This 360 VR experience is a laboratory of understanding and poetic interpretation of whiteness and the double consciousness of black people.
October 28 – November 6th 2022
A One-of-a-Kind World-Class Online Event
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
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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
OFFICIAL FEB SELECTIONS 2022
Unseen takes you into the complex world of human trafficking through the lens of two characters — Maya and Victoria — their families, and those who have been part of their journeys.
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: 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.
“NORN”is an interactive animated series that explores the human brain via a dark Nordic Fairytale.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Happy People is a new music video of Hop Step Sing!, a Japanese VR idol group.
Survivorman VR “The Descent” challenges players to survive real-world, life-or-death experiences while being guided by survival expert Les Stroud.
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.
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.”
“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”
“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”