90 Minutes

This year, SIFF is excited to debut a new Festival venue: The SIFF VR Zone at Pacific Place. Produced by Seattle's WonderTek Labs, the program showcases a tightly curated selection of immersive and interactive storytelling from Seattle and around the world. The diverse slate includes a 360 African Storytelling section with innovative pieces from Senegal and Kenya; Greenland Melting, a new work from "Godmother of VR" Nonny de la Peña and co-director Catherine Upin; breathtaking new experimental pieces from South Korea, China, and Australia; immersive 360 music videos from Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins) and The Posies, and compelling new works by Seattle-based VR developers and artists. A 360 Youth section will showcase Tapestry 360, a slate of new 360 films recently created by seven Seattle youth, alongside 360 films created by a group of Syrian youth living in a refugee camp in Jordan, produced by Al Jazeera and executive producer Zahra Rasool. Check out the full list of content below the screening times.

The SIFF VR Zone at Pacific Place will include both 360 Storytelling stations, presenting arthouse-level 360 video content and an Interactive Gallery featuring interactive experiential content in 8-10 individual booths.

General Admission: $25 | $20 Members
Includes a 90 minute time slot to explore over two dozen VR and 360 video experiences.

  • Running Time: 90 Minutes

Packaged Films

Queerskins: A Love Story

Illya Szilac and Cyril Tsiboulski

This cinematic VR experience puts you in the backseat of a vintage Cadillac behind Ed and Mary-Helen as they journey down a Missouri country road to the cemetery where their estranged son Sebastian is buried.

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Where Thoughts Go

An intimate social virtual-reality experience.

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Epic Snowday Adventure

A VR single-player arcade-style challenge where the player competes with neighborhood children in a neighborhood-wide snowball fight!

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World One

Explore a massive, abstract Virtual Reality “paintscape”.

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Uplift VR: Maiden Flight

Julia Jackson & Larry James

While launching into the heavens on a balloon ride’s experimental flight, you find yourself overlooking a wondrous land calling out to be explored.

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Mono: Blackwater

Ben Wolstenholme

MONO, the former assassin to the queen and legendary ape-man, returns from exile only to learn he has a daughter taken captive by the Fold.

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David Liu & Rob Ruffler

Aeronaut is one of the first music experiences to feature a hologram created with Microsoft Mixed Reality Capture.

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Greenland Melting

Catherine Upin & Nonny de la Pena

Greenland’s glaciers are melting faster and faster. Why – and what might it mean for the rest of the world?

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Sun Ladies VR

Celine Tricart & Christian Stephen

The Sun Ladies VR experience is an in-depth look at the personal journey of the captain of the Sun Ladies, Xate Singali.

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The Journey

Chad | Charlotte Mikkelborg

Meet 3-year-old Amina in the distant 'Afar' region of Ethiopia, trying to find enough food and water to survive during the worst drought in 30 years.

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Sanctuaries of Silence

USA | Adam Loften & Emmanuel Vaughn-Lee

Join Gordon Hempton on an immersive listening journey into Olympic National Park, one of the quietest places in North America.

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Tapestry 360

These seven films were created by youth filmmakers in Seattle over the course of a 5-day Spring Break camp.

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Dreaming in Za’atari


Takes you into the worlds of Mahmoud, Tabarak and Najat, exploring their hopes and dreams for the future through animations that transform the spaces around them.

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7 Stories for 7 Years


Features interwoven stories of seven young Syrian teenagers living in Za’atari refugee camp, Jordan.

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Homecoming: Seduction

Lance McDaniel

Uses the language of dance to explore the challenges of avoiding addiction, the emotional rush of using, and the inevitable crash that always follows.

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WonderTek Labs: The Posies: Unlikely Places

Nathaniel Luke Pinzon & Kim Voynar

360 music video for Seattle indie music icons The Posies.

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Unraveled - The Future of Music with Virtual Reality and 360 Media

USA | Yao Wang

ICTUS’s new release Unraveled is an ocean of repressed and unleashed emotions.

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Lester Francois

Rone is a distinctive portrait of the titular street artist, whose stunning large-scale portraits of women’s faces can be found adorning soon to be forgotten spaces.

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Everything Flows

China | Yumeng Du

Everything Flows is a VR film experience that presents time and space with a mixture of painting, video capture, sounds, dreaming, memory, and reality.

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Space x Girl

South Korea | Minhyuk Che

Space x Girl is story about a girl and her space.

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Summation of Force

In a moonlit backyard two brothers battle in a mythic game of cricket.

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The Cabiri: Anubis

USA | Bogdan Darev & Fred Beahm

At the banks of the Nile River, in ancient Egypt, a man mourns his beloved wife.

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Let This Be a Warning

Kenya | Jim ChuChu (“The Nest Collective”)

A group of Africans have left the Earth to create a colony on a distant planet.

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Nairobi Berries

Kenya | Ng’endo Mukii

Two women and a man wrangle. Each must hollow out the other's core for fruits promised but only ever borne in dreams.

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The Other Dakar

Senegal | Selly Raby Kane

A little girl is chosen to discover the invisible Dakar.

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Space Explorers: A New Dawn

Canada | Felix Lajeunesse & Paul Raphaël

A cinematic VR series about the new age of space exploration.

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The Visigoths

USA | Rory Mitchell

An intense romantic drama that puts you feet away from a young couple falling in love.

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USA | Nathalie Mathe

UTurn is an immersive live-action VR comedy where viewers get to experience both sides of the gender divide in tech.

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