Sheffield Doc/Fest goes digital and moves events to the Autumn

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The organisers of this year’s Sheffield Doc/Fest have revealed how this year's event has changed due to the coronavirus.

Pitching forums, the MeetMarket and Alternate Realities Talent Market, will both take place in June, but they’ll be done virtually.

Screenings, talks, panels and artists events will go ahead, but across a series of weekends throughout the Autumn.

In a statement they explained:

“Doc/Fest is an essential moment for the city of Sheffield, for the film industry and for all the international guests who join us, and its collective character is at the heart of the festival’s purpose. We strongly believe that people coming together to watch, to talk and to imagine the world through art is a transformative experience that produces change.

“Therefore, we will organise a series of programmes that will help us honour our mission as a charity, to serve our community as a space for collective experiences, to inspire and question the film industry in the UK and internationally, and to engage in an urgent worldwide conversation about ways of creating, and engaging with, cinema and art in extremely challenging times.”

It also assured filmmakers and artists that all submitted projects would be watched and considered. Those who have bought passes have been offered a number of options, including a full refund.