British documentary film-maker Nick Broomfield was presented with the festival’s Inspiration award; legendary documentary director Albert Maysles picked up the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Steve James’ documentary The Interrupters scooped the Special Jury Award at Sheffield Doc/Fest, which wrapped its 18th edition last night. The film is about a group of Chicago gang members who come together to fight crime.
The jury - made up of Sundance programmer David Courier, film critic Danny Leigh, Artifical Eye MD Louisa Dent, the London Indian Film Festival’s Satwant Gill and producer Yance Ford - described the film as a “powerful depiction of modern day heroes”.
A special mention was given to Alma Har’el’s documentaryabout one of the poorest communities in southern California, Bombay Beach.
Doc/Fest celebrated the work of Albert Maysles with a Lifetime Achievement Award, which was given to him on Friday (June 10) at a candlelit dinner at Sheffield’s City Hall. British film-maker Nick Broomfield was also presented with the festival’s Inspiration Award, which celebrates a figure in the industry who has championed documentary and helped get great work into the public eye.
In his acceptance speech, Nick Broomfield said he was “slightly embarrassed” to be getting this award as he “likes to think his career is just beginning.”
The Sheffield Youth Jury Award was awarded to We Are Poets, in which Sheffield-based filmmakers Alex Ramseyer-Bache and Daniel Lucchesi follow the group Leeds Young Authors as they prepare for the most prestigious poetry slam competition in America.
The filmmakers, who finished the film just three days ago, said that the reception for the film after it received its world premiere at the festival was “mind-blowing”.
The festival’s Innovation Award went to Paul Shoebridge and Michael Simons’ Welcome to Pine Point, a cross platform project about the abandoned mining town of Pine Point in Canada’s Northwest territories, with a special mention going to John Akomfrah’s The Nine Muses.
Anthony Baxter’s You’ve Been Trumped was presented with the Sheffield Green Award. The film investigates American billionaire Donald Trump’s project to build the world’s greatest golf coast on one of Britain’s last stretches of wilderness in Aberdeenshire. A special mention went to Up in Smoke.
The Student Doc Award was awarded to Josh Bamford, Seb Feehan and Hannah Bone’s short film Eighty Eight, about a former roller skating, cycling and swimming champion.
The winners were announced on Sunday (June 12), at the Showroom Cinema in Sheffield, in a ceremony hosted by comedian Jeremy Hardy.