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European Virtual Production Award

This year HALOSTAGE and the FILM FESTIVAL COLOGNE will present the first ever European Virtual Production Award, which honours outstanding international virtual production projects.

Three projects will be selected and get the opportunity to produce at the leading virtual production studio HALOSTAGE for up to four weeks.

Film and video production is currently undergoing a major transformation: virtual production fundamentally changes the way films are made. It is blurring the boundaries between reality and digitally created backdrops, creating entirely new creative possibilities for staging and storytelling as well as visualization and image composition. Virtual production has therefore the potential to be a game changer for the entire film production industry. In order to promote this change, the European Virtual Production Award aims to set up future-oriented virtual production projects.

Professional authors and author teams as well as showrunners, producers, broadcasters or media platforms may submit project proposals until May 8th, 2022. After the end of the application process, twelve teams will be invited to a one-day Virtual Production workshop at Potsdam-Babelsberg. After the workshop, which will take place in June 2022, participants are asked to submit elaborated treatments based on the workshop findings. On this basis an international jury will select three winners.

The following prizes will be awarded to three international Virtual Production projects:

  • 1st place: 4 weeks of Virtual Production at HALOSTAGE worth 700,000 Euro plus lights and camera worth 200,000 Euro and four digital sets worth 300,000 Euro

  • 2nd place: 2 weeks of Virtual Production at HALOSTAGE worth 350,000 Euro plus lights and camera worth 100,000 Euro and two digital sets worth 150,000 Euro

  • 3rd place: 1 week Virtual Production at the HALOSTAGE worth 175,000 Euro plus light and camera worth 50,000 Euro and one digital set worth 75,000 Euro

  • all winners will receive a sponsorship for global distribution

The three winners will be awarded at an exclusive award ceremony as part of the FILM FESTIVAL COLOGNE on October 26th, 2022.

For more information, please contact:

Erik Wolff, CEO, HALOSTAGE, [email protected]
Martina Richter, Director, FILM FESTIVAL COLOGNE, [email protected]