The FoST Prize


The digital age is transforming audiences into seekers of intimate experiences, empowering them to have agency over stories. The viewer’s role is evolving—we are the players, encouraged to use our senses to fully inhabit the immersive worlds available through new technologies. To celebrate this renaissance of creativity, in 2014 FoST and Time Warner launched the annual FoST Prize, a global competition designed to recognize the boundless ingenuity of the storytelling community at large. The FoST Prize is awarded to the most exceptional interactive story of the year, which may include but is not limited to virtual and augmented reality, web-based films, data-driven projects, mobile apps, narrative games, multimedia installations, and other multiplatform projects. This year a panel of judges will choose up to 20 of the best submitted projects to be released to the public for online and onsite voting. The project that receives the most votes will win $10,000 and be announced on the last day of FoST Week, October 9th, 2016.



The FoST Prize will be awarded to the most exceptional interactive story, which may include but is not limited to, virtual and augmented reality, web-based, audio, and data-driven works; mobile apps; narrative games; multimedia installations; and multiplatform projects. Submissions will be judged based on the following criteria:


1. Quality of user experience

2. StoryDriven Content: Communicates a clear narrative

3. Immersive and Participatory: Gives agency to the viewer

4. Emotional Resonance: Strikes an affective chord with the user

5. Design Execution: Innovative, original, and beautifully crafted


Individuals and teams from any country are invited to apply. Please read the Rules and Regulations before submitting an entry to ensure that your project meets all of the eligibility requirements. The entry fee is $25.

If you have any questions about entering or the application process, do not hesitate to contact us at


Finalists & Cash Prize

Up to 20 finalists will be selected and notified by late August. Public voting will commence when the finalists are announced on September 8th. The project that receives the most votes by October 9th will be named the 2016 FoST Prize winner and receive $10,000.