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Bumper Year for British Council at Doc/Fest 2015

Jerry Rothwell's How to Save The World - Screening at Doc/Fest 2015

June 2015 | Sheffield Doc/Fest

British Council's Film team is gearing up for its largest ever presence at Sheffield Doc/Fest this week with panels, delegations, international training and a spot of jury duty thrown in for good measure.

It's all change at the UK's premier documentary festival this year, with some new addtions to the Sheffield Doc/Fest  team and a truly tantaslising programme in place for 2015. British Council is a long-standing partner of the event and this year we've got more going on than ever before.

International Delegations

Our committment to connecting docs practitioners from overseas with their UK counterparts is going strong. We've been working with our colleagues at British Council Ukraine to pull together a high level industry delegation to the festival that includes producers, directors, programmers, festival directors and national agency representatives. To celebrate, we'll be hosting an industry panel on co-production opportunities with Ukraine called Keep Calm and Shoot in Ukraine, moderated by film critic Ian Haydn Smith. It's on Sunday 7 June (12:15-13:45) at Channing Hall.

We'll also be welcoming a delegation of Jordanian filmmakers and representives from the Jordanian Royal Film Commission as part of a relationship we've brokered between Doc/Fest and the RFC.

Other British Council-supported delegates include visiting filmmakers from the Palestinian Territories and Colombia, all looking to see the best of Doc/Fest on screen and meet with UK counterparts.


As part of the ongoing celebrations to mark the 2015 UK-Mexico year of cultural exchange, we have teamed up with Mexican film body IMCINE, Ambulante, Docs DF and Sheffield Doc/Fest to launch Docunexion, a two-step training and mentoring initiative which starts life in Sheffield this week and continues in Mexico City in October. Three producer-director teams from the UK and three from Mexico have been selected to attend focused sessions where leading industry professionals from each country will work with the emerging filmmakers on the conceptual development of feature-length documentaries.

UK mentors for Docunexion, include BBC Storyville executive producer Kate Townsend; Andre Singer, executive producer on Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Act of Killing and Carol Morley’s Dreams of a Life; and Jerry Rothwell, director of Town of Runners, Donor Unknown and How to Change the World (which is screening at this year's festival).

From Mexico we are thrilled to be welcoming mentors Daniela Alatorre, documentary programmer at Morelia Film Festival and producer of ¡De panzazo!; Martha Sosa,  Executive Producer of Amores Perros and Producer of Presumed Guilty; and Everardo Gonzalez, director of The Pulque Song and The Old Thieves: The Legend or Artegio

Jury Duty/Panels

Finally, our team will be busy elsewhere as the festival unfolds: Senior Programme Manager, Will Massa, forms part of this year's short film jury and will be delivering the final verdict for that category at the 11am awards ceremony on Wednesday 10 June; while Film Programme Manager and departmental docs specialist, Christine Bardsley, will be on hand to meet participants on the Grierson Trust's DocLab - a scheme designed to help a group of promising 18–25 year olds to turn their passion for television and factual storytelling into reality.


If you are a festival delegate then please come and find us - we'd love to see you at the British Council reception at Tamper on Sunday 7 June from 18.00-19.30

The truth is out there, and we're going to find it.

See you there!

Sheffield Doc/Fest runs from Friday 5 -Wednesday 10 June 2015