The Original Immersive Technologies Stories Festival

Constant Change Media Group, Inc. | VRTO present:


Canada’s original critically-acclaimed International Festival of Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality Stories returns for its 4th year, bigger and better than ever. The 3-day experience features dozens of high-quality VR and AR experiences and World Premieres, and takes place at the historic Matador Ballroom–a venue that will be reopening after a decade long rest for this exclusive engagement! There is no other event like it.

September 14 – 16, 2018

12 pm – 9 pm daily

The Matador Ballroom
466 Dovercourt Rd
Toronto, Canada
ON M6H 2W4
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THE STORIES - FIVARS 2018 (Official Selections)

FIVARS Selections Archives:

Watch previous FIVARS selections on the official FIVARS channel on Samsung VR!

For on/offline listing of FIVARS selections, location, dates, updates, pics, videos and extras, download the official FIVARS app for Android devices on the Google Play store absolutely free:

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PRESS

“FIVARS Is the Most Cutting-Edge Storytelling Festival in the World”
Huffington Post

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

“FIVARS pushes the limits of Virtual Reality”
DorkShelf

“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.”
VRScout

“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”
Culturetrip.com

“One of the…global virtual reality events you shouldn’t miss this September, 2016”
Haptic.al

Watch FIVARS Founder Keram Malicki-Sanchez discuss the VR zeitgeist at with Business News Network (BNN) at FIVARS 2016

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Check out the Schedule of Daily Panels and Panelists at FIVARS 2018 available to all wristband holders

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The FIVARS Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality Stories Festival, and its community would not be sustainable without the generous and continued support of our sponsors. Please contact us to request a brand marketing opportunities package and align your brand with our critically-acclaimed and international festival.

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FIVARS 2018 | Festival of International Virtual & Augmented Reality Stories

CANADA’S ORIGINAL VIRTUAL REALITY + AUGMENTED REALITY STORIES FESTIVAL

VRTO (Virtual Reality, Toronto) and Constant Change Arts and Technology Initiative present the critically-acclaimed International Festival of Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality Stories for its fourth year, bigger and better than ever. The 3-day experience took place at the historic Matador Ballroom–a venue that will be reopening after a decade long rest for this exclusive engagement!

Date: September 14 – 16, 2018
Time: 12 pm – 9 pm daily
Location: The Matador Ballroom
466 Dovercourt Rd
Toronto, ON M6H 2W4

Who should come: Film enthusiasts, families, travelers, adventurers, programmers, philosophers, punks, activists, experimenters, students, teachers, journalists, and technologists will all find something to inspire, motivate and experience.

Tickets are CAD $42 and $50 at the door + HST
There are 3 Days from Which to Choose:
Friday, Saturday and Sunday September 14th-16th, 2018

Tickets are sold for 2-hour blocks for total 80 minutes of viewing, to be selected by you, in person, at the event.

Your ticket gets you a colored wristband, and an 80 minute RipTix paper ticket that includes 8x 10-minute squares to be redeemed in exchange for programme material of equivalent value. That is DOUBLE the viewing time as previous years for the same price!

For example:
– A 14-minute VR experience will be worth 2x 10-minute squares.
– An 8-minute VR experience will be worth 1x 5-minutes squares
– A 3-minute VR experience will be worth 1x 5-minute square

Please arrive at least 15 mins early or on time, as your ticket will expire at the end of the hour for which your ticket was purchased. You will not be allowed access to VR exhibits for hours for which you do not have a ticket.

Separately, your wristband will also grant you access to General Panels and presentations for ANY day during which FIVARS is happening from 4-5pm EST, on a FIRST COME basis, so long as there is available space (Panels will be limited to 50 person audience) but will also be recorded for later viewing.

Due to the carefully timed system, created to minimize wait-times, there are NO refunds for latecomers. No exceptions.

PLEASE PAY VERY CLOSE ATTENTION TO THE DAY & TIME BLOCK ON YOUR TICKET NAME BEFORE AND AFTER PURCHASING. TICKETS MAY APPEAR AS A THREE DAY EVENT BUT YOU WILL ONLY HAVE ACCESS TO YOUR 2 HOUR BLOCK PURCHASE AND THE DAILY MIDDAY TALKS. NO EXCEPTIONS.

YOU MAY PURCHASE TICKETS FOR ADDITIONAL 2 HOUR BLOCKS SEPARATELY IN ADVANCE OR AT THE DOOR.

This event is for ages 10+. Some experiences are 18+ or require the consent of a guardian.

ps. FIVARS is pronounced FIVE-are-sss

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ABOUT US

The Festival of International Virtual and Augmented Reality Stories focuses on curating the best immersive story-driven content from around the world with the aim of exploring and nurturing this platform for new narrative forms. FIVARS is the first Canadian festival of its kind featuring many world premieres and in our preview screenings and events, audience responses are consistently full of contemplation, surprise, delight, controversy and wonder.

As with the modern cinema experience, through Virtual Reality, we can explore truth, happiness, sadness, and the science fiction that will be tomorrow’s science fact. 

The difference is that, unlike modern cinema where you explore these worlds through a window, with Virtual Reality you can now transport into the center of the action, standing inside of the world you wish to explore. Just like real life, if you try to look away from what is in front of you, you will now see what is behind, below, above, to the right or left of you. 

The real-time response of your head’s movement creates a powerful sense of physical immersion that allows you or your intended audience to connect to the content on a deeper, more visceral level.

FIVARS (Festival of International Virtual and Augmented Reality Stories) openly encourages viewers to enjoy and connect to stories in this newly emergent narrative form, while challenging content creators to showcase ideas that defy and transcend the status quo.

At the festival, there is also an opportunity to share conversations both with our team and other industry members in attendance to discuss how to take part in this snowballing revolution in tech, entertainment, research and information sharing.

The Festival is directed and curated by Keram Malicki-Sanchez ( IMDB, Wikipedia, LinkedIn). The production manager is Chrissy Aitchison. Stephanie Greenall of Mothership Inc manages community outreach, partnerships and event production. Josh Miles Joudrie covers audio-visual responsibilities.

FIVARS grew through the hard work of many people. Some of those include Joseph Ellsworth, Jessy Blaze, Candace Steinberg, Meg D’acosta, Sarah Bradley, Elvira Sanchez de Malicki, Toya Sanchez Jankowski, Marek Malicki, Adriel Malicki-Sanchez, Gibrian Malicki-Sanchez, Melanie Smith, Corina Death, Rory Wicks, Yoka Makaewa, Jason Spanu, Jeffrey Lynn Damon, Laura Bunce and our many wonderful volunteers.

FIVARS 2018 Owl art created in VR by Vladimir Ilic. All rights reserved.

FIVARS is a presentation of VRTO – Toronto’s virtual reality meetup group and think tank.

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SUBMIT YOUR WORK

The FIVARS festival promotes the world’s finest Virtual Reality & Augmented & Mixed Reality stories year round. Will your project be one of those featured in this year’s catalog of selections to represent the vanguard?

2018 Submissions are closed

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HISTORY

FIVARS is not only about innovation but has also been an innovator, leading the charge for new modes of storytelling with a series of firsts:

FIVARS Innovations:

  • · The first 100% Virtual Reality stories festival in Canada, launching in Summer 2015 in a series of preview showcases including at Camp Wavelength in August 2015 (the first music festival to allow overnight camping on Toronto Island) with the first official full scale show in September 2015.
  • · The first festival to publicly exhibit Manslaughter – the “world’s first virtual reality feature film”
  • · The first virtual reality festival to be officially listed on WithoutABox.com – a marketplace for filmmakers to submit their works to film festivals, owned by Amazon.com
  • · The world’s first Augmented Reality stories festival

Significant Events in FIVARS History:

FIVARS, the Festival of International Virtual and Augmented Reality Stories – the first Canadian festival of its kind – showcased a new wave of filmmakers and content producers who pushed the boundaries of virtual reality (VR) narrative, including several world premieres!

FIVARS Preview returns for its second year to Camp Wavelength

Toronto’s only overnight camping music festival on Toronto Island.
Saturday, August 20th – 12pm to 6pm

The inaugural two-day festival ran Saturday and Sunday, September 19-20, 2015 at :

UG3 Live in Toronto, Canada (77 Peter Street) from 11am-7pm.

Special Preview!

FIVARS and VRTO (Virtual Reality, Toronto) offered a limited preview of the weekend show free and open to the public at
Metro Hall, 200 Wellington St W #130, Toronto, ON M5V 3C7
Friday September 18th, 2015, 1-9pm
Sponsored by The City of Toronto, The Canadian Hispanic Congress and Hacklab.to

Award Ceremony

VRTO Presents the FIVARS 2015 People’s Choice Awards
Cadillac Lounge
1296 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6K 1L4
Monday Sept. 21st, 2015
6-9pm

2016
Building on years of experience as VR presenters and event producers, FIVARS returned in 2016 at the VRTO Virtual & Augmented Reality World Conference & Expo at historic Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, the ProFusion show (over 12000 attendees) and the sold-out 3-day FIVARS festival in September that featured over 30 original pieces.

2017
FIVARS 2017 hosted 3-sold out days of a two-story building in the heart of Toronto’s arts district to showcase 35 original pieces, most of which were World or North American Premieres from 18 countries, and attracted visitors from around the world, not to mention many industry figures including distributors, and technology companies. FIVARS introduced 5 of its 2017 selectees for inclusion into the Samsung Developer’s Conference showcase in San Francisco and continues to broker important relationships between creators, distributors and audiences worldwide.