Michael Moore and Tilda Swinton join remarkable lineup of guests at 2016 Sheffield Doc/Fest

Michael Moore and Tilda Swinton join remarkable lineup of guests at 2016 Sheffield Doc/Fest

The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger

Filmmakers to open and close UK documentary film festival as full programme is revealed

Sheffield Doc/Fest isn’t just the UK’s top documentary film festival, it is one of the country’s best film festivals of any kind and world class in its own right. The 2016 programme, announced today, only further justifies such claims with 27 world premieres, 15 international, 19 European and 52 UK premieres, not to mention a second-to-none lineup of guests, including Michael Moore, Tilda Swinton, Freddie Flintoff, Ronnie O’Sullivan, Joanna Lumbley, Ken Loach and Louis Theroux.

The six day festival – which runs 10–15 Jun – opens at City Hall with Michael Moore’s latest political antagonist feature, Where to Invade Next, with the director in attendance and live transmitted to 112 cinemas nationwide. Moore will stay in Sheffield to run a filmmaking masterclass, while DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus are also in town for an additional masterclass and presentation of two seminal music docs from the 1960s, Don’t Look Back and Monterey Pop, as well as their latest, Unlocking the Cage.

An exciting focus of the 23rd programme is artificial intelligence, part of the ‘Alternate Realities’ strand featuring interactive media, virtual reality exhibitions, talks and documentary stories where you become a participant. So as well as visiting the International Space Station you can see what it’s like to be aboard a migrant boat, experience the onset of epilepsy or navigate the world without sight. In the AR Summit, Sun 12 Jun, Sheffield Doc/Fest presents a day of fascinating panels and presentations, kicking off with Love, War+ Robots, an interview between transmedia producer and director Rowmana Pringle and the android Bina28, the world’s most advanced social robot. There are plenty more mind-blowing showcases and demos as part of this very exciting day.

‘We’re living through extraordinary, tumultuous and exhilarating times and this year’s Doc/Fest captures this zeitgeist across its three programmes: Film, Alternate Realities and the Talks & Sessions,’ says Festival Director Liz McIntyre. ‘I am excited that the Festival is bookended by two incredible talents, Michael Moore and Tilda Swinton, I am utterly intrigued to hear the android Bina48 at the Alternate Reality Summit and experience the latest in Virtual Reality at Site Gallery, and I am thrilled to be welcoming such a wonderful cast of high profile speakers to Sheffield.’

Other highlights includes Swinton co-directed closing night film Four Portraits of John Berger with Bartek Dzaidosz; a performance from Aidan Moffat; Q&A with Ken Loach and screening of Versus: The Life and Films of Ken Loach; an evening with Supernerds’ presenter Georg Tschurtschenthaler at the world premiere of A Night of Surveillance: The Supernerds Experience; and the return of Adam Buxton who will present a BUG Special: David Bowie Live, in honour of the musician’s legacy.

Standout films in the programme include: international premiere of Serena, profile of soul frontwoman Miss Sharon Jones!, a celebration of a literary icon in Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise, Louis Theroux’s My Scientology Movie, as well the lineups for both the Grand Jury and Environmental Jury prizes.

Sheffield Doc/Fest takes place Fri 10–Wed 15 Jun. Tickets on sale now.

Sheffield Doc/Fest

Six day festival celebrating documentary and factual storytelling. The 2017 programme features 35 world premieres, 21 international, 24 European and 73 UK premieres, not to mention a second-to-none lineup of guests, including Louis Theroux, Sir Lenny Henry, Nick Broomfield and Walter Murch.