The three-day event will include screenings, a Pitching Forum, masterclasses with the likes of film-maker Larry Charles, and speed meetings.
Explaining the theme, organizers said: 'At a time when the commercialisation of television has limited
the approaches filmmakers can experiment with, independent artists such as Douglas Gordon, Phil Collins and Gillian Wearing have been making free with documentary ideas and providing a pointed critiques of television's documentary culture.' The festival will continue the theme with an exhibition of Magnum photos.
The films already selected for this year's programme include Paul Taylor's IDFA and Tribeca award-winner We Are Together (Thina Simunye), Danish film-maker's Pernille Rose Gronkjaer's The Monastery: Mr Vig and the Nun, AJ Schnack's biographical project Kurt Cobain: About A Son; Ishbel Whitaker's The Living Goddess.
'BRITDOC '06 was a resounding success for us - and we're confident that BRITDOC '07 will be even better,' comments Beadie Finzi, festival director. 'The top quality films that we've programme, coupled with the events we have planned and the sheer wealth of key people in the documentary film industry in one place should guarantee an explosive week. BRITDOC is all about creating opportunities, and with the inclusion of artists and art as a theme, we're expecting to see some really incredible things come from it.'
The festival is run by The Channel 4 British Documentary Film Foundation. For more information, visit www.britdoc.org.