• Kate Nash: Underestimate the Girl + Kate Nash Live

    Kate Nash will be performing following a screening of Underestimate the Girl.

    This screening is part of Film Feels: Obsession, a UK-wide cinema season, supported by the National Lottery and BFI Film Audience Network. Explore all films and events at www.filmfeels.co.uk

  • BBC Arts Drinks

    The BBC remains a byword for excellence in arts programming and creative documentary strands in Britain and around the globe. The BBC Arts Commissioning Team and channel executives from across the BBC, invite you to share ideas over a drink and hear more about the 2019 plans of landmark arts strand Arena – a watermark for maverick, original arts programmes – in addition to wider plans for BBC arts programming.

    Supported by BBC Arts

  • Getting Past the Gatekeepers: Dos and Don'ts of Pitching

    The marketplace for pitching documentaries is highly competitive. Thousands of ideas are vying for support from industry Decision Makers whose attention is often difficult to access. There are numerous hoops to jump through, boxes to tick and important elements to have in place that determine which proposals gain traction, and which struggle. In this session, forum organisers will share advice and insights about pitching and explain how to make your proposal stand out from the rest.

  • What If? Jonathan Pie Versus the Age of Stupid

    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.

    6pm - Screening of The Age of Stupid
    7.30pm - Discussion open to all

    This event may contain adult themes and language. Recommended age rating 15+

    This event is part of the Doc/Fest Exchange programme bringing together a specially curated programme of free talks, films and conversations to revolutionise what makes a healthy planet.

    Supported by Wellcome.

    No festival pass or ticket required. All events at Doc/Fest Exchange are free and open to all.

  • WHAM! British Tropical Summer Party at the Doc Society Clubhouse

    Back by popular demand!....
    Let me take you to the place where membership's a smiling face…brush shoulders with the (documentary) stars. Where strangers take you by the hand and welcome you to their (British) wonderland from beneath their Panamas. Club Doc Soc drinks are cheap, fun and sunshine there's enough for everyone. All delegates welcome, arrive early for a cocktail on the house. Suntan not included.

    Supported by Doc Society

  • Cinema and State: Developing Policy Frameworks for Feature Docs

    UK film policy is almost entirely geared towards fiction, while the unique challenges facing the documentary sector are overlooked. It’s high-time the UK had a bespoke policy framework to support its documentary makers. What kinds of interventions are needed? How should they be developed? This session invites panelists and audience members alike to collectively brainstorm demands to better meet the needs of theatrical docs. The session is part of ‘UK Feature Docs’, an AHRC-funded study of the UK’s feature-length film industry.

    Supported by UWE

  • Funding and Commissioning: Short Documentary

    The recent awarding of the second Short Programme BAFTA reflects the establishment of Short Form in the mainstream. Digital platforms are enabling filmmakers to develop commercial relationships directly with viewers, while broadcasters and brands continue to commission shorts. This panel covers the main ways of funding Short Form: commissioning, brand-funding, crowd-funding and self-funding.

  • Fighting Shame + Q&A

    Guardian Documentary 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 producer-director, Sally Ogden and contributors and production team, Sarah Sweeney, Mary Brennan, Christine Issacs, Amina junior Weston and Amina senior Weston talking to Abigail Scott Paul, Exec Producer (Joseph Rowntree Foundation) for this special screening and conversation. The film is the result of a successful pitch made by the women and filmmakers in the Joseph Rowntree Foundation/Guardian Films pitch last year.

    This event is part of the Doc/Fest Exchange programme bringing together a specially curated programme of free talks, films and conversations to revolutionise what makes a healthy planet.

    Supported by Wellcome.

    No festival pass or ticket required. All events at Doc/Fest Exchange are free and open to all.

  • Sheffield Doc/Fest Awards

    As this year’s festival edition draws to a close, we honour the very best of the fest, including the reveal of our Audience Award winner as chosen by you. Come along to celebrate some of the talent we’ve been proud to host this year.

  • Alternate Realities Summit: Incomputable Sensibilities

    This years Alternate Realities Summit aims to challenge preconceptions and disrupt narratives to deliver a new vision of documentary making. A day-long event of provocative and artistic debate, with talks, presentations, panel discussions and performances from the world’s leading immersive and interactive storytellers. This year it will focus on the colonialism of the connected world, examine the evolution of query-based narrative and encourage an awakening in relation to personal data and unconscious bias.

    For further information on this programme, please click here

  • Lawrie, Alf
    Lawrie, Alf

    Head of Factual Entertainment, Entertainment, Channel 4

  • Meek, Jo
    Meek, Jo

    Digital Director, Prison Radio Association