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VIFF Immersed returns to advance BC's immersive content ecosystem
Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) also announces $350,000 in funding for VIFF's Immersed Extended Reality Marketplace and Conference
38th Vancouver International Film Festival
September 26 – October 11, 2019

VANCOUVER, B.C. (September 6, 2019) – With an established history of exploring VR/AR as an emerging platform for screen-based storytelling, VIFF Immersed returns to the Vancouver International Film Festival on September 28 to shine a spotlight on British Columbia's position as one of the world's leading immersive content ecosystems and a hub for animation and VFX. Bringing together international content creators, distributors, investors, technology and media companies for a two-day conference as well as a five-day public exhibition featuring the best in story-driven immersive content, VIFF Immersed will deliver a program of thought-provoking panels, hands-on workshops, and business-development opportunities designed to support the advancement of the global entertainment-based XR ecosystem.

"VIFF Immersed has grown from a half-day conference in 2014 to one of the world's leading immersive events. As a pioneer with its finger on the pulse of the rapid development of the sector, we're seeing the consumer appetite for immersive content increase alongside the explosive growth of the sector. Vancouver has the enviable position of its geographical location in the heart of Cascadia, a creative-tech hub, creating a unique opportunity to focus on sector and audience development. We are proud to announce that we have received $350,000 from Western Economic Diversification over the next three years to support the launch the International Content Market, presented by Canada Media Fund, which will aim to inject investment and monetization opportunities into the ecosystem, giving BC and Canadian-based creators an inside track to growth and sector development," said Jacqueline Dupuis, Executive Director of VIFF.

"Our government is laying the foundation for Canadians to become more competitive and succeed in the global economy. Today's investment in the Greater Vancouver International Film Festival Society builds on our competitive advantages and will result in new business development opportunities for local companies and entrepreneurs working in the immersive digital tech sector, boosting economic growth and creating good, middle-class jobs for Canadians," said The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada.

Highlights of Day 1 (Saturday, 28 September) include:

New Realities in Storytelling, presented by Samsung VR Video, features a series of panel discussions, with industry leaders speaking about the latest in content creation, production technologies, and distribution. Topics include VR for Impact, Indigenous Voices in Immersive Storytelling, and Blockchain Distribution for Immersive Creators.

The VIFF Immersed Exhibition, 28 September to 2 October, showcases the world's leading narrative-driven, export-ready immersive entertainment for the public to explore; it includes the International VIFF Immersed Competition (finalists listed below), which features the best in VR/AR storytelling in the live-action fiction, documentary and animation modes. With 41% Canadian content, the exhibition also shines a spotlight on local creators, featuring four of their works in the BC Showcase, presented by Creative BC. The jury for the VIFF Immersed Competition is made up of key members of the global industry, including jurors from Samsung, YouTube, CreativeBC, Canada Media Fund, HTC Viveport, and the World XR Forum.

VIFF Immersed Kiosks, presented by the Canada Council, will be featured at select festival venues, offering festival-goers the chance to experience VR/AR storytelling from Canadian creators first-hand.

Highlights of Day 2 (Sunday, 29 September) include:

BC Immersed, presented by Creative BC, is a series of interactive workshops and showcase presentations on subjects such as volumetric camera systems, Blockchain distribution and VR, image capture, live 360° broadcasting, and more.

VIFF Immersed: International Content Market will include a Co-Production Market produced by Kaleidoscope, one of the worlds' leading private-sector content development companies. An industry event giving international buyers a first look at 10 international, BC, and Canadian XR narrative projects currently in development, this program, having run previously at Sundance, Tribeca, and SXSW, is designed to accelerate the development of new content. In addition, Marketplace, presented by Canada Media Fund (CMF), and produced by Storytech Immersive provides distributors and buyers the opportunity to connect with commercial, export-ready narrative content in the VIFF Immersed Exhibition. The International Content Market aims to provide advancement opportunities for British Columbian and other Canadian creators looking to develop and monetize entertainment-based content, with an aim to support sector development.

"We're so pleased to be able to bring the brightest minds in the XR industry together for this annual event, not only through our workshops and master classes, but also through partnerships and alliances that inform these events. In addition to the funding received from Western Economic Diversification, VIFF is proud to receive support from Creative Export Canada, the Province of British Columbia, Canada Council, Canada Media Fund, Creative BC, Telefilm and Tourism Vancouver. In addition, we have developed partnerships with Samsung VR, VeeR VR and htc’s VIVEPORT, and alliances have been formed with strategic partners the Vancouver Economic Commission, YVRFF, the VR/AR Association Vancouver and DigiBC, all of whom are instrumental in the advancement of the local creative-tech sector and the role of immersive technology in the future of film," Dupuis continued.

Full program details can be found online here:

VIFF Immersed Exhibition Finalists

  • The 100% – Maggie's Story (US)
    Springbok Entertainment
    Canadian Premiere
  • Mr. Buddha (Chinese Taipei/Taiwan)
    Lee Chung – [5x1]
    Canadian Premiere
  • The Making Of (Chinese Taipei/Taiwan)
    Midi Z – [5x1]
    North American Premiere
  • Everest – The VR Film Experience (UK)
    Jonathan Griffith, Alpine Exposures Productions
    Vancouver Premiere
  • Common Ground (UK)
    Darren Emerson - East City Films
    Canadian Premiere
  • The Leap: Inside Architect Dorte Mandrup's Mind (Denmark)
    Ane Skak – Immersive Stories
    North American Premiere
  • Aripi (Moldova)
    Dmitri Voloshin – Simpals Studio
    World Premiere
  • Gloomy Eyes: Episode 1 (France)
    Jorge Tereso, Fernando Maldonado with Atlas V
    Canadian Premiere
  • Eleven Eleven (US)
    Mehrad Noori & SyFy
    Canadian Premiere
  • Dami & Falian: How Was Your Day? (Canada)
    Edward Madjoemu & The Basically Good Media Lab
    World Premiere
BC Showcase
  • Downloaded (British Columbia, Canada)
    Ollie Rankin – Pansensory Interactive
    Canadian Premiere
  • East of the Rockies (British Columbia, Canada)
    Joy Kogawa and Jam3 with the NFB
    North American Premiere
  • Dami & Falian: How Was Your Day? (British Columbia, Canada)
    Edward Madjoemu & The Basically Good Media Lab
    World Premiere
  • Dami & Falian: VR Graphic Novel (British Columbia, Canada)
    Edward Madjoemu & The Basically Good Media Lab
    World Premiere
VIFF Immersed VR Kiosks
Presented by the Canada Council for the Arts
  • Unceded Territories (British Columbia, Canada)
    Paisley Smith, Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun
  • Thunder VR (Alberta, Canada)
    MAMMOTH XR with the Urban Society of Aboriginal Youth (USAY)
    World Premiere
  • Dami & Falian: How Was Your Day? (British Columbia, Canada)
    Edward Madjoemu & The Basically Good Media Lab
    World Premiere
  • Dami & Falian: VR Graphic Novel (British Columbia, Canada)
    Edward Madjoemu & The Basically Good Media Lab
    World Premiere
Curated Exhibit
  • Bonfire (United States)
    Baobab Studios
    Canadian Premiere

About VIFF |
Founded in 1982, the Greater Vancouver International Film Festival Society is a not-for-profit cultural society and federally registered charitable organization that operates the internationally acclaimed Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) and the year-round programming of the Vancity Theatre at the Vancouver International Film Centre. VIFF produces screenings, talks, conferences and events that act as a catalyst for the community to discover the creativity and craft of storytelling on screen. For its 38th year, VIFF welcomes the world to Vancouver from September 26 - October 11, 2019 as it showcases the top international, Canadian and BC films and plays host to industry professionals from around the globe.

Festival Information
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  • Festival Tickets: Passes and ticket packs are now available at Single tickets are available online at noon on September 5, 2019 and in-person at the Vancity Theatre Box Office from September 12, 2019. Visit for more information.
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