The Ultimate VR Experience

Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and 360° Video

These are some of the new frontiers innovative storytellers are exploring. Creating groundbreaking, immersive experiences in digital realms, Canadian artists are contributing world-class work, which very few of us have the opportunity to view. We invite you to three separate events to check out a range of digital work on display: R2R’s our opening day events (Sunday Fun Day! and the Opening Night Gala party, on April 7th) and at the Youth Media Conference. To experience VR at the Youth Filmmakers Showcase (YFS) please pre-register and attendance is optional.

When: Thursday, April 11th 10:00AM- 2:30PM (YFS will take place from 4:00PM- 6:00PM)
Where: Vancity Theatre

Experience It For Yourself

BIIDAABAN: First Light

Lisa Jackson, Mathew Borrett, Jam3 and the National Film Board of Canada | 2018 | 6-8 min

Toronto’s Nathan Phillips Square is flooded. Its infrastructure has merged with the local fauna and mature trees grow through cracks in the sidewalks. Rooted in the realm of Indigenous futurism, Biidaaban: First Light is an interactive VR time-jump into a highly realistic—and radically different—Toronto of tomorrow. As users explore this altered city they must think about their place in history and ultimately their role in the future.

Playing: Sunday, April 7th at our Opening Night Gala at the Vancity Theatre and Thursday, April 11th at our Youth Media Conference.


Paisley Smith | Canada | 2017 | 14+

Every year, Canada receives hundreds of thousands of students from around the world. To make the most of their Canadian experience, many opt to live with a host family. Homestay is one family’s story of life with international students—a look at how complete immersion in another culture can create a clash of expectations and change our understanding of family, hospitality, nationality and love.

Playing: Thursday April 11th at our Youth Media Conference.  


Vincent McCurley | Canada | 2016 | 10+ | 6 min

Every time we get behind the wheel, we make decisions with life and death implications. Brake or swerve? Quick! Decide! Cardboard Crash is an interactive VR experience that explores whether we’re ready to hand over such ethically fraught decisions to artificial intelligence (AI). In this self-driving vehicle, the passenger is expected to make a split second decision when confronted with an imminent collision. There is plenty of data, but no easy answer.

Playing: Sunday April 7th at our Sunday Fun Day! – Pancake Breakfast


Nancy Lee & Emmalena Fredriksson | Canada | 2017 | 4 min

Tidal Traces is a 360-video VR dance piece that places viewers in the centre of the performance. In it, three characters explore a new and uncertain world—moving between tranquillity and ominousness, beauty and peril. Entangled in this tension, the viewer becomes the fourth character, directly composing the dance through their gaze.

Playing: Sunday, April 7th at our Sunday Fun Day! – Pancake Breakfast


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