2016 ‘Doc/Fest’ set for positive economic impact on region

Published 9th June 2016 at 10:00am

This year’s star-studded Sheffield Doc/Fest 2016, taking place from 10-15 June, will bring significant cultural and economic benefits to the Sheffield City Region (SCR). It will bring together high-profile entertainers such as Ken Loach, Joanna Lumley, Tilda Swinton and Sir David Attenborough to discuss their expertise in the industry, alongside a packed programme of film screenings, discussion panels and masterclasses.

Doc/Fest is Sheffield’s annual film festival for all documentary films and TV programmes, as well as virtual reality and interactive projects. It brings together documentary filmmakers, commissioners and distributors to view films

and virtual reality/interactive projects, and provides participants the opportunity to discuss the art and craft of the industry as well as pitch projects to commissioners and funders. It is one of the largest documentary festivals in the world and is unique in the UK, celebrating both the art and business of documentaries.

Doc/Fest not only represents a significant cultural opportunity for the region, but also acts as a platform for documentary funding, sales and distribution in an effort to unlock UK and international market opportunities.

The 2015 Festival attracted several thousand delegates from over 50 countries, and audiences of around 27,000 people. Both figures increased by almost 5% on the previous year, and we anticipate that this pattern will repeat itself this year. Its profile-raising value is estimated at nearly £1.3 million, with 170 representatives from key national and international outlets reporting on the event.

As found in July 2015, internal deals made at the 2015 Festival’s marketplace totalled £12 million. Externally, the delegates who attended spent £1.6 million in the Sheffield City Region to support their accommodation, food and drink, and transport, thus bringing significant value to the region and its people.

The Doc/Fest is an invaluable economic and cultural opportunity for the people of the Sheffield City Region and the larger UK, as well as for the documentary film and virtual reality/interactive industries.

£1.3 million, with 170 representatives from key national and international outlets reporting on the event.

As found in July 2015, internal deals made at the 2015 Festival’s marketplace totalled £12 million. Externally, the delegates who attended spent £1.6 million in the Sheffield City Region to support their accommodation, food and drink, and transport, thus bringing significant value to the region and its people.

The Doc/Fest is an invaluable economic and cultural opportunity for the people of the Sheffield City Region and the larger UK, as well as for the documentary film and virtual reality/interactive industries.

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