Alternate Realities Talent 2024

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Image Credit: Alternate Realities Talent Market, Sheffield DocFest 2023 – Image courtesy of David Chang.


Applications for Alternate Realities Talent 2024 are now closed. 

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Alternate Realities Talent exists to foster collaborations between artists, collectives, creatives and organisations focused on using digital technologies to experiment and play with non-fiction boundaries, as well as push storytelling in exciting new directions.

Selected artists will participate in the onsite Alternate Realities Summit and will be connected with industry representatives including curators, international festivals, galleries, media institutions, educational institutions, production companies, tech companies, broadcasters and distribution platforms for new media. In these meetings artists will have the opportunity to create a network in the field of new media and ask for feedback on projects they may be working on.

In previous years, industry participants attending have included Arts Council England, Tate,  MoMA, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, HOME Manchester, Barbican, Serpentine Galleries, Institute of Contemporary Art, Site Gallery, FACT Liverpool, Phi Center, Transmediale, Abandon Normal Devices, SXSW, MUTEK, ArtAngel, Watershed, Crossover Labs, MIT, Digital Catapult, HTC Vive, Oculus, VR Days, ICRC, Roundhouse, Venice VR Expanded, and The Mill.


What’s Included?

  • Full Industry Pass which includes access to the whole festival 12-17 June, including films, talks & sessions, Alternate Realities exhibition, industry activities, parties and socials, and more

  • Access to Alternate Realities Summit onsite 

  • Organised meetings with industry representatives to expand your network


Who Is Eligible?

To be eligible, you must

  • Be based in the UK 
  • Be an artist using digital technologies to experiment and play with non-fiction narrative (ranging from video, audio and sound art, interactive documentary, immersive virtual reality, augmented and mixed reality, AI, immersive sound technology, games, 360° video, motion comic to performance, expanded cinema, artists' moving image, and multi-channel installations)


Alternate Realities Talent is supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

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