Hear from the Doc/Fest Programmers about what they're looking for in 2018 submissions
Welcome to Alternate Realities, Sheffield Doc/Fest’s programme of virtual reality experiences, interactive documentaries and inspiring talks and sessions. We invite Festival-goers and the public to bravely step into new worlds, where interaction and immersion make you a part of the story.
In 2017, we brought you a magical, factual feast of experiences at our hub, the Millennium Gallery. And we hit the streets of Sheffield with two new pop-up venues, our immersive Virtual Reality Portal on Tudor Square and the Virtual Reality Campfire at Upper Chapel where you could find thought provoking stories from around the world.
With more virtual reality than ever before in the programme, we invited you to ascend into the tree canopy of the Amazon rainforest. Share an intimate moment with a stranger. Play with an interactive model of a rebuilt city or see the world through the eyes of a baby.
With the latest tech in our interactive exhibition, we encouraged you to augment your reality, bear witness to documentaries on the web and swipe through dramatic stories on tablets. You could find a hidden love story in secret documents, slip down the rope of lost memories or lead a clandestine wartime mission to decide the fate of the world and uncover secrets from WWII.
Bringing together Film and Alternate Realities more closely than before, we created story specific journeys that let you immerse yourself in the worlds you have seen on the big screen or follow strands like Doc/Love and Doc/Think across both programmes.
In the 2017 Alternate Realities Summit, we created a day of illuminating and vital conversations, talks and demonstrations. The nature of the human identity and connection was explored with storytellers, technologists and artists revealing how their documentary work could help us better understand who we are and encourage social innovation.
The Summit Morning focussed on digital experiences that helped us learn about our own identity and values. The Summit Afternoon explored how virtual reality and immersive experiences give us a better understanding of the lives of others.
Beyond the Summit and the Exhibition, you could discover Alternate Realities sessions and events throughout the city. In particular the DOOM ROOM, a psychedelic mediation on life and death that was not for the faint hearted.
We are hard at work developing our 2018 programme, a selection of interactive and immersive stories that you can only see during these wonderful six days in Sheffield.
Supported by Arts Council England
- Dan Tucker, Curator, Alternate Realities
A Message from Our Programmers on Submissions
Sheffield Doc/Fest at Noviembre Electrónico
See the exhibition & workshops we're presenting in Argentina this November
Sheffield Doc/Fest YouTube Channel
Recordings of talks, sessions and post screening Q&As from 2017 and previous Festivals.
Doc/Fest at Latitude Festival 2017
We're back at Latitude Festival 13-16 July with some of the very best of Doc/Fest 2017's Augmented Reality and short film programmes
Realidades Alternativas/Alternate Realities in Latin America
Sheffield Doc/Fest and the British Council are delighted to announce that a selection of work from Alternate Realities will tour to Latin America Doc/Fest 2017.
Award Winners 2017
We are pleased to announce our Award Winners for Sheffield Doc/Fest 2017
Alternate Realities Summit 2017
Engaging panels & playful presentations from the leading voices in interactive factual storytelling - now on YouTube
Alternate Realities Projects in Competition
Alternate Realities Projects in Competition
Immersive VR at Millennium Gallery
Immerse yourself in multi-sensory VR storyworlds.
Virtual Reality Portal at Tudor Square
A transportative 360° projection dome on Tudor Square.
Jessica Brillhart from Google reflects on the thinking behind her ambitious new VR series, VOYAGER.
Virtual Reality Campfire at Upper Chapel
Watch thought provoking stories from around the world in mobile VR.
Interactive at Millennium Gallery
Showcasing a diverse range of interactive digital storytelling, from games to augmented reality.
DDD60 – High Quality VR for Film & TV Industry Professionals
Announcing an EU Horizon 2020 project on virtual reality
Doc/Fest All Year
Film screenings, Alternate Realities, training and where to find the team
Festival Roundup 2017
Sheffield Doc/Fest celebrates wider audience inclusiveness and accessibility opportunities across the Festival
Sheffield Doc/Fest Award Winners
An Archive of Past Sheffield Doc/Fest Award Winners