Andy Jones attended Sheffield Doc/Fest this month as part of an NFM delegation along with a plethora of North East talent.
There was so much great North East based talent on display at Doc/Fest again this year - feature docs, short docs, new interactive work – it was great to have an NFM delegation representing Andy Jones, RADiO Film
Doc/Fest 2015 was memorable in so many ways, not least to see the profusion of North East talent in the programme and around the festival. NFM supported feature documentary, Addicted to Sheep, - directed and produced entirely in the region. 3 life size model sheep made using the wool from the family's flock embarked on a 24 hour tour of the city to promote the film. Subsequently, the documentary played to two sold out screenings and as a result, went on to play a further time as one of the hits of the festival.
Addicted to Sheep is the kind of film - simple, humane, authentic, passionate, profound - which just makes me glad Sheffield Doc/Fest exists. Alex Graham, Chair of Sheffield Doc/Fest.
Across the festival, AV Festival's commision DS30 transferred to the big screen, Star and Shadow founder Christo Wallers sourcing films and winning support for the 2nd edition of their ‘Losing the Plot’ film retreat and Newcastle based Jack Tarling competed in the short documentary category for his work The Last Smallholder. The North East influence was present off screen too, Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival Director, Peter Taylor was on the jury for the short doc competetion whilst former Director and long time Newcastle resident, Melanie Iredale is now Sheffield Doc/Fest Deputy Director.