The first International Conference on Virtual Storytelling took place on September 27-28, 2001 in Avignon (France) in the frame of the prestigious "Palais des Papes" and was sponsored by the European Commission, the C-S group and French Virtual Reality Working Group. Despite the tragic events of the 11th September that led to some last minute cancellations, nearly 100 people from 14 different countries attended the 4 invited lectures given by international experts, the 13 scientific talks and the 6 scientific demonstrations. 2 SME - Immersion S.A. and RealViz - offered prizes for the "Best Paper" and for the "Best Application". The conference proceedings, composed of 210 pages, were published by Springer as volume 2197 of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science series.
Virtual Storytelling'03 was organized on November 20-21, 2003 in Toulouse (France) in the Modern and Contemporary Art Museum "Les Abattoirs". Virtual Storytelling'03 was supported by the European Commission, Grand Toulouse, the University of Glasgow, the University Paul Sabatier of Toulouse, the Eurographics organization, the French Virtual Reality Working Group and the companies C-S, NVIDIA and Immersion S.A. One hundred people from 17 different countries attended the conference composed of 3 invited lectures, 16 scientific talks, 11 posters/demonstrations. The 240-page conference proceedings were published by Springer as volume 2787 of the LNCS.
Since autumn 2003 there is a strong collaboration between the two major virtual/digital storytelling conference series in Europe: Virtual Storytelling and TIDSE (Technologies for Interactive Digital Storytelling and Entertainment). Thus the conference chairs of TIDSE and VS decided to establish a two years turnover for both conferences and to associate the respective organizers in the Committees.
This year, Virtual Storytelling'05 will be organized in the framework of the Virtual Reality Week of Strasbourg that associates also the Annual Workshop of AFIG, the French Association of Computer Graphics (Nov. 28-30 with a common day with Virtual Storytelling'05) and the 2nd France-Asia Workshop in Virtual Reality supported by CNRS, INRIA. The conjunction of all these scientific meetings will make Virtual Storytelling'05 a key high-level scientific and artistic event in 2005.
It has also been decided to have as lower registration fees as possible in order that researchers, artists, students and SME representatives can easily attend the conference. Thanks to the support of Iconoval - Pôle Image Alsace, the early registration rate is planned to be 225 €(~290 $US) for the 3-day conference access, the lunches, the coffee breaks and the proceedings book.