• Antonio & Piti
    Antonio & Piti

    Piti, a white Brazilian woman, is married to Antonio, a man from the Ashaninka indigenous community. It was a revolutionary decision back in the 70’s that triggered a process of social, political, and communal change. They fought for their love with the same conviction that they fought for their land and for their children. Now they are old, they recall memories, and one of their sons is running for the mayorship of the closest town.

    Available to watch in the cinema or Sheffield Doc/Fest Selects in the Autumn.

  • Universe

    In 1966 a landmark suite of orchestral jazz entitled “The Universe Compositions" was written for Miles Davis and set to be recorded by The Miles Davis Quintet. That moment would never happen. The quintet broke up and the compositions were lost for 50 years…until they were recovered by Miles’ only protégé, Wallace Roney - the one musician Miles would trust to fulfil his wish. As Wallace prepares to debut "Universe," he must find a way to uphold his mentor's legacy. The work took on an added poignancy when Wallace unexpectedly passed away in March 2020 before seeing the music's release out in the world.

    Universe is available until 28 June

  • Üstün, Gülin
    Üstün, Gülin

    Head of Meetings on the Bridge/producer, Meetings on the Bridge

  • A Month of Single Frames
    A Month of Single Frames

    In 1998, filmmaker Barbara Hammer had a one-month artist residency in the C Scape Duneshak which is run by the Provincetown Community Compact in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. While there, she shot 16mm film with her Beaulieu camera, recorded sounds with her cassette recorder and kept a journal.
    In 2018, Barbara began her own process of dying by revisiting her personal archive. She gave all of her Duneshack images, sounds and writing to filmmaker Lynne Sachs and invited her to make a film with the material.

  • A Time To Breathe: Addressing Racism in the Film and TV Industry

    In the wake of the death of George Floyd, we have seen a groundswell of outrage and protests. The Black Lives Matter movement in the US has provided the catalyst for demonstrations, direct actions and remorseful proclamations from many spheres of society around the world, keen to denounce systemic racism. Every industry has had to take a long hard look at itself and its contribution and the world of TV and film has been no different. It’s only been a month since George Floyd’s life was taken by a US police officer, but the ripples and responses have been rapid. YouTube has pledged $100m to support Black creators; Sky created a £30m racial injustice fund; Channel 4 declared themselves an anti-racist organisation and the BBC has committed £100m to making its content more diverse and inclusive. There have been a slew of open letters signed by thousands of Black people in the film and TV industry and their allies from other communities demanding meaningful, substantive change. All this against the backdrop of a global pandemic that is still disproportionately affecting Black and Asian people and other minorities across the globe.

    This timely session gives Black filmmakers, producers and execs in the industry a moment to reflect on how all of this is affecting them, their peers and their community and how the future can feel more equal than the present.

    A recording of this panel is now available to all Digital Industry Pass Holders on our Doc/Player platform.

    Produced and chaired by Derren Lawford (Creative Director of Woodcut Media and Sheffield Doc/Fest Trustee)

    The panel includes:

    Dionne Walker (Writer/producer of BAFTA nominated The Hard Stop. Her current project Invisible Woman 2.0 was selected for Sheffield Doc/Fest’s MeetMarket.)

    Cherish Oteka (Edinburgh Television Festival's One's to Watch, Sheffield Doc/Fest Doc Next and The Grierson Trust's Doc Lab alumni; director of BBC One’s Too Gay For God?)

    Adeyemi Michael (Grierson award winning director of Sodiq, Blue Ice Group Fellow, Durban Film market alumni. Notable credits include Murder on the Streets for Panorama and Entitled for C4’s Random Acts strand.)

    Mathieu Ajan (BFI Talent Exec and founder of Bounce Cinema.)

    Cassie Quarless (Co-director of BFI supported doc on young black activists, Generation Revolution, which premiered at Sheffield Doc/Fest)

  • Seekers

    Until 1990 the American government pursued a systematic policy of assimilation of the Native tribes. From the age of three Native children were locked up in boarding schools where they were to be ‘civilized’ and ‘Christianized’. Prevented to speak their own languages and from learning about their heritage and cultures, they grew up far from their families.

    The Reval brothers are Jicarilla Apaches: Audie and Leon, two giants. One is a hunter, the other a politician. They were raised off their ancestral land. When Leon loses the tribal elections and his councilman title, the question of their tribal affiliation legitimacy resurfaces, stronger than ever.

    The uncertainty of their future echoes that of the Jicarilla tribe, fighting to restore the unity of its scattered memory.

  • The Whickers Pitch

    Who will be awarded the coveted £80,000 Film & TV Funding Award to make their first feature-length documentary? The Whickers Pitch brings together five emerging directors to pitch their non-fiction projects to a panel of industry judges including Oli Harbottle (Dogwoof), Mandy Chang (BBC Storyville), Gary Byung-Seok Kam (filmmaker), Kate Townsend (Netflix) and Jane Mote (The Whickers)

    Moderated by award winning filmmaker Jane Ray (Artistic Director, The Whickers).

    The 2020 Finalists:

    More details of the finalists and their projects here

    A recording of the pitch and the awards ceremony is available to all Digital Industry Pass Holders on the Doc/Player platform.

    The Whickers were established in 2015 to fund and recognise original and innovative documentary.

  • The hyperwomen / As hiper mulheres
    The hyperwomen / As hiper mulheres

    Fearing the death of the elderly wife, the husband asks his nephew to perform Janurikumalu, the highest female ritual of the Upper Xingu (MT), so she can sing one more time.
    The women in the group start rehearsals while the only singer who actually knows all the songs is seriously ill.

  • Everyday Greyness / Szarość Życia
    Everyday Greyness / Szarość Życia

    Magda is twenty six years old and has just left the closed rehabilitation centre where she spent a year, healing from an addiction to drugs and alcohol. The therapy there is based on community and work. She is not quite ready to leave this magical, closed off space and her peers, so she devises a workshop to go back and teach them the art of photography. Harsh reality and imagination mix in this space derived from the rules of daily life, as the patients try to portray what surrounds them and transform it into art.

  • The Undertaker
    The Undertaker

    An obscure figure leads her swarm of armed followers in a ceremonial march on the way to perform a mass burial ritual. Carrying weapons from different historical contexts, the choreographed group strides through numerous locations, being guided by their leader to the burial site in which they dispose of the weapons they possess. Rather than a memorial to the dead, the group creates a human monument for the living, linked up with ghosts of the past. Militarism, nationhood, belonging, and memory: the function of weapons in the perpetuation of systems of violence, repression, and displacement.

  • The Experiment
    The Experiment

    Inspired by research into the Philadelphia Experiment, an alleged study in invisibility cloaking by the US military, The Experiment is a short audio drama in which contact with an unknown force is attempted through esoteric means. Largely considered a conspiracy theory, the mysterious and often conflicting story behind the Philadelphia Experiment tells of transporting a naval ship through space and time. Some accounts of the story describe the horror of discovering that upon reappearing, the sailors on board had become fused with the walls of the ship, others with tales of the crew briefly entering another plane of existence, never to be the same again. The Experiment takes this concept of human / object / planar fusion as its basis, using the form of audio drama to contrive a scenario where interdimensional communication might be possible.

    Commissioned by BBC New Creatives, Produced by the Institute of Contemporary Arts, funded by BBC Arts and Arts Council England.

  • The Unknown / L'Inconnu
    The Unknown / L'Inconnu

    Simplice Ganou, maker of the beautiful Bakoroman (2011) and The Koro of Bakoro, The Survivors of Faso (2017) - both shown in our online programme - is a uniquely empathic and sensitive filmmaker. The Unknown starts almost as a child’s game: can I make friends in Winterthur? It then becomes a psychological thriller, a drama, a search for redemption - and ultimately a poignant portrait of what it is to feel like a stranger in a new place.

    Available to watch in the cinema or Sheffield Doc/Fest Selects in the Autumn.

  • The Washing Society
    The Washing Society

    When you drop off a bag of dirty laundry, who’s doing the washing and folding? The Washing Society brings us into New York City laundromats and the experiences of the people who work there. With a title inspired by the 1881 organization of African-American laundresses, The Washing Society investigates the intersection of history, underpaid work, immigration, and the sheer math of doing laundry. Dirt, skin, lint, stains, money, and time are thematically interwoven into the very fabric of the film, through interviews and observational moments. With original music by sound artist Stephen Vitiello.

  • Our Mother the Mountain
    Our Mother the Mountain

    In the remote mountains of Southwestern New Mexico that has long been a ranching country, only a handful of men still know the old cowboy ways. Our Mother the Mountain is a documentary poem told entirely in the voices of three cowboys who eked out a hardscrabble existence in a rough terrain. This is an elegy before they will disappear, a story of solitude, loss, and rugged beauty.

  • Your Day is My Night
    Your Day is My Night

    Since the early days of New York’s Lower East Side tenement houses, working class people have shared beds, making such spaces a fundamental part of immigrant life. A “shift-bed” is an actual bed that is shared by people who are neither in the same family nor in a relationship. It’s an economic necessity brought on by the challenges of urban existence. Such a bed can become a remarkable catalyst for storytelling as absolute strangers become de facto confidants. As the bed transforms into a stage, the film reveals the collective history of Chinese immigrants in the USA, a story not often documented.

  • Feature Documentary: A View from the Funds

    What is on the horizon for feature documentary? The interest in documentary had been steadily growing amongst funders, platforms and audiences. In light of COVID-19, it is documentary that is expected to get back on its feet fastest. Bringing together international funders to reflect on their current priorities and remits, this panel aims to bring the process of production into focus from the perspective of its financial enablers. Reflecting on the changing landscape of commissioning, distribution and audience, this will be an opportunity to reflect on the future of cinematic documentary.

    The session will be produced and chaired by BAFTA nominated producer Elhum Shakerifar (Hakawati) and speakers will be confirmed soon.

    Running time: approx 75mins.

    All Digital Industry Pass Holders can register to watch the session live on Zoom and a recording will be available on our Doc/Player platform soon after the event.

  • Breaking Barriers - The Casteless Collective
    Breaking Barriers - The Casteless Collective

    The Casteless Collective is a protest music band from Chennai, South India, playing an exciting mix of folk music and Gaana art coming from North Chennai’s slum area, combined with modern musical styles of rap and rock. Dealing with social issues that Indian society prefers not to look at: the still existing caste discrimination, the ‘untouchables’, and the oppression of women, LGBTQI+ people and those from underprivileged and marginalised backgrounds, as represented by the band members themselves. Director Maja Meiners joins them in their fight to change systematic persecution through music.