Sheffield Hallam students ready for Doc/Fest

13th June 2016

Sheffield Hallam University is set to play a key role in supporting one of the biggest documentary film festivals in the world - Sheffield Doc/Fest.

Students from Sheffield Hallam have volunteered to take part in events across the city to help support the running of the 2016 Doc/Fest, which will take place from 10-15 June. From registration desk and front of house to screening support and signposting duties, the student volunteers will fulfil a number of important roles in welcoming over 30,000 documentary makers and enthusiasts, including 3,500 industry delegates from over 60 countries. As well as volunteer support, Sheffield Hallam's performance facility, The Space, will be used for a part of the 'Alternate Realities: Virtual Reality Arcade' section of the festival - a leading forum for interactive and virtual reality projects. Alternate Realities: Virtual Reality Arcade will include a number of world, European and UK premieres - including the world premieres of Mars 2030, a virtual reality journey to Mars, and Home An Immersive Spacewalk Experience Space Station Walk, inspired by NASA's training programme and created by the BBC. The Alternate Realities exhibitions will also be held at Site Gallery, Union Street café and Millennium Gallery. Martin Carter, principal lecturer in stage and screen at Sheffield Hallam University, said: "Doc/Fest has a huge cultural and economic impact on Sheffield and as a key stakeholder in the city it's fantastic to be able to support the festival once again. "The legacy of Doc/Fest is not only in the inspiration it provides to our student volunteers who have shown a real passion for the arts and film-making - but in some cases it will also lead to future employment opportunities in the industry." Sylvia Wroblewska from Sheffield Doc/Fest said: "The Festival values Sheffield Hallam University's support enormously. It's very exciting to see so much involvement across this year's programme and we're looking forward to working with Hallam students to help deliver this year's Doc/Fest." Sheffield Hallam University is also sponsoring and helping collaborate a talk at The Crucible Theatre (Tuesday 14 June) about the futures of the BBC and Channel 4: 'Your BBC, your Channel 4: A future for Public Service Television?'. For more information about Sheffield Doc/Fest, click here or visit

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