About me

German-Bolivian Writer/Director Ricarda Saleh has her focus on VR and 360° storytelling. Her acclaimed VR documentary, “Paris Terror: The Hostages from Hyper Cacher” for German TV WDR was exhibited at international film festivals and awarded with the “Best VR Documentary” prize at the Venice Fine Art Film Festival (CA, USA).

Her 360° film “Lionhearted” examines the refugee crisis through the perspective of Rida, an 8 year-old girl from Pakistan who lives in a self-organized refugee center in Athens. With soothing narration and a delicate approach to a sensitive subject, Lionhearted was honored with the “Best New Media Award” at the Chico Independent Film Festival (CA, USA).

Ricarda is also a writer who works in the field of interactive media and interaction design. She created the UX/game design for the interactive film fiveminutes.gs, which was given a Webby Award nomination and received the “FAW Best Website of the Year 2014”.

Ricarda works as a Director/Writer (Film, Advertisement, 360°), a UX-Designer/Game Designer (focus on Interactive Film, VR) and a Photographer (Art photography).

Speaker (Excerpt):

Sheffield Interactive Summit 2018 – Sheffield Doc Fest – UK, June 2018 Waterkant Festival Kiel – Germany, June 2018

VRHAM! Virtual Reality & Arts Festival Hamburg – Germany, June 2019

Studies:

2012- 2017 // Concept & Transmedia/Games Director Diplom // Filmacademy Baden-Württemberg, Animationsinstitut in Ludwigsburg (Germany)

2011/2012 // Media Practice & Theory – Documentary Filmmaking // University of Sussex in Brighton (UK)

Extract of Festivals/Exhibitions/Awards:

2018

Best VR Documentary | Venice Fine Art Film Festival (CA, USA)

Best New Media Award | Chico Independent Film Festival (CA, USA)

2016
New Media Award   | Best Branded Entertainment & Experience

2015
Kurzfilmpreis des Evangelischen Kirchentags 2015, Germany
Winner FWA | Site of the Year
Winner German Digital Award | BRANDED CONTENT Video-long-form | Silver
Winner ADC Switzerland | FILM Online | Gold
Winner ADC Switzerland | FILM TVC, Cinema | Silver
Winner FWA | The Cutting Edge award
Nominee The Webby Awards | ONLINE FILM & VIDEO Best Use of Interactive Video
LBBW Förderpreis
2014
Winner FWA | Site of the Month
Winner FWA | Mobile of the Day
Winner FWA | Site of the Day
Winner Awwwards | Site of the Day
2013
AHOI Film Festival Hamburg,  Germany
Skena Up International Film & Theatre Festival, Kosovo

Exhibitions:

Kieler Rathaus/ town hall, Kiel

German Embassy, Paris

Danzénica Festival contemporary dance and art La Paz, Bolivia

Kulturhaus The Hague, Netherlands