1 June 2018

Doc/Fest’s 25th edition kicks off on Thursday 7 June, and the organisers are putting the city of Sheffield at the heart of its success.

Now, with the city in the running for a creative hub for Channel 4, Doc/Fest organisers will be welcoming the broadcaster which has involvement in several of this year’s documentaries and events.

Doc/Fest CEO and Festival Director Liz McIntyre said: “Sheffield is city of makers, always innovating and disrupting the status quo. Sheffield is also a city of glorious festivals, including Doc/Fest – a magnet for both emerging talent and media industry greats. Through our celebration of diversity and inclusiveness, both our city and Doc/Fest are at the heart of creating opportunity and inspiring new ways to see the world.”

Last year, Sheffield City Council signed a new three-year funding agreement with Doc/Fest, an event which brings in more than £1.85m to the city each year.

Doc/Fest is a world leading and the UK’s premier documentary festival for the art and business of all factual programme making, taking place across 25 venues and attracting around 3,300 delegates each year from more than 55 countries.

In 2017 more than 36,000 members of the public also enjoyed the eclectic range of films, talks and other events on offer at Doc/Fest, viewing more than 180 documentaries over six days.

The 25th edition will open at City Hall with the world premiere of Sean McAllister’s new film A Northern Soul made for BBC Two with support from BFI and Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Elizabeth McIntyre
Elizabeth McIntyre

During the festival audiences will have a chance of a sneak peek at two highly anticipated Channel 4 films Three Identical Strangers and The Ballymurphy Precedent, while at the Alternate Realities Exhibition in Trafalgar Warehouse, audiences can look at Channel 4’s first ever virtual reality project, Grenfell: Our Home.

On the streets of Sheffield, artist Richard DeDominici will be filming a ‘Redux’ remake of scenes from the acclaimed Sheffield drama Threads, taking place in the original locations across the city, with local people invited to take part. This year’s Doc/Fest once again features a huge line-up of 200 documentaries and big-name talent, both home-grown and from around the world, including a record number of 37 world premieres.

Channel 4 will be participating throughout the festival, which has its opening night on June 7.

Councillor Mazher Iqbal, cabinet member for business and investment at Sheffield City Council, said: “The success of Doc/Fest is a great example of Sheffield’s cultural offer.

“It is one of the best and longest-established film festivals in the world, nurturing new talent and relationships, and a festival that we are proud to say is Made In Sheffield.

“We can’t wait for Doc/Fest to arrive in our city once again.”

In addition to financial support, Marketing Sheffield’s Convention Bureau team has worked closely with the festival organisers over the last 25 years supporting with event co-ordination and overseeing relationships with other key partners in the city, such as hotels.

Notes to editors:

About Sheffield Doc/Fest

Sheffield Doc/Fest is a world leading and the UK’s premier documentary festival. Doc/Fest celebrates the art and business of documentary and all non-fiction storytelling, from feature length to short film, series, audio, interactive technology, augmented reality, virtual reality, and live events.

The Festival comprises:

– Film programme of the very best in international documentary screenings;

– Alternate Realities for innovation in interactive, augmented reality and virtual reality projects;

– Talks & Sessions with world-renowned filmmakers, to inspire, inform and debate;

– Marketplace & Talent for international business, delegations, pitching and training;

– Live Events, social events and networking;

– All Year screenings, talks and training outside of the Festival period.

Across all of its programmes, Doc/Fest gives audiences the opportunity to explore documentary within one unique, six-day festival experience, in the heart of the UK.

Sheffield Doc/Fest welcomes more than 32,700 Festival goers each year, including over 3,500 industry delegates from 60 countries.

The 25th Edition will take place 7-12 June 2018.