As stated on its website March 31, the Sheffield Doc/Fest pitching forums will continue online in June while films, talks, panels and artist events will be presented across weekends during Autumn 2020. The festival was originally slated to run June 4-9 2020.
The full Sheffield Doc/Fest statement posted online March 31 2020 reads (in part):
“Due to the current COVID-19 crisis, we announce that this year’s edition will not take place in its original form.
Our pitching forums, the MeetMarket and Alternate Realities Talent Market, will both proceed in June via virtual means. As part of a series of weekends throughout the Autumn, we aim to present film screenings, talks, panels, artists’ events and community engagement activities. We will announce a full programme in due course.
Doc/Fest is an essential moment for the city of Sheffield, for the film industry and for all the international guests who join us, and its collective character is at the heart of the festival’s purpose. We strongly believe that people coming together to watch, to talk and to imagine the world through art is a transformative experience that produces change.
Therefore, we will organize a series of programmes that will help us honour our mission as a charity, to serve our community as a space for collective experiences, to inspire and question the film industry in the UK and internationally, and to engage in an urgent worldwide conversation about ways of creating, and engaging with, cinema and art in extremely challenging times.
Access to activity will be amplified as much as possible, through our digital platforms, always respecting each film’s nature and context. We will not hold any competitions, but we will present important, critical and unique works of cinema and art.
Those who have already bought passes will be contacted, and offered different options including, of course, a full refund. We are aware of the difficult circumstances for so many colleagues and freelance members of the film industry, and we will do our best to be in touch as quickly as possible.
We also want to reassure filmmakers and artists that all submitted films and arts projects will be carefully watched and considered for our programmes, as part of our on-going duty.
Finally, we would like to thank our key funders, sponsors and partners for their support and forward-thinking, and all the filmmakers and film industry members already engaged with the festival for their commitment and generosity.”