The Portal

An immersive storytelling showcase featuring work from top talent in Augmented, Mixed and Virtual Reality.

September 20-22, 2019

The Portal returns. For the first time outside of the LA Film Festival – and the second time ever – Film Independent will showcase the most exhilarating new animated, documentary and fictional storytelling in 360, virtual, augmented and mixed reality from exhibitions around the world, in partnership with Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television.

These platforms provide cutting-edge content creators an ever-expanding space to work at the intersection of imagery, audio and interactivity. Adventurous audiences can explore the best of modern XR and immersive visual storytelling at the LMU Playa Vista Campus, September 20–22, 2019.


Attendees will have the opportunity to take part in five different types of experiences at The Portal: room scale immersive virtual reality (VR) storytelling; 360 documentary cinema; augmented reality (AR); geo-located AR* and panel discussions with creators.

View the full program to learn more about each piece in this year’s lineup.

You can also use our handy program guide (PDF), complete with a map of the venue.

* Geo-located pieces require the 4th Wall app, available via or the App Store. The app is free for iPhone/iPad (iOS 11 or higher) and Android devices with AR Core. The app must be downloaded using WiFi in advance of viewing the geo-located AR.


The Portal is FREE and open to Film Independent Members and the general public.

Member registration will begin at 10:00 am on Monday, September 9. Registration will open to the general public the following day, Tuesday, September 10, at 10:00 am.

Arts Circle Members are invited to Opening Night (September 20) and a VIP preview (September 21), and can enjoy priority access throughout the weekend with an exclusive Priority Pass.

Each day of The Portal is divided into 90-minute blocks. Registrants will be able to sign up for one (1) 90-minute block per day, as well as any available panels.

Directions & Details

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The Portal will take place at LMU Playa Vista Campus (12105 W. Waterfront Dr., 2nd Floor, Suite 200; Los Angeles, CA 90094).

Due to high demand, attendees should arrive 20 minutes early, prior to the start time of their 90-minute block. Reservations are processed on a first-come, first-served basis and do not confirm entry. Each activation will have an individual wait list – you will not be able to experience every piece during a single 90-minute block.

Parking on site is $20, paid upon exit. There is also street parking in the area.

Last but not least, grownups and teens only! All attendees must be aged 13 or older.

LMU Playa Vista Campus
12105 W. Waterfront Dr., 2nd Floor, Suite 200
Los Angeles, CA 90094

Image: VESTIGE, dir. Aaron Bradbury, showcased at The Portal in 2018