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A great reward for anyone involved in film and documentary making - or who just loves an awesome film festival! Sheffield Doc/Fest is an acclaimed event with fantastic guests, a brilliant programme and lots of exciting opportunities for documentary film-makers.
If you’re a director, producer, editor, cinematographer or just looking to get into the film industry then you can grab this perk and get yourself a unique networking opportunity. As well as getting to meet the other festival-goers you’ll get a Professional Date with the Deputy Director Charlie Phillips, who will give you a tour of the festival and advice on how to make the most of it.Big thanks to everyone at Doc/Fest for their support throughout our Kickstarter campaign and for donating this awesome, one-of-a-kind perk!
Visit kickstarter to grab this perk now - only 48 hours left!

A great reward for anyone involved in film and documentary making - or who just loves an awesome film festival! Sheffield Doc/Fest is an acclaimed event with fantastic guests, a brilliant programme and lots of exciting opportunities for documentary film-makers.

If you’re a director, producer, editor, cinematographer or just looking to get into the film industry then you can grab this perk and get yourself a unique networking opportunity. As well as getting to meet the other festival-goers you’ll get a Professional Date with the Deputy Director Charlie Phillips, who will give you a tour of the festival and advice on how to make the most of it.

Big thanks to everyone at Doc/Fest for their support throughout our Kickstarter campaign and for donating this awesome, one-of-a-kind perk!

Visit kickstarter to grab this perk now - only 48 hours left!

Interview with Charlie Philips of Sheffield Doc/Fest FameThe wonderful folks behind Sheffield Doc/Fest have been very generous in their support of Paa Joe & The Lion so far. From hosting guest blog posts from us to offering up an exclusive Doc/Fest VIP reward as part of our Kickstarter campaign - including a special professional date with their Deputy Director, Charlie Philips. To give you a tiny taste of what it’s like to gain such exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the festival here’s a quick natter we had with Charlie earlier this week…

PJ&TL: What is your role at the festival?CP: Deputy Director…and what exactly does that entail?That entails doing everything really.  So anything from inviting people to come to the Meet Market, either to ask for money or to give money, helping to programme the films, raising money for the festival, just kind of anything and everything really.   What is the best thing about working for Doc/Fest?It has organisational ethics and a real commitment to helping filmmakers rather than doing an event for the sake of it. We’re totally committed to supporting the industryWho has been your favourite festival guest over the years?I was really excited to have Ira Glass.  He’s such a big hero of mine so purely on the basis of getting one of your heroes to come, that would be it… and he was really nice as well, really inspiring.What can a newbie from Doc/Fest expect from the festival?That we’ll treat you as an individual…that’s kind of what we do.  We try and give everyone a chance to live up to their potential and to get everything out of the festival.What are you most excited about for Doc/Fest 2014?Urrrmmm… well it’s too early to say anything really, we haven’t confirmed anything!  But just that it’s going to be even bigger and more exciting than ever, but I can’t say any more than that!
So, you’ll have to wait and see what surprises are in store for Doc/Fest 2014 but rest assured if you love films or want to get unprecedented support for your film this is the festival for you
http://sheffdocfest.com/
http://kickstarter.com/projects/paajoeandthelion/paa-joe-and-the-lion-documentary/

Interview with Charlie Philips of Sheffield Doc/Fest Fame

The wonderful folks behind Sheffield Doc/Fest have been very generous in their support of Paa Joe & The Lion so far. From hosting guest blog posts from us to offering up an exclusive Doc/Fest VIP reward as part of our Kickstarter campaign - including a special professional date with their Deputy Director, Charlie Philips. 

To give you a tiny taste of what it’s like to gain such exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the festival here’s a quick natter we had with Charlie earlier this week…

PJ&TL: What is your role at the festival?
CP: Deputy Director

…and what exactly does that entail?
That entails doing everything really.  So anything from inviting people to come to the Meet Market, either to ask for money or to give money, helping to programme the films, raising money for the festival, just kind of anything and everything really.   

What is the best thing about working for Doc/Fest?
It has organisational ethics and a real commitment to helping filmmakers rather than doing an event for the sake of it. We’re totally committed to supporting the industry

Who has been your favourite festival guest over the years?
I was really excited to have Ira Glass.  He’s such a big hero of mine so purely on the basis of getting one of your heroes to come, that would be it… and he was really nice as well, really inspiring.

What can a newbie from Doc/Fest expect from the festival?
That we’ll treat you as an individual…that’s kind of what we do.  We try and give everyone a chance to live up to their potential and to get everything out of the festival.

What are you most excited about for Doc/Fest 2014?
Urrrmmm… well it’s too early to say anything really, we haven’t confirmed anything!  But just that it’s going to be even bigger and more exciting than ever, but I can’t say any more than that!

So, you’ll have to wait and see what surprises are in store for Doc/Fest 2014 but rest assured if you love films or want to get unprecedented support for your film this is the festival for you

http://sheffdocfest.com/

http://kickstarter.com/projects/paajoeandthelion/paa-joe-and-the-lion-documentary/

We’re offering one lucky person a chance to grab a full delegate pass to Sheffield Doc/Fest right now on our Kickstarter. So, here’s our producer Anna Griffin to share some of her best experiences of this amazing film festival…

An Insiders Guide to Sheffield Doc/Fest
Roller Discos, Real Ale & The Best Documentaries in the World


Sheffield Doc/Fest really is unlike any film festival I’ve ever attended before.  It’s fun, it’s vibrant and there aren’t any egos in the room.  Well, not in the rooms I go in anyway.

As soon as you get off the train and you see the bright pink boards and flags with big bold writing “Sex & Docs & Rock ‘n’ Roll”, you know you’re in for a treat.  And everyone seems to be carrying record-bags with the same message.  And you want one! So you head to The Workstation and join the queue of excited film fans and filmmakers.  You get your bag and inside there’s a plethora of goodies!  A catalogue, a ‘who’s who’ guide, DVDs, badges, stickers, event invitations…it’s like being given the party bag before you’ve even found the party!

Then, the roller coaster begins.  First stop, get your ticket for the opening event!  If you don’t, the next day is like being in the playground at school when you didn’t watch Big Brother the night before and everyone else did.  Last year saw Jarvis Cocker lead a live orchestra including a brass band, a harpist, a choir and Richard Hawley!  The orchestra were providing the live soundtrack to The Big Melt, an archive film produced by festival director, Heather Croall, and Crossover Lab Director, Mark Atkin.  The event was held in The Crucible and it was stunning – completely immersive.  Everyone was wowed and Jarvis looked like he was having the time of his life.

The year before we were honoured to be in the presence of Rodriguez when he surprised everyone by performing a secret gig at the opening night party.  The crowd, from first time filmmakers to hugely influential commission editors watched and listened together.  It was beautiful.

Then the next few days are filled with whatever you choose to fill them with:

  • Gain insight into the inner world of documentary making with industry panels
  • Marvel at interactive, cross-platform projects in the Crossover Lounge
  • Watch filmmakers of the future try to secure their finance in front of a live audience in public pitches
  • …and of course watch films, films, films!

And if it all gets a bit too much, then you can just slip off to the Café Bar at The Showroom and sample some of Doc/Fest’s own real ale while you peruse the film and event guide and decide what you’re going to do that night.

And the night-time events kick total ass too!  The Thursday night is roller-disco night.  If you’re anything like me just make sure you’ve got someone with you to keep you standing.  Two years running I’ve crashed into a very influential distributor, luckily he’s also one of the nicest men in the industry so it’s fiiiiine, and maybe one day it’s something we’ll laugh about at the premiere of our film he’s distributed (fingers crossed, fingers crossed!) and Friday night it’s Guilty Pleasures hosted by Documentary Campus.  If the bright pink bunting and the roller disco weren’t camp enough, you just wait until you get to Guilty Pleasures.  The crowd of filmmakers, financiers, distributors and commissioning editors all whoop and squeal together when cabaret dance troupe Hot Gusset hit the stage.  Oh my, they’re amazing.

But of course, the most important and impressive part of the festival is the films that are showcased.  Sheffield Doc/Fest truly is one of the most influential and respected documentary film festivals in the world, attracting world premieres from films that go on to win accolades the world over.  I’ve only been going to Doc/Fest for the past 2 years but the documentaries I’ve seen there will stay with me forever. 

-    Searching for Sugar Man
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The Act of Killing
-    Ai Weiwei:  Never Sorry
-    5 Broken Cameras
-    The Moo Man

Big up the Doc/Fest team!  The most hard-working and nicest people in the industry who will do anything they can to help.  The other night, I was emailing Deputy Director, Charlie Phillips, and he was responding until 11pm!  “Why are you still answering your emails?”  I asked.  “Because you’re emailing” was the response.  For a group of people who are perpetually busy, they always make time to support filmmakers in any way they can.  So, thank you Doc/Fest team for being totally rad and creating one of the best events of the year.

-    Heather Croall – Festival Director, film producer & roller skating pro
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Charlie Phillips – Deputy Director, quickest man on emails, giver of great advice & super sharp dresser
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Hussain Currimbhoy – Director of Programming, another sharp dresser & great taste in films
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Sylvia Wroblewska – Business & Marketing Director, ex-Current TV producer, beautiful hair
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Chris Black – Marketplace Manager, super busy, super helpful, super beard.
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Mark Atkin – Crossover Lab Director, Head Master of Documentary Campus Masterschool, lover of bold dance floor moves


To find out more about how you can grab an exclusive Sheffield Doc/Fest pass head to our Kickstarter page now

Doc. Campus Masterschool | Sheffield | Day #4: Budgeting for International Co-Production

After a fantastic Turkish dinner with everyone from the campus, and some karaoke pub madness from some students from the campus, we woke the next day and launched into the murky world of budgeting for international co-production with Joel Wykeman.

This was an incredibly helpful session.  Joel gave us all a template for a budget and talked us through the whole thing, line by line, and pointed certain bits out that are all too easy to forget.  For instance, many productions do not state that they have a Production Accountant, or enough budgeted for legal fees.  You must have these shown in your budget as it is lines like this that give the commissioner confidence that you know what you’re doing and you have the right support network around you to complete it competently.  They show you, and your production, to be of low risk.

One of Joel’s key tips was to always start your budget with a schedule and break down specific periods of your project, i.e. Development and / or Pre-Production, Production and Post-Production.

The production period should, in theory, be the easiest section to predict and if you have a good knowledge of post-production then this period too should be ok to navigate.  The tricky part is including, realistically and reasonably, the development stage and ensuring that you are able to pay yourself fairly at the end of it.

After lunch, we split up into small groups and talked our projects through with Louise Rosen, who specialises in international pre-sales and co-productions for independent producers of non-fiction films.  She gave us some great feedback on the project and we look forward to seeing her again at Sheffield Doc/Fest to talk about our project further, particularly about how we can get it seen internationally.