Sheffield Doc Fest

About this project

Doc/Fest Exchange lies at the heart of the festival spanning films, talks and digital art projects. The festival’s ambition this year is to kickstart a rebellion in the making of new work and, through solidaric exchanges, beginning with the Global South, to find new sustainable, caring and equitable ways of living.

In partnership with Vídeo nas Aldeias, we present a programme of films that reflect the diversity of the indigenous communities living in Brazilian territories. Whilst the environmental crisis threatens our everyday lives, these communities have an ancestral, peaceful and respectful way of organizing their activities in harmony with their environment. What can we learn from their historical experience of resistance to threat – against their societies, their health, their ways of life?

To respond to these questions today, we are partnering with local and international platforms to commission a series of short documentary or digital art works supported by online sessions, access to our film programme, with activists, researchers, scientists, filmmakers, community leaders, artists and community screenings.

A free programme launching on June 10 on Sheffield Doc/Fest Selects, it will culminate in a 3-day celebration of new work, conversations and workshops to share discoveries from the Exchange commissions. Open and free to all, the public celebration is presented and run in parallel and in dialogue with the Rebellions film strand as part of Doc/Fest’s Autumn programme in Sheffield.

What are we offering?

Building on this spirit of collaboration, NeuroLove is working in partnership with Dr Erinma Ochu, Curator of Sheffield Doc/Fest Exchange to commission six micro-docs, from young people who are living in care environments, that are meaningful and important to them. They will be supported by industry experts to provide mentoring, guidance and practical skills. Their emotional and mental wellbeing is supported throughout the process with access to social and psychological therapists. Raising Films are commissioning one of these films.

If you are a young person who is care experienced, we want to hear from you. Sign up using the form at the bottom of the page.

To find out more, as the micro-commissions evolve, or to get involved in offering mentoring through a live or recorded session, click here. The films produced will be screened in conjunction with Doc/Fest Rebellions film strand in October. Watch a selection of these docs, for free: https://selects.sheffdocfest.com/page/rebellions/

Exchange Commisioning Partnerships

Tori Tsui (Sail for Climate Action)

Naomi Mwasambili (Chanua/Neurolove) in partnership with Hope Dickson Leach (Raising Films)

Asma Kabedeh (Israac)

Farzana Khan (Healing Justice London)

Jo Verrent (Unlimited)

A piece written for Raising Films as a provocation about the future of care and the #blacklivesmatters movement. My child is a message to all children and young people to work for their freedom. More about Raising Films can be found at Raising Films

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