Virtual reality to lead Sheffield Doc Fest line-up

Audience at the Devil's Arse watching Nick Ryan's The Summit on the opening night of Doc/Fest 2013
Audience at the Devil's Arse watching Nick Ryan's The Summit on the opening night of Doc/Fest 2013
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A host of virtual reality experiences will be leading the line for Sheffield’s annual documentary and film festival Doc Fest.

The festival, held every year in the city to showcase film and culture from across the globe, has announced the line-up for Doc Fest 2015.

The show is set to include an interactive exhibition which will showcase 16 interactive documentaries to play, touch and experience.

Ram Devieni will show his artistic response to male sexual violence in India, Priya’s Shakti, and an augmented reality mural will be painted on the side of the festival lounge in Tudor Square.

The Virtual Reality Arcade exhibition will include everything from artistic films to Twitter poetry.

A spokesman for Doc Fest said: “At last year’s Interactive at Sheffield we had two virtual reality projects.

“In the ensuing year, people from across the creative spectrum have been flocking to this new medium, since it offers something other media cannot – a feeling of presence, of actually being there. And for a documentary filmmaker, this is an incredibly powerful tool.

“This year we have teamed up with Site Gallery to co-present a Virtual Reality Arcade featuring nine of the most interesting and diverse VR experiences, including our own commission from Oscar Raby, who won last year’s Audience Award.

“In the Crossover Summit we will discover how VR is being used by journalists to allow us to witness events, by charities for advocacy, by filmmakers who take us to places we can’t go, and by artists probing the limits of the technology.

“Elsewhere in the Summit, we discover what we can learn about access to digital media from the world’s youngest continent – Africa – and discover a multi-platform response to the rape crisis in India. We will experience serendipity, make Twitter poetry and find out how documentary is becoming a significant part of the games industry.”

The show will run from June 5 to 10 at venues across Sheffield.

n To find out more, go to www.sheffdocfest.com