FIVARS 2019 Selections

FIVARS proudly presents the 2019 Official Selections. All are in competition and eligible for People’s Choice in Best Interactive or Passive Experience, Jury Prize and Impact Award.


FIVARS proudly presents the 2019 Official Selections. All are in competition and eligible for People’s Choice in Best Interactive or Passive Experience, Jury Prize and Impact Award.

360° Passive Experiences

Title: 2nd Step
Director: Jörg Courtial
Country: Germany | RT: 10m

Soaring VR film in which the viewer sets off for a fascinating journey into space, visiting thrilling settings of current and future space missions.

Title: 12 Seconds of Gunfire (Canadian Premiere)
Director: Suzette Moyer
Country: USA | RT: 8m

The true story of a school shooting” is a powerful virtual reality experience produced by The Washington Post, based on an unforgettable front-page article by 2018 Pulitzer Prize finalist John Woodrow Cox.

Title: A Bar at the Folies Bergère
Director: Gabrielle Lissot
Country: France | RT: 6m

A four-acts immersion into Manet’s famous painting ‘Bar At The Folies-Bergere’.

Title: Bauhaus in Bavaria (Canadian Premiere)
Director: Stefan/Andrea Goeppel/Zimmermann
Country: Germany | RT: 11m

A personal journey through time to the last buildings of Bauhaus icon Walter Gropius: the Rosenthal factory am Rothbühl in Selb and the Glass Cathedral in Amberg, Bavaria.

Title: Columbia Cup Regatta 2018 (Canadian Premiere)
Director: Scott Taradash
Country: USA | RT: 6m25s

A complete VR sailing race experience from both water and aerial perspectives, including graphic explanation, captain narration, and a near collision all with the beautiful Chicago skyline in the background.

Title: Everest – The VR Film Experience
Director: Jonathan Griffith
Country: France | RT: 11m

Follow Sherpa Tenji as he attempts to climb Mt Everest without the use of bottled oxygen, something that only 175 people have done before.

Title: Ex Anima (Canadian Premiere)
Director: Pierre Zandrowicz
Country: France | RT: 12m

In times when words did not divide men. When humans and animals were still one.EX ANIMA EXPERIENCE goes through chaos and calm, instant and ages in an timeless rush.

Title: Hollywood Rooftop (Fragment) (World Premiere)
Director: Brett Leonard
Country: USA | RT: 100m

A group of young aspiring actors meeting on a rooftop in Hollywood to share their dreams, loves, and challenges as they try to make it in ‘the industry’.

Title: Old and Rare Forms of Craftsmanship
Director: Walter Schönenbröcher
Country: Germany | RT: 5m

Beautiful black and white cinematography depicts the fading art of the Wood Turners who craft beautiful unique toys, utensils and other objects by spinning wood.

Title: Plomo – Journey of a Bullet (Canadian Premiere)
Director: Giulia Jimenez
Country: USA | RT: 3m

In this 360 experience you are the bullet fired by a GNB policeman into the middle of a protesting crowd in Caracas, Venezuela. Inspired by true events.

Title: Pneumo Hacker (Canadian Premiere)
Director: Kuan Yuan Lai
Country: Taiwan | RT: 11m

The anti-hacker squad discovered the hacker virus during the first aid treatment of the infected ones, an anti-virus war is about to begin…

Title: See Me (Canadian Premiere)
Director: Alethea Root
Country: USA | RT: 5m

An exploration of women reclaiming their sexuality from the patriarchy. Experience the persistent barrage of verbal attack – cat calls to self-shaming – that women are exposed to daily. Watch as these women strip off those confines and emerge ready to truly be seen.

Title: The Cosmic Laughter of Cucci Binaca (World Premiere)
Director: Jonathan Sims
Country: USA | RT: 5m

Ever wonder what it would be like to be trapped inside the soul of a drag queen?

Title: The Man and the Elk Dog
Director: Mandy Stobo
Country: Canada | RT: 4m

Does a dream have the power to change you? Experience the dream of a Blackfoot man that impacted his life forever.

Title: The Occurrence on Hollow Road (Canadian Premiere)
Director: Ian Tuason
Country: Canada | RT: 5m

A single mother who grieves the loss of her only son moves into a new home that is haunted by the spectre of a child.

Title: Through Darcelle’s Eyes (Canadian Premiere)
Director: Brad Gill
Country: Canada | RT: 20m

Walk a mile in her glittery pumps and experience what life is really like for the world’s oldest drag queen.

Title: tx-reverse
Director: Virgil Widrich & Martin Reinhart
Country: Austria | RT: 5m

In a way never before seen, “tx-reverse” shows a collision of reality & cinema & draws its viewers into a vortex in which the familiar order of space & time seems to be suspended.

Title: Walk In My Shoes
Director: Tyler Huyser
Country: USA | RT: 8m

Growing up in a post 9/11 world, Naureen finds herself as the “other” and discusses how her “shade of brown” was not accepted.



Title: After Dan Graham
Director: David Han
Country: Canada | RT: 8m

After Dan Graham is a mixed reality interactive art installation inspired by Dan Graham’s video installation ‘Time Delay Room 1’.

Title: A Ride in 2049 (World Premiere)
Director: Peter Baumann
Country: Germany | RT: 6m

A virtual tour of Frankfurt, Chicago and Los Angeles in 2049. This well researched vision of the near future truly puts you inside the fast forward button to participate in new approaches to civic life.

Title: Battlescar – Parts 1, 2, 3
Director: Nico Casavecchia and Martin Allais
Country: USA, France | RT: 7m

When Lupe, a Puerto Rican-American teen, meets fellow runaway Debbie, the Bowery’s punk scene and the Lower East Side is their playground. An animated ode to ’70s punk!

Title: Deep Connection
Director: Marilène Oliver
Country: Canada | RT: 8m

Made with a full body MRI scan users can walk around the life sized body, and real life motion-tracked sculptures, dive inside it to see its inner workings, as well as ‘animate’ the body by holding its hand to make the heart beat and lungs breathe.

Title: The Holy City
Director: Nimrod Shanit, co-directed by Timur Musabay
Country: Canada and Israel | RT: 15m

The Holy City is an interactive exploration of faith set in Jerusalem and told in Extended reality.

Title: Memoria: Stories of La Garma (Canadian Premiere)
Director: Rafael Pavon
Country: United Kingdom | RT: 8m

Narrated by Geraldine Chaplin this experience allows you to unleash the memories trapped in the cave of La Garma, in Santander, untouched for thousands of years until it was discovered in 1995.

Title: Mother of the Forest (World Premiere)
Director: Kylie Caraway
Country: Canada | RT: 15m

A Co-Production between CFC Media Lab, and OCAD University that explores a sequoia tree’s ecosystem through embodied perspectives of various species.

Title: Pagan Peak (Canadian Premiere)
Director: Ioulia Isserlis, Max Sacker
Country: Germany | RT: 45m

Pagan peak VR takes the player on a journey to the darkest corners of the human mind. The player finds themselves in a mysterious alpine cabin, captured by the Krampus killer.

Title: Screensavers VR (World Premiere)
Director: Ben Vance
Country: USA | RT: 45m

Before the internet took over, before memes multiplied, there were windows of computer fantasy all over the world… courtesy of THE SCREENSAVER.

Title: State Power (Canadian Premiere)
Director: Jeff Stanzler
Country: USA | RT: 9m

Some months from now, in a new ‘rule of law’ America, a remote prison camp brutally shackles together five inmates deemed enemies of the state.

Title: The Industry VR (Canadian Premiere)
Director: Mirka Duijn
Country: Netherlands | RT: 8m

The Netherlands is the drug capital of Europe. Marijuana is in the nation’s genes, coke enters the country through its harbors, and XTC is as Dutch as chocolate sprinkles.

Title: Unheard
Director: Zhechuan Zhang
Country: China | RT: 60m

Unheard combines the captivating radio-drama style audio play with the multi-plotline narrative of immersive theatres, creating an unprecedented exploration experience.