Doc/Fest announce new autumn film and art festival weekenders

Doc/Fest announce new autumn film and art festival weekenders

07 September 2020

Sheffield Doc/Fest has revealed an Autumn line-up of film and art featuring premieres from Agustina Comedi, Edgardo Cozarinsky, Jérôme Bel, Jia Zhang-Ke, Lynne Ramsay, Marc Isaacs, Mike Hoolboom, Oreet Ashery and Sofia Bohdanowicz. 

The Autumn selection includes 40 films of all lengths, spanning 20 countries around the world and representing 17 spoken languages. There are 7 World Premieres, 7 International Premieres, 3 European Premieres and 19 UK Premieres, with 7 first-time feature filmmakers included.

While the Covid pandemic has raised fears in communities and inhibited live access to cinema and art, the Festival has worked closely with partners to present an Autumn programme of events to enrich audience appetites and encourage them back into Sheffield city venues.

From 2 October – 15 November Sheffield Doc/Fest will deliver 4 weekenders at the Showroom Sheffield. Tickets are on sale from 21 September from the Showroom Cinema.

  • Into the World: 2 - 4 October, with films online in parallel until 15 October. Tickets will go on sale 21 September. 
  • Rebellions: 16 -18 October, with films online in parallel until 29 October. Tickets will go on sale 5 October.
  • Rhyme & Rhythm: 30 October - 1 November, with films online in parallel until 12 November. Tickets will go on sale 19 October. 
  • Ghosts & Apparitions: 13 - 15 November, with films online in parallel until 26 November. Tickets will go on sale 2 November.
  • Four films from Sheffield Doc/Fest 2020 retrospective: Reimagining the Land, to screen across each of the above weekenders. 
  • Alternate Realities digital art exhibition at Site Gallery, Sheffield: 11 - 15 November featuring artists Keiken & George Jasper Stone, Kitty Clark, Maria Court & Trinidad Piriz and Paula Albuquerque.
  • A series of online and live streamed talks and industry sessions including DJ and presenter Yinka Bokinni discussing her new film for Channel 4 and BBC interview with journalist and filmmaker Mobeen Azhar.
  • Industry panel sessions online throughout October and November exploring themes such as how to get into the film industry (with BAFTA), sustainable filmmaking, decolonizing the industry (with Girls in Film); new Northern talent and stories (with BBC) and the BBC Three docs pitch returns. 

FREE Exchange Programme
Supported by the Wellcome Trust, The Exchange is a celebration of new work, conversations and workshops sharing discoveries from artists’ commissions undertaken throughout the Covid lockdown. We are inviting audiences to slow down, take time out and collectively reflect on the present, as a moment of possibility, to re-imagine the world we want. Through this we hope to surface new possibilities for sustaining community connections, whilst fulfilling a desire for more equitable ways of living and ecological balance.  2020 Exchange commissions are: NeuroLove in partnership with Raising Films Sail for Climate Action and

Israac and The Diaspora Multimedia Hub

Three artists residencies, featuring Farzana Khan of Healing Justice London and an international exchange between artists, Suzie Larke (UK) and Tsoku Maela (South Africa) have also been developed in partnership with Unlimited

A selection of films will be made available via Doc/Fest Selects and online conversations to celebrate the exchanges. For more information, timings and updates about each commission visit:

Festival Director Cintia Gil states: "Sheffield Doc/Fest stands for inclusivity and accessibility to non-fiction film and art. However, we also recognise that not everyone may be comfortable or in a position to return to the cinema or travel to events. Bearing this in mind we will maintain an online programme throughout the Autumn, on Sheffield Doc/Fest Selects for the public in addition to contributing to rebuilding the conditions for people to safely enjoy events in our partner venues. Our duty of care towards our staff, audiences, community, funders and the artists that are trusting us with their work means we have to be clear about the rules for attending our weekend events. We are working in close consultation with venue partners to ensure that safety is our first priority."

Sheffield Doc/Fest is a world leading Film & Arts Festival and Marketplace celebrating the art of documentary and non-fiction storytelling across all forms. As a registered charity, Doc/Fest provides a creative space for discovery, debate, collaboration and inspiration.

The support of filmmakers and artists around the world, as well as core funding from British Film Institute, Sheffield City Council, Arts Council England and Wellcome Trust has enabled Doc/Fest to go ahead with these live across the Autumn in addition to aparallel online programme. The festival would like to thank all funders, sponsors and partners for their overwhelming support and trust in what has been an especially challenging time.

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