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VR on Trial - The Hot Docs Conference Series

The first in a series highlighting our Industry Conference at Hot Docs this year from May 2 - May 6, 2016. 

Virtual reality has been heralded as a game and consciousness-changing medium. But what are the tangible impacts within documentary? How will, or has, VR changed doc making conceptually and on the ground? Is it really the next wave or just a technological novelty? Hot Docs puts VR on trial, with defense (Jessica Brillhart, Google), prosecution (Ana Serrano, CFC) and judge (AJ Schnack, Field of Vision). The session will go beyond the buzz of VR and honestly examine wearable technology's power in shaping the future of documentary consumption.

Judge: Richard Lachman, Director, Transmedia Zone; Associate Professor, RTA School of Media at Ryerson University 

Defense: Jessica Brillhart, Principal Filmmaker for VR, Google

Prosecution: Ana Serrano, Chief Digital Officer (CDO), CFC

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Presenting Platinum Partner

  • logo Scotia Wealth Management

Signature Partner

  • logo documentary-Channel

Presenting Partners

  • logo Bell-Media
  • logo Netflix
  • logo Rogers
  • Logo Samsung

Major Supporters

  • logo Celebrate-Ontario
  • logo telefilm