Sheffield Doc/Fest, the documentary festival held in South Yorkshire, UK, is celebrating its 25th edition, and is celebrating with a diverse programme of documentary features, shorts and performances, including an impressive 27 interactive and immersive projects; including 1 game, 1 augmented reality (AR), 3 interactive documentaries, 3 installations, 9 virtual reality (VR) installations and 10 mobile VR projects.
The features ad performances that contain immersive elements will be part of the Alternate Realities exhibition, which will be spread over two floors at the Trafalgar Warehouse and will be featuring virtual and augmented reality, videogames and digital installations.
The exhibition lower floor will have an area called The World Unknown to You which will feature several VR and AR installations. The floor above will have an area for Better Known Truths, supported by the DDD60 project, a communal space where synchronous VR shows will be shown in order to bring audiences together to experience 360-degree documentaries.
Special live events will also be shown during the event, such as the ‘live-action text adventure’ The Dark Room, dark Orwellian interactive show DOUBLETHINK ans other shows such as The Incredible Playable Show and Reeps One: We Speak Live Music.
In addition, the Alternate Realities Summit, supported by Arts Council England will take place on Sunday 10th June. There will be three keynote speakers; William Uricchio who leads the MiT open Doc lab, Ruthie Doyle from the Sundance Institute and Zahra Rasool, the lead of Al Jazeera’s Contrast VR team.
All the Alternative Realities projects, except the special live events, will be competing across three award categories; the Virtual Reality Awards, Alternative Realities Interactive Award and Audience Award. The winners will be announced at the Sheffield Doc/Fest Awards ceremony on 12th June.
The Sheffield Doc/Fest begins on Thursday 7th June. The Alternative Realities exhibition will be open for the duration of the event. Further information and tickets can be found on the Sheffield Doc/Fest website. VRFocus will be sure to keep you updated on the latest news from Sheffield Doc/Fest and other VR/AR events.