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Sheffield Doc/Fest launches 2019 Alternate Realities Commission

UK documentary festival Sheffield Doc/Fest has opened its annual Alternate Realities Commission, which provides completion funding for a new non-fiction focused digital project. The project winner of the £20,000 (US$ 26,118) commission will be ...
January 31, 2019

UK documentary festival Sheffield Doc/Fest has opened its annual Alternate Realities Commission, which provides completion funding for a new non-fiction focused digital project.

The project winner of the £20,000 (US$ 26,118) commission will be unveiled at the Alternate Realities Exhibition for digital artworks focused on non-fiction, taking place at Site Gallery as part of Sheffield Doc/Fest’s 26th edition.

The festival is looking to receive applications from international artists, organizations and institutions working in multi-disciplinary installation, augmented and/or virtual realities, interactive art, 360-degree video, room-scale experience, gaming, motion comic formats and live performance. Artists based anywhere in the world are eligible to submit their application until Feb. 25 at midnight (GMT).

Additionally, as part of the national and international Alternate Realities Touring Exhibition, the commission winner will have the chance to discuss their work at MUTEK, Montreal (Aug. 20 to 25), and tour their project as part of MUTEK Montreal 2020 edition.

The Arts Council England, Site Gallery, British Council and MUTEK support the commission, now in its sixth year.

Previous commissioned artists include Heather Phillipson, Oscar Raby, Alex Pearson/Marshmallow Laser Feast, Darren Emerson and Michaela Holland/Michelle Gabel.

“As Sheffield’s international contemporary art space, focusing on New Media, Moving Image and Performance, we are perfectly placed to support and develop the exhibition’s evolving ambitions,” said Sharna Jackson, artistic director for Site Gallery, in a statement. 

Sheffield Doc/Fest runs from June 6 to 11 in Sheffield, England.

(Pictured: Last year’s winner Face to Face)

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