Opening & Closing Night

Vitaly Mansky: In Focus

Ukrainian-born Vitaly Mansky is one of Russia’s most acclaimed documentary filmmakers. Over the course of his career, Mansky has directed over 30 films which have been presented at more than 500 festivals across the world. Mansky has tirelessly chronicled political and social developments in Russia since the fall of the Soviet Union through examining the struggles of everyday-lives. The films in this selection blend myth, reality, propaganda and fiction to reveal the many-sided legacy of the Soviet dream.

Pierre-Yves Vandeweerd: In Focus

We are delighted to present a focus on the work of Belgian filmmaker Pierre-Yves Vandeweerd during which we will be screening his three most recent films - a loose trilogy - including the UK Premiere of this year’s The Eternals. Filmed mostly in 16mm and Super 8, and with scores from British avant-garde musician Richard Skelton, these extraordinary works investigate the correlation between war, madness and memory through the lives of those who are victims of conflict and exile. In these uncompromising, uncanny and deeply original films, Vandeweerd combines anthropology, poetic essay and performance to explore the spaces between order and disorder, reason and unreason, the visible and invisible.

Special Events

Experiencing the Real: VR and the Documentary

This year we will be showcasing the tech-enabled immersive factual storytelling of tomorrow. Alongside the series of creator-led talks and discussions at digital catapult, we will exhibit a selection of some the most technically innovative and artistically compelling VR and immersive experiences in the UK today.