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The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) is making groundbreaking, immersive virtual reality experiences more accessible than ever--starting with a VR reinvention of the NFB’s multi-award-winning interactive doc, Bear 71, now available free on Chrome as Bear 71 VR.

Originally launched in 2012, Bear 71 is an acclaimed interactive multi-user online experience told from the point of view of an omniscient female grizzly bear--dubbed “Bear 71” by the park rangers who track her. Created by Jeremy Mendes, Leanne Allison and the NFB, Bear 71 explores how we coexist with wildlife in the age of networks, surveillance, and digital information en mass.

Developed using open platform WebVR technology for greater accessibility, Bear 71 VR is now available using a Daydream-ready phone such as Pixel and Daydream View, and can also be viewed as a 2D interactive experience. It will soon be available in additional VR headsets as WebVR support expands further in Chrome and other major web browsers.

2016, 19 min 45 s

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Communication Arts Interactive
November 16 2017, Menlo Park - USA

Silver Award in the VR/AR category
The Advertising & Design Club of Canada (ADCC) Awards
November 2 2017, Toronto - Canada

Augmented & Virtual Reality
Applied Arts Magazine Awards
July 1 2017, Toronto - Canada

FWA Site of the Day (May 14)
Favourite Website Awards
May 14 2017, Litlington - England