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Sheffield DocFest and IDA announce Alternate Realities Collaboration

April 19, 2024

Sheffield DocFest and the International Documentary Association (IDA) today announce their collaboration for the Alternate Realities Exhibition and Summit during the 31st edition of Sheffield DocFest taking place June 12th -17th 2024. An international collaboration supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

The Alternate Realities Exhibition will be curated by Sheffield DocFest Creative Director Raul Niño Zambrano alongside the IDA’s Keisha Knight, Director of Funds, and Abby Sun, Director of Artist Programmes, supported by Alternate Realities Programme Producer Jack Rutherford.

Raul Niño Zambrano, Sheffield DocFest Creative Director, says: “We are very excited to join forces with IDA, an organisation we have always felt close to and that shares our passion for works at the intersection of technology, arts and documentary. Our conversations and explorations around the future of immersive work have allowed us to gather an incredible group of pieces and artists that will connect with our audiences during the festival and beyond.”

Dominic Asmall Willsdon, IDA Executive Director, says: “On the close of Getting Real ’24, we are thrilled to announce this collaboration with Sheffield DocFest’s Alternate Realities. On their decennial anniversary, Getting Real and Alternate Realities are two essential events where non-fiction makers from around the globe connect in meaningful ways. We are looking forward to the showcase of international immersive nonfiction work at Sheffield in June.”

Sheffield DocFest’s Alternate Realities programme was initiated in 2013 and developed into a full programme and exhibition in 2014. For over ten years the exhibition has celebrated innovative non-fiction and immersive documentaries in all forms, breaking the boundaries of traditional documentary practice and using cutting edge technology – including virtual reality, use of artificial intelligence, video gaming platforms, augmented reality, and interactive web documentaries.

Selected artists and industry speakers will participate in the onsite Alternate Realities Summit on June 16th as an opportunity to connect with industry including curators, international festivals, galleries, media institutions, educational institutions, production companies, tech companies, broadcasters and distribution platforms for new media.

Sheffield DocFest will present a free exhibition of works at Site Gallery that are open to industry delegates and to the public, with selected works retained and exhibited in a partnership that extends post-festival for local audiences to enjoy.

This programme is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

The Sheffield DocFest public programme including Artificial Realities will be launched on May 8th.

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