FAQs – VIFF Immersed Submissions

The Vancouver International Film Festival is inviting immersive storytellers to submit their narrative-driven Virtual or Augmented Reality content to the International VIFF Immersed Competition. Submission categories include Cinematic Live-Action, Documentary, Animation and BC Showcase.

Should you have any questions about your project, please email immersed.submissions@viff.org.

  • The following dates are the deadlines to submit your content through FilmFreeway. All submissions must be sent through that platform. Submissions fees are non-refundable.

    Deadlines International VIFF Immersed Competition Submissions BC Showcase Submissions
    Early Deadline: April 23, 2021 $40.00 USD $20.00 USD
    Regular Deadline: May 28, 2021 $45.00 USD $25.00 USD
    Late Deadline: June 11, 2021 $50.00 USD $30.00 USD
  • Below is an overview of each submission and award category. All projects must be story-driven and be able to be distributed to consumers through commercially available platforms.

    Please view our eligibility criteria for more information.

    International VIFF Immersed Competition Categories
    • Virtual Reality – Cinematic Live-Action
      Narrative-led VR experiences created from the live-action capture of human participants using camera or volumetric methods that exemplify works of narrative fiction.
    • Virtual Reality – Animation
      Narrative-led VR animation experiences created using original crafted artwork to embody the characters, setting and objects of its story.
    • Virtual Reality – Documentary
      Immersive VR stories created to document and explore an aspect of the real world.
    • Augmented Reality – Live Action / Animation / Documentary
      This category is designed to showcase narrative AR experiences. Content may be interactive and include fiction, documentary or animation .
    BC Showcase 
    • Virtual & Augmented Reality – Curated BC Showcase
      A curated showcase of VR and AR works emerging from the creative nexus that is British Columbia.
  • Selected virtual and augmented reality works will be presented at the 2021 VIFF Immersed Exhibition, an online showcase hosted across a number of online XR entertainment platforms during the 40th Vancouver International Film Festival, September 30 – October 10, 2021.

    At VIFF Immersed 2020, thirty-one XR films were presented across six platforms — Oculus TV, Museum of Other Realities, Amaze, Veer VR, LittlStar, and YouTube360 – making it the most widely accessible festival platform for XR content. The Exhibition line-up included three world premieres, seven North American premieres, and two Canadian premieres.

    Submitted content will also be considered for the VIFF Immersed Market Place, a private industry market that brings together leading immersive storytellers to pitch projects to a wide range of industry, including distributors, agencies, brands, and more.

  • Any project submitted to the 2021 International VIFF Immersed Competition must have been completed after June 1, 2020.

  • Rough cuts or works in progress are eligible for entry as long as they are of presentational quality and showcase the approximate full run time of the final piece. Final completed pieces MUST be submitted for review by 5 PM Pacific Time on June 11, 2021 for pieces to retain eligibility.

  • You are free to submit as many films as you wish. However, each project must be submitted and paid for separately.

  • Submissions to the International VIFF Immersed Competition are reviewed by VIFF Immersed programming staff and screening committees made up of individuals well-versed in immersive content. A distinguished panel of international jurors will judge the finalists and award the winning selections from each category at the VIFF Immersed Exhibition.

  • As a not-for-profit society, VIFF relies on submission fees to help cover administration and programming costs. In order to maintain the high quality of our programming, we are not able to offer fee waivers.

  • Regrettably, with the large number of submissions every year, we don’t have the ability to offer feedback on each individual submission.

  • You will be advised of our decision by email no later than August 30, 2021.