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Sheffield Doc/Fest launches VR commission

The U.K. festival is offering $7,075 to an international artist for the creation of a virtual reality doc project timed for the June event.
February 23, 2016

U.K. festival Sheffield Doc/Fest is offering $7,075 to an international artist for the creation of a virtual-reality project.

The documentary-focused work will be displayed alongside other VR installations as part of the June festival’s Alternate Realities program at the contemporary art space, Site Gallery.

The Alternate Realities strand explores innovative forms of storytelling by experimenting with technology with the aim of delivering immersive experiences.

To be considered for the inaugural VR commission, projects must be documentary-driven and demonstrate innovation in interactive storytelling. Projects must also utilize a virtual reality headset as its main platform.

VR projects that are currently in development or production will be considered for the commission, providing that other partners or funding bodies involved in the project are made aware upon submission.

The successful project will be selected by a panel of judges that includes Mark Atkin, curator of Alternate Realities at Doc/Fest; Laura Sillars, artistic director of Site Gallery; Lucia Pietroiusti, public programs curator at Serpentine Galleries; and Catherine Allen, producer for iWonder at BBC Knowledge and Learning.

Applications for VR doc proposals are open until 9 a.m. GMT on Mar. 14. Shortlisted artists will be selected by Mar. 30, with a delivery date of May 30.

Sheffield Doc/Fest has previously partnered with the Site Gallery to co-present the VR Arcade, which highlighted nine innovative VR experiences, including a commission from Interactive Award recipient Oscar Raby.

The festival runs June 10 to 15.

Story courtesy of Realscreen

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