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Sensoria 2020: Music, film and digital festival calls for submissions

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SensoriaPro 2019. Photo by Ian Spooner.

Organisers of a digital culture festival are calling for artists to submit work for their 2020 edition later this year.

The thirteenth Sensoria takes place across Sheffield between 2 and 10 October, and incorporates music, film and digital arts.

"We're currently open to submissions, entries and ideas from musicians, filmmakers, sound designers, potential partners, co-promoters - in fact anyone who wants to make a suggestion," festival director Jo Wingate told Now Then.

"We're looking for original new bands or artists, especially (but not exclusively) live soundtracks or artists whose performance includes an innovative, exciting use of visuals."

The deadline for all submissions is 5pm on 21 February, but early submissions are welcomed.

Previous performers have included Holly Herndon, Richard Hawley and Indiana footwork producer Jlin.

As ever with Sensoria, this year's festival has two cross-cutting themes which will run through a week of events in different venues.

With the theme Sound Of The Crowd, the festival will explore sound design in film

"2020 is the International Year of Sound, a global initiative to highlight the importance of sound and related sciences and technologies," said Wingate.

"With the theme Sound Of The Crowd, the festival will explore sound design in film, 'sonic seasoning', and will celebrate the human voice."

The other theme, Sustain, will combine "food, music, fashion and sustainability for creators, promoters and audiences alike."

As well as live music, the festival will feature films relating to sound and sonics.

"Film submissions can include music documentaries, music-related biopics, fiction features or short films with an innovative soundtrack or score" said Wingate, who is also looking for "truly exceptional music videos."

"Films should have been completed after 2018 - where possible we'd like to hear how the film relates to either of our 2020 themes."

Previous editions have featured films about Ryuichi Sakamoto, rave DJs in Iran, and infamous New York nightclub Studio 54.

Sam Gregory

Details of the submissions process are available on Sensoria's website.

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