Sheffield Doc/Fest unveils art-focused ArteFact strand

The strand will celebrate the work of artists and artist-filmmakers working in the factual arena using digital and immersive technologies. (Pictured: Disaster Playground)
May 21, 2015

Next month’s Sheffield Doc/Fest will feature a strand titled ArteFact to celebrate the work of artists and artist-filmmakers working in the factual arena using digital and immersive technologies.

Through support from British arts development agency Arts Council England, the UK festival – which runs from June 5 to 10 – is rolling out a number of artist-led initiatives through the strand, including a program of feature documentaries.

Nelly Ben Hayoun‘s Disaster Playground (pictured) – which bowed at SXSW in March – explores potential future space catastrophes and their impact on Earth, while Omer Fast’s 5,000 Feet Is the Best is based upon two meetings with a Predator drone operator.

Meanwhile, industrial music legends and visual artists Test Dept’s DS30 will mark the 30-year anniversary of the 1984-1985 UK miners’ strike, and Bill Morrison’s Beyond Zero: 1914 – 1918 is comprised of original, never-before-seen 35mm nitrate footage shot during the First World War.

Over in the Marketplace, the festival has launched the Arts Market Round Table, which invites artists working in documentary or experimenting with factual moving image to meet with decision makers in broadcast, online and gallery sectors. The Round Table event will take place on June 6.

In addition, three sessions will look at what broadcasters and other funders are looking for from artist filmmakers. ‘Meet the Arts Commissioners: Producing for Broadcast & Galleries’ will explore different commissioning models and ways of securing funding, while ‘Online Platforms for the Arts: Put out to Pasture or a Place for Innovation?’ examines what is being produced, what the impact has been and the further opportunities for artists. Rounding out the sessions is ‘Commissioning Panel: Arts.’

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