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Dispatches from the UK: BritDoc Merges with Sheffield Doc/Fest

By Tom White

BritDoc, the three-year-old, Oxford-based documentary festival, announced that it would close up shop and join forces with the more established Sheffield Doc/Fest. The Channel 4 BritDoc Foundation, the fest's parent company, announced that it would be taking the BritDoc brand "online and on the road to deliver our services to British filmmakers wherever they are." As part of this re-purposing, BritDoc is hosting a "Saturday Service" about making docs that make a difference--November 8 at Sheffield Doc/Fest.

As Sheffield Doc/Fest continues throughout the weekend, veteran docmaker Nick Broomfield, in town to teach a masterclass November, shared his "Five Documentaries That Broke the Mold" in the UK-based Independent. Also in The Independent is an assessment of the state of the doc in the UK.