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PHI Centre Espace Plateau
315 Saint-Paul St West
Montreal, Quebec, H2Y 2A3

Departure times:

Wednesday* to Sunday:
10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm, 4:15 pm, 6:15 pm, 8:15 pm

*Wednesday, October 12:
4:30 pm, 6:30 pm, 8:30 pm

Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays

Your ticket will give you two-hour (2h) access to the experience, including explanations, seating time and viewing time

8 years old +*

General admission: $24.35
Student/65+: $21.75
Access MTL card: $21.75

Taxes and fees not included

*Children between the ages of 8 and 12 years old will be able to take part in the virtual reality experience as long as a parent is willing to sign a waiver upon arrival at the PHI Centre

Discover this year's selection of Virtual Reality (VR) films as part of Montreal's Festival du Nouveau Cinema's 51th edition line-up.

In collaboration with

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For 11 days only, one of Canada's longest-running film festivals will present 2 programs featuring 15 virtual reality (VR) works at the PHI Centre. With over 5 hours of content, guests will have access to 2-hour time slots to experience the diverse and immersive works from the 2022 FNC.

Discover the two programs to choose from:

Horizon Program | Panorama 360 Program


PHI Event Centre FNC Explore2022 Clap


Keisuke Itoh
13 min | Japan

Clapping is a way of expressing emotions by using one's own body to create sound. When people want to express their admiration, they channel their emotions into their hands and clap, with energy and feeling, even if it means withstanding physical discomfort. But does that feeling ever reach the other person?
PHI Event Centre FNC Explore2022 Onthemorningyouwake


Mike Brett, Steve Jamison, Arnaud Colinart, Pierre Zandrowicz
38 min | France, United Kingdom

At 8.08am on Saturday 13th January 2018 - at the height of President Trump and Kim Jong Un’s threats to use nuclear weapons against one another - the people of Hawaï were going about their usual weekend routines when the unimaginable happened. Mobile phone alerts went off simultaneously across the islands as the entire state population received the following message from the Hawaï Emergency Management Agency (HEMA): BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.
PHI Event Centre FNC Explore2022 Fromthemainsquarev2


Pedro Harres
19 min | Germany

Encircling a central square, a new town emerges in all its diversity. A crossroad of stories, buildings, hopes, and conflicts. Social ties and cultures take root. People nurture sympathy and care for their equals, but also animosity towards those who are different.
PHI Event Centre FNC Explore2022 Plastisapiens


Edith Jorisch, Miri Chekhanovich
15 min | Quebec, Canada; Israel | National Film Board of Canada, Dpt., Lalibela

Plastisapiens a VR project by Edith Jorisch and Miri Chekhanovich is a virtual reality journey towards a speculative future where organic beings and plastic become one.
PHI Event Centre FNC Explore2022 Blood Relations


Analee Weinberger
16 min | Canada, Israel | National Film Board of Canada, Genetic Media, Moofa Production House

“What makes us who we are?” is the question that drives this whimsical VR experience about an adopted child and an ancestral mystery.
PHI Event Centre FNC Explore2022 Fight Back


Céline Tricart
40 min | France, USA

Under the cover of a thrilling, fun adventure game with hand tracking enabled, Fight Back is an introduction to self defense techniques as an answer to gender-based violence.
PHI Event Centre FNC Explore2022 Laika


Asif Kapadia
15 min
Canadian Premiere

From the Oscar and BAFTA-winning filmmaker Asif Kapadia, Laika is a new Virtual Reality animation, giving audiences the chance to be immersed in the moving and tragic real life story of the first dog in space.

Panorama 360 Program

PHI Event Centre FNC Explore2022 Lockdown Dreamscape


Nicolas Gebbe
7 min | Germany
Canadian Premiere

When spending a lot of time at home in isolation, the walls begin to move. The sense of time fades, the days pass quietly, everything seems to repeat itself endlessly. Spaces, conversations, visual impressions and sounds merge and make everything seem like a long dream.

PHI Event Centre FNC Explore2022 Genesis


Jörg Courtial
13 min | Germany
Canadian Premiere

Genesis embarks on an emotionally intense round-the-clock journey to experience the dramatic milestones in the evolution of earth and mankind from an unknown perspective. Chaos, rebirth and catastrophes mark the history of Earth, yet mankind exists. 4.7 billion years of evolution condensed into a round-the-clock reveal: We are children of galactic luck, born in the final second of eternity.

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21-22 CHINA

Thierry Loa
24 min | Quebec, Canada
Canadian Premiere

Today we live in a new epoch known as the Anthropocene, characterized by mass human influence on the planet. Exclusively shot from Earth skies in VR, 21-22 China takes us on an immersive meditative journey across the World’s largest rising superpower to offer a rare inside look revealing the Anthropocenic reality in these parts of the World where rapid urbanization, major industrial development and massive topographical changes are taking place.

PHI Event Centre FNC Explore2022 Montegelato


David Rapp
28 min | Italy

Montegelato is a montage film in VR, the first of its kind. Hundreds of cinematic sequences define a three-dimensional collage of the Monte Gelato waterfalls (Rome, Italy) as they have been filmed in more than 180 productions including films, TV series and commercials.

PHI Event Centre FNC Explore2022 Thisisnotaceremony


21 min | 2022

Niitsitapi writer and director Ahnahktsipiitaa (Colin Van Loon) takes us beyond the veil of traditional media and transports us directly into another realm, where past, present and future are one; where colonial rules and assumptions are forgotten; and where we can finally get to the truth of the matter.

PHI Event Centre FNC Explore2022 Biolum


Abel Kohen
30 min | France, Germany | IKO, Reynard Films, Prefrontal Cortex
Canadian Premiere

Biolum is a cinematic PC-VR experience that thrusts the user into the role of Rachael, an experienced diver exploring the abyss, guided by expedition leader Eva, a renowned marine scientist and mentor. Rachael discovers that luminescent parasites are infecting ocean flora and fauna. She gets infected herself and faces a mesmeric fight for her mind when she discovers the shocking truth behind why Eva sent her down there.
PHI Event Centre FNC Explore2022 Diagnosia


Mengtai Zhang
30 min | United States
Canadian Premiere

Diagnosia portrays the director's memories of being incarcerated in a military-operated Internet addiction camp in Beijing in 2007, where internet addiction and other youth issues were treated as a severe mental disorder with sometimes violent means. It also raises questions about the extensive research publications that have come out of this institution, and how they entangle with the scientific literature of “internet addiction” on a global scale.

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