Don’t miss Sheffield Doc/Fest 2017

The 24th edition of the UK’s largest documentary festival is just around the corner, taking place from 9 to 14 June in Sheffield. 

Boasting a full programme of film screenings, talks and sessions with high profile speakers, as well as numerous opportunities to network, the festival has something for everyone interested or working in documentary filmmaking. 

One key element of the festival is the funding, sales and distribution platform Marketplace, which includes the MEDIA-funded initiatives Alternate Realities Market and MeetMarket. This year sees 90 projects across the two events.

22 projects selected for MeetMarket are from the UK, including The Poetry of Cowboys (UK / USA) from Intrepid Cinema, directed by Mike Day; Orson Welles: A Portrait of the Artist (UK) from Bofa Productions, directed by Mark Cousins; and After A Revolution (UK) from Met Film Production, directed by Giovanni Buccomino. 

Among the films backed by MEDIA are three UK premieres: Thank You for the Rain and Out of Thin Air, both supported through Creative Europe’s TV Programming scheme, and School Life, which was supported through the Single Project development scheme. Nine films and VR and interactive projects that are screening have come throught MeetMarket an Alternate Realities Market in previous years. 

Creative Europe-funded Documentary Campus this year presents The Craft Summit: The Art of Documentary Filmmaking, which shines a spotlight on the creative minds behind some of the most thought-provoking nonfiction films and is comprised of six sessions on Saturday 10 June. Director of Thank You For The Rain Julia Dahr joins the panel The Art of Directing.

On Sunday 11 June the Alternate Realities Summit returns to the festival where the world’s leading interactive and immersive storytellers will share through panels and presentations how they use the latest technology to examine who we are. 

Creative Europe Desk UK will also be at the festival. If you want to find out about the support available through Creative Europe for documentary filmmakers, get in touch with Francesca Walker or Ben Taylor to arrange a meeting. 

Find out more and buy your festival pass or tickets to individual screenings on the Sheffield Doc/Fest website. 

Image: Thank You For The Rain by Julia Dahr has its premiere at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2017. Banyak Films received TV Programming funding from Creative Europe for the documentary in 2016.