“Virtual reality has already changed film and gaming. Now it’s coming for theatre”
Canada’s original critically-acclaimed International Festival of Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality Stories returns for its third year, bigger and better than ever.
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.
VRTO (Virtual Reality, Toronto) and Constant Change Arts and Technology Initiative present Canada’s original Festival of International Virtual & Augmented Reality Stories.
Tickets are sold for 2-hour blocks for total 40 minutes of viewing, to be selected by you, in person, at the event.
Your ticket gets you a colored wristband, and a 40 minute RipTix paper ticket that includes 8x 5-minute squares to be redeemed in exchange for programme material of equivalent value.
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.
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 13+. Some experiences are 18+ or require the consent of a guardian.
ps. FIVARS is pronounced FIVE-are-sss
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 is a presentation of VRTO – Toronto’s virtual reality meetup group and think tank.
Please fill out the press registration form to apply for credentials.
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, 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!
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 :
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
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.
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.