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Transmedia Professor Sonia Bozic Awarded Femme Future Grant

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Chocolate Milk Virtual Reality Project

Wins for “Chocolate Milk” Virtual Reality Project

Transmedia adjunct instructor Sonia Bozic has been presented with a nearly $3,000 grant by Kaleidoscope Femme Futures Grant for her work on her transmedia project, “Chocolate Milk.”  Over the past three years, Bozic has been developing the virtual reality film and accompanying documentary, which tells the story of a young man on the autism spectrum, with SCM PR Coordinator, Larry Weiner, also a transmedia instructor.  Bozic is also the co-founder of Elastic Media, the company developing the project.

The cash prize is accompanied by mentorship from creative director, curator, and journalist, Darragh Dandurand, who will work with Bozic on the project’s marketing, branding, press, and distribution. In addition, Novelab, the most-awarded developer of immersive experiences in Europe, will also offer mentoring services such as budget and schedule analysis, pitch deck reviews, and technical advice. Finally, the grant also offers an open invitation to present the finished VR project at the next FEMMEBIT Festival.

“The Chocolate Milk team is excited to be awarded the Femme Future Grant which is a community-funded grant with the help of HP and Novelab. The grant will help us move forward and work with our concept artist VRHUMAN. Also, we are looking forward to testing HP’s new headset HP Reverb G2” states Sonja Bozic.

About the Femme Futures Grant:

FOR FEMALE XR ARTISTS – Created to support women in XR, the Femme Futures Grant awards a monthly cash prize to the best XR project currently in development by a female artist. All formats, genres, and categories of immersive projects will be considered including XR films, games, apps, art, entertainment, and more. The only hard requirement is that the lead creator of the winning project must identify as a woman. Grant money should be used to push honoree’s project forward in a meaningful way such as developing a polished pitch deck, hiring a concept artist, creating a prototype, or offsetting production costs.