Screen School VR Lab

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

360 Film Screenings

Wednesday-Saturday 10:00-23:00
Sunday 10:00-18:00
The Keregan Room, York Theatre Royal

360 screening 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 served basis.

Immersive Experiences

Friday-Sunday 10:00-18.00
Micklegate Social




In Partnership with London College of Communication

This year we are 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 alongside 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, its role in the future of cinema and its purpose beyond the realm of filmmaking.

VR Broadcasting: The Changing Face of Journalism

Wednesday 7 November, 12:00-13:00
Upper Foyer, 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, bringing audiences ever closer to the action on a global scale, immersing them in breaking stories.

AI and VR: Unprecedented Models

Thursday 8 November, 12:45-13:45
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 integrated into domestic and commercial outlets, the next breakthrough in interactive experiences is just around the corner. Our speaker considers how AI might interface with VR and to what extent will it impact how we live, work, and seek entertainment?

VR Filmmaking: How to Create a 360° Film

Friday 9 November, 12:45-13:45
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 its innovative possibilities.

Financial Models: The Future of VR

Saturday 10 November, 15:30-16:30
Colonnade, York Theatre Royal

Since the first steps were taken into virtual and augmented realities, 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?

The Ethics of Illusion: VR in the Everyday

Sunday 11 November, 14:00-15:00
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 VR experiences? Hear our panellists discuss the abundance of ethical and social issues that arise from this new type of living.


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Times and Venues

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

Collecting Tickets

Upon purchasing your tickets, you will receive a receipt by email. This receipt is not your pass or ticket, and must be exchanged at the Festival Hub at York Theatre Royal.The Festival Hub will be open from 09:30 on Wednesday 7 November 2018. 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.