VIWFF is pleased to host two Virtual Reality experiences,

produced by the NFB, at the 2019 Festival

March 5 to 10 at the VIFF Vancity Theatre





Biidaaban: First Light

VR will be available during scheduled times only. Schedule available here

Toronto’s Nathan Phillips Square is flooded. Its infrastructure has merged with the local fauna; mature trees grow through cracks in the sidewalks and vines cover south-facing walls. People commute via canoe and grow vegetables on skyscraper roofs. Urban life is thriving.

Rooted in the realm of Indigenous futurism, Biidaaban: First Light is an interactive VR time-jump into a highly realistic—and radically different—Toronto of tomorrow. As users explore this altered city now reclaimed by nature, they must think about their place in history and ultimately their role in the future.

Language carries the knowledge of its speakers. Indigenous North American languages are radically different from European languages and embody sets of relationships to the land, to each other, and to time itself. But as Indigenous languages face the risk of disappearing, we risk losing what they have to teach us.


By Lisa Jackson, Mathew Borrett, Jam3 and the National Film Board of Canada; Produced by the National Film Board of Canada; Creative Director and Story by Lisa Jackson; 3D Artist and Environment Design by Mathew Borrett; VR Designer and Developer Jam3; Soundscape Design by Fader Master Sound Studios





VR will be available during scheduled times only. Schedule available here

Every year, Canada receives hundreds of thousands of students from around the world. To make the most of their Canadian experience, many opt to live with a host family. Homestay is one family’s story of life with international students—a look at how complete immersion in another culture can create a clash of expectations and change our understanding of family, hospitality, nationality and love. This 15-minute creative non-fiction narrative was designed for an interactive room-scale VR environment.


By Paisley Smith, Jam3, and the NFB Digital Studio; Produced by the National Film Board of Canada; Written by Alison Broddle & Paisley Smith; Narration Paisley Smith; Designed and Developed by Jam3; Executive Creative Director Pablo Vio