Past Event

Discover some of the best works from both here and abroad in this special animation series.

Opening Hours:
Monday to Friday: 9 AM to 5 PM
Saturday: noon to 5 PM
Sunday: closed
*On evenings when films are being shown in Space B (2nd floor), the installation remains open to visitors until the start of the screening.

Free Admission
Access to the installation is restricted to 13+ (ID might be requested)

Where: Space C (2nd floor)

*Please note that the Eagle Flight experience is unavailable from Mars 16 to 20.

*The Garden will be open until March 18!*

Please note that access to the installation is restricted to 13+
Learn more about the age restrictions and health warnings.

The new line-up features a collection of internationally acclaimed works including Henry, the 2016 Emmy Award–winning animated short created by Oculus Story Studio, Eagle Flight, a new game from Ubisoft, and the NFB’s Minotaur.

By juxtaposing animated film and virtual reality, the new program reaffirms the Phi Centre’s role as a venue for exploring innovative experiences. Since opening in January 2016 and through three previous editions, the Virtual Reality Garden has delivered a unique perspective on contemporary social issues and provided a showcase for creative works.

We are happy to accommodate group visits. To ensure that your group of 6 people or more enjoys the best possible conditions, please contact us 48h before your visit.

Presented by Bell

Eagle Flight, by Ubisoft 

Ubisoft’s Eagle Flight, developed exclusively for virtual reality, turns you into an eagle and sends you soaring above Paris fifty years after the extinction of the human race. Fly past the city’s iconic monuments, now overrun by wild plants and animals, dive through the narrow streets, and experience sensations of flight unlike anything you’ve felt before.

Henry, by Oculus Story Studio

Narrated by Elijah Wood and developed by some of the creative talent behind Brave and Toy Story 3, Oculus Story Studio’s Henry uses immersive technology to tell the adorable tale of a tiny hedgehog looking for love. After spending another birthday alone, he makes a wish that will change his fate. The film, which won an Emmy in 2016, takes the art of storytelling and reinvents it for virtual reality.

Lost, by Oculus Story Studio

Oculus Story Studio’s short film, Lost, takes viewers on an adventure with a robotic hand in search of its own body in an interactive experience that blurs the borders between film and virtual reality. Lost is the brainchild of Saschka Unseld, the director of Pixar’s animated short The Blue Umbrella. It was presented at Sundance Film Festival in 2015.

Minotaur, by Munro Ferguson and the National Film Board of Canada

Produced by NFB, Munro Ferguson’s latest film is a virtual reality animation that takes the viewer on an abstract mythical journey towards death and rebirth. Step into a 3D stereoscopic virtual reality with an original soundtrack by Kid Koala and experience the Minotaur’s emotional trajectory, from love through fear and anger to hate and finally, to a well-deserved sense of calm.

The Rose and I, by Penrose Studios

Penrose Studios’ first virtual reality film is an exploration of solitude, friendship, love, and loss. Come and meet Rose, who lives alone in a most unlikely place, and join her for a story that unfolds in an incredible universe that’s as touching as it is strange. The film was presented at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

The Virtual Reality Garden 

Unique to Montreal, the Phi Centre’s Virtual Reality Garden is a permanent installation that showcases the most innovative virtual reality pieces of our time. The Phi Centre team curates the eclectic and diverse programming, and refreshes the works throughout the year. Access to the Garden is free at all times so that Montrealers—and visitors—can take full advantage of this unique space.


The National Film Board of Canada creates groundbreaking interactive works, social-issue documentaries and auteur animation. The NFB has produced more than 13,000 films and won over 5,000 awards including 4 Canadian Screen Awards, 7 Webby Awards, 12 Oscars and more than 90 Genie Awards. The NFB's award-winning content can be seen at and on apps for smartphones, tablets and connected TV.

Oculus Story Studio

Oculus Story Studio is made up of a small, all-star team of film and game developers dedicated to exploring ‘immersive cinema’ — realtime story-driven VR experiences that let the viewer step inside and become part of the story. The goal was to learn more about cinema and storytelling in VR and to share that knowledge with the community.

Penrose Studios

Penrose is a group of artists, engineers, and storytellers pushing the boundaries of virtual and augmented reality. For us, VR is more than technology, it’s an opportunity to create worlds that offer endless exploration and narrative experiences. It’s an opportunity for audiences to make an emotional connection through VR as a storytelling medium.


Ubisoft is a leading creator, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and services, with a rich portfolio of world-renowned brands. The teams throughout Ubisoft's worldwide network of studios and business offices are committed to delivering original and memorable gaming experiences across all popular platforms.


Bell is Canada’s largest communications company, providing a comprehensive and innovative suite of broadband communication services to residential and business customers under the Bell Canada and Bell Aliant brands. Bell Media is Canada’s premier multimedia company. It has assets in television, radio, out of home and digital media, including CTV, Canada’s #1 television network, and the country’s most-watched specialty channels.

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