Sheffield DocFest announces programme

Event will feature 38 world premieres

by Amber Wilkinson

Moonage Daydream will open DocFest
Moonage Daydream will open DocFest Photo: Courtesy of Sheffield DocFest
Sheffield DocFest has announced the full programme of this year's festival, which will run from June 23 to 28.

This year's line-up will feature 38 world premieres.

In addition to film screenings, there will be talks from guest curator Asif Kapadia with editor Chris King; Brett Morgen (Moonage Daydream), Pratibha Parmar (My Name Is Andrea) and David Olusoga: (StoryTrails).

BBC news journalist Clive Myrie will also feature as an interview, along with singer Will Young, who will discuss documentary Losing My Twin Rupert, and British Olympian Ellie Simmonds.

Alex Cooke, Chair of the Board of Trustees, says: “There has never been a more important time for documentaries. They take us into worlds and lives and help us understand, they let us empathise, and they hold those in power to account. This special festival affords us a community, one to find real comfort in. I hope you forge new friendships; I hope you feel welcome, I hope you leave feeling re-energised and mostly, I hope you have some much-needed fun.”

As previously announced, Sheffield DocFest opens with the UK premiere of Brett Morgen’s David Bowie documentary Moonage Daydream, which recently had its world premiere in Cannes. Other notable names include Werner Herzog, whose The Fire Within: Requiem for Katia and Maurice Krafft joins the line-up, alongside Reyes'

Clare Stewart, Interim CEO Sheffield DocFest says: “Sheffield DocFest has an extraordinary legacy of connecting the global documentary ecosystem with the people of Sheffield and South Yorkshire. As one of the world’s leading documentary festivals, and the UK’s only film marketplace, we create opportunities for business through our industry programme, for creativity by bringing filmmakers and artists together, and for exchange between makers and audiences through our screening programmes, exhibitions and talks and sessions. We can’t wait to bring everyone back together again at this year’s festival.”

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