FILM fans are hoping for sunny weather during this week’s annual Sheffield Doc/Fest – because 25 screenings will take place outside, writes digital editor Graham Walker.
A huge screen is being erected to show Oscar-winning films, classics, short film collections and current festival classics.
Sheffield Doc/Fest – Wednesday, June 13 to Sunday, June 17 - is one of the world’s leading documentary festivals for industry film-makers and the general public.
There is a programme of more than 120 films, including 11 world, 11 European and 20 UK premieres, from more than 20 countries, includes features, shorts and multi-media, cross platform films, plus talks with big names of TV and films.
VIDEO: Press the play button to watch Sheffield Doc/Fest Film Programmer Hussain Currimboy outline highlights of this year’s festival.
Back for a 19th year in Sheffield it will again take over the city’s cinemas, theatres and art galleries.
But an area of Sheffield will be transformed into an outdoor cinema for free all day screenings - from 10am until late - on the Howard Street Screen, near Sheffield Hallam University, from Thursday to Sunday.
Highlights include Wim Wenders Buena Vista Social Club, the Oscar-winning An Inconvenient Truth, Werner Herzog’s Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Martin Scorsese’s The Last Waltz, a celebration of Olympic legend Jesse Owens as well as a look at the much-loved Sesame Street in Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Story.
Hussain Currimboy, Doc/Fest Film Programmer since 2008, said: “This festival has the serious side to it, with film-makers networking and doing businesses. But it’s a festival for the general public to see the great documentaries and films out there. We’re ready to party with free outdoor screenings – we just want good weather.”
He helped to popularise the festival by bringing comedy legend Joan Rivers two years ago and last year Supersize Me film-maker Morgan Spurlock.
He added: “There really is something for everybody in this year’s festival, from screenings to talks from some more amazing people. We’ve got James Bond director Michael Apted, who made the Up TV documentary series following the lives of ordinary people, the makers of TV’s amazing Frozen Planet series, Military Wives choirmaster Gareth Malone, who helped to record the Diamond Jubilee current number one single and album, Sing, plus punk poet John Cooper Clarke, talking about Evidently, which includes vintage footage of The Leadmill.”
Doc/Fest has teamed up with Showroom Workstation to offer a value festival pass to non-delegates looking to get the most out of the Doc/Fest film programme. The Doc/Lovers’ Pass offers as many films as you can fit in throughout the packed Doc/Fest 2012 film programme for £60/£50 concessions.
Full details, including timings, tickets and more are available on the official Sheffield Doc/Fest web site at www.sheffdocfest.com.
To purchase tickets visit www.showroomworkstation.org.uk.