Sheffield Doc/Fest includes over 50 talks and panel sessions. Each year ideas for sessions come from the Doc/Fest team, our broadcast supporters (Channel 4, BBC, ITV and Sky) and from the open call for session ideas.
The 2017 agenda-setting Talks & Sessions programme covered the full spectrum of industry topics for all durations and all platforms, from feature length films to series to online shorts, with insights from over 250 leading directors, producers, commissioners, distributors and on-screen talent. Over 80 talks and sessions exploring the latest models for funding and financing, the making of crime, health and environmental documentaries, the art and craft of the epic feature documentary, how to make responsive online content and the future of VR storytelling. The Craft Summit, presented by Documentary Campus, offered a day of curated sessions revealing the methods and magic behind story development, directing, shooting, editing and composing. And the Alternate Realities Summit explored the making of many of the virtual reality and interactive experiences in this year’s Alternate Realities programme.
The programme also featured Stacey Dooley and Olly Alexander discussing their BBC3 docs, Sir Lenny Henry discussing his career and the continued need for the industry to tackle diversity, Peter Greenaway exploring the future of storytelling, Ian Hislop discussing satire in a post-truth world and explorer Bruce Parry talking to Katie Puckrik about his new feature doc. This year’s public debate featured distinguished panel including Sir Trevor Philips exploring whether the media reflects the real opinions of the people, and highlights of the free talks programme in the Doc/Fest Exchange included editor Walter Murch, author Helen MacDonald and YouTube sensation ‘The Chicken Connoisseur’.
Countries represented included UK, USA, Italy, Germany, Canada, Australia, India, South Africa, Iran, Netherlands, Pakistan, Norway, Denmark, Turkey, France and Singapore and speakers were from many different diverse backgrounds. Further to this, two talks were British Sign Language interpreted for deaf audiences.
Recordings of the Talks & Sessions from this and previous years are available on the Doc/Fest Youtube Channel.
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Nick Broomfield at Doc/Fest 2017
Now on YouTube: Nick Broomfield at Doc/Fest 2017
Sheffield Doc/Fest YouTube Channel
Recordings of talks, sessions and post screening Q&As from 2017 and previous Festivals.
Maxine Peake: My Desert Island Docs
Sheffield Doc/Fest was thrilled to welcome the acclaimed Salford-based actress and writer Maxine Peake to the Festival for the first time. Image courtesy of Felicity McCabe.
The Craft Summit presented by Documentary Campus
The Craft Summit: The Art of Documentary Filmmaking presented by Documentary Campus will shine a spotlight on the creative minds behind the most thought-provoking nonfiction films.
Commissioning & Funding Sessions
The commissioning & funding panels at Doc/Fest 2017
Alternate Realities Summit 2017
Engaging panels & playful presentations from the leading voices in interactive factual storytelling - now on YouTube
Doc/Fest Exchange on Tudor Square
Doc/Fest Exchange, developed with Wellcome, houses a series of daily talks inspired by ground-breaking Doc/Fest films and interactive and immersive storytelling.
Festival Roundup 2017
Sheffield Doc/Fest celebrates wider audience inclusiveness and accessibility opportunities across the Festival