Just announced is the programme for the 2016 Sheffield Doc/Fest. Now in its 23rd year the festival has moved from strength to strength in the last decade, becoming a major fixture in the festival circuit and has been voted one of the coolest film festivals on the planet.
For six days in June, the world’s film, TV and transmedia communities come together in Sheffield to discover, debate, provoke and celebrate documentary storytelling, and do business in Doc/Fest’s hugely successful Marketplace. Doc/Fest will open with Where to Invade Next attended by Oscar-winning filmmaker Michael Moore at City Hall, which will be satellite live transmitted to 114 cinemas nationwide. The Festival closes 5 nights later with The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger, attended by co-directors Tilda Swinton and Bartek Dziadosz at Sheffield Showroom.
In between there are screenings of 160 documentaries including 27 world premieres. At the centre of the festival events is the Alternate realities strand which is a programme of interactive media, VR exhibitions and talks, with a focus on artificial intelligence.
Says Liz McIntyre, CEO & Festival Director: “We’re living through extraordinary, tumultuous and exhilarating times and this year’s Doc/Fest captures this zeitgeist across its three programmes: Film, Alternate Realities and Talks & Sessions. I am excited that the Festival is bookended by two incredible talents, Michael Moore and Tilda Swinton; I am utterly intrigued to hear the android Bina48 give the keynote speech at the Alternate Realities Summit. The Talks & Sessions programme will tackle head on fascinating and challenging topics, from documentary disruptors, to an examination of diversity in the industry.
We look forward to welcoming new, emerging and established talents for a creative explosion of documentary and factual storytelling for all platforms.”
For the full programme and ticket information please visit https://sheffdocfest.com/. The festival runs from the 10th to the 16th of June 2016.