During its news report on a local VR Film Festival, The Seattle Times equates virtual reality's integration into the world of cinema to 'Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat' — the first publically shown film that scared the audience who thought that the moving picture was actually going to injure them. The Seattle International Film Festival's VR Zone opened on May 18th and it offered groups of 40 about 90 minutes of interactive storytelling and immersive narratives. From outer space documentaries to interactive hot air balloon ride installations, the event is met with great enthusiasm and curiosity.
The growth of the VR film festival, compared to last year, is astonishing. While in 2017, SIFF's Virtual Reality Zone was "just a small part of a larger festival-lounge area," in 2018 the event brings 36 global pieces of interactive films.