Special event

Past Event

Explore the best narrative VR content selected by PHI at home, headset included.

Service Price:

Tuesday reservation: $38.90
Friday reservation: $43.25
(including service charges) + taxes and green delivery fees of $19

Deposit Amount: $250

*The option to pick up your PHI VR TO GO headset directly at the PHI Centre is now available. Just select it at the time of purchase.

*Get a 20% discount on the Emergences & Convergences exhibition when you purchase the PHI VR TO GO experience.

*Please note that virtual reality is not recommended for audiences 13 and under.

Get the PHI Passport and enjoy discounts and exclusives all summer long, including a free PHI RV TO GO experience.

PHI VR TO GO is a unique way to escape (at home) by exploring multiple universes. PHI provides an easy-to-use VR headset with access to a collection of virtual reality films that have won awards at major international film festivals. For approximately 48h, explore PHI’s best narrative content, selected by our curation team. You’re coming to visit the Emergence & Convergence exhibition? Make sure to grab a PHI VR TO GO headset on your way out!

Rental includes:

  • 1 oculus GO helmet (including a player designed by PHI for optimal viewing)
  • The Immersion Catalog of 10 films
  • Home delivery and pick-up or or pick-up at the PHI Centre

*No computer or application needed


Flat rate:

  • Headset and film catalog for approximately 48h: $38.90 + taxes (Tuesday) and $43.25 + taxes (Friday)
  • Fixed ecological delivery fee anywhere on the Island of Montreal: $19
  • Refundable deposit: $250

*Get a 10% discount if you book on a Tuesday


Rental Period:

  • Delivery is made on Tuesdays and Fridays. You must book before 3 p.m. Monday for Tuesday delivery and before 3 p.m. Thursday for Friday delivery.
  • Reservation on a Tuesday: You will receive your headset during the day between 10 a.m and 7 p.m. The headset will be picked up on Thursday during the day between 9 a.m and 3 p.m.
  • Reservation on Friday: You will receive your headset during the day between 10 a.m and 7 p.m. The headset will be picked up on Monday during the day between 9 a.m and 3 p.m.
  • No delivery during the weekend.


Pick-up at the PHI Centre:

  • You must reserve before Monday 3pm for a rental on Tuesday and before Thursday 3pm for a rental on Friday.
  • Reservation on Tuesday: You must pick up your headset on the Tuesday of your rental at the PHI Centre between 9am and 5pm. You must return your helmet the following Thursday between 9am and 5pm.
  • Reservation on a Friday: you must pick up your headset on the Friday of your rental at the PHI Centre between 9am and 5pm. You must return your headset the following Monday between 9am and 5pm.
  • No pick-up or return of helmets during the weekend.
  • A late fee of $10 per day will be deducted from your deposit.


Please read the delivery and pick-up schedule to help you choose your rental period.

Hygiene measures:

PHI follows a meticulous protocol of hygiene measures: from the preparation of the headsets, to their retrieval, through to the green home delivery procedure (bike or electric car). The equipment, carefully disinfected with the ultraviolet Cleanbox process and according to the directives of the Public Health Agency of Canada is packed in 2 contactless bags. The delivery will be executed so that there is no physical contact between you and the employee.

Alegría - A Spark of Light,
directed by François Blouin, Félix Lajeunesse and Paul Raphaël
(Canada, 14 min, no dialog, 2020)

A re-imagining of one of Cirque du Soleil’s most iconic productions, Alegría - A Spark of Light. In a world slowly freezing into silence and stillness, the inhabitants of a once effervescent world are becoming paralyzed by the dark. Join them as they embark on an energizing journey that rekindles hope.

Accused no. 2: Walter Sisulu, directed by Nicolas Champeaux and Gilles Porte
(France, 15 minutes, english, 2018)

The story of the struggle against Apartheid is symbolised by one man: Nelson Mandela. He came to public notice during the Rivonia trial, but he was not alone, nine co-accused were sentenced with him to hard labour for life. At the risk of their lives, they had chosen to turn their trial into a political indictment of the segregationist regime.
Today, with 256 hours of audio recordings of the hearings, we can relive the ANC’s fight against Apartheid and discover the accused number 2, Walter Sisulu, Secretary General of the ANC.

*CINEMA360, Tribeca Film Festival 2019

*Best Linear Experience, Filmfest München Virtual Worlds Awards 2019

Daughters of Chibok, produced & directed by Joel 'Kachi Benson
(Nigeria, 11 minutes, English)

On April 14, 2014, the sleepy agrarian town of Chibok, in North East Nigeria, was thrust into the global spotlight when the dreaded terrorist group Boko Haram, stormed the town at night and abducted 276 teenage schoolgirls from their dormitories. Daughters of Chibok deals with the aftermath of the kidnappings, and explores important topical global issues of gender rights and the right to education.

*Winner of the Best Virtual Reality Story at the 76th Venice International Film Festival.

Everest, directed and written by Jonathan Griffith
(USA, 10 minutes, english, 2019)

Only 175 people have ever stood on earth's highest point without the use of bottled oxygen. Whilst Sherpa Tenji has already summited Everest without the use of bottled oxygen before, would he have what it takes to do it again? Follow him as he climbs higher and higher into the Death Zone, an area that contains so little oxygen that his body cannot survive for long. Join them for one of the most immersive adventure experiences ever captured.

Gymnasia, directed by Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski, produced by the National Film Board of Canada and Felix & Paul Studios
(Canada, 7 minutes, no dialog, 2019)

Step into the stillness of an abandoned school and enter Gymnasia, a place where the ghostly ephemera of a lost childhood awaits you. Recall the particular sights and sounds of a child’s world through the echoes of ball games, school lessons and choir recitals. The experience reanimates the memories of those forgotten days.

*Official Selection, Tribeca Film Festival 2019

Le Lac, written & directed by Nyasha Kadandara
(Tchad/Kenya/Zimbabwe, 9 minutes, English)

Le Lac is a dreamscape where liquid gives way to dust. The oasis of the Sahel, Lake Chad, is not who she used to be. Ninety percent of her water is gone, leaving her feeling depleted, wary, scared and insecure.In this immersive documentary, step into the lives of Mahamat, a once-wealthy pastoralist, and Nassuri, a refugee-turned fisherman, as the lake herself hopes for their survival amidst her scattered ponds.

*Winner of the Best Digital Narrative Award at the Sheffield Doc/Fest 2019.

Notes on Blindness: Into Darkness, directed by Arnaud Colinart, Amaury La Burthe, Peter Middleton and James Spinney
(France, United Kingdom, 7 minutes, 2016)

After a years-long struggle with dark splotches increasingly interfering with his vision, John Hull became blind in 1983. To ward off despair, the writer and professor kept an audio diary of the evolution of his disability, totalling more than 16 hours.

*Storyscapes Award, Tribeca Film Festival 2016
*Best Immersive Experience, Miami Interactive FilmGate 2017

Space Explorers: Taking Flight, directed by Félix Lajeunesse and Paul Raphaël, Felix & Paul Studios
(Canada, 20 minutes, english, 2018)

Witness the lives of NASA astronauts as they navigate the trials and sacrifices of their training and missions. Explore the camaraderie of space programs around the world, and discover the latest advancements and plans for deep space exploration.

*Nominated for a 2019 Daytime EMMY Award for Outstanding Interactive Program.

The Real Thing, directed by Benoit Felici, codirected by Mathias Chelebourg
(France, 16 minutes, mandarin chinese, subtitles: french or english, 2018)

The film documents the real lives of residents living in stunning “fake cities.” It travels from Paris to London and Venice without ever leaving China. As virtual reality leads the way to virtual tourism, replica cities compete to offer an experience of static travel.

*Newimages Paris Film Festival 2018, Winner (Masque d'or)

Traveling While Black, directed by Academy Award-winning director Roger Ross Williams and Ayesha Nadarajah in collaboration with Felix & Paul Studios
(USA, 21 minutes, english, 2018)

Traveling While Black is a cinematic VR experience that immerses the viewer in the long history of restriction of movement for black Americans and the creation of safe spaces in our communities. Visit historic Ben's Chili Bowl and join patrons as they share and reflect on their experiences. Confronting the way we understand and talk about race in America, Traveling While Black highlights the urgent need to facilitate a dialogue about the challenges minority travelers still face today.

*Outstanding Original Interactive Program - Emmy 2019

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