• New Rough/Ready Programme to present work-in-progress documentary film
  • Returning Doc/Dispatch Programme and Prize addressing urgent, fast turnaround stories

Sheffield Doc/Fest is pleased to announce the selected line-up of two film programmes destined for online, broadcast and theatrical distribution: the inaugural Rough/Ready programme; and also the second Doc/Dispatch programme and Prize, supported by Deutsche Welle. Both initiatives give space to emerging and established filmmakers to showcase their latest works to audiences including commissioners, distributors and funders.  


Says Luke W Moody, Director of Film Programming: “These two film programmes are responsive festival initiatives to serve filmmakers in an ever evolving media landscape. We are pleased to introduce Rough/Ready giving the UK and  international industry an opportunity to see work-in-progress films, and meet a new pool of UK producers and directors. I am excited that Doc/Dispatch, supported by Deutsche Welle, will return for a second year highlighting the latest  global stories from citizen reporters, investigative filmmakers and news units showcasing topical stories in short film.


Work in progress and fine cut documentary film will be showcased in Doc/Fest’s Rough/Ready, a programme of new creative and broadcast films from filmmakers or producers based in the UK and Ireland, offering an industry-only forum to engage with international festival programmers, sales agents, distributors, and financiers. The final selected four Rough/Ready films includes three from new talent: Paul Sng’s Poly Styrene about the remarkable and pioneering women in music history who fronted X-Ray Spex, Lucy Parker’s Blacklist, a story of labour rights in the UK; and Pailin Wedel’s Frozen about the youngest person in the world – a two-year-old girl from Bangkok - to undergo cryopreservation. Talented filmmaker Elizabeth Stopford with Forgiveness, a tragic American tale.

Doc/Dispatch, supported by Deutsche Welle

Last year, the Festival introduced Doc/Dispatch celebrating producers and filmmakers addressing topical, urgent and fast turnaround stories from around the world. This year’s selection reflects local stories with global impact, from human rights abuse in Asia and Latin America, to a portrait of shifting political sands in Western Europe. Reporting from the Rohingya crisis, filmmaker Shafiur Rahman presents the UK premiere of Testimonies of a Massacre: Tula Toli which discusses crucial evidence of pre-planning; blending performance with observational approaches and ethnography, the world premiere of Victor Arroyo’s Time Is Out Of Joint provides a glimpse into indigenous rural Mexico at the intersection between ecocide, narco ­labour and enforced disappearance; award winning French director Nora Mandray presents the world premiere of Dancing with Le Pen about the rise of the Front National in France, told through the story of the 2016 French presidential election and of father and daughter LePen. In the European premiere of Kim A. Snyder’s winner of Tribeca’s Short Documentary Award, Notes from Dunblane,  a priest from Dunblane, Scotland offers support to Father Bob from Sandy Hook, 16 years after a school shooting in his own town; in the UK premiere of Nuuca, Michelle Latimer looks at how the oil boom in North Dakota has brought tens of thousands of new people to the region and with that has come an influx of drugs, crime and sex trafficking.

The Doc/Dispatch Programme and Prize is supported by Deutsche Welle.   The winning documentary will be voted for by the audience immediately post the Doc/Dispatch programme screening, and announced at the Doc/Fest Award Ceremony on June 12, 2018.

Says Maren Wintersberg, Deutsche Welle, “Deutsche Welle is thrilled to return to Sheffield Doc/Fest supporting this unique festival programme and prize. Doc/Dispatch is a great opportunity to pay tribute to the fantastic work being done by investigative filmmakers and journalists in the field.  We look forward to seeing how the audience responds to these urgent global stories at Doc/Fest in June with great anticipation.”


Doc/Dispatch, supported by Deutsche Welle

Venue: The Light Cinema 3

Date: Friday 8 June

Times: 13.45

Event Strand: Doc/Expose


Venue: Showroom Cinema 1

Date: Monday 11 June

Times: 18.30

Event Strand: Film programme, New/UK

Industry only

Festival Pass: comprises one full registration, giving access to Sheffield Doc/Fest 2018: 7–12 June. Your Festival Pass includes access to the Film programme, Alternate Realities programme, Talks & Sessions, Marketplace & Talent, Special Events, Doc/Player and all social events and networking. https://www.sheffdocfest.com/passes/delegate  

For further information, contact:

Sarah Harvey Publicity

Sarah Harvey sarah@sarahharveypublicity.co.uk

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Oli Gots oli@sarahharveypublicity.co.uk

+44 (0) 207 732 7790

About Sheffield Doc/Fest

Sheffield Doc/Fest is a world leading and the UK’s premier documentary festival. Doc/Fest celebrates the art and business of documentary and all non-fiction storytelling, from feature length to short film, series, audio, interactive technology, augmented reality, virtual reality, and live events.

The Festival comprises:

- Film programme of the very best in international documentary screenings;

- Alternate Realities for innovation in interactive, augmented reality and virtual reality projects;

- Talks & Sessions with world-renowned filmmakers, to inspire, inform and debate;

- Marketplace & Talent for international business, delegations, pitching and training;

- Live Events, social events and networking;

- All Year screenings, talks and training outside of the Festival period.

Across all of its programmes, Doc/Fest gives audiences the opportunity to explore documentary within one unique, six-day festival experience, in the heart of the UK.

Sheffield Doc/Fest welcomes over 32,700 Festival goers each year, including over 3,500 industry delegates from 60 countries.

The 25th Edition will take place 7-12 June 2018.


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