UK non-fiction event Sheffield Doc/Fest has appointed the artistic team that will curate its 2021 hybrid event, including a five-person film programming team.
The 28th edition of the event will run from June 4-13 both online and in Sheffield, providing Covid-19 distancing measures allow at that date.
Former selection committee member Rabz Lansiquot joins associate film programmer Agnès Wildenstein, festival director Cíntia Gil and deputy director Melanie Iredale on the film programming team, with Jamie Allan also joining up as Exchange programmer.
Lansiquot has been a leading member of arts collective sorryyoufeeluncomfortable since its inception in 2014, and has curated film programmes for the Institute of Contemporary Arts, Scottish Queer International Film Festival and Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, as well as acting as programme advisor for the BFI London Film Festival Experimenta strand in 2019.
Allan holds a Masters degree in documentary film directing from the DocNomads film school, which moves between Lisbon, Budapest and Brussels; and is currently a researcher with the Collective Practices Post-Master at the Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm.
Doc/Fest’s four-person selection committee is programmer Christopher Small, producer and programmer Qila Gill, filmmaker Carlos Pereira and film critic Juliano Gomes.
Programme consultants are London-based documentary journalist Carol Nahra for the UK, Tokyo-based film programmer Yu Shimizu for Japan, Trinidadian curator and programmer Jonathan Ali for the Caribbean and producer Jeremy Chua for Southeast Asia and China.
Mita Suri, Hannah Campbell and Owen Jones will work on the programme production, with industry director Patrick Hurley and industry programme producer Manon Euler heading the industry strand.
Suri, Euler and Jones will also programme a previously-announced new strand called Northern Focus, showcasing work by filmmakers from the North of England.
The Arts Programme will be curated by Herb Shellenberger, with Morocco-based researcher Soukaina Aboulaoula curating the virtual exhibition section.
“We want to support the makers that have seen their work challenged by unprecedented circumstances – socially, politically, spiritually,” said a Doc/Fest statement.
The Doc/Fest film programme is open for entries until February 8, with the arts programme open until March 1.