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Festival of International Virtual and Augmented Reality Stories

October – November 2021

Established 2015 – Celebrating 7 Years!
“The Most Cutting-Edge Storytelling Festival in the World.”
~ Huffington Post


Important Submission Dates & Deadlines

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  • Opening Date
    March 10th, 2020
  • Earlybird Deadline
    July 30, 2021
  • Regular Deadline
    August 20, 2021
  • Late Deadline
    September 10, 2021
  • Extended Deadline
    September 30, 2021
  • Notification Date
    October 1, 2021
  • Show Dates
    October 15 – November 2, 2021



Militia Vox’s THE VILLAINESS is a visual feast of heavy psychedelia. The immersive experience features award-winning anthemic rock music, surreal…

Frozen Tears (VR-Therapy)

Frozen Tears is a fiction-documentray-hybrid VR-film that portrays a group therapy session with 6 actors and a real psychotherapist. Except…

DeepLight One

From Virtuality & DeepLight Labs, take a trip inside the heart of CARL—the flagship prototype of the incredible limited-edition DeepLight…

Don’t Forget Me

In early summer 1944, at the height of the frenzied deportation of Hungarian Jewry, fourteen-year-old George Brent, his parents, and…


Human/Art/Object uses immersive media to start a conversation about objectification, the definition of art, and what it means to be…

JK’s Tunnel

Take a trip to a drainage tunnel off the L.A. River, where someone named “JK” carved his artwork — odd…


A journey through the reflections of an upbringing with a now estranged mother.

All Her Bodies

All Her Bodies merges poetic storytelling and volumetric filmmaking inside of a VR world. Individual stories of interiority are recounted…


Rukh is a piece about isolation and longing, bringing about the desire to fly off to a magical land. We…


Hush is rooted in the Northern myths of the merpeople, who lured sailors and longing souls to the sea. In…

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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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