It’s still a good six weeks away, but you know how it is with international travel planning… if you’re gonna be anywhere in the U.K. during late July, you should visit BritDoc. The BritDoc06 Festival is the first of its kind, a documentary festival in Oxford billed as “the first international feature documentary event in the UK.” It happens July 26-28 at Keble Collge in Oxford. The program is expected to include 12 British documentary features, 12 international documentary features, and then a bevy of shorts, special screenings, panels, and more. They’ve announced some selections already, including SXSW 2006 hits Darkon, 51 Birch Street, and KZ. Plus, they’re screening the powerful A Lion in the House and the artful, atmospheric We Feed the World. Can’t wait to see what else makes the cut.
So, wo will be there? I will be there… but you need way more than that. Here’s a list from the Web site, current as of June 8, of who’s scheduled to attend:
Filmmakers: Nick Broomfield, Morgan Spurlock, Albert Maysles, Mike Figgis, Penny Woolcock, Kevin MacDonald, Ben Hopkins, Rex Bloomstein.
International commissioning editors and funders: Nancy Abraham, HBO – Orlando Bagwell, Ford Foundation – Mark Atkin, SBS Australia – Evan Shapiro, IFC US – Mark Fichandler, Court TV US – Iikke Vehkalahti, YLE Finland – Shannon Kelley, Sundance Institute Fund US – Claire Aguilar, ITVS US – Christoph Jorg, ARTE France
UK commissioning editors and funders: – Peter Dale, More4 – Charlotte Moore, BBC – Katie Speight, More4 – Hannah Beckerman, More4 – Simon Dickson, Channel 4 – Angus MacQueen, Channel 4 – Kate Vogel, Channel 4 – Jan Younghusband, Channel 4 – Jo Lapping, BBC Storyville – Paul Trijbits, UK film Council
Journalists: Colin Brown, Editor of Screen International – Alex O’Connell, Arts Editor of The Times
Film Festivals: John Cooper, Sundance – Matt Dentler, SXSW – Sandra Hebron, The Times London Film Festival – Heather Croall, Sheffield International Film Festival – Fleur Knopperts, IDFA forum
Other guests including: Vanessa Redgrave, Dissent Productions – John Smithson, Darlow Smithson – Elinor Day, Darlow Smithson – Alan Hayling, Halifax Films