Private: VeeR Future Award

Jury Panel

Discover the jury panel that has judged the most immersive, compelling, and innovative virtual reality (VR) works this year!

The works on VeeR Future Award’s shortlist were available on VeeR and Alexandria from 17 to 25 May.

18 VR works were selected out of hundreds of submissions to enter the final round of the Cannes XR x VeeR Future Award Competition and one winner has been presented in each of the two categories: the Best VR Story and the Best Interactive Experience awards.

The jury has evaluated the projects based on their storytelling techniques, immersive and interactive designs, and innovations. The winners have been announced on 22 May: the ceremony has been livestreamed on the Marché du Film Online platform AND on the Marina Stage — with VeeR Co-Founder Jingshu Chen in presence and Marcin J. Sobczak of This Way Publicity agency moderating onsite.

Zhang Ziyi

Zhang Ziyi is recognized worldwide for her acting talent and, in 2021, her directorial debut, “Poem,” a short film in a four-part anthology titled My Country, My Parents, was released in China to critical acclaim.

In the last decade, she has also produced four films and a highly popular television series. She made her cinematic début, in 2000, in Zhang Yimou’s The Road Home which won the Silver Bear Award at the Berlin Film Festival.

It was followed by her award-winning performance in Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, in 2000. She earned nominations for Best Actress at both BAFTA and the Golden Globes for her role in Memoirs of a Geisha (2005), directed by Rob Marshall. Her role in The Grandmaster, by Wong Kar-wai, won her 12 awards for Best Actress.

In the last two decades, she has starred in features including Zhang Yimou’s Hero, and House of Flying Daggers, and Wong Kar-wai’s 2046. At age 27 (2006), she was a Juror at the Cannes Film Festival (Main Competition); a Cinefondation Juror in 2009; and Un Certain Regard Juror in 2013.

In 2013, France conferred Ms. Zhang with the Order of Arts and Letters, rank of Chevalier. In 2016, she served on the Toronto Film Festival Platform Jury and, in 2019, she was President of the Jury at the Tokyo International Film Festival.

Hannah Minghella

Hannah Minghella serves as President of Motion Pictures at Bad Robot under the leadership of JJ Abrams and Katie McGrath.

She is currently in post-production on Lou directed by Anna Foerster; as well as the animated adaptation of Charlie Mackesy’s bestselling book The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse.

Additionally, Minghella is overseeing a broad slate of live action, animation and documentary features for the company including the development of the next installments of Star Trek and Cloverfield as well as new adaptations of Superman, the Justice League Dark universe, and an animated adaptation of Dr Seuss’ Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

Prior to her appointment at Bad Robot, Minghella spent 14 years at Sony Pictures Entertainment. In 2008, she was appointed president of production at Sony Pictures Animation, overseeing the launch of franchises Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, Hotel Transylvania and The Smurfs. In 2011, Minghella was named president of production for Columbia Pictures, overseeing numerous movies including 21 & 22 Jump Street, American Hustle, Captain Phillips, Sausage Party, and Skyfall. In 2015, Minghella was appointed as president of TriStar Pictures where she oversaw A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood directed by Marielle Heller, Baby Driver directed by Edgar Wright, and T2: Trainspotting directed by Danny Boyle.

Michel Reilhac

Michel Reilhac is an immersive storyteller, making films in Virtual Reality, creating participatory experiences in real life and across media. He is the founding curator of Venice VR, the official competition of creative VR content for the Venice Biennale International Film Festival.

He is head of studies for both the Venice Biennale College Cinema and the Venice Biennale College Cinema VR. He is also the curator of the VR section for Seriesmania in Lille. He lectures, coaches, and produces immersive media.

He was formerly a dancer, executive director for several national dance and theatre institutions in France, head of the Forum des Images in Paris between 1992 and 2001, and head of cinema (acquisitions and production of 30 independent films each year between 2002 and 2012). He was named Man of the Year in film in 2013 by the french trade Le Film Français, and is currently working on setting up an international and pan African writers residency on the island of Lamu, Kenya.

Vicki Dobbs Beck

Vicki Dobbs Beck has more than 30 years of broad-based management experience in the entertainment industry. Variety named her a “Digital Innovator to Watch in 2020”, and in 2019, the Advanced Imaging Society recognized Vicki with a Distinguished Leadership Award for being a significant “entertainment industry growth catalyst.”

Currently, Vicki is the VP of Immersive Content Innovation and has overall responsibility for ILMxLAB, the award-winning division launched by Lucasfilm in 2015 to pioneer in the field of immersive storytelling. ILMxLAB wants to make it possible for people to “Step Inside Our Stories” in ways never before possible.

Using technologies like virtual and augmented reality, ILMxLAB aspires to create connected experiences that transform places, spaces, and our daily lives as we transition from story-telling to story-living.

Kari Skogland

Kari Skogland is an Emmy®-nominated, BAFTA award-winning director and showrunner, and CEO of Mad Rabbit, a development and production company.

Skogland is committed to producing high-end one-hour dramas for the international market while she continues her award-winning work. She is currently set to direct Paramount’s Cleopatra, starring Gal Gadot. Most recently she was Executive Producer and Director of all 6 episodes of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier for Marvel, starring Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan.

Before that, she was the executive producer, and director of multiple episodes, including the pilot, of Showtime’s limited series The Loudest Voice starring Russell Crowe as Roger Ailes. She won several awards for her work as director on the hit series The Handmaid’s Tale and is recognized for the pilot episodes of AMC’s NOS4A2 starring Zachary Quinto, and the pilot of Starz’s The Rook.

Doug Chiang

Doug Chiang is an Academy Award-winning artist, author, and production designer. Doug currently serves as Lucasfilm’s Vice President and Executive Creative Director. He has received an Academy Award for Death Becomes Her, two British Academy Awards, two Clio Awards for design excellence, and the Art Directors Guild Award for best production design.

He was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2021 for best production design for The Mandalorian.