Doc/Fest Exchange: bringing together a specially curated programme of free talks, films and conversations to revolutionise what makes a healthy planet.

Supported by Wellcome.

Join us daily in the Exchange to rethink how we can live together in a time of planetary uncertainty. Inspired by the convergence of social, environmental and digital movements you’ll hear from filmmakers, artists, commissioners, scientists, journalists, comedians, academics, community organisers and activists.

Everyday of the festival the Exchange hosts a range of in conversations, panel discussions and special screenings inspired by films and immersive and interactive projects from across the Doc/Fest programme.

Doc/Fest Exchange is free and open to all from 12:00 on Thursday 6 June, and 9:00 for the rest of the festival with complimentary tea, coffee and pastries from 10.00.

Food stalls are on offer throughout the day and evenings, hosted by Peddler, specialists in independent street food with an emphasis on vegetarian and vegan cuisine, and a bar featuring local craft beer, ale and creative cocktails. This year, we welcome Oatly who offer a range of oat drinks and oat-based food, made without taxing the planet’s resources.

Doc/Fest Exchange programme:

Our Planet, Shorts - Thu 6 June / 13:00 - our specially curated series of short films to revolutionise how we might imagine the health of our planet.

Doc/Fest Exchange Breakfast - Daily from Fri 7 June / 10:00 - Breakfast is on us at the Doc/Fest Exchange on Tudor Square. Fuel up for the day on great coffee, croissants, and connect with other Festival attendees. Get there quick – visit Oatly on Tudor Square daily from 10am, complimentary coffee and pastries only available whilst stock lasts!

Our Planet, Our Health - Fri 7 June / 11:00 - Human-induced climate change is a fact, a UK climate emergency has been declared, but what can we do? Join activists Extinction Rebellion Sheffield, artist Hwa Young Jung, geographer, Professor Anson MacKay and environmental economist, Professor Elizabeth Robinson to consider the challenges we face and to explore solutions. This session also draws on themes raised by documentary, Anthropocenes: The Human Epoch.

Living Off Grid - Fri 7 June / 14:00Join journalist, Katy Vans, and a range of experts to explore the possibilities of living modern life generating your own energy, heat, water, sanitation and food.

Meet the Makers of Alternate Realities - Fri 7 June / 16:00 - Venture into the realm of Alternate Realities – hear from the creators of immersive and interactive reality experiences that open up new perspectives on the health of the planet.

We Are Neurodiverse - Fri 7 June / 18:00 - What began as an experiment has become a movement. Over the past four years 104 films have been developing new neurodiverse filmmakers in Bristol. Come and marvel at these new films, experience a different way of looking at the world and meet the directors behind them.

Building Blocks - Sat 8 June / 11:00 - Barbican Young Programmers alumni T A P E present a screening of music videos in quasi-documentary style, which spotlight the architecture and sub-cultures of different neighbourhoods, cities and countries. Each stands apart in terms of the people, language and story, yet they are united by how places shape and define the individuals that exist within them. Join the curators, T A P E, for screening and Q&A.

Changing Visions of Home - Sat 8 June / 14:00 - Home movies take up a strange space in archives; they offer insight into lives, but are often clumsily made and aimless. This special film programme features archive clips of middle class films of holidays and picnics in the 1950s, video of childhood moments, to the future of mass media in vlogs, to show how style and aims of films have changed in response to technological advancements. Join the curators, Barbican Young Programmers, for screening and Q&A.

Meet the Makers of Alternate Realities - Sat 8 June / 16:00 - Venture into the realm of Alternate Realities – hear from the creators of immersive and interactive reality experiences that open up new perspectives on the health of the planet.

Michael Dapaah aka Big Shaq talks…. Sat 8 June / 18:00 - Comedian, rapper and all-round sensation Michael Dapaah (aka Big Shaq) will discuss how he gets his message to the masses: whether communicating with his 1.4million Instagram followers, the 325 million viewers of his viral music video Man’s Not Hot, or the hundreds of thousands of fans who tune into his YouTube mockumentary series #SWIL (Somewhere In London)

Climate Stories: New Strategies - Sun 9 June / 11:00 - Climate communication is more critical than ever before. This session unpicks the strategy behind Doc Society's new Climate Story Lab initiative, inviting a panel of filmmakers and experts to reflect on how radical collaboration and creative communication can make climate stories go further.

Encountering Virtual Realities - Sun 9 June / 14:00 - The Waiting Room is a documentary smartphone film and exhibition-based VR project in which documentary maker, Victoria Mapplebeck, explores her breast cancer journey from diagnosis to recovery by documenting her time spent in waiting rooms, CT scans, ultrasound scans and chemotherapy sessions. Join the project’s commissioner and researcher, Professor Mandy Rose in conversation with Victoria Mapplebeck and oncologist, Dr Anna Rigg to discuss what non-fiction VR offers to innovate documentary storytelling and new perspectives on cancer.

Meet the Makers: Power of Podcasts - Sun 9 June / 16:00 - Journalists and documentary makers often get to the heart of the action on the ground, bringing different voices to feature in coverage of the news. Covering social movements and social justice present unique challenges in this regard. Join Elizabeth Cassin, the producer of Guardian podcast, Today in Focus, to explore the power of podcasts.

What if... Revisiting the Age of Stupid - Sun 9 June / 18:00 - The first global climate school strike on March 15th this year coincided with the tenth anniversary of the solar-powered, green-carpet premiere of climate change blockbuster The Age of Stupid. This special event with director Franny Armstrong and comedian Tom Walker (aka YouTube star Jonathan Pie) discusses the small matters of what we must do to avoid extinction and whether the climate crisis is all the media’s fault. 

This event may content adult themes and language. Recommended age rating 15+

A Conversation with Jeremy Deller - Mon 10 June / 11:00 - Join the Turner prize winning artist Jeremy Deller and Site Gallery Artistic Director Sharna Jackson to explore the ability of art and social movements to illuminate the politics of everyday life.

Perspectives on Reality - Mon 10 June / 14:00 - Join Unlimited artists including Anna Berry in conversation with Unlimited’s Jo Verrent and a neuroscientist to explore differences in perceptual reality and the important role of art, technology and creative difference.

Fighting Shame - Mon 10 June / 18:00 - Fighting Shame documents a group of women who use everyday items to tell of the sacrifices and difficult choices they face, and the community initiatives they have launched in an attempt to tackle the shame surrounding poverty and make policy makers listen. Join the filmmakers, protagonists filmmakers and commissioners, Abigail Scott Paul from the Joseph Rowntree Trust and The Guardian’s Head of Documentaries, Charlie Phillips for this special screening and conversation.

Food Matters - Tue 11 June / 11:00 - Join artist Maya Chowdhry, community food expert, Mama D and food researchers to explore revelations, contradictions and journeys around food, where it comes from and how it nourishes us.

Living with Robots -Tue 11 June / 14:00 - Drawing inspiration from the documentary, Hi, AI, in which humanoid robots work, shop, sing and go to the movies, ethicist Professor Andy Miah, cognitive psychologist, Dr Maria Panagiotidi and Afrofuturist, Florence Okoye, to delve into a world in which humanoid robots become part of our everyday lives. How might this change how we are cared for, how we care for others, and how we live together in the future.

Alternate Realities: Meet the Maker - Tue 11 June  / 16:00

Venture into the realm of Alternate Realities – hear from the creators of immersive and interactive reality experiences that open up new perspectives on the health of the planet.

Our Planet, Shorts - Tues 11 June / 18:00 - Dip into our specially curated series of short films to revolutionise how we might imagine the health of our planet.

The full programme can also be viewed here