VR Lab

Daily 10.00 - 23.00 (Sunday 10.00 - 18.00)
The Keregan Room, York Theatre Royal

This year, we invite film lovers to consider the ever increasing possibility's of filmmaking as we launch our VR lab in partnership with London College of Communication. Join us as we explore new dimensions and immersive experiences created by some of the worlds most innovative filmmakers working with exciting new technologies.

VR sessions run for 45 minutes. Places are limited and must be booked at the festival hub upon arrival on the day of the event. Tickets for the day's session will be released at 09.00 on the day and are available on a first come first serve basis.




In Partnership with London College of Communication

This year we a proud to be working in partnership with London College of Communication's Screen School Programme to bring VR and Immersive experiences to ASFF for the first time. Screen School goes beyond traditional academic models, designed instead to bring film and television together with the disciplines of games, animation, sound arts and design and live events.


VR Discussions

Running along side our new VR lab, we invite industry professionals and practitioners to share their experiences of working with new technologies. In these relaxed discussions, our guests explore the practicalities and challenges of VR filmmaking, considering practical techniques as well as the potential of VR, it's role in the future of cinema and it's purpose beyond the realm of filmmaking.

VR Filmmaking: How to Create a 360° Film

Wednesday 7th November, 12.00-13.00
Upper Foyer, York Theatre Royal

Emerging technologies have made 360° filmmaking increasingly accessible, but how does it differ to its fixed camera predecessor? How does the need to film in one take affect the shoot? In this session, filmmakers discuss different practices and approaches, outlining the process from conception, through production and post, addressing the challenges involved in a 360° project as well as the innovative possibilities offered by new technologies.

The Ethics of Illusion: VR in the Everyday

Thursday 8th November, 12.45-13.45
Colonnade, York Theatre Royal

As our digital and physical selves become indistinguishable, and with VR technologies on the precipice of becoming mainstream, questions of ethics remain. What are the consequences of experiencing life in VR, and can it lead to sensory vulnerability, desensitisation and social isolation? What is the legal status of a VR experience? Hear our panellists discuss the abundance of ethical and social issues that arise from experienceing life in virtual reality.

Financial Models: The Future of VR

Friday 9th November, 12.45-13.45
Upper Foyer, York Theatre Royal

Since the first steps were taken into a bold new world of virtual and augmented reality, the technology associated with these platforms has seen a massive upsurge in popularity. As the industry is already accruing billions of pounds worth of investment, our speakers consider where the future of VR lies. Is it purely for entertainment? Or will its practical applications, like education and healthcare, be the driving force behind its shift into everyday use?

VR Broadcasting: The Changing Face of Journalism

Saturday 10th November, 15.30-16.30
Colonnade, York Theatre Royal

Immersive journalism promises to bring audiences closer to the story than ever before, but what does that mean for the “traditional” news story? When a location becomes the main subject – and the viewer an eyewitness – does the journalist become obsolete? In this session, panellists discuss how VR filmmaking is changing the face of journalism in the 21st century, bringing audiences ever closer to the action on a global scale.

AI and VR: Unprecedented Models

Sunday 11th November, 14.00-15.00
Colonnade, York Theatre Royal

More so than ever before, we are witnessing a major shift in how technology affects the way we live and encroaches upon our daily activities. With AI digital assistants already fully integrated into domestic and commercial outlets, the next breakthrough in interactive immersive experiences seems just around the corner. But how will AI interface with VR? And to what extent will it impact how we live, work, and seek entertainment?


Terms and conditions:


Times and Venues

Event details, including speakers, times and venues are subject to change.

Collecting Tickets

Upon purchasing your Festival Pass and / or Event Tickets, you will receive a receipt by email. This receipt is not your pass or ticket, and must be exchanged for a pass or ticket at the Festival Hub at Visit York.The Festival Hub will be open from 12:00 on Tuesday 7 November 2017, then from 9:00 - 17:00 Thursday 8 - Sunday 12 November 2017. Tickets cannot be collected before this time.

Entry to Venues

Seating at screenings is allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Seating is not reserved at screenings, and a Festival Pass or ticket does not guarantee you a seat at your chosen screening.Festival staff will be present at all venues, and will be able to advise you on venue capacity and available seats when you arrive.

Restricted Screenings

Please note that the majority of screenings will be certificate 12A with some certificate 15.A special Family Friendly programme will be screened throughout the Festival. Family Friendly screening 1 is suitable for young children, while Family Friendly 2 & 3 are suitable for children aged 8+. Please see the festival programme for Family Friendly screening times.

Student Tickets

Please note that in order to purchase a Student Ticket, you must have a valid student card as proof of ID. The student card must be valid during the festival and must be shown in order to collect your Festival Pass. Festival Passes with a student discount cannot be issued without a valid student card.

Refund Policy

For information regarding refunds and deliveries, view our Refund and Delivery Policy.