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We're celebrating non-fiction storytelling at Sheffield Doc/Fest

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Footballer Alina in Ukrainian doc Home Games

6th June 2018

The British Council will be on panels, supporting our international delegates and, of course, watching films at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2018.

The 2018 edition of Sheffield Doc/Fest opens on 7 June and the British Council will be there in force – it's one of the highlights of our year!

Doc/Fest is a valued British Council partner of long standing: as well as bringing international delegates to benefit from the exceptional professional collaboration and networking opportunities the festival affords, we have worked with Doc/Fest on a range of projects such as the Realidades Alternativas exhibition which saw nine projects curated by Doc/Fest – including virtual reality experiences and interactive documentaries – travel to Uruguay, Brazil and Argentina last year.

This year we are supporting some impressive delegates, including creatives from Palestine to Argentina. One of these is Tulanana Bohela, VR Content Director at Ona Stories from Tanzania, who will be taking part in the panel New Devices – New Voices: Pan-African Experiences on Sunday 10 June.

We are also delighted to see Home Games getting its world premiere here. The director Alisa Kovalenko won a pitching competition we organised in Ukraine with the Guardian in 2016, inspired by the Guardian Pitch held annually at Doc/Fest. The short film Home Match was commissioned by Guardian Documentaries, and has now been developed into this outstanding feature film.

Christine Bardsley, documentary lead in our Film team, will be at Doc/Fest throughout holding meetings and hosting our regular (and very popular) reception for festival delegates on Sunday 10 June, very ably supported by Jay Arnold, our Senior Film Programme Manager (and Sheffield resident!) and Sarah Cohen.

But the Film team isn't hogging all the fun! Joel Mills, Senior Programme Manager in the British Council's Music team, will be chairing a session on Archive and Live Scores during the Live Cinema Summit on Friday 8 June, while Jonathan May from our Creative Economy team, who leads on projects exploring digital culture, cross-disciplinarity and social engagement, is going to be in the Sky Arts Lounge on Sunday 10 June.

Come and join us in Sheffield to celebrate the art and business of all documentary and non-fiction storytelling.