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Earlybird Submission Deadline is April 14, 2023


Cosmic•Atomic (Fall 2022 Edition)

Cosmic•Atomic synchronizes the short film Powers of Ten with its ancestors/descendants, placing the viewer within a 360 degree kaleidoscopic ring…


TEARLESS moves through the haunting spaces of "Monkey House," a medical prison used to isolate U.S. military comfort women with…


Journey to an ancient aquatic oasis with creator and Academy award-winning VFX artist, Kevin Mack.


This interactive VR experience immerses you in the haunting memories of the director who was imprisoned in a "re-education camp"…

Stories of Home

Stories of Home VR depicts three unique personal narratives of “home” as place, memory, object and experience told by three…


The worlds' greatest VR comedy improvisors from productions that include "The Under Presents" and "Dr. Crumb's School for Disobedient Pets"…


Drawing on the eerie past of the site’s animal anatomical research, two ghostly beings dance across parallel spaces, whilst discovering…

Blood Relations

In collaboration with the National Film Board of Canada, “Blood Relations” is Analee Weinberger’s whimsical interactive VR documentary about an…
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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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“I see FIVARS as a shining example of what a festival should be doing to ensure that XR can become more accessible, now, and for generations to come.”


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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