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FIVARS is the original narrative-specific Virtual and Augmented Reality stories festival. Unlike many other festivals, it is a standalone event – not tethered to an existing film festival and completely independently operated.

From 2017 to 2018, FIVARS Submissions Dept. saw over 450 submissions and there were many, many worthy entrants. In the end our decisions came down to those pieces that were well-crafted, responsibly designed (that we could safely and reliably exhibit to any sort of end user), that took a creative risk and demonstrated a new approach in some way.

This year, the FIVARS flagship event featured 36 experiences and represented 12 countries that included eight from Canada, USA, Switzerland, Greece, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Tanzania, two projects from Australia, two from Spain, three from France –proving that the FIVARS brand still holds strong beyond its borders.

On September 25th, 2018 the winners announced at last the 4th annual FIVARS Awards Show in downtown Toronto.

The event garnered 50 pieces of show coverage which include the Toronto Star, an interview on CBC radio, plus international media outlets in South Korea, Spain, Switzerland–garnering over 1.13 million coverage views from 1.71 billion online readers.

Over 250 unique customers enjoyed content over three 9-hour days at the historic Matador Ballroom in an exclusive engagement; while we collected ratings and data on each piece manually and through the Contraverse app which recorded heatmaps and view counts. Over 700 were counted immediately after the experiences, using a solid point rating from 1 to 5.

Watch the video of the awards below:

The 2018 FIVARS Award Winners


FIVARS 2018 People’s Choice for Best Passive Spherical Experience

 

Going Home
Director: David Beier

FIVARS 2018 People’s Choice for Interactive Experience

 

Museum of Symmetry at toronto International Film Festival

Museum of Symmetry
Director: Paloma Dawkins

FIVARS 2018 Impact Award

 

The Hidden
Dirs: Annie Lukowski, BJ Schwartz

FIVARS 2018 Grand Jury Prize

 

Battlescar 16x9

Battlescar
Dirs: Nico Casavecchia, Martin Allais

Thank you to everyone who supported this important independently run, truly international showcase. Your kindness and patronage are essential to its continuity and our aspiration to constantly push the standards higher while affording a platform to anyone anywhere around the world to share their best work and unique and important ideas.

FIVARS (Festival of International Virtual and Augmented Reality Stories) celebrated its successful 3rd installment on September 15-17, 2017 with what many raved was an exceptional showcase of the world’s best narrative VR and AR. Known as the most influential independent immersive stories festival, FIVARS strives to program a wide array of emerging technologies, bringing VR and AR to the forefront of discussion.

FIVARS featured the work of groundbreaking international artists dedicated to the innovation of virtual reality and augmented reality, 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 and other groundbreaking presentations.

The Festival of International Virtual & Augmented Reality Stories featured 35 titles from countries as diverse as Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Netherlands, Peru, South Korea, United Kingdom and the USA. 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.

The Grand Jury Prize was selected by having every member of the judiciary committee – made up of senior VR industry leaders, technologists and journalists – select their top three favorite experiences and assign them 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 19th, 2017. The proceedings were hosted by FIVARS executive director Keram Malicki-Sanchez and LiveStreamed via Periscope and Facebook simultaneously.

FIVARS Awards - photo by Joss Monzon

FIVARS Awards – presenter Melanie Smith and host Keram Malicki-Sanchez present the Interactive Narrative award to “Alteration” from OKIO studio at the Cadillac Lounge, Toronto – Sept 19th 2017 – photo by Joss Monzon

FIVARS 2017 Award Winners

PEOPLE’S CHOICE:

Best Interactive

Winner: Alteration

Best Immersive (Passive)

Winner: Guardian of the Guge Kingdom

JURIED:

Impact Award

Winner: Priya’s Shakti / Priya’s Mirror

Grand Jury Prize:

Winner: Manifest 99

Watch the raw livestream of the FIVARS 2017 awards ceremony below:

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

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

People’s Choice Award – Best Interactive Experience

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

Grand Jury Prize

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