Festival of International Virtual and Augmented Reality Stories

Feb 19th – March 2nd 2021


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


Important Submission Dates & Deadlines

  • Opening Date
    November 28, 2020
  • Earlybird Deadline
    December 12, 2020
  • Regular Deadline
    January 2, 2021
  • Late Deadline
    January 22, 2021
  • Extended Deadline
    February 12, 2021
  • Notification Date
    February 15, 2021
  • Show Dates
    February 19 – March 2, 2021

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Into the Red

“Into the Red” is a virtual journey to Mars – and into the psyche of the missing mission leader Kara….

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Sleeping Eyes

This interactive VR piece reconstructs the experiences and dreams of a Korean artist (Sungeun Lee) suffering from undiagnosed narcolepsy while in the army.

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Indirect Actions

Join documentary filmmaker (Maranatha Hay) on a mission for justice at Standing Rock, where over 300 indigenous tribes stood together in solidarity against the Dakota Access Pipeline in this awarding feature-length film making its online debut at FIVARS20.

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Being Perfectly Frank

A man brings a pair of soldier’s dog tags to an eccentric medium to contact someone presumably lost during the Korean War.


Paired is an Augmented Reality animated short film that delves into the lives of two socks who are “solemates” – Saul and Sadie.


A homesickness for a place of your ancestry. Where you have never been. Where you many never return to again.

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This experience follows an Arachnid Hominid, an intelligent creature with human and spider physiology, as she struggles to raise her young in a hostile environment.

Impact Beyond the Night Sky

Impact: Beyond the Night Sky

Inspired by the work of Dr Katarina Miljković, a planetary scientist who specialises in planetary geoscience and space exploration at Curtin University’s Space Science and Technology Centre in Perth, Western Australia.

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Iracema’s Promise

(Passive Experience – 360 Theater) Maria Eduarda is six years old. The girl was playing at home when she was…

Inside Lieutenant Gustl

Based on a play by Arthur Schnitzler and being one of the first virtual theatre experiences, “Inside Lieutenant Gustl” immerses the viewer in the mental headspace of a young Austrian officer from 1900 grappling with an existential crisis.

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


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


“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”


“One of the…global virtual reality events you shouldn’t miss this September”


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