The annual Sheffield Doc/Fest 2017 will return this June featuring an extensive film and Alternate Realities programmes, talks, sessions and marketplace. Alternate Realities is set to include its biggest lineup yet of immersive content, with 26 exhibits from thirteen different countries.
The programme aims to demonstrate how virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technology can change the way traditional film stories are told, and audiences react to them in different ways. Supported by Arts Council England, Alternate Realities will feature across four venues, including the Immersive VR and Interactive Exhibitions in Millennium Gallery plus two new immersive VR domes, the Virtual Reality Portal on Tudor Square and Virtual Reality Campfire Dome.
Dan Tucker, Curator, Alternate Realities said in a statement: “Digital humans: prepare to engage, immerse and emote. This year’s Alternate Realities programme is bursting at its digital seams with incredible virtual, augmented and interactive experiences, powerful stories, and illuminating talks and discussions that will bring audiences closer than ever before to the lives of others. From augmented reality to gaming, to virtual reality and interactive installations, the exhibition will be an unearthly garden of factual delights with a focus on stories of home, heritage, intimacy and identity. At the Alternate Realities Summit on Sunday, we welcome Jessica Brillhart (Google) to talk about the amazing VOYAGER a virtual reality series in collaboration with NASA and NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and explore new dimensions in digital storytelling across panels, talks and demonstrations – all in our world leading Summit.
“I am so proud of this year’s Alternate Realities programme and the team that have delivered it and I hope that all our visitors enjoy the incredible selection we have made and leave contemplating what it is to be a digital human in 2017”.
As part of the Alternate Realities programme the International Premiere of VR experience and live performance, Doom Room from Danish VR filmmaking studio Makropol will take place as well as two cross-programme projects with the Film programme: the project Unrest VR and Chasing Coral: The VR Experience.
Additionally, the Alternate Realities Awards will take place, featuring the Virtual Reality Award, given to the project that displays excellence in factual storytelling and technical ingenuity, and The Interactive Award, for projects that exhibit originality in their approach to form, storytelling and delivery.