For the past few years, Sheffield Doc/Fest has highlighted the latest in VR documentary making via its Alternate Realities section, and this year’s show will be no different.
In the build-up to Sheffield Doc/Fest 2018, which runs from June 7th – 12th, the festival is offering a £12,000 commission for an immersive documentary to be made before and the premiered during the show. It’s the third year in a row the festival has run this creative competition, with previous years spawning intriguing VR pieces such as Indefinite and Future Aleppo.
Doc/Fest is looking for pitches for projects that push the boundaries of factual storytelling using immersive and interactive platforms. Applicants will need to demonstrate their commitment to innovation as well as be backed by a strong body of existing work in the field.
If you have those things and think you have something that needs to be told in VR then you’ll need to get your proposal in by 12:00pm GMT on Monday March 12th. The commission will be selected the following week. The commission isn’t just exclusive to UK artists, so don’t think you’ll be left out if you’re in the US or elsewhere. You can find out how to apply here.
If successful your piece will be put on display next to some of the best works in VR documentary making right now.