selected, you will be expected to reply promptly to any request for information or clarification from the VR Theater subcommittee. It is unlikely that we will need to contact you regarding your work after your notification, but please plan to be available via email in case a need arises. In order to complete a successful submission, all applicants must complete the ACM Rights Management Form, which will be sent to you upon submitting.

Contributor and Presenter Recognition

If you wish to attend SIGGRAPH 2020, registration and travel costs are at your own expense. See the SIGGRAPH 2020’s Recognition Policy for a summary of what you will receive if your work is accepted to SIGGRAPH 2020.


22:00 UTC/GMT, 11 February 2020
Submission deadline

End of April 2020
VR Theater submitters are notified of accepts/rejects.

19-23 July 2020
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Washington, D.C.

ACM Rights Management Form

If you are submitting work to the SIGGRAPH 2020 VR Theater:

  • You must complete the ACM Rights Management Form, which will be sent to you upon submitting.
  • Your representative image and text may be used for promotional purposes. Several SIGGRAPH 2020 programs — Art Gallery, Computer Animation Festival, Real-Time Live!, Technical Papers, and all installation programs — will prepare preview videos for advance promotion of accepted content, which may include a portion of the video you submitted for review.

VR Theater Frequently Asked Questions

I have submitted my work to the most recent SIGGRAPH Asia. Is it okay if I submit the same work to SIGGRAPH 2020?

Yes. You can submit the same work to SIGGRAPH 2020 as long as it was released after 1 April 2019. We are independent festivals with separate juries and acceptance procedures.

How many works can I submit to the VR Theater?

There is no limit. You may submit as many as you like, but ensure you complete a separate submission form for each work.

Is there a submission fee for submitting to the VR Theater?

No. You only need to complete the online submission process.

Where do I send my submission materials?

All works must be submitted via the SIGGRAPH 2020 online submission system. The online submission process allows submitters easy access to the submission system, eliminates time-consuming shipping and mailing, and provides an efficient procedure for reviewing submitted work.

Can I enter my work through Film Freeway?

The VR Theater does not accept submissions through Film Freeway. All works must be submitted via the SIGGRAPH 2020 online submission system.

When is the submission deadline for the VR Theater?

Online submission forms and accompanying uploads must be completed no later than 11 February 2020 for the VR Theater. All deadlines are 22:00 UTC/GMT (convert to your time zone). Submissions received after either deadline will not be reviewed.

I will not have my work finished by the submission deadline. Is it possible for me to submit “work in progress” for reviewing?

Sort of. The SIGGRAPH 2020 VR Theater will only show finished projects. If the file/project you would like to submit is scheduled for completion after 13 March 2020, we will not accept your submission. If the project will be completed on or before 13 March 2020 but after 11 February 2020, we are open to considering the work. Please email to explain your circumstance.

We are an art school, and we are planning to submit several student works as one submission. Is this okay?

No. Each piece must be uploaded separately to the online submission system along with its own completed and signed submission form. Each piece is judged on its own merit.

What file formats are acceptable for submission?

See the How to Submit guidelines for file format details.

What criteria will the jury use to select works?

Jurors are expected to select the highest quality works from among those submitted. Each juror takes into consideration the technical aspects of the piece, the visual interest, and, where applicable, the storytelling; however, the jury’s primary criterion is to select the pieces it feels will form the strongest show.

My work makes use of commercially recorded music. Is that okay?

You are responsible for securing the necessary permissions and licenses for audio material that is contained in your work. If your music was not created originally for your content, or if you are using another person’s music, you must obtain the necessary permissions or required licenses. We will not purchase these rights for you.

If my work is selected for the VR Theater, will SIGGRAPH 2020 pay for my accommodation and travel expenses?

No. You are responsible for your accommodation and travel expenses. For details, please refer to the SIGGRAPH 2020 Recognition Policy.

Do I need to supply my own headset or computer?

No, you just need to create a submission and make sure your content is available for us to access. The VR Theater will provide hardware.

Do I need to be present to demo my content during SIGGRAPH 2020?

No. Our volunteer operators will help attendees enjoy your content. However, we do ask you (or someone on your team) to attend the conference, since we might ask for help setting up your content.

What hardware platforms are supported or preferred?

The VR Theater prefers content that can be enjoyed on Oculus or Vive hardware due to the logistics of the theater format. If your piece cannot be converted to run on Oculus or Vive and uses another commercially available platform, the jury will still consider it.

Should I bring marketing or branding materials (banners, for example) to the VR Theater?

No. Please don’t bring any studio or sponsored materials. The VR Theater space will not display them.

Should I submit to the Immersive Pavilion, VR Theater, or Emerging Technologies?

If your submission is primarily a technology demo — something that is hands-on for attendees to try out — we recommend submitting to the Emerging Technologies program, which closes on 11 February 2020.

If your submission is more about providing an interactive experience for an attendee to try with your own tech or third-party tech, please submit it to the Immersive Pavilion program, which closes on 11 February 2020. In general, the Immersive Pavilion program is focused on interactive VR installations. This is where you will find new uses of VR, MR, and AR, ranging from games, simulations, or professional applications to complex art installations.

The VR Theater is focused on VR storytelling and is looking for submissions that help develop the language of storytelling in virtual reality through 11 February 2020. The type of content ranges from 360-degree video to experiences that fully utilize HTC Vive or Oculus Rift and their controllers. If your submission could go either way, we recommend that you carefully evaluate each program. If it is more suitable for a program other than the one you select, we will endeavor to transfer it.