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Sheffield DocFest partners with International Documentary Association

Organisers of the world-renowned Sheffield DocFest, have announced a collaboration with the International Documentary Association (IDA).

The two organisations will join forces on the Alternate Realities Exhibition and Summit during the 31st edition of Sheffield DocFest in June.

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.

“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,” explained Raul Niño Zambrano, Sheffield DocFest Creative Director.

“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.”

Sheffield DocFest’s Alternate Realities programme first started in 2013 and developed into a full programme and exhibition a year later. It’s focused on 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.

Dominic Asmall Willsdon, IDA Executive Director added: 

“[…] 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.”

This programme is funded by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Sheffield DocFest takes place 12 – 17 June 2024.

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