The Sheffield International Documentary Festival, which will take place from June 7-12, has unveiled a ton of information about its programming lineup, informative sessions and marketing opportunities.
The festival will open with the SXSW-screened documentary “Pulp: A Film About Life, Death, And Supermarkets,” which takes a look at the famous band from Sheffield, UK. Also opening the festival are “Happiness” a film about a village in Bhutan and “Miners Shot Down,” which explores the famous strike that took place in 2012 in South Africa.
The festival will also showcase 21 world premieres including Martin Scorsese’s “A 50 Year Argument,” about The New York Review of Books, and the much anticipated Lance Armstrong documentary, “Stop At Nothing: The Lance Armstrong Story.” The lineup also includes 12 European, 8 international, and 24 UK premieres. Documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras, best known for her Oscar-nominated “My Country, My Country,” will be recognized with the Inspiration Award.
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Other events to look forward to at Sheffield include 82 conference sessions, 13 presented by Documentary Campus, an organization that explores documentary production in Europe, South America and Africa. These sessions also include interviews with BBC’s Sue Perkins and Channel 4’s Richard McKerrow.
In addition to the film premieres and conferences, the festival also showcases new distributing opportunities such as Sales Sunday and First Encounters Day. Sales Sunday is an initiative that educates filmmakers on how they can get their projects out to audiences and distributors. First Encounters Day opens the doors to both new and established talent, giving them the chance to create new contacts and connections.
64 projects will also be shown as part of the MeetMarket initiative. MeetMarket is a company which has assisted documentary filmmakers from around the world to make production connections. Last year’s acclaimed documentaries “The Act of Killing” and “The Square” were both MeetMarket alumni.
Check out the full lineup, event schedule, and more information about Sheffield over here