Sheffield Doc/Fest has given a sneak peek at what the five-day festival has in store for attendees, including appearances by Joan Rivers, Studio Lambert’s Stephen Lambert, and filmmakers Nick Broomfield and Kim Longinotto. The festival takes place from November 3-7.
Rivers will be interviewed by Doc/Fest chair Steve Hewlett regarding the Fest’s opening night film, Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg’s acclaimed Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work (reviewed by realscreen here). Channel 4′s Stuart Cosgrove will speak with Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland), director of the Life in a Day project. Macdonald and partners Ridley Scott, Sundance Film Festival and YouTube, are teaming up to create a user-generated feature film.
Keynotes and interviews will include BBC Three controller Danny Cohen, BBC’s director of archive content Roly Keating, and conversations between Stephen Lambert, chief exec at Studio Lambert (Undercover Boss) and C4′s Hamish Mykura; C4′s deputy head of docs Simon Dickson and Robert Thirkell (consulting producer on Food Revolution) and filmmaker Penny Woolcock, interviewed by Peter Dale for the Grierson Trust Interview.
Sheffield also has a full roster of Masterclasses, featuring Pink Saris docmaker Kim Longinotto and Ollie Huddleston, frequent editor on Longinotto’s docs as well as Austalian documentary filmmaker and artist George Gittoes (The Miscreats of Taliwood), chaired by BBC’s Special Correspondent Richard Bilton. Anand Patwardhan, whose documentaries Bombay Our City, Father Son and Holy War and more will be part of a focus within the film program, will offer a Career Masterclass.
Others taking part in various discussions and panels include BBC Storyville’s Nick Fraser; filmmaker Nick Broomfield (Biggie and Tupac, Kurt and Courtney); Britdoc’s Jess Search; Channel 4′s commissioning editor for cross-platform Adam Gee; C4′s commissioning editor, education Matt Locke; Tribeca Film Institute’s Ryan Harrington; Buzzbank founder Michael Norton and Crossover Lab’s Mark Atkin and Frank Boyd.
The Crossover Summit returns for its second year, and will aim to tackle the subjects of international copro challenges, how to finance and develop cross-media projects, and a masterclass on finding funding for social enterprises.
Sheffield Doc/Fest will announce the line-up in its entirety on September 27.