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Expanding Frontiers in Storytelling:
Virtual Reality 

Tackling the Next Big Thing in Consumer Entertainment

Tuesday, October 4 | All Day


Presented by Creative BC, the Expanding Frontiers in Storytelling series will transport attendees into the new mediums of VR and AR, with key insights from some of the most respected futurists in the world as well as conversations and demos from leading VR creators, companies, technologists and distributors.  This is a must-attend series for anyone looking to understand or hoping to capitalize on this transformational medium and is completely appropriate for everyone from new filmmakers to the most experienced.  

The program includes a keynote from Ted Schilowitz, the Futurist at 20th Century Fox Studios and Chief Creative Officer at Barco Escape, who is helping guide the studio and film industry into the next breakthroughs in storytelling for mass audience consumption; as well as a series of talks, panels and presentations from leading VR companies, distributors and creators, with highlighted case studies, and important discussions on business models, distribution and looks at where the new opportunities are. Live demonstrations across the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and Gear VR, will also be running throughout the day for participant sampling. 
 

09:50 AM | Welcome and Opening Remarks  

10:00 AM | Keynote & Conversation: Ted Schilowitz, Twentieth Century Fox Futurist  

Ted Schilowitz, Futurist at 20th Century Fox and Chief Creative officer at Barco 
Tim Street, Vice President Influence & Production at Showable Media / Authentic (Host).
 

10.50 | Fireside Chat: Hollywood on VR

John Canning and Seth Shapiro discuss the the future of VR as a new medium, from the perspective of Hollywood Studios, Networks, and Tech Companies.
 
John Canning, VP of New Media, Producers Guild of America 
Seth Shapiro is a Two-time Emmy Award winner, Governor of the Television Academy and Adjunct Professor at the USC Annenberg School of Journalism.
 

11:30 | Coffee Break & VR Installations: The Future of Storytelling

Experience the newest in virtual reality storytelling at the VIFF VR Innovation Hub, featuring room-scale experiences on the HTC Vive, interactive video experiences on the Oculus Rift, and cinematic VR films from Hollywood directors to political activists. 
 

12.00 PM | Financing VR: Funding and Business Development - From Distribution to Branded Content  

VR has finally arrived. The first high-end consumer-facing virtual reality headsets have begun shipping, PlaystationVR looms, while mobileVR and 360 are helping consumers get acquainted. But how will producers and creators make money in this new medium? What are the revenue opportunities, and who is investing? Join this roundtable talk of industry experts as they discuss an important question being asked throughout the VR community--where’s the money? 
 
Kharis O’Connell, Head of Product at Archiact (Host)
John Canning, VP of New Media, Producers Guild of America
Brandon Bauman, Sr. Counsel & Director, Machinima
Keith Arem, President, PCB productions
Denny Unger, CEO & Lead Creative Director at Cloudhead Games
                       

12:45 PM | Lunch Break & VR Installations: The Future of Storytelling

Experience the newest in virtual reality storytelling at the VIFF VR Innovation Hub, featuring room-scale experiences on the HTC Vive, interactive video experiences on the Oculus Rift, and cinematic VR films from Hollywood directors to political activists.
 

14:00 PM | Case Study Cream 360: A detailed look at the VR component of “Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan”

Cream 360 introduces the VR component of the exhilarating Travel Channel series that follows actor and wildlife enthusiast, Dominic Monaghan (Lord of the Rings / Lost) as he explores the remote corners of the globe in search of the most badass animals on the planet.  Andrew MacDonald of Cream 360 will discuss how a VR video production can be integrated into an in-field documentary shoot, and the challenges of extending the story of a traditional TV show into a virtual reality companion piece. 
 
Andrew MacDonald, ‎Director, Cream 360
 

14:30 PM | Case study 30 Ninjas: A deep dive into Doug Liman's new “Invisible”

Doug Liman, director of “The Bourne Identity”, “Edge of Tomorrow”, and “Swingers”, has wrapped up a six-part virtual reality miniseries. “Invisible” is described as an action-adventure series about a Manhattan family with supernatural powers. Lewis Smithingham, CTO of Doug Liman’s new VR production company, 30 Ninjas, takes us on  deep dive into the making of “Invisible”, and the challenges faced from shaping a new cinematic language. 
 
Lewis Smithingham, CTO + VR Specialist, 30 Ninjas 
 

15:00 PM | Coffee Break & VR Installations: The Future of Storytelling

15:30 PM | Panel: VR as an Agent of Change - Immersive Documentaries
and Political Media

Chris Milk, producer of United Nations’ VR documentary, “Clouds Over Sidra”, directed by Gabo Arora, believes VR is the ultimate empathy engine. “VR connects humans to other humans in a profound way I’ve never before seen in any other form of media, and it can change people’s perception of each other,” Milk says in a TED Talk. “That is why I think virtual reality has the potential to actually change the world.” Join a panel of artists, activists, and journalists who have used the technology’s potential of shining spotlights on social issues like the youth suicide epidemic in Shoal Lake 40, to what it’s like growing up in a Syrian refugee camp. 
 
J-Lee Williams, President, Occupied VR
Patrick Mcguire, Head of Content, Vice 
Loc Dao, Chief Digital Officer, National Film Board
Gabo Arora, director of the United Nations’ “Clouds Over Sidra”
 

16:15 PM | Networking Reception & VR Innovation Hub 

Mix and mingle with fellow guests and speaker over cocktails. 
 

22:00 PM | Generate @ VIFF Hub featuring Grammy Award winner Chin Injeti and 

electronic artist Iain Howie

Capping off a day full of immersive VR experiences at VIFF Hub is local electronic artist Iain Howe accompanied by a special performance from Grammy Award winning composer and musician Chin Injeti.
 
 

VR Innovation Hub And Works. 

 
1. The Closet” (CFC Media Lab, DimensionGate) - Gear VR - 5 minutes 30 seconds
A VR short horror film about a young man investigating strange supernatural forces in his new home when he discovers an even stronger insatiable force where he least expects it.
 
2. Cut Off” (Vice/NFB/CFC Media Lab) - Oculus CV1 - Interactive, no set runtime
An immersive 360° VR documentary that places the viewer in the middle of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's historic visit to Shoal Lake 40, a First Nation in Canada without access to clean water. Viewers also visit Cross Lake, where a state of emergency was declared after a wave of youth suicides.
 
3. Way To Go” (NFB) - Oculus DK2 - Interactive, no set runtime
Way to Go is a walk in the woods. This award-winning interactive experience is a mixture of hand-made animation, 360° video capture, music and dreaming and code. Soundtrack by Philippe Lambert.
 
4. Wild Things” (Cream Productions) - Gear VR - 5 minutes 30 seconds
In this unscripted VR piece, actor Dominic Monaghan (Lord of the Rings, Lost) explores some of the most remote corners of far-flung countries across the globe. as he searches for the largest, weirdest and most intense creatures alive.
 
5. Clouds Over Sidra” (United Nations) - Gear VR - 8 minutes 30 seconds
Meet Sidra. This charming 12-year-old girl will guide you through her temporary home: The Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan. Zaatari is home to 130,000 Syrians fleeing violence and war, and children make up half the camp's population. In this lyrical VR film, Sidra leads you through her daily life: Eating, sleeping, learning and playing in the vast desert city of tents.
 
6. Gnomes and Goblins (WeVR) - HTC Vive - Interactive, no set runtime
Explore the interactive fantasy world of Gnomes & Goblins from Jon Favreau, produced by Wevr in collaboration with Reality One. Interact with an enigmatic resident and take a first step into the lucid dream of Gnomes & Goblins and its many realms and denizens.
 
7. Minotaur” (NFB) - Gear VR – 6 minutes
In Minotaur, an archetypal hero takes a journey through seven stages: birth, childhood, mission, labyrinth, monster, battle, and death/rebirth. Through purely abstract moving images, the corresponding emotional states are conveyed: calm, love, joy, surprise, fear, anger/hate, and death/rebirth, leading again to calm. Minotaur was created in Sandde, the world's first freehand stereoscopic 3D animation software, and adapted for 360°immersion.

General Public! 

Experience the newest in virtual reality storytelling at the VIFF VR Innovation Hub, featuring room-scale experiences on the HTC Vive, interactive video experiences on the Oculus Rift, and cinematic VR films from Hollywood directors to political activists.  VR Exhibits include: Way to Go (NFB), Clouds Over Sidra (United Nations), Minotaur (NFB) , The Closet (CFC Media Lab), Gnomes and Goblins (WeVR), Wild Things (Cream360), and Cut Off (Vice/NFB/CFC Media Lab).

Monday, Oct. 3  | Vancity Theatre

10:00am to 12:00pm
1:30pm to 3:00pm
7pm – 8:30pm
 

Tuesday, Oct. 4  |  Vancity Theatre

10:00am to 11:15am 
2pm – 3pm
7:30pm – 8:30pm



 
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Thank you to Archiact for tecnical supplies and support:
    

 
Virtual Reality Pass: $150
Virtual Reality and VIFF Industry Exchange Pass: $350
A day dedicated to VR and AR, with key insights from some of the most respected futurists in the world, as well as conversations and demos from leading VR creators, companies, technologists and distributors.

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