Doc/Fest continues to grow with big names such as Sir David on board

Sir David Attenborough at Sheffield Doc/Fest
Sir David Attenborough at Sheffield Doc/Fest
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A line-up of A-list names helped Sheffield’s Doc/Fest have another record year.

Talks by Sir David Attenborough and Michael Moore were among the highlights of this year’s documentary event, held across the city in June.

And an impressive range of screenings and events helped attract an audience of 32,769 - up 4.6 per cent on last year - with an estimated£1.2m spent by the 3,534 industry delegates in attendance.

Doc/Fest chairman Alex Graham said: “It gives me immense pleasure to witness the year-on-year ascendency of Doc/Fest.

“There’s always a buzz during the festival and it is very gratifying to see that enthusiasm confirmed in audience feedback - which tells us that the festival is hugely valued and effective.”

This year’s programme included 160 feature films selected from 2066 submissions. It included 52 UK premieres, 27 world premieres, 15 international premieres and 19 European premieres.

The festival opened with Michael Moore’s Where To Invade Next and finished with Tilda Swinton in town for the screening of her film The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger.

Many of the themes, such as home and migration, women, music, health and disability, were reflected in the alternate realities programme.

This included 14 immersive media experiences at Millennium Gallery, and 12 virtual reality documentaries in Site Gallery, The Space and Union Street, allowing a depth of experience beyond the limitations of the flat screen. Audiences got hands-on and with documentary stories where they become the participant.

Other highlights included the talks and sessions programme and the marketplace.

Doc/Fest CEO and festival director Elizabeth McIntyre said: “I am delighted that Doc/Fest continues to flourish and attract new festival goers across the industry both UK and international and that we can celebrate increased public audiences too building on the festival’s position as the must-attend event for all documentary lovers. The 2017 plans start now.”

Sheffield Doc/Fest 2017 will take place from June 9 to 14. A Lightning Pass costing £190.80 is now available until September 1 at sheffdocfest.com/registrations.

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