The 2016 Film Programme brought an abundance of the best documentary and non-fiction film and television with an eclectic and strong mix of features, mid-length films and shorts from around the world, from big budget documentaries to independent and experimental works. The rapid change, disruption and colossal upheaval in our world was mirrored in the programme. The films introduced new worlds, visions and perspectives which excited and provoked some, but caused reflection and laughter in others. We continued to support filmmakers who strove to make an impact on a personal, local and global scale using the power of storytelling. The film programme was rich, diverse and eclectic, ranging from broad appeal to experimental. The programme included a record breaking 27 world premieres, 19 European premieres and an impressive 52 UK premieres, many screenings playing to sell out delegate and public audiences.

New thematic strands included the sport and adventure showcase Outdoor Adventure with the surfing film Mad Dogs and International Premiere of Serena. No Place Like Home reflected the consequences – both uplifting and dispirited ¬– of displacement, migration, diaspora and homelessness in The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, My Aleppo and Tempestad. We entered the world of dance and movement with Get Up & Dance, featuring Mr. Gaga and Kiki. We continued with much loved and longstanding film strands and themes: Instigators & Agitators, Women in Docs, Queer Screen, and Behind the Beats.

With 160 films shown in cinemas across Sheffield and on Outdoor Screens on Howard Street and Tudor Square, it was our pleasure to bring offer rich, emotional and entertaining cinematic experiences.

The 2017 Festival programme will be announced in May 2017.