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Our Pick of the Week: Festival of International Virtual & Augmented Reality Stories

It’s not too late to check out TIFF, but if you’re looking for something a little different to do this week, the Festival of International Virtual and Augmented Reality Stories is definitely worth checking out.

Launched in 2015, FIVARS is the first festival of its kind in Canada – a showcase of filmmakers and content producers pushing the boundaries of the virtual reality narrative.

This year’s edition runs September 15th through 17th at the House of VR (639 Queen St. W.) and features over 30 selections from 14 countries released within the past year.

Priya’s Shakti & Priya’s Mirror, a series of augmented reality comic books and exhibitions about India’s first female superhero who is a survivor of sexual violence; Dolphin Man, a series of 360-degree videos and VR experiences that immerses the viewer in three defining aspects of freediving; and City of Ghosts, a play that allows those with smartphones, tablets, or AR glasses to interact with life-size 3D virtual characters, are just a few of the selections that caught our eye.

Tickets cost $42 (plus tax) and include access to talks with producers, directors, distributors and special guests as well as 40 minutes of viewing time.

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