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Sheffield Doc/Fest: call for documentary submissions


Sheffield Doc/Fest, which celebrates its 20th edition next year from 12-16 June, is now accepting documentary film submissions from both UK and international filmmakers.

The biggest documentary film festival in the UK this year attracted over 2500 industry delegates from all around the world, including a wide range of international broadcasters, festival and cinema programmers, distributors and sales agents, alongside loads of press (including us!) and tens of thousands of doc buffs enjoying the fun and inspiring atmosphere.

The film programme will feature several special strands such as the music themed ‘Behind the Beats’ and ‘The Habit of Art’ for docs about the arts and artists as well as the ‘Best of British’ strand and ‘Global Perspectives’.

There are also nine award categories including: Special jury award, Sheffield crossover innovation award, Sheffield green award, Sheffield youth jury award, Student doc award, Sheffield Doc/Fest audience award, the Inspiration award and the Audience short film award plus, new for 2013, the Tim Hetherington award which is being launched for the first time in cooperation with acclaimed documentary distributor Dogwoof.

Responsible for the programme is Hussain Currimbhoy, who said: “For me as a programmer the moment I watch a new submission that speaks with an original voice from a first-time filmmaker is one of the most exciting. In recent years more and more films launching at Doc/Fest have secured acquisition after their screening which is great for the film, the industry and for doc loving audiences.”

Doc/Fest says it prides itself on supporting the development of emerging talent and helping young filmmakers get their documentaries bought and taken out to bigger audiences. Recent examples of their success in this field are filmmakers Alex Ramseyer-Bache & Daniel Lucchesi’s who managed to get nationwide distribution for their film We Are Poets and Anthony Baxter’s first feature You’ve Been Trumped which recently aired on BBC2 after touring the international festival scene.

How to submit your film?

Feature, medium and short film submissions as well as cross platform films are invited to submit. Films by established and debut directors, independent filmmakers, distributors, film schools and media collectives from the UK and around the world are welcome. To enter your film please visit the Sheffield Doc/Fest website. You can submit your film until 4 February 2013.

In 2013 it will be the 20th time the festival is being held in Sheffield. A month ago Sheffield Doc/Fest launched a crowdfunding campaign: The Super Connector Fund asking the audience and industry professionals to help them on the road to their massive annual fundraising target. The campaign aims to raise $25,000 over 43 day period for their special anniversary edition.

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Alexandra Zeevalkink is a Dutch-born journalist living in London who founded DocGeeks in August 2011 in order to have a legitimate excuse to watch every documentary under the sun. She freelances for various publications and writes mainly about documentary films, art projects and social inequalities. When she is not blogging or watching films she enjoys theater, photography and reading loads of books. She is always on the look out for potential partnerships with other creative minds.

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