FIVARS – the Festival of International Virtual and Augmented Reality Stories took place September 18th through 21st, 2015 in Toronto, Ontario Canada. The two center days – Saturday and Sunday took place at UG3 Live – a vibey bar steps away from the Bell Lightbox Theater where the Toronto International Film Festival was taking place.
Over the course of the day, FIVARS hosted a series of discussion panels focused around the challenges and opportunities for new modes of storytelling.
Featuring directors and producers of the latest in virtual and augmented reality techniques, the prime time, 40 minute panel featured Canadian director of “I Am You” – Elli Raynai of Cinehackers, VR game developer Owen Devine of Hacklab, Blake Stone of Shift VR whose clients include Ripley’s Aquarium and Niagara Falls among others, Keram Malicki-Sanchez – FIVARS Festival Director, founder of VRTO and editor-in-chief of IndieGameReviewer.com, and moderator Tom Emrich of We Are Wearables – one of Toronto’s largest meetup groups.
The discussion focused on the possibilities and challenges of creating narrative in this emergent platform for our common stories and beyond. It took place at 5pm at the UG3 Live club at 77 Peter St. Toronto Ontario, Canada and was accessible with a festival ticket ($10 advance, $15 at the door).