Screen School VR Lab

Returning to ASFF, we re-launch the renowned Screen School VR Lab in partnership with London College of Communication – a platform for audiences to explore film like never before. Take your viewing experience into new dimensions and be immersed in some of the world’s most exciting new technologies.

Screenings are complemented by a series of panel discussions which truly delve into the making and realisation of VR and 360 film through the lens of ethics, production and storytelling. Questions are asked: What might the cinematic landscape look like in the future? What are the implications of working with immersive film?

360 Cinema

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

Lose yourself in the magic of 360 filmmaking and delve head first into bold and exciting stories that immerse you in centre of the action.

360 filmmaking offers the unique opportunity to experience the full potential of cinema, transporting viewers to new worlds and allowing them to consider different perspectives.

The 360 Cinema includes five curated screenings, showcasing the most exciting and innovative work from talented practitioners in new technologies, exploring the potential of fascinating documentary, groundbreaking experimental film and awe inspiring narratives.

Journey to the top of Mount Everest, explore a futuristic city scape, play witness to the Warsaw Uprising, Journey boldly into space or join the a dreamlike animated adventure. The 360 Cinema has it all.

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 Lab

Wednesday-Saturday 10:00-21.00
Sunday 10:00-18:00
De Grey Rooms, Workshop 2

Bringing viewers ever closer to the action, the Immersive Experience Lab encourages audiences to step beyond the confides of traditional cinema, allowing viewers to interact with the action.

Join an epic Viking battle, explore the human stories and vast concrete structures of the Aylesbury Estate, risk life and limb in a Orwellian road race or experience first hand the growth and life of a tree from sapling to towering giant.

The Immersive Experience Lab is an opportunity to explore the potential of VR. Join ASFF in a celebration of innovation and technical triumph.

The Immersive Experience Lab is free for festival pass holders. Booking is not required but spaces are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

VR Discussions

Running alongside the Screen School 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 Panelists

Alia Sheikh

Senior Development Producer

Alia Sheikh is a director, producer, research scientist and a broadcast research engineer. Her work is focused on ensuring that the world’s oldest national broadcasting organisation understands the narrative potential of future immersive formats.

Dan Bartlett

Programme Director
London College of Communication

Dan Bartlett is Programme Director for Moving Image and Digital Arts at London College of Communication. As an animation visual development artist Dan aims to explore the duality that exists between fundamental artistic and cinematic principles, and emergent digital technologies.

Darren Emerson

Director Common Ground

Darren Emerson is a director, producer and co-founder of London production company East City Films, and its subsidiary VR City. Darren is a passionate advocate of VR story-telling, regular contributor to think tanks and workshops and has been invited to speak at VR Labs and conferences around the world.

Maud Clavier

Director Filamu

Maud Clavier has been active in the 360 ° / VR video world since 2015. At the time, she was the CEO and founder of Clap & Zap, a company creating immersive content mainly for brands. Wishing to collaborate with external companies and to be a creative director, she left the company in 2018 to become a freelance line producer and director.

Sam Pinney

VR Screenwriter

Sam’s credits include being the screenwriter for a Virtual Reality Experience for Ridley Scott Associates / The Viking Planet. Before screenwriting, he was a journalist for over a decade – writing for The Guardian and The Telegraph.

Samantha Kingston

Director Anonymous

Dinosaur Lover. VR Pioneer. Award Magnet. Samantha Kingston is Virtual Umbrella’s unstoppable CEO. Samantha and her team have been representing and supporting the UK VR industry for the last five years. In 2019, Samantha decided to create her first 360 film, Anonymous; to help raise awareness for NACOA – The National Association for Children of Alcoholics.


In Partnership with London College of Communication

For the second year running, 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. 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.

Terms and conditions:

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.