Jeff Barnaby | canada | 2017 | 4 min | vr (OCCULUS)

Digital Media Art+Cade
2nd Floor, TIFF Bell Lightbox

Thursday, October 19 to Saturday, October 21
This work is only available onsite at the Digital Media Art+Cade during the Festival.

December 24, 2167. Global warming has turned most of the planet into a desert. State surveillance is constant. The affluent have retreated into walled cities. Refugees live on the outside, hungry and desperate. In this BETA version of the Tegs’g VR experience, step into the shoes of Sora, an expert people smuggler who is the refugees’ only hope for a better life.


Jeff Barnaby is a Mi'gmaq filmmaker from Listuguj, Quebec. His short films have played in numerous festivals, including Sundance, Tribeca, Fantasia and Vancouver. His film The Colony (2007) was selected by the Festival as one of Canada's Top Ten shorts. His debut feature Rhymes for Young Ghouls (2013) premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, was awarded Best Canadian Feature Film at the Vancouver International Film Festival and screened at Canada's Top Ten Film Festival.


WestWind is a virtual reality project commissioned and produced by TIFF, imagineNATIVE, Pinnguaq and the Initiative for Indigenous Futures, as part of Canada on Screen. The Government of Canada, the Royal Bank of Canada and the Government of Ontario are Presenting Partners of Canada on Screen. Canada on Screen is supported by Telefilm Canada. Canada on Screen is co-produced by TIFF, Library and Archives Canada, The Cinémathèque québécoise, and The Cinematheque in Vancouver.

Dans le cadre de Canada à l’écran, WestWind a été organisée et produite par le TIFF, imagineNATIVE, Pinnguaq et l’Initiative for Indigenous Futures (IIF). Le gouvernement du Canada,  la Banque Royale du Canada, et le Gouvernement de l’Ontario sont des partenaires présentateurs de Canada à l’écran.  Téléfilm Canada est un partenaire de soutien de Canada à l'écran. Canada à l’écran est une coréalisation de TIFF, Bibliothèque et Archives Canada, de la Cinémathèque québécoise et de The Cinematheque de Vancouver.