Category: FIVARS 2016

VRTO’s celebrated a successful 2nd annual FIVARS (Festival of International Virtual and Augmented Reality Stories) September 16-18, 2016 with what Huffington Post raved was “the most cutting-edge storytelling festival in the world!”

FIVARS featured the work of groundbreaking international artists dedicated to the innovation of VR, telling immersive stories that challenge, defy, and transcend the status quo. During the three-day festival, attendees enjoyed over 30 unique VR experiences, artist panels, Augmented Reality Art by Daniel Leighton and a 3D Audio Chamber by David McKevy.

The Festival of International Virtual & Augmented Reality Stories featured 30 titles from countries as diverse as the UK, Jordan, China, Spain, Switzerland, Canada, Iran and the US. Every audience member rated each experience they viewed from 1 to 5 points and these were then tabulated and averaged per selection to find the People’s Choice Award for the categories of Best Immersive Spherical Video and Best Interactive Experience.

Keram Malicki-Sanchez presents the FIVARS 2016 Awards

The new Grand Jury Prize was selected by having every member of the judiciary committee anonymously select their top three favorite selections and assign then a point value from 1-10. These scores again, were averaged to find the winner. Criteria used included conceptual originality, technological implementation, innovation, effective use of the medium for narrative purposes and overall excellence.

The awards were announced at The Cadillac Lounge in Toronto, Canada – Tuesday September 20th, 2016.

FIVARS Alpha Team Members Sarah Bradley and Meg White announced the Interactive Experience Award, Gareth Seltzer of RYOT announced the Spherical Video award and Joseph Ellsworth – technical director of VRTO/FIVARS announced the Grand Jury Prize. The proceedings were hosted by FIVARS executive director Keram Malicki-Sanchez.

People’s Choice Award – Best Immersive Spherical Video

Title: Help
DIR: Justin Lin
Country: USA
Production Company: Google Spotlight Stories

People’s Choice Award – Best Interactive Experience

Title: Pearl
DIR: Patrick Osborne
Country: USA
Production Company: Google Spotlight Stories

Grand Jury Prize

Real by Connor Hair
Title: Real
Connor Hair and Alex Meader
Country: USA | RT: 12m46s
Production Company: Perception Squared and Spliced Films


Title: Marriage Equality VR
DIR: Steve Schklair & Celine Tricart
Country: USA | RT: 6m18s
Production Company: 3ality Technica

“Marriage Equality VR” is a recreation of the events leading up to the US Supreme Court’s Decision regarding the legality of same-sex marriage. At the center of the debate was the 14th Amendment providing for due process and equal protection under the law for all Americans. The court ruled on the following question: Does the Fourteenth Amendment require a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex?

Marriage Equality VR Official Site


Title: Not Above That VR Experience
DIR: DJ Turner and Monty Marsh
Country: USA | RT: 4m
Production Company: VRPlayhouse

“Not Above That VR Experience” takes you on a journey through psychedelic space and time with futurist diva Dawn Richard. Viewers travel in a spaceship throughout the outer dimensions of the galaxy, encountering twinkling stars, unknown planets, fireballs, vortexes, black holes, wormholes and asteroid fields, at one point even navigating the terrain of an otherworldly planet.

Official Site