Sheffield Doc/Fest, with support from the BFI, today announces Doc/Circuit, a new initiative which aims to develop regional audiences for independent documentary films.

Launching on 29 August Doc/Circuit will  feature Q&A tours of four non-fiction cinema titles starting with Jake Meginsky’s critically acclaimed Milford Graves Full Mantis, followed by Doc/Fest 2018 opening night film, Sean McAllister’s A Northern Soul, touring in late September to Doc/Fest’s home region of Yorkshire, in October Bernadett Tuza-Ritter’s A Woman Captured and finally Leilah Weinraub’s Shakedown.

Doc/Circuit, which expands the Festival’s year-round programme, is intended to develop regional screening networks for independent documentaries in the UK and culminate in a case study report offering detailed insight into UK theatrical exhibition options for independent filmmakers without the backing of a major distributor. The programme will work with titles that have not been picked up for distribution, but have a potential for new regional audience engagement in the UK. The programme which will tour to major cities including Leeds, Manchester, Bristol, Dundee, Newcastle, Glasgow, and Bradford will focus on developing highly tailored audience engagement and marketing strategies to reach underrepresented audiences with specialised films.

Says Luke W Moody,  “Each year we discover incredible documentaries from around the world that we want to share with regional audiences beyond the festival. The vision is  to create new opportunities for filmmakers and audiences , to connect with titles that haven’t been supported by traditional theatrical distributors, and we believe will find a community in regions across the UK".


Milford Graves Full Mantis

Jake Meginsky, 91 minutes, English, USA

Celebrating the creativity of legendary American percussionist Milford Graves, this film is itself a kaleidoscope ode to the creative process, and a unique homage to the free jazz pioneer.

Doc/Circuit details:

Bertha DocHouse, London - Wednesday 29 August
Hyde Park Picture House, Leeds - Thursday 30 August
Dundee Contemporary Arts - Friday 31 August
Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle - Saturday 1 September
Glasgow Film Theatre - Sunday 2 September


A Northern Soul

Sean McAllister, 80 minutes, English, UK

Sean McAllister returned to his hometown, Hull, as curator of its’ UK City of Culture opening. Living with his elderly parents and reflecting on changes to a city hit by austerity and divided by Brexit.

Doc/Circuit details:

Hyde Park Picture House, Leeds - Tuesday 18 September
National  Media Museum, Bradford - Thursday 20 September
Square Chapel, Halifax - Saturday 29 September
Cast, Doncaster - Sunday 30 September


A Woman Captured

Bernadett Tuza-Ritter, 89 minutes, Hungarian, Hungary

Bernadett Tuza-Ritter enters the heart of darkness in Marish’s world. Living as a domestic slave in Hungary for 10 years, she is powerless without police protection or a support system.

Doc/Circuit details:

Cambridge Film Festival - Sunday 28 October & Monday 29 October
Dukes at Komedia, Brighton - Monday 29 October
Glasgow Film Theatre - Tuesday 30 October
The Barbican Centre, London - Wednesday 31 October



Leilah Weinraub, 72 mins, English, USA

Step into the world of Shakedown; Los Angeles’ African-American queer strip club. An erotic playground in the ‘90s and early 2000s, the club was a hub for the queer community.

Doc/Circuit details:

HOME, Manchester - Saturday 10 November
FACT, Liverpool - Sunday 11 November
Cameo, Edinburgh - Monday 12 November

For further information contact:
Sarah Harvey Publicity
+44 (0) 207 232 2812