Vancouver’s First
Virtual Reality Film Festival

April 28th Friday - April 29th Saturday, 2017

CBC Studio 700 Hamilton Street, Vancouver, BC (directions)

YVRFF will give Vancouver the opportunity to explore the world of VR with the most innovative technology and
creative content. Industry influentials are working closely with the festival to celebrate the top creative minds and
leading developments at the premier Vancouver Virtual Reality Film Festival.

We are excited for the YVRFF to be in a position to share this transformative experience with audiences of all ages,
and shine a spotlight on the visionary artists who are creating this interactive world.

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Who We Are

YVRFF is a non-profit tech culture organization headquartered
in Vancouver, BC. With over a decade of combined experience,
our board is comprised of innovative leaders from a variety of
disciplines within the tech sector.

Andy Chu

Creative Director

Brendan Wright

Technical Program Coordinator

Chris Chan

Designer

Dirk Gombos

Technical Advisor (360 Stereoscopic)

James Balatti

Technical Director

Jeremie Ruffino

Program Curator

Jessica Glass

Festival Director

Joanne Yuson

Designer

Jonathan Grand Pierre

Special Projects Coordinator

Josue Pacheco

Technical Advisor (VR) / Web Developer

Kevin Chong Kee

Designer

Kryshan Randel

Program Advisor

Amy Johnston

Print Design

Laurie Brownrigg

Communications / Social Media Coordinator

Leon Ng

Executive Producer

Neesha Hothi

PR Advisor

Trieu Mai

Program Coordinator

What We Do

Through our annual film festival event, we are on a
mission to change the storytelling experience on a global
scale, 360 degrees at a time. We custom curate our
content to provide the most relevant and compelling
narratives available for virtual reality applications.

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Vision

- Host the premiere VR film festival in Western Canada
- Cultivate a strong community of VR filmmaking enthusiasts
- Provide festival guests with the the opportunity to not only watch
great content but fully experience and engage in VR films
- Create memorable experiences for audiences and exclusive exposure
to the best selection of VR films

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Industry Snapshot

The VR industry is growing at an accelerated pace, with the number of active VR users
forecast to reach 171 million by 2018.

Over 250 apps are currently available for the VR ecosystem, and over 200,000 developers
have registered to build content (for Oculus Rift).

“Virtual reality has given storytellers new dimensions to work with. The immersive nature of VR
offers filmmakers a creative alternative to tell a story. We are providing the general public the
ability to experience virtual reality in a unique and engaging way.”
Leon Ng, YVRFF co-founder

“There’s a new opportunity to invent a symbology for cross-device experiences, and for
immersive content. To identify the grammar of what makes you feel strong emotions, love, fear,
even physical discomfort. Since when have interactions been so visceral?”
Yates Buckley, Technical Partner, UNIT9

FAQs

Vancouver Virtual Reality Film Festival is a two-day event, YVRFF will kick off on the evening of April 28 with an Opening Gala. The impressive opening gala will transform into a VR mega airport, offering guidance and assistance to journey into new VR realms. There will be a variety of different activations and demos for guests to enjoy. The night will invite guests to savour meticulous cocktails and be entertained by fantastic live music while charming ‘flight’ hosts welcome all onboard.

Day Two
Saturday April 29th: YVRFF will host five Screening Sessions showcasing the final 5 selection of Virtual Reality films. With over 100 submissions from around the world, the chosen 5 are all unique creative experiences. Each cycle will take approximately 90 minutes, professionals and industry experts will guide you through the activations, from headset adjustments to questions about setting up your cell phone for each film.

Cocktail attire meets creative business casual. Don’t be afraid to strut your stuff Vancouver!
There are no rules however it requires a degree of chic and polish.
Eg:
Ladies - Blazers, stylish costume jewellery, fun cocktail dresses. Flats or heels are acceptable.
Men: Dark denims, chinos or suit pants with a shirt/and or tie or dressed-up T-shirt.

YVRFF will feature over 10 experiences through the festival, available for guest enjoyment!

Yes. The gala will have a few Mobile VR experiences that require your phone to view the experience. The Screening itself will require your cell because every movie will be watched from your own phone.

Experiences are optimized for latest iOS and Android devices (iOS 9.3.1+ using Safari or Android 6.x+ using Chrome). Your device must have a gyroscope. If you have an Iphone 7 remember to bring your audio adapter.

There will be charge stations available however the screenings are only 90 minutes so we recommend coming with a fully charged battery!

No our server will allow you to connect without using your own internet data/coverage to do so. Wifi access on site.

Individual Gala tickets are $25, individual Screening Sessions are $35, and Combo Tickets (Gala and one Screening Session) are priced at $45.

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