Sheffield Doc/Fest

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Tom Grieve, Cinema Editor
Sheffield Doc/Fest

Sheffield Doc/Fest, online, 8 June–30 November 2020, free entry - Visit now

Sheffield Doc/Fest returns this year with an altered and extended format that initially takes films and events online, before returning to cinemas later in the year. The documentary festival has earned a global reputation for a consistently cutting edge programme that explores the various boundaries of non-fiction, hybrid and documentary film. The 2020 edition is no different, festival Director Cíntia Gil explains: “This year’s programme brings together various cinematic and narrative forms, landscapes, human existences and ways of expression…it comes from a collective effort to resist hegemonic views over cinema and its relation to the world and to our lives.”

Films will be available with a range of free, pay-per-view and subscription options for UK-based public audiences launching 10 June, while Doc/Player, a film industry-oriented video library will be available to festival pass holders globally from 8 June to 31 August. Festival weekenders are to be scheduled for Sheffield cinemas in October – November, subject to safe conditions. In addition, Doc/Fest has partnered with BFI Player, Doc Alliance Films, The Guardian, and MUBI who will host its curated programmes at various points between July and  November. Meanwhile, Q&As with the filmmakers in the programme, both live and pre-recorded, will take place on Sheffield Doc/Fest Selects platform from July-November, and in Sheffield in the Autumn.

Among 115 films of all lengths, spanning 50 countries around the world and representing 49 spoken languages, audiences can expect work from such internationally acclaimed artists and filmmakers as Jia Zhang-ke, Lynne Ramsay and Phil Collins. This year’s Exchange Programme is in partnership with Vídeo nas Aldeias, and hopes to reflect the diversity of the indigenous communities living in Brazilian territories. While, festival strands for 2020 include the timely Rebellions; a broad exploration of cinematic Ghosts & Apparitions; as well as Rhyme & Rhythm, featuring works that occur where cinema and other art forms meet. As always, Doc/Fest 2020 is a sprawling festival, with aesthetically and politically radical programme — the full line up is online now.

Sheffield Doc/Fest, online

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