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08 November 2015

Sheffield Doc/Fest Introduces Childcare for Delegates

Sheffield Doc/Fest CEO & Festival Director Elizabeth McIntyre has announced new initiatives for the 2016 festival which aim to develop creativity, in part, by increasing accessibility. 

Doc/Fest offers unprecedented opportunities to pitch, network, screen and collaborate, and to ensure that everyone in the industry can participate. To allow Pass Holders to access all corners of the festival, a crèche service will be open to all delegates attending with young children. “Over the years, some women with young children have said to me that coming to Sheffield is hard” says McIntyre in a recent interview with Broadcast. “I’m a realist. I want these things to happen for the good of the festival, but they are also the way to make the best of the industry – they get the best ideas to the table and empower the best talent.”

In addition to the festival’s childcare provisions, Doc/Fest will also increase accessibility to the film programme for the deaf and hard of hearing, by organising a selection of interpreted screenings, reflecting its desire to welcome all. 

Alongside their plans to increase accessability, McIntyre has said the festival is focussed on promoting new on-screen factual talent, and fostering cross-fertilisation of ideas and projects across the documentary, factual, virtual reality and interactive worlds.

Interactive continues to be at the forefront of the festival under the new umbrella of Alternate Realities, and the Doc/Fest’s online viewing platform Videotheque becomes MarketPlayer. The festival strives to be even more accessible for all, with the introduction of childcare for delegates, and a selection of films featured with interpreted screenings.

A new market has also been launched for 2016. The On-Screen Factual Talent Market looks to connect factual and specialist factual experts and enthusiasts with producers and commissioners looking for new diverse faces for screen. Applications are now open for the On-Screen Factual Talent Market until 25 January.

sheffdocfest.com