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Sheffield DOC/FEST in June: Maysles, Arts, LGBT, Doc/EU

Taking place June 8 - 12, 2011, Sheffield Doc/Fest presents close to 120 feature and short documentaries and cross-platform films, hosting many new local talents as well as established filmmakers, including Steve James, Alex Gibney and Albert Maysles. A few East European docs will also be screened, e.g., Phnom Penh Lullaby, Planet Kirsan, and Cigarettes & Songs.

Sheffield Doc/Fest
June 8 - 12, 2011
Sheffield / UK

Doc/Fest is the UK's biggest documentary film event that hosts over 2200 UK and international delegates as well as thousands of general public and press. This combination means Doc/Fest has become renown as one of world's best launch pads for new documentary works. In 2011 Doc/Fest moves to June with a new summer slot that means even more exposure for films. The film programme will screen 79 feature films, 28 short films, 8 cross-platform films, two surprise films and one killer installation as part of the official programme. To celebrate the summer the programme will host a day of documentaries outdoors in the hub of Sheffield, Devonshire Green.

Sections: Albert Maysles Retrospective / Arts Docs / Bent Docs / Cross-platform Docs / Doc/EU / Doc/International / Doc/UK / Short Docs ...and more

Meet IDF at Sheffield Doc/Fest! Zuzana Pauková / East Silver (, T: +420 775 602 555) and Hana Rezková / Institute of Documentary Film (, T: +420 777 240 005) will be happy to arrange a meeting with you June 8 - 11, 2011.


Phnom Penh Lullaby

Director: Kloc Pawel
Producer: Kloc Pawel

Kołysanka z Phnom Penh , Poland, 2010, 98 min, Creative, Portrait, Social Issues

Everyone holds a secret. The secret of the future. Phnom Penh Lullaby is an intimate story of a man looking for love and acceptance. Ilan Schickman left Israel dreaming of a new life. He now lives in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, with his Khmer girlfriend Saran and daughters Marie, 2 years old, and Jasmine, 6 months, trying to make ends meet as a street fortune-teller.



Planet Kirsan

Director: Pieta Magdalena
Production company: Eureka Media, Polish Television. - Poltel Ent.

Planeta Kirsan , Poland, 2010, 52 min, Digi Beta, Arts and Culture, Creative, Society

Over the hills and far away, in the middle of the Russian steppe, you will find Chess City. It was built by Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, the first and only President of the Republic of Kalmykia, one of the smallest and poorest republics in the Russian Federation.In Kalmykia, there also lives a boy called Alekhan, who dreams of becoming the World Chess Champion. And his younger brother Amir, who shares the same dream. The road to make their dreams come true passes through the Chess Competition in Chess City.

Ex Oriente Film 2007 / East European Forum 2007 / East Silver 2010 / Silver Eye Nominee 2010 / East Silver Caravan 2010




Director: Sheridan Tomás
Producer: Petrik Tanya

Radiostan , Russia, 2010, 10 min, Society, Travel

Made as part of the Cinetrain project this short experimental documentary was shot and edited over a 5week period in Autumn 2009 traveling by train between Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan and Moscow. Throughout this journey people from different ethnic, economic and religious backgrounds speak of their struggles, immigration, racism, the ‘old days’ in the USSR and their dreams for the future.



Cigarettes and Songs

Producer: Belišová Jana
Production company: Zudro

Cigarety a pesničky , Slovak Republic, 2010, 50 min, HD, Arts and Culture, Music, Society

Nine musicians: Six Gypsies, two Slovaks, one African man. The film is a record of meeting of these people in evangelical church in Velky Slavkov in Eastern Slovakia, where they are preparing music for new CD. It is film about joy, love, multicultural influence and about transformation of ancient Roma songs into new compositions.

East Silver 2010


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