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Sheffield Doc Fest Announce the Winners and a New Training Initiative

This innovative festival celebrates and elevates the Documentary film form. With the Presidential race hotting up in America, and Britain on the cusp of voting whether or not to remain in Europe, the Documentary has never been more relevant as a way of examining all aspects of political and cultural life in our supremely visual and interactive age.

This innovative festival celebrates and elevates the Documentary film form. With the Presidential race hotting up in America, and Britain on the cusp of voting whether or not to remain in Europe, the Documentary has never been more relevant as a way of examining all aspects of political and cultural life in our supremely visual and interactive age.

SEEN was therefore delighted to see the range of winners and documentary practice in evidence at this year’s Doc Fest: Awards included: Funding given to Alex Bescoby to make a full-length documentary on Burma’s Lost Royals; Keith Earnest, won the Veteran (over the age of 50) filmmaker category for his film Fleuchtlinge (Refugee); one for Little Volcanoes, written, recorded and produced by Catherine Fitzgerald for Sky Arts Online, following a day’s events at a hospice; the Environmental award went to Seed: The Untold Story, which the jury felt best raised awareness of environmental challenges.

Of particular interest to SEEN were The Alternate Realities Interactive award which went to New Dimensions in Testimony (one of only a few such awards in the documentary world) created by Heather Maio and produced by Stephen Smith, and the VR Award: Notes on Blindness: Into Darkness created by Arnaud Colinart, Amaury La Burthe, Peter Middleton, and James Spinney. Both these pieces promise a new way of personal interaction, paving the way for more exciting new expansions of the Documentary form.

For a full list of winners and more details about this major Film festival see the website: sheffdocfest.com

Sheffield Doc Fest is also to launch a new training initiative. It will be a year-long bespoke programme, open to documentary and all other non-fiction directors, producers, line producers, editors and DOPs across all platforms. The programme is specifically aimed at UK professionals with their first handful of credits who have been in the industry for 18 months to five years, and who are ambitious to move to the next rung of the ladder.

This new programme is open for applications from 15 June 2016. Applications close on 28 July 2016. The programme will begin in September.

Link to previous SEEN article: Sheffield Doc Fest 10th – 15th June 2016

Seen this week

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Sculpture in the City, Art for Everyone

SEEN thoroughly enjoyed a preview of the 18 new artworks around the financial district’s square mile. Set up by The City of London in 2010, this excellent initiative expands its footprint every year, improving the area and proving that when people are happy, they work better.

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Alex Evans at the Foundry Gallery, Chelsea Quarter: LDF17

The astute reader will have noticed that SEEN loves art about London. There are many artists in this city who draw (pun intended) their inspiration from it, none more so than Alex Evans whose fractal renderings hint at the entropic nature of urban life and perhaps also our anxieties and isolation in the 21st century. His latest exhibition ‘Invisible Systems’ can be seen at the Foundry Gallery, tucked away off the King’s Road until 26th October.