Doc/Fest Exchange: Our Planet, Our Health - 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.

The full programme of talks and screenings will be announced in the run up to the festival.

Highlights inlude:

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

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.

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+

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.

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.