Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality returns to MIFF in 2018 to continue rewriting the frontiers of storytelling! Featuring a program of local and international narrative, documentary and animated experiential works, it’s time again to strap on a headset and prepare to experience the jaw-dropping potential of total immersive cinema.


About VR

Virtual Reality experiences are immersive, and require viewers to wear a headset. Every audience member views the works individually, and their experience will likewise be individual. For this reason, these experiences are restricted to those 18 years and older.

Films will be presented at MIFF in two ways – in VR Packages and Standalone Experiences:

VR Packages

VR Packages are collections of short virtual reality experiences screened to Samsung Gear VR headsets. MIFF is presenting six VR Packages in 2018, each containing two experiences, with each package running for 50 minutes. These include approximately half an hour of virtual reality content (presented as synchronous 360 video to viewer headsets), and up to 20 minutes for audience instruction, introduction and guest or filmmaker Q+As where available.

VR Packages 1-6 will rotate within MIFF’s VR presentation period between Friday 10 August and Friday 17 August. Please check session information for details.

Synchronous Screenings: VR Packages at MIFF will be screening to audiences synchronously, meaning that groups of up to eight people will be able to experience those works together with playback triggered simultaneously to audience member’s headsets. MIFF's VR sync solution has been devised by Worldview and developed by Visual Playground. We thank them for their support.

Standalone Experiences

Standalone Experiences will be presented via HTC Vive and Oculus Rift headsets, and include six individual pieces:

  • The Deserted
  • Crow: the Legend
  • Awake
  • Mind at War
  • Thalu: Dreamtime is Now (screening with Biidaaban: First Light)
  • Vestige

Standalone works will screen within MIFF VR’s presentation period between Friday 10 August and Friday 17 August. Please check session information for details.

Health and safety: participation in these experiences and using this technology may involve some risks, including (but not limited to): nausea, dizziness, disorientation, visual abnormalities, injury or other discomfort.

Real World VR MIFF Talk

Real World VR teams up with MIFF this year to present an evening of behind-the-scenes conversation into the creative processes of many contributing MIFF VR directors.

Held at Loop Project Space and Bar on Tuesday 14 August, 6pm–10.30pm, the presentation and networking event will draw back the curtain on virtual reality storytelling with insights from some of Australia's leading practitioners.


With Special Thanks to: University of Melbourne Student Union

VR Programmers: Al Cossar, Kate Fitzpatrick
VR Producer: Steve Spangaro
Production Designer: Hahna Read
VR Volunteer: Isabelle Kane

MIFF's Rotary Sync VR  360 video playback system:
Licensed by Visual Playground
Devised by Worldview
Interstitials by Worldview


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Supporting Partner


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Special Thanks