Sheffield Doc/Fest announced September 7 details of its upcoming Autumn programme which entails:
• Four weekender events to run each fortnight from 2 October – November 15. Themed around the festival strands of Into the World, Rebellions, Rhyme & Rhythm and Ghosts & Apparitions, the weekenders will be located both at the Showroom Cinema Sheffield and online.
• Four films from the festival retrospective, Reimagining the Land, to screen across each of the above weekenders
• A series of physical and live streamed talks 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 set to explore getting into the industry (with BAFTA), sustainable filmmaking, decolonizing the industry (with Girls in Film), new Northern talent and stories (with BBC) and more
• The online return of BBC Three docs pitch
• The Alternate Realities “Ghosts & Apparitions” digital art exhibition at Site Gallery: 11-15 November, featuring artists Keiken & George Jasper Stone, Kitty Clark, Maria Court & Trinidad Piriz and Paula Albuquerque
• Premieres from Agustina Comedi, Edgardo Cozarinsky, Jérôme Bel, Jia Zhang-Ke, Lynne Ramsay, Marc Isaacs, Mike Hoolboom, Oreet Ashery, and Sofia Bohdanowicz, as well as a tribute to Sarah Maldoror and new titles from filmmakers in focus, Lynne Sachs and Simplice Ganou.
“At present, the UK is slowly reopening cinemas and galleries, inviting everyone to come together and participate. Doc/Fest want to be part of the conversation in reshaping this important dimension of our social, cultural and spiritual lives,” reads a festival statement.
The statement continues: “We believe a society cannot fully exist without art and access to culture – a fundamental pillar on which true democracies are built. As an international festival we are part of the global call for a deeper social, political, economic and historical discussion which needs to be grounded in a wide circulation of ideas and collective debate. We want to support the community of Sheffield and our partners who have been hugely affected by the pandemic, and the filmmakers and artists who have also seen their works subject to unprecedented conditions for exhibition.
“Sheffield Doc/Fest stands for inclusivity and accessibility to non-fiction film and art. 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 and Doc/Player for industry delegates, in addition to contributing to rebuilding the conditions for people to safely enjoy events in our partner venues.”