Sheffield DocFest 2022

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UK’s leading documentary festival, Sheffield DocFest, returns for summer 2022

Sheffield DocFest, one of the world’s most influential documentary festivals, will run from June 23 to June 28, showcasing the work of different international filmmakers in venues across Sheffield.


DocFest will showcase 135 films (94 feature length and 40 shorts). Many of the most notable films that will be exhibited explore important contemporary events and world issues. ‘Boney Piles’ by Taras Tomeko depicts the lives of children living in East Ukraine prior to the most recent Russian invasion. And ‘The Oil Machine’ investigates the impact of oil industries on society and climate health.


The five-day festival goes beyond just screening films as there will also be talks from individuals such as singer Will young, historian and producer David Olusoga, and BBC journalist Clive Myrie. To accompany the films, the ‘Alternative Realities’ exhibitions has a series of artworks that add an extra story element to the documentaries shown.


DocFest is now in its 29th year and this year’s guest curator is BAFTA winning documentary film maker, Asif Kapadia. He has curated a selection of films that inspired his own documentaries. His eight-part collection, ‘A Documentary Journey with Asif Kapadia’, includes films from directors Martin Scorsese and Mark Singer.


Mr Kapadia said: “This selection is personal to me, as someone who grew up in Hackney in the 1970s and 1980s. I didn’t come from an art or film background. It was quite profound to know that it was possible for someone to make films like these.”


Those interested in attending DocFest can either buy single tickets, with prices ranging from £5 to £9.50. Or otherwise, DocLover ticket packages cost £30 to £70, which allows you to see multiple films for a better value price. Showings are also available to view and stream online for those who can’t make the in-person showings.


As part of the festival, Focus: Film Maker Talent will see six film makers create Sheffield based documentaries. All filming will take place in a single day in and around Sheffield. The completed works will be screened on the final day of Doc/Fest, June 28, at 1pm in a showing hosted by Asif Kapadia. The participating filmmakers are Ibrahim Ahmed, Tamana Ayazi, Sema Basharan, Paul Daly, Jessi Gutch and Laura Wadha. Through their previous works, these creators explore themes such as working-class identity, marginalised communities, immigration, illness and disability.


Sheffield DocFest’s Interim CEO, Clare Stewart, said: “Asif and the Sheffield Doc/Fest team have identified an incredible cohort to participate in this initiative which has been part of Asif’s vision for his contribution to the 2022 edition of the Festival since the beginning. We are thrilled to be working together to provide this opportunity for documentary talent who have made short films already, are creating impact and are establishing their careers in the UK.”





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