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25 teams of artists were selected to discuss their projects at the Alternate Realities Talent Market. You can read about them here. The call for entries for the 2020 edition is now open. To read more about the Alternate Realities Talent Market 2020 and how to apply, please visit our application page here.

The Alternate Realities Talent Market exists to foster collaborations between creatives and organisations focused on using digital technologies to push storytelling in exciting new directions. The market is for discussing new projects that are interactive, immersive, virtual reality, augmented reality, web-doc, games, 360-video, live performance, motion comic, room-scale experience and/or installation.

Selected artists and creative teams will be connected with industry Decision Makers from tech companies, funding bodies, NGOs, broadcasters, international festivals, galleries, production companies and distribution platforms for new media, including Digital Catapult, HTC, VR Days, Arts Council, Tate,  Baltic Centre, HOME, Barbican, ArtAngel, Watershed, MoMa, Crossover Lab, Limina Immersive, ICRS, Roundhouse, The Mill,...

Selected participants had pre-arranged, match-made meetings during Sheffield Doc/Fest on Monday 10th and Tuesday 11th June, 2019. In addition the pitching teams were invited to a private view of the Alternate Realities Exhibition and networking reception.


Here is what some of our 2019 project participants and Decision Makers had to say about their experience at the Alternate Realities Talent Market:

"We just wanted to say a massive thank you for hosting us at Sheffield Doc/Fest this year! The Alternate Realities Talent Market was really valuable from our point of view. It was such a pleasure to meet such a diverse range of creators and decision makers. Your commitment, flexibility and all round enthusiasm made it such a pleasure to attend." – Sophie Wiesner, Media Stockade (Talent Market Participant)

"It was an absolutely brilliant experience. I am stunned again at how organised and friendly everyone involved in the festival unfailingly is, from my first emails through to every exchange with a volunteer. I've never seen anything like it at any kind of event or venue. I met some excellent artists and creatives and will be following up with them over the following few weeks" – Charmian Griffin, ArtAngel (Decision Maker)

"You organised this terrifically well - all credit to you and your team congratulations! Already following up on a number of fronts with the meetings - so hopefully also of benefit to the creatives on the tables. Once again, excellently organised, thank you" Roger McKinley, FACT (Decision Maker)

 “... I also wanted to complement the festival on separating the Talent Market from the Meet Market. It works really well for us and the conversations I had this year were much higher in quality for being less creative content focussed. It really creates opportunities for deeper discussions around other market niches and technology creation and development and business growth.” – Andy Curtis, Knowledge Transfer Network / Innovate UK (Decison Maker) 


 If you have any enquiries regarding the Alternate Realites Talent Market, please email our Marketplace & Talent Coordinator, Manon at manon.euler@sheffdocfest.com.



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