We announce our plans to host four weekends of both physical and online screenings, an art exhibition, online talks and discussions, from 2 October – 15 November 2020. 

Along with the films and artworks we present a selection of online talks and virtual panel sessions. 

  • This Morning presenter Alison Hammond will discuss her new film Alison Hammond: Back to School, which explores overlooked figures from black British history, in this year's online ITV Interview - online, 2.30pm Sunday 18 October;

  • Nicole Newnham and James LeBrecht, co-directors of Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution with discuss the making and impact of this watershed film about the disabled experience - online, 6:00pm Thursday 29 Otober;
  • DJ and presenter Yinka Bokinni will discuss her new film Damilola: The Boy Next Door (w/t) in this year's online Channel 4 Interview -online, 2.00pm Saturday 31 October;

  • In this year's online BBC interview, journalist and filmmaker Mobeen Azhar will talk about his career with Fiona Campbell (Controller, BBC Three) - Saturday 14 November

We also continue our series of virtual panel sessions and pitches throughout October and November, exploring topics including:

  • How to get into the industry (in partnership with BAFTA): Talented, emerging filmmakers and artists, working across the spectrum of film and television and at varying stages in their careers, will share their own experiences of starting out in the industry. They will talk frankly about the obstacles they have had to overcome about creating the opportunities that brought them to where they are today, and share their own thoughts on how they think the industry needs to change, as well as offer tips and advice for other aspiring storytellers.
  • Sustainable filmmaking: A panel of filmmakers, producers and industry bodies will discuss the effects that the film industry has on the planet, how film as art can create positive change, and explore the practicalities of reducing its carbon footprint.
  • Decolonizing documentary (in partnership with Girls in Film): The decolonisation of documentary as both an art form and an industry is long overdue. The ease with which established white filmmakers gain access to funding and the lack of critical awareness shown by institutions about who’s involved in decision making and authorship must be interrogated. Chaired by Carmen Thompson (Africa in Motion), filmmakers and funders will come together to discuss these systemic and creative inequalities and the urgent need to decolonise the documentary landscape.
  • New Northern talent and stories (in partnership with BBC): A panel of gatekeepers and filmmakers will explore how the industry can continue to identify, champion and nurture Northern based talent, and create sustainable pathways and career progression routes for those working outside of London.
  • BBC Three Pitch: Sheffield Doc/Fest will once again host the BBC Three Pitch 2020, as we continue to champion emerging film-making talent. Five emerging filmmakers from the North of England will pitch their documentary idea to a panel of commissioners.


More details on all the talks and sessions activity here