E3 might be the big event on the horizon, but there are plenty of other shows for virtual reality (VR) fans to look forward to in the coming weeks. Next month, for example, sees the return of the Sheffield Doc/Fest, an event taking place in the UK city that celebrates documentary filmmaking across the globe with screenings, live talks and more. As always, the festival is comprised of several strands focusing on various areas. Intriguingly, one of this year’s strands will include a huge focus on VR.
Featuring as part of the Interactive showcase at this year’s event, which is presented by Crossover, is a Virtual Reality Arcade that will be on display on both 5th and 6th June 2015. The gallery will host a number of VR documentaries and films for attendees to sample. These include Kiya, a piece from Nonny de la Peña that shines a light on domestic violence in the USA, and Gabo Arora and Chris Milk’s Clouds Over Sidra, which was commissioned as part of the UN’s advocacy at the World Economic Forum 2015 and follows a 12 year old in the Za’atari camp in Jordan.
Also included at the event is Vincent Morisset’s Way to Go, Zach Richter and Chris Milk’s Walking in New York, Stephanie Weimar and Thomas Wallner’s Polar Sea 360, Brendan Walker’s Oscillate, and Oscar Raby’s Hola World.
But VR’s involvement at Sheffield Doc/Fest doesn’t stop there. 6th June will also see a Crossover Summit take place in which a range of speakers, many of which have films on display, will be talking about VR and its use in films. The ‘VRfternoon’, as it’s named, is run by Nonny de la Peña, and features talks from Thomas Wallner on ‘The New Language of VR, Philip Harper on ‘The Role of the Audience in VR Stories’, Gabo Arora on ‘Can Virtual Reality Change the World’, Richard Nockles on ‘Join the Indie Revolution’, Oscar Raby on ‘Virtual Art’, and May Abdalla and Amy Rose on ‘The Reality Reality Show’.
There’s plenty to see and do for VR fans at this year’s show, then. Passes to Sheffield Doc/Fest can be purchased from an official website. VRFocus will continue to follow any and all VR related events, reporting back with the latest on them.