Sheffield Doc/Fest 2018 Full Programme Announced
03 May 2018
Sheffield Doc/Fest celebrates its 25th Edition in 2018 with a six-day line-up, 7-12 June of 200 documentary features and shorts, 27 interactive and immersive projects, plus special events, talks and industry sessions.
Presenting bold and innovative non-fiction films made by some of the most authentic international filmmakers working today, this year’s Film programme includes a record 37 World premiere screenings, plus 18 International, 24 European, and 70 UK premieres.
The Festival opens on Thursday 7 June with the World premiere of Yorkshire-born Sean McAllister’s A Northern Soul, followed by post-screening questions and answers.
The line-up competing for Sheffield Doc/Fest 2018 Grand Jury Award supported by Screen International and Broadcast are: A Woman Captured (UK premiere), Hale County This Morning, This Evening (UK premiere), Of Fathers and Sons (UK premiere), What Is Democracy? (World premiere) and The Silence of Others (UK premiere).
This year’s Alternate Realities Exhibition, supported by Arts Council England – held for the first time across two floors at Trafalgar Warehouse – expands the ambition, reach and impact of Alternate Realities.
The exhibition comprises the ground floor entitled The World Unknown to You and will feature virtual and augmented reality, video games and digital installations that take the audience into the lives of others. The floor above entitled Better Known Truths, supported by DDD60 project, is a communal space in which synchronous virtual reality shows will bring audiences together to experience 360º documentaries from around the world.
Featured projects include Doc/Fest Commission Face to Face with support from Arts Council England, as well as Voice of the Unicorn and This is Climate Change that bring a new perspective on the known and the unknown.
In the Talks programme, activist and model Munroe Bergdorf will attend Doc/Fest to talk about her new documentary What Makes a Woman; the Festival also welcomes back Sir Trevor McDonald for the ITV Interview; Mary Beard will be in conversation with Charlotte Moore, Director of Content at the BBC for the BBC Interview; playwright John Gobner and artist Caroline McFarland will talk to Newsnight and Sky Arts presenter Kirsty Wark at Art 50: A Post Brexit Britain.
Other guests include SBTV founder Jamal Edwards MBE, BBC Asian Network's Mim Shaikh, TV adventurer, motorcycle racer and lorry mechanic Guy Martin, actor Vicky McClure, Oscar-nominated director Matthew Heineman, filmmaker and author Mark Cousins and the self-taught director of Black Mother Khalik Allah.
Live performance Special Events include Thurston Moore (of Sonic Youth) performing live following the UK premiere of Stuart Swezey’s Desolation Center; a new live score performed by Warp Records artist GAIKA responding to Khalik Allah's Black Mother; a vibrant night from São Paulo pop star Linn da Quebrada which follows the screening of Kiko Goifman and Claudia Priscilla’s Teddy Award-winning Tranny Fag; world-class beatboxer and vocal artist Reeps One presents the World premiere of his new live show Reeps One presents: We Speak Music Live; Singaporean vocal loop artist Weish will accompany live the UK premiere of Sundance Award-winning Shirkers, which will be followed by a Q&A with director Sandi Tan.
For the full programme and to buy passes and tickets for this year’s Sheffield Doc/Fest visit sheffdocfest.com