October 28 – November 6th 2022

A One-of-a-Kind World-Class Online Event

Event Features:

An Interactive Virtual Reality Experience accessible via VR headset, mobile device or desktop browser!

  • Ultra High Definition Stereoscopic 360 content
  • UHD Virtual Dome Experiences
  • Live VR Performances
  • Artist Talks & Panels
  • World Premieres, Exclusives, and Sneak Previews

“The Most Cutting-Edge Storytelling Festival in the World.”

~ Huffington Post

Event of the Year

~ The Poly Awards Nominee 2022


Important Submission Dates & Deadlines

Submissions are now open for the Fall 2022 Festival!

  • Opening Date – May 11, 2022
  • Earlybird Deadline – June 9, 2022
  • Regular Deadline – July 14, 2022
  • Late Deadline – August 11, 2022
  • Extended Deadline – August 31, 2022
  • Notification Date – September 5, 2022
  • Event Date – October 28 – November 6, 2022


Klaxon. My Dear Sweet Friend

Director: Nikita Shokhov
Country: USA
Runtime: 01:15:00

This 360 VR experience is a laboratory of understanding and poetic interpretation of whiteness and the double consciousness of black people.

Noah's-Raft VR poster

Noah’s Raft

Director: Joel Kachi Benson & Tal Michael Haring
Country: Nigeria
Runtime: 10m

From a young age, Noah Shemede believed that his destiny was in the water. His father, brothers, and uncles were all fishermen, and their fathers before them. This is the life of the average male in Makoko, Africa’s largest floating slum.

The Severance Theory

The Severance Theory: Welcome to Respite

Director: Lyndsie Scoggin
Country: USA
Runtime: 60:00:00

The Severance Theory: Welcome to Respite is a fully interactive narrative VR experience featuring live, theatrical performance with all characters played in real-time by live, professional actors.


Unframed: Hand puppets, Paul Klee

Director: Martin Charrière
Country: Switzerland
Runtime: 00:12:35

Let the puppets created by Paul Klee tell you the story of their maker in this unique VR puppet theater designed only with Klee’s textures.

Last Dance

Director: Toshiaki Hanzaki
Country: Japan
Runtime: 00:23:00

The human race has devoured itself in war, resulting in the destruction of our home, the Earth. Only an AI created by human wisdom was able to survive.

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Ripples of Kindness

Director: Ollie Lindsey
Country: United Kingdom
Runtime: 00:16:00

A story of brotherhood, love and positivity, this new communal virtual reality experience is inspired by the stories of Hussein Amiri and his family, who were forced to flee Afghanistan in 2000.



Director: Pascal Pelletier
Country: Canada
Runtime: 00:40:00

In -22.7°C, the evocative power of Molécule’s music is enhanced by the immersive dome experience and the visuals created by Dirty Monitor.


Survivorman VR – The Descent (Demo)

Director: Andrew MacDonald, Les Stroud
Country: Canada
Runtime: 01:00:00

Survivorman VR “The Descent” challenges players to survive real-world, life-or-death experiences while being guided by survival expert Les Stroud.


Director: Carlos Isabel García
Country: Switzerland
Runtime: 00:19:23

Mankind has landed on the moon and flies around in space. But under our feet there are about a million kilometers of cave systems—only one per cent of which has been explored.

See all of FIVARS Official Selections Pages for FIVARS in FEB 2022

Check out the 2021 FIVARS Awards Ceremony!

Listen to Executive Director Keram Malicki-Sanchez talk about FIVARS curation with Kent Bye on The Voices of VR. Featuring a very special purchasable ecoNFT showcase on Samsung's 4K UHD The Frame - Oct 15th - 17th in West Hollywood. Learn more about the showcase artists - must be seen with your own eyes!


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My lens into the 360 medium has been indelibly shaped by the curatorial vision of the major film festivals, which has had a very specific threshold for storytelling & form. It’s refreshing to see something distinctly different with Keram Malicki-Sanchez’s curation of FIVARS.
Kent Bye, Voices of VR

“Slowly but surely virtual reality (VR) movies and experiences are becoming just as important as VR videogames”


“FIVARS pushes the limits of Virtual Reality”


“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.”


“Virtual reality has already changed film and gaming. Now it’s coming for theatre”

Toronto Life

“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”


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