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Virtual Reality is Coming to TIFF '16

Infinite Views through your headset of choice

Jun 28, 2016

Is this "The Year of Virtual Reality"? That phrase has been thrown at 2016 a lot, and TIFF is excited to offer people a window into why people are getting so worked up about what this technology can do. At Festival this year, we're launching POP VR, a presentation of selected virtual reality projects.

The programme will celebrate some of the best VR work we've seen, and offer something TIFF has always offered: transformative experiences through the moving image.

Come out and see compelling, high-calibre virtual reality projects at TIFF Bell Lightbox during the Festival from September 16 to 18, between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.

If you live in Toronto, you may have had the chance to encounter virtual reality at TIFF already: our yearly digiPlaySpace exhibition has featured virtual reality projects many times; this summer we present POP, a three-part virtual reality and immersive media pop-up installation series; and in 2017, we'll show 2167, featuring six commissioned VR projects from Indigenous filmmakers and artists inspired by their vision of Canada in 2167, in celebration of Canada’s sesquicentennial anniversary.

What does it all mean? Will everyone have a full VR setup in their living room a year from now? Is it all a passing fad? And how do you tell a story when the audience can look in any direction? We may not be able to answer all these questions, but come out and experience the technology and the art for yourself so that you can form your own virtual theories.