VR Fest is the world’s first fully curated touring Virtual Reality Film & Immersive Technology Festival. The annual event was founded in December 2013 at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live by the current Festival Director, Christopher Crescitelli. The event re-located to Las Vegas in 2015 where the team joined forces with the Extreme Tech Challenge (XTC) and MaiTai Global to curate a new global VR competition and vertical prize called the Extreme Virtual Reality Challenge, where VR/AR pioneers and entrepreneurs compete for a cash prize and a chance to display their work at the VR Lounge on Sir Richard Branson’s private Necker Island during the XTC Finals Event in February.
SEASON THREE TOUR KICK OFF EVENT: THE OCEAN GALA (featuring keynote by Sir Richard Branson)
VR Fest’s exciting third season will kick off on December 3rd, 2016 in San Francisco at the Palace Hotel with the VR Arcade at the exclusive Ocean Gala event featuring Sir Richard Branson as the Keynote Speaker. This year’s Ocean Gala will feature a new VR/AR sub competition, which serves as an inspirational call to action for VR/AR game creators and 360 filmmakers wishing to use their creativity to support environmental causes involving the ocean and its related ecosystems. The top winner in this extreme competition will win a $10,000 cash prize and have their work featured at all three tour stops.
VR FEST ONLINE FILM COMPETITION & LAS VEGAS EVENTS
On October 15th, 2016, VR Fest will relaunch its hugely successful Online Film Competition, with the "BEST OF 2017" winners being announced live on stage at VR Fest in Las Vegas on January 5th to 8th on the Las Vegas Strip. The four day virtual reality and immersive technology event will feature a wide variety of programming including an Opening Night Gala, Award Show, Informative Workshops, Panel Discussions plus the VR Arcade and Nightclub Exhibit showcasing the best in VR, AR and Mixed Reality content experiences provided by some of the world’s leading purveyors.
VR LOUNGE ON NECKER ISLAND
(during the Extreme Tech Challenge Finals Event)
The remarkable third season event slate will wrap up on February 1st, 2017 with the XTC Finals on Necker Island featuring the VR Lounge on the beautiful Necker Beach.