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Sheffield focuses on convergence

Sheffield Doc/Fest's Crossover Summit, taking place during the UK festival on June 8, will tackle issues surrounding convergence with Wired contributing editor Frank Rose, case studies on Big Fish Fight and more.
May 16, 2011

Sheffield Doc/Fest’s Crossover Summit, taking place during the UK festival on June 8, will tackle issues surrounding convergence with Wired contributing editor Frank Rose, case studies on Big Fish Fight and more.

The Summit will discuss commissioning and producing for convergence and how Internet-connected TV is altering how television is consumed, produced, commissioned and scheduled.

“We launched the convergence strand in Sheffield six years ago,” said Doc/Fest director Heather Croall, “and it has now become an integral part of the festival.”

The event will feature a keynote from Wired contributing editor Frank Rose (the author of The Art of Immersion) on how storytellers can use the new possibilities of transmedia to their advantage.

Another highlight is the Commissioning for Convergence panel with Mark Atkin (Crossover), Tom Koch (PBS), Kate Quilton (Channel 4) and Nicolette Noi (VPRO Digitaal). The panelists will talk about their approaches to creating and distributing convergent content.

Crossover will also feature a panel on how digital innovation is changing our media viewing, chaired by social media expert consultant Joanne Jacobs, with panelists Nick Jones (Central Office of Information), James Cashmore (Google UK), and Kate Quilton (Channel 4).

On June 9, Doc/Fest will have back-to-back Crossplatform sessions; one on Big Fish Fight‘s multi-platform campaign with KEO Films and Channel 4, and one on cinema in the streets, chaired by Blast Theory’s Julianne Pierce, with speakers Matt Adams (Blast Theory), Patrick Crowe (Xenophile Media) and Shari Frilot (Sundance Film Festival/New Frontier).

Interactive elements of gaming and its impact on documentary storytelling is the focus of another panel, chaired by British Film Institute’s head of digital Paula Le Dieu, with Tern TV’s Simon Meek, Alex Fleetwood (co-founder Hide and Seek), writer Neil Bennun and composer/sound designer Nick Ryan.

Another panel, chaired by realscreen associate editor Adam Benzine, focuses on Google’s partnership with UK indie Fresh One Productions for Jamies’ Dream School; while another looks at how to make money from docs on the net, with panelists from YouTube, Distrify, Snag Films and Dynamo.

In addition to the summit, Doc/Fest will also include cross-platform projects in the film program, including Condition One and Welcome to Pine Point.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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