Panel session a Sheffield Doc/Fest

EDN launch Influencing Brexit campaign

Documentary filmmakers came together at Sheffield Doc/Fest to express their concern about the potential impact of Brexit on the future of independent documentary filmmaking.

In a session hosted by the European Documentary Network (EDN), panellists highlighted the vital role Creative Europe plays in the industry, not only in direct funding for developing, producing and distributing documentary projects but also the collaborative opportunities and the cultural exchange at the heart of its training, education and festival initiatives.

EDN members have since launched a campaign for the UK to stay part of the Creative Europe programme after the UK withdraws from the European Union.

The campaign has been endorsed by the Creative Industries Federation as well as Sheffield Doc/Fest.

In a statement the Creative Industries Federation said:

“On Brexit, we have been engaging with all levels of UK government to ensure the best possible outcome for the creative industries,” the organisation said. “This includes ensuring ease of movement for EU and UK talent, frictionless access to Europe for UK creative goods and services, and continued participation in EU funding programmes such as Creative Europe. We encourage you to sign up to the EDN campaign and to join the Federation as members to help us ensure the documentary sector is at the heart of the ongoing negotiations between the UK and Brussels.”

Liz McIntyre, CEO and festival director at Sheffield Doc/Fest said:

“With less than one year before Britain leaves the EU, it is important Doc/Fest provides a forum for this conversation now. The British members of the EDN traditionally come together at Doc/Fest, where the festival has provided an essential forum for the discussion about Creative Europe.”

Add your signatures to the EDN campaign.

Find out more about panel event by visiting the EDN website.

Image: Panellists discuss impact of Brexit on independent documentary sector at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2018.