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Vancouver International Film Festival to Feature VR and AR Track

The Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) has now opened its doors for another year, offering two weeks of the latest cinema from creators around the world. This years event also features Expanding Frontiers in Storytelling – a series dedicated to the mediums of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR).

Having its own day during the VIFF, Expanding Frontiers in Storytelling’s Virtual Reality Day on 6th October will feature sessions by some of VR’s leading content creators as well as offering an opportunity to demo some of the latest experiences.

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Roy Taylor, Corporate Vice President of Media & Entertainment, AMD Studios will begin the day with an opening keynote followed by a panel discussion on the rise of cinematic VR featuring The Virtual Reality Company and Radiant Images among others.

Later talks will look at finance and distribution, with AMD Studios, Kaleidoscope VR and Littlstar taking part, and branded content featuring Immersiv, Specular Theory and OmniVirt.

Organised by the Greater Vancouver International Film Festival Society, the Society received $100,200 CAD through the Government of Canada’s Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program to support this year’s VIFF.

“VIFF is grateful for the ongoing support of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This critical contribution enables our organization to remain a vibrant arts and cultural organization and supporter of the development of creative industries in British Columbia. VIFF’s diverse program is a reflection of the city in which we work and live, and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to engage over 1,000 volunteers and 140,000 attendees—and growing—at our festival each year,” said Jacqueline Dupuis, Executive Director, Greater Vancouver International Film Festival Society in a statement.

Tickets to attend the Virtual Reality Day cost $150 (or $120 if you’re a student). For the latest VR offerings at film festivals, keep reading VRFocus.