How far would you travel to party with a bunch of documentary makers? Quite far, as it happens.
Although it wasn’t just parties – Sheffield Doc/Fest 2015 was an inspiring week of connecting with some of the most innovative documentary story makers working right now.
In the VR space, a lot has happened since we were first there a year ago – last year there were two virtual reality pieces in the program, Oscar’s Assent and Nonny de la Pena’s Use of Force. This year there was a whole gallery devoted to VR works, including Hola World, our new and playful experimental piece commissioned by Doc/Fest specifically for the Festival.
The Crossover Summit, Sheffield’s day of discussing interactive documentary, also devoted half of its program to addressing some of the issues around producing Virtual Reality. VRTOV’s Oscar Raby presented a session on Virtual Reality and Art – handily summarised by the wonderful Sheffield artist Smizz here.
And of course there were several VR projects being pitched in the Crossover Market, including our very own Islands, for which we were more than honoured to receive the ARTE International Prize. Thank you to ARTE, and to Sheffield Doc/Fest and Crossover Labs for supporting this work.