The Talks & Session programme for the 2018 festival will be announced in May 2018

The 2017 Talks & Sessions programme covered the full spectrum of industry topics for all durations and all platforms, from feature length films to series to online shorts, with insights from over 250 leading directors, producers, commissioners, distributors and on-screen talent. Over 80 talks and sessions exploring the latest models for funding and financing, the making of crime, health and environmental documentaries, the art and craft of the epic feature documentary, how to make responsive online content and the future of VR storytelling. Highlights included filmmaker Nick Broomfield talking to Louis Theroux and a sold-out Crucible audience and celebrated actor Maxine Peake talking about her favourite docs. The programme also featured Stacey Dooley and Olly Alexander discussing their BBC3 docs, Sir Lenny Henry discussing his career and the continued need for the industry to tackle diversity, Peter Greenaway exploring the future of storytelling, Ian Hislop discussing satire in a post-truth world and explorer Bruce Parry talking to Katie Puckrik about his new feature doc.

Countries represented included UK, USA, Italy, Germany, Canada, Australia, India, South Africa, Iran, Netherlands, Pakistan, Norway, Denmark, Turkey, France and Singapore and speakers were from many different diverse backgrounds.

Recordings of the Talks & Sessions from 2017 and previous years are available on the Doc/Fest Youtube Channel.