Sensoria festival set to return to Sheffield later this year

The renowned Sensoria festival of film, music and digital is set to return to Sheffield later this year, with a combination of performances, screening and talks as well as in-person and streaming events.

By Sarah Marshall
Thursday, 25th March 2021, 8:33 am
Updated Thursday, 25th March 2021, 8:36 am

The multi-venue festival, which is due to mark its 13th year, is set to be held in the city between October 1 and 9, after Covid-19 restrictions forced it online last year.

Organisers say this year’s Sensoria will introduce two new themes of “super nature” and “better together” which will be present throughout this year’s event.

As preparations for the festival get underway, organisers are hunting for “exciting new work” in the “realms of music, film and digital.”

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Moomins Comet. Picture: Laura Merrill

The brief for film submissions states the festival is welcoming “new music documentaries, music-related biopics, fiction features or short films with an innovative soundtrack or score, as well as truly exceptional music videos.”

Films should have been completed after 2018, and those interested in submitting work are encourage to send their offering via Vimeo link.

And for music, Sensoria is searching for “original artists, especially – but not exclusively – those whose performance includes an innovative, exciting use of visuals.”

The festival will also welcome suggestions for live performances of soundtracks and scores to film, and entrants are encouraged to submit Bandcamp/Soundcloud/Dropbox links.

Black Gold of the Sun at Upper Chapel during a previous Sensoria festival. Picture: AlexKeegan

As well as music, film and other pieces of work, Sensoria is also open to ideas foroutdoor events, especially those that promise a low carbon footprint.

The festival brings together an unique mix of live performance, film screenings, installations, exhibitions plus music and film industry activity at venues across Sheffield

Since it began in 2008, the festival has welcomed the likes of Jarvis Cocker, Bill Drummond, Richard Hawley, Forgemasters, Chris and Cosey, Laurie Anderson, Jlin, DJ Stingray and many more.

Renowned for its use of unusual venues, events have included city centre drive-ins, swimming pool screenings and an AV installation in a 60s hotel ballroom.

This year’s line-up is set to be announced late spring/early summer.

There is no submission fee, and the closing date is April 23.

Entrants should email their submissions to [email protected], using the subject “SENSORIA 2021 SUBMISSIONS.”


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