By Indiewire | Indiewire May 6, 2014 at 9:27AM
Sheffield Doc/Fest announced programming for the Interactive at Sheffield Event, which runs from June 7-June 10. The full Doc/Fest program will be unveiled later this week.
At the Interactive at Sheffield Event, Crossover Labs will present 15 projects that push the boundaries of interactive documentary filmmaking across several platforms, including 6 projects that are shortlisted for the Innovation Award: animated web doc "Iranorama;" National Geographic produced "Killing Kennedy;" Kat Cizek’s New York Times Op-Doc "A Short History of the Highrise;" "Brenda Longfellow, Glenn Richards and Helios Design Labs' "Offshore;" Samuel Bollendorff and Olivia Colo’s "Burn Out" and Tommy Pallotta and Femke Wolting's "Last Hijack Interactive."
Other immersive projects include the transmedia documentary "Love Radio," architect Rem Koolhaas and director Bregtje van der Haak’s "Lagos Wide and Close" and "In Flight," which marks the centenary of commercial aviation with live and interactive maps.
For the first time, Sheffield Doc/Fest will present videogames including "Riot," an animated riot simulator based on real events and "Papers, Please," a dystopian documentary thriller. In Oscar Roby's autobiographical documentary game "Assent," viewers will be transported back to a military execution witnessed by his father in 1970’s Chilie via Oculus Rift Virtual Reality headsets.
At the Crossover Market (June 7) digital and interactive funders and mentors will have the chance to find out about the best new projects in development and get the opportunity to pitch ideas to cross-platform commissioners and digital gurus.
On June 8, the Crossover Summit at Sheffield Doc/Fest will feature innovation expert Robert Tercek as a keynote speaker. Tercek will discuss the impact that surveillance will have on documentary filmmaking. Other speakers include Nonny de la Peña discussing the power of immersive journalism, BBC R&D’s Ian Forrester discussing the technology that will drive innovation for years to come, Noah Rosenberg, Editor-in-chief of Narratively talking about creating long form content in a world short on time. Buzzfeed’s senior writer Tom Phillips will discuss how to create a social media storm.
There will also be 8 interactive sessions offering advice and insight into the craft of interactive documentary. The Interactive At Sheffield pass is on sale now. For information about the event and pricing for the event pass, visit http://www.sheffdocfest.com/.