PRESS

“A new wave of international filmmakers who are pushing the boundaries of cinema and narrative using Virtual Reality”
Embreate

“Directors haven’t even begun to realize the full capabilities of VR, but FIVARS at least offers a glimpse at the artistic potential of an entirely new medium.”
DorkShelf

“Virtual Reality isn’t the stuff of fantasy any longer. Thanks to FIVARS, Canada’s first virtual reality film festival, this super-charged tech is destined to change how we experience on-screen storytelling.”
Digital Journal

“Stellar works were exhibited, each pushing the form in novel ways.”
VRScout

“Movies, video games, art — our vocabulary simply doesn’t do justice to the kind of sheer visceral experience offered by this new generation of virtual reality. The only way to really understand it is to experience it first-hand, when FIVARS in Toronto arrives…Here are some experiences that will turn VR skeptics into fanatics”
Culturetrip.com

“One of the…global virtual reality events you shouldn’t miss this September, 2016”
Haptic.al

THE STORIES - Sept 16-18th - FIVARS 2016 (Official Selections)

For on/offline listing of FIVARS selections, location, dates, updates, pics, videos and extras, download the official FIVARS app for Android devices on the Google Play store absolutely free:

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NEWS & UPDATES

EVENTS


FIVARS Preview at Camp Wavelength

Toronto’s only overnight camping music festival on Toronto Island.
Saturday, August 20th – 12pm to 6pm


FIVARS 2016 | Festival of International Virtual & Augmented Reality Stories

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Friday September 16th-Sunday, September 18th – 11am to 7pm daily

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CANADA’S ORIGINAL VIRTUAL REALITY + AUGMENTED REALITY STORIES FESTIVAL

VRTO (Virtual Reality, Toronto) and Constant Change Arts and Technology Initiative present Canada’s original Festival of International Virtual & Augmented Reality Stories featuring 6000 square feet of unique installations, and world premieres in virtual reality and augmented reality stations from countries as diverse as China, Spain, Switzerland, US, Canada, France and more.

The festival runs September 16-18th in Toronto, Canada – 11am to 7pm daily at:

MSMU Studios
950 Dupont St. 2nd Floor
Toronto, ON

Tickets are sold for one hour blocks for total 30 minutes of viewing, to be selected by you, in person, at the event.

Your ticket gets you a colored wristband, and a 30 minute RipTix paper ticket that includes 6x 5-minute squares to be redeemed in exchange for programme material of equivalent value.

For example:
– A 14-minute VR experience will be worth 3x 5-minute squares.
– An 8-minute VR experience will be worth 2x 5-minutes squares
– A 3-minute VR experience will be worth 1x 5-minute square

Please arrive at least 15 mins early or on time, as your ticket will expire at the end of the hour for which your ticket was purchased. You will not be allowed access to VR exhibits for hours for which you do not have a ticket.

Separately, your wristband will also grant you access to General Panels and presentations for ANY day during which FIVARS is happening, on a FIRST COME basis, so long as there is available space (Panels will be limited to 50 person audience) but will also be recorded for later viewing.

Due to the carefully timed system, created to minimize wait-times, there are NO refunds for latecomers. No exceptions.


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PRESS MENTIONS LIST

HISTORY

FIVARS is not only about innovation but has also been an innovator, leading the charge for new modes of storytelling with a series of firsts:

FIVARS Innovations:

  • · The first 100% Virtual Reality stories festival in Canada, launching in Summer 2015 in a series of preview showcases including at Camp Wavelength in August 2015 (the first music festival to allow overnight camping on Toronto Island) with the first official full scale show in September 2015.
  • · The first festival to publicly exhibit Manslaughter – the “world’s first virtual reality feature film”
  • · The first virtual reality festival to be officially listed on WithoutABox.com – a marketplace for filmmakers to submit their works to film festivals, owned by Amazon.com
  • · The world’s first Augmented Reality stories festival

Significant Events in FIVARS History:

FIVARS, the Festival of International Virtual and Augmented Reality Stories – the first Canadian festival of its kind – showcased a new wave of filmmakers and content producers who pushed the boundaries of virtual reality (VR) narrative, including several world premieres!

The inaugural two-day festival ran Saturday and Sunday, September 19-20, 2015 at :

UG3 Live in Toronto, Canada (77 Peter Street) from 11am-7pm.

Special Preview!

FIVARS and VRTO (Virtual Reality, Toronto) offered a limited preview of the weekend show free and open to the public at
Metro Hall, 200 Wellington St W #130, Toronto, ON M5V 3C7
Friday September 18th, 2015, 1-9pm
Sponsored by The City of Toronto, The Canadian Hispanic Congress and Hacklab.to

Award Ceremony

VRTO Presents the FIVARS 2015 People’s Choice Awards
Cadillac Lounge
1296 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6K 1L4
Monday Sept. 21st, 2015
6-9pm

ABOUT US

The Festival of International Virtual and Augmented Reality Stories focuses on curating the best immersive story-driven content from around the world with the aim of exploring and nurturing this platform for new narrative forms. FIVARS is the first Canadian festival of its kind featuring many world premieres and in our preview screenings and events, audience responses are consistently full of contemplation, surprise, delight, controversy and wonder.

As with the modern cinema experience, through virtual reality, we can explore truth, happiness, sadness, and the science fiction that will be tomorrow’s science fact. 

The difference is that, unlike modern cinema where you explore these worlds through a window, with Virtual Reality you can now transport into the center of the action, standing inside of the world you wish to explore. Just like real life, if you try to look away from what is in front of you, you will now see what is behind, below, above, to the right or left of you. 

The real-time response of your head’s movement creates a powerful sense of physical immersion that allows you or your intended audience to connect to the content on a deeper, more visceral level.

FIVARS (Festival of International Virtual and Augmented Reality Stories) openly encourages viewers to enjoy and connect to stories in this newly emergent narrative form, while challenging content creators to showcase ideas that defy and transcend the status quo.

At the festival, there is also an opportunity to share conversations both with our team and other industry members in attendance to discuss how to take part in this snowballing revolution in tech, entertainment, research and information sharing.

FIVARS is a presentation of VRTO – Toronto’s virtual reality meetup group and think tank.

Keram Malicki-Sanchez

Founding Director and Festival Curator

Founder of VRTO, Keram is also an actor with over 60 professional film and TV credits. He has directed 3 award-winning short films, and studied with Werner Herzog at the Rogue Film School in Los Angeles, carrying certificates in Cinematography and Digital Media studies from the University of California Los Angeles.

Joseph Ellsworth

Community Liaision / Technical Coordinator

Having worked VR events such as HotDocs and the VAR Showcase, which he co-founded, Joseph is leading HackLab’s VR demos & educational outreach raising public awareness of VR. With 25 years as a computer tech, a computer programming diploma, and his passion for VR, he is always ready for a great conversation about VR at any level.

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SUBMIT YOUR WORK

SUBMISSIONS are Currently Closed. However if you would like to submit your work for consideration for inclusion to the next FIVARS festival, please visit our submissions page at WithoutABox.com