Monday 12 June / 18:45 / Octagon
Greetings documentary lovers.
As a Yorkshire native I’m proud to be back in the city where I first discovered independent cinema, curating my first Doc/Fest film programme for you. Since I joined the team only last November, we’ve been powering up, working our way through strong mugs of tea and hefty slices of reality, fuelling an addiction to non-fiction. We’re now rather ready to greet you in Sheffield with a Festival of stories that will hypnotise, rouse and illuminate your soul for these days and future memories.
The Film Programme displays a moving presence of international documentaries that explore deep societal ills, like Damon Davis’s and Sabaah Jordan’s Whose Streets? and Raed Andoni’s Ghost Hunting, and record frontline environmental dilemmas first-hand such as Julia Dahr and Kisilu Musya’s Thank You for the Rain and Shaul Schwarz’s and Christina Clusiau’s Trophy. This year’s spectrum of films will be broadened to include avant-garde works from the seminal to the subliminal that recognise our digital horizon of screens, and pixelated worlds from Theo Anthony’s rambunctious Rat Film to Hannah Jones’ performance work The Oweds.
In times of flux these films offer wonderfully different gestations of response to storytelling, from urgent to slow journalism, from absurd to mirthful trips. I believe in non-fiction filmmakers as our navigators between information and perspective, evidence and point of view, proof and wild possibilities. I hope that the Film Programme provides a forum for both expansion and determination of your mindsets – that what we view on the screen together and discuss with the filmmakers allows us to communicate and not fear, shout down or belittle those we disagree with.
Special Preview: ‘8 Minutes’ Performance, Alexander Whitley Dance Company
Films in Competition
Films in Competition
Free Screen Programme
The Free Screens at Howard St and Tudor Square offer a window into world stories, local and global, short and long.
Doc/Dispatch supported by Deutsche Welle
We are pleased to announce the introduction of Doc/Dispatch supported by Deutsche Welle (DW), a brand new initiative to reach out to producers and filmmakers of topical, urgent and fast turnaround stories from around the world.
Opening Night Film & Selected Programme Announcements
We are thrilled to share the first announcement of the 2017 Festival Programme!
Doc/Fest Alumni at World Festivals
We are pleased to see many Doc/Fest Film & Market alumni at festivals around the globe
Meet the International Doc/Fest Team
Meet the Doc/Fest team members based internationally.
Awards Ceremony Trophy Commission
Announcing an artist commission for Sheffield Doc/Fest 2017 Awards Ceremony trophies
Luke W Moody Appointed as Director of Film Programming
Luke joins Doc/Fest with vision and expertise across film curation, international funding, outreach and innovative distribution strategies
Doc/Fest All Year
Film screenings, Alternate Realities, training and where to find the team
Sheffield Doc/Fest Award Winners
An Archive of Past Sheffield Doc/Fest Award Winners