V I R T U A L  R E A L I T Y

Virtual Reality

Explore the best of new-cinema storytelling with twelve virtual reality experiences curated from all over the globe — including some of your favorites from SXSW, Tribeca, Venice International Film Festival, and Sundance.



Free VR Arcade

Access the VR Arcade for free during any of these time slots.

Date Times
Sat, Nov 6 10:00am - 11:45am 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Sun, Nov 7 10:00am - 11:45am 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Mon, Nov 8 2:30pm - 8:00pm -
Tues, Nov 9 2:30pm - 8:00pm -
Wed, Nov 10 2:30pm - 8:00pm -
Thu, Nov 11 - -
Fri, Nov 12 - -
Sat, Nov 13 10:00am - 11:45am 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Sun, Nov 14 10:00am - 11:45am -

Paid VR Arcade

During the following times, tickets must be purchased in order to access the VR Arcade. First come, first serve inside the paid arcade. Experiences range from 5-30 minutes.

Click on the desired time below to buy Paid VR Arcade tickets 

Date Times
Fri, Nov 5 1:45pm 3:30pm 5:15pm 7:00pm
Sat, Nov 6 12:00pm 1:45pm 3:30pm 5:15pm
Sun, Nov 7 12:00pm 1:45pm 3:30pm 5:15pm
Thu, Nov 11 1:45pm 3:30pm 5:15pm 7:00pm
Fri, Nov 12 1:45pm 3:30pm 5:15pm 7:00pm
Sat, Nov 13 12:00pm 1:45pm 3:30pm 5:15pm
Sun, Nov 14 12:00pm 1:45pm 3:30pm -

Tickets only needed during the Paid VR Arcade hours listed above.

Denver Film Member: $20 | Non-member: $25

Virtual Reality Experiences

A Japanese couple build something in the woods with a tractor in the background.

Book Of Distance

20-25min · The National Film Board of Canada

In 1935, Yonezo Okita left his home in Hiroshima, Japan, for Canada. Then war and racism changed everything. Three generations later, his grandson leads us on an interactive pilgrimage through an emotional geography of immigration and family to recover what was lost.


20-25min · Imposter Media

Discriminator is an interactive documentary exploring facial recognition databases. In 2006, director Brett Gaylor uploaded a photo of himself on his honeymoon to Flickr, a web 2.0 startup that had just been purchased by Yahoo. 13 years later, he discovered it had been used to train facial recognition systems by the Chinese military, Estee Lauder and the Moscow Police. A tale of how Internet culture’s early instinct to overshare helped to create technologies that are proliferating faster than the law can control, Discriminator brings audiences’ faces into the frame in a combination of AI, AR and animation.

A hazy portrait of an Ethiopian woman.

Ferenj: A Graphic Memoir


What does it mean for your home and identity to be constructed immaterially via fragments of culture and oral history distorted by the filter of time and migration? This afrosurreal portrait of home reclaims Ethiopian-American mixed-race identity while traversing crosswalks, continents, and consciousness.

A gray-scale portrait of a sitting man with haunting eyes looking toward the viewer..Hangman At Home


“What does the hangman think about when he goes home at night from work?” Inspired by the 1922 Carl Sandburg poem of the same title, this VR single-user immersive experience explores themes of acknowledgment and participation. It is not about hanging people, but about the awkward intimacy that comes with being human, and the connection between spectator, witness, and accomplice. 

The bottom half of this image, set outside of a Nepali home with a Nepali man and woman standing, is illustrated while the top half is a photo.



Kusunda is a voice-driven virtual reality experience that explores what makes a language fall asleep and what it takes to wake one up. Lil Bahadur, an indigenous shaman, is resigned to the fact that he forgot his mother tongue, while his granddaughter Hima is determined to revitalize the language.

Minimum Mass


Minimum Mass is the story of a couple who experience a series of miscarriages and come to believe their children are being born in another dimension. Set in contemporary Rotorua, New Zealand, and the speculative world of black holes, it is a short, interactive virtual reality narrative.

The silhouettes of an adult and child are in a lit-up tent, telling stories.

Missing Pictures: Episodes 1 & 2

8-10min · Astrea

Missing Pictures is an immersive documentary series that delves into the stories of great directors that never made it to the big screen. Each director talks us through the outline of one of his or her unfinished movies and discloses the reasons it had to be given up.

A still from the virtual reality experience Paper Birds, with an child and adult looking out over a city.

Paper Birds 1 & 2


Paper Birds is the story of a short-sighted child with an exceptional talent for music. He must find his way through the world of darkness to bring back his sister, taken away by the shadows. He’ll use the depth of music to open portals to the invisible world. He’ll confront the shadows, and they’ll reveal their purpose. This journey uses the senses to evoke our inner darkness, and the mystery that lies within it: the unknown that we’re often afraid to see. 

A black-and-white illustration of a man holding up both of his shackled hands.



Reeducated takes viewers inside a “reeducation” camp in Xinjiang, China, guided by the recollections of three men who were caught in what is likely the largest mass-internment drive of ethnic and religious minorities since the Second World War.

Two alien-like skeleton hands are held up before a glowing sun and cylindrical lamps.


21min · Virtual and Physical Media Integration Association of Taiwan

Samsara explores the concept of the embodied cognition. In this experience, the audiences will be transformed into different beings’ bodies and experience the world from entirely new perspectives.

Two Black men look through darkness toward the camera.

The Changing Same: An American Pilgrimage, Episode 1 “The Dilemma”

12-31min · Scatter

The Changing Same is an immersive, episodic virtual reality experience where the participant travels through time and space to witness the connected historical experiences of racial injustice in America. It’s a respectful, haunting story infused with magical realism and afrofuturism about the uninterrupted cycle of the history of racial oppression — past and present.




Translated to “tree” in Korean, Namoo (2021) is a narrative poem come to life, inspired by director Erick Oh’s grandfather’s passing; the film follows the beautiful and heartbreaking moments of a man’s life, from beginning to end.

Reality Garage and Imagine! Colorado Present

Bussing Tables at The Sink

Imagine! Colorado provides services designed to incorporate people with developmental, cognitive, and physical challenges into the fabric of their communities. As part of their job training and placement services, they commissioned Reality Garage to create this technology innovation applying Errorless Learning and Virtual Reality for job training at The Sink, an historic eating institution in the Boulder community.

So while you’re visiting DFF’s Virtual Reality Arcade, come and learn to work at The Sink in Boulder. All you need are your eyes, ears, and hands; we’ll provide the Quest 2. Experience Time: 5 to 10 minutes, depending on skill level 🙂

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